Fiji has long been a lovers’ destination, famed for the siren song of its clear turquoise waters and stretches of silken beaches. Familiar to honeymooners, long-married couples and even those who need no special occasion to celebrate their love, Fiji’s beautiful retreats and welcoming locals ensure that every moment is indulgent. Once you’ve reveled in the luxury of your private thatched-roof bure and beachside massages, make your getaway even more unforgettable as you delve into these unexpected experiences around the islands.
Imagine a whole new perspective of Fiji, lush with forests of medicinal fauna, rugged mountains and ridged river valleys. In the shadow of the Sleeping Giant mountain sits the Sabeto Valley, where verdant fields give way to a garden filled with the most varied orchid collection in Fiji. Deeper in the Fijian interior on Viti Levu proves a striking contrast when you make your way to the Nausori Highlands. Rumble through the rugged outback on a 4×4 or soar toward the grassy moguls, descending just in time for a dip together in a remote waterfall.
Building bonds with the community and its conservation efforts is a rewarding way to come closer together. Spend a week in a thatched bure on the island of Ovalau saving endangered sea turtles — you’ll celebrate the moment the eggs finally hatch to reveal brand-new babies peeking out.
Along with Christianity, Hinduism is widely practiced by indigenous islanders. In fact, the town of Nadi houses the largest temple in the southern hemisphere. On a visit to the colorful Sri Siva Subramaniya temple, join devotees in burning camphor and smashing coconuts as an offering, and be blessed by a Hindu priest for your journey in love and life.
The Fijian greeting of “Bula!” warms your heart each time you hear it, reminding you of the value of authentic experiences that seem even more meaningful when shared. Let us redefine the meaning of romance with a foray into local culture that will lead to favorite memories that last long after your travels.