Many families dream about getting away to a tropical island holiday, but often the thought of dragging the kids half way across the world can be overwhelming.
From airport meltdowns to what to pack to how to get there, it’s rife with potential concerns and daunting to be honest.
Luckily, a family-friendly South Pacific paradise resides just a short flight away: Fiji! This island wonderland is a short four-hour flight away and can cater to the youngest members of your family without forgetting about adults.
There are lots to do in Fiji for families: your children can run amok in the mud pools and mangroves, swim in the spectacular seas or climb about the Coral Coast’s dunes and caves. There are plenty of activities to burn off that youthful energy.
Here are our top activities to do in Fiji with your family:
Kids Club, beach and chill:
We suggest you spend your first few days in Fiji taking it easy. Switch off that smart phone, drop the kids at the kids’ club and get used to that slow-paced island time. The kids’ clubs in Fiji are fabulous for their innovative activities incorporating learning and entertainment, which means you can leave your children guilt-free. The kids will remain stimulated and engaged for hours on end!
And if you’re doing Fiji with a baby, don’t stress! Most all resorts have a honed nanny service, guaranteeing utmost care.
Fun with flora and fauna:
There’s no doubt your kids will discover some of Fiji’s rich plant and animal life on their own, but if you’re after something a little more structured, head to Kula Wild Adventure Park.
This 28-acre park is set across three valleys and offers a peaceful, lush environment which your kids will love. The huge walk-through enclosures house exotic birds and reptiles, along with mesmerizing marine life: turtles, coral, and tropical fish. It provides an amazing snapshot of the spectacular species that surround the South Pacific.
Something more for the thrill seekers
If you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping experience or have older kids, head to Zipline Fiji (just outside Nadi). Children six and over can ‘fly’ across the tropical rainforests, valleys, yelling in excitement and glee. You can also opt for activities with an ecological or educational component, so your children can learn about the diversity of the Fijian rainforests while zipping about the forest’s olive-green canopy.
If that’s not enough, climb aboard a custom-built safari jet boat and cruise your way up the magnificent Sigatoka River to see some authentic Fijian villages.
Embrace the culture and do something creative:
It’s important that your children get an insight into Fijian culture and history while holidaying. Visit the Nadi Produce Markets and try some traditional produce and local delicacies. You can also support the villagers by shopping at their local jewellery and homewares stores.
Do visit a local school and take along some stationery or books to donate to the children. This is greatly appreciated by the locals and will give your kids an invaluable insight into how other people live. Finally, if you’ve got a thigh-high artist in your family, visit Hot Glass Fiji. This is Fiji’s first glass blowing studio, located in a lush tropical garden overlooking the ocean. The whole family can create beautiful, hand-blown souvenirs to commemorate their time in Fiji.
Fiji holidays with kids are relaxing, exciting and awe-inspiring, so why not take a break – you know you deserve it!