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5 Incredible Adventures You Didn’t Know You Could Have in Fiji

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Say the word “island” to just about anyone and long, sunny days, full of snorkeling, lazing on the beach, and cocktails will no doubt come to mind. With 330 islands, it is impossible to not picture yourself having a postcard moment like this somewhere in Fiji.

But, Fiji has so much more to offer than just its beaches and reefs. Head inland and there are caves to be explored, river safaris to be had, and plenty of amazing cultural activities to get involved in.

Here are five of the best adventures we bet you didn’t know you could have in Fiji.

#1 Zip-Line Nadi

 

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Zip-lining in Nadi as close as you are going to get to a Tarzan moment in Fiji – loincloths not necessary.

Strap in, take a deep breath, and feel yourself fly! Enjoy scooting above the tree tops and taking in the ocean views on Zip Fiji’s 5km-long zip-lining course ($165 per person). Not only do you get to see the lush jungle from above, but the 16 different zip-lines weave through caves, canyons, and mountaintops, too.

It’s a side of Fiji you wouldn’t otherwise see.


#2 Go on a Sigatoka River Safari

 

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If you can tear yourself away from the pristine Fijian beaches (it’s hard, we know), make your way into the heart of Fiji for a river and village jet boat tour (from $176 per person).

The half-day tour takes off from the coastal town of Sigatoka. As you’re cruising up the river, a guide will take you through everything there is to know about the Fijian culture (history of cannibalism and all), before stopping at a village to meet with some local Fijians to experience a day in the life of a kaiviti. Once there, they’ll host you in a kava ceremony and set out an insane Fijian feast for lunch.


#3 Watch a fire-walking ceremony

 

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Fire walking originated on the Fijian island of Beqa. For 500 years, the men of the Sawau tribe (believed to be descendants of Tunaiviqalita, a young man who can control fire) have been holding fire-walking ceremonies, where they walk across a pit full of hot rocks.

Held in hotels and village art centres around Fiji, the fire-walking ceremonies are a combination of fire walking – obviously – storytelling, fighting, acrobatics, singing, dancing, and costume. They are a true visual feast.

The ceremony starts with singing, dancing, and storytelling, as the men are led out in to the arena. Then, the ceremony sees the walking men make their way across the smoldering stone pit, shouting “o-vulo-vulo”, before the ceremony concludes with burning a bundle of grass, and more chanted song.


#4 Tour the Cannibal Caves

 

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Lovers of dark tourism, eat your heart out!

In Fiji, you can tour some stunning natural caves ($93 per person), that have a more sinister history than they initially let on.

The Naihehe Cave may look inviting with its tropical garden entrance, but it’s actually the cave fortress of Fiji’s last cannibal tribes, where hundreds of villagers lived at one time. There are priest chambers, ritual platforms, and even a cannibal oven to be discovered in the depths of the cave. But don’t worry, there are no bats or bugs to uncover in here.

While on the tour, you also get to participate in a kava ceremony, go rafting, and enjoy some traditional Fijian food.


#5 Get dirty in the mud pools

 

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Did you even have fun if you didn’t get dirty doing it?

Ditch the expensive spas and go au naturel with a day at the Sabeto Hot Springs and mud pool. At the foothills of the Sabeto mountains near Nadi, these thermal springs are said to have therapeutic that relax and rejuvenate the body.

What could be more relaxing than covering yourself in warm mud, bathing in warm natural pools, and looking out at the lush Fijian rainforest? There are even some locals about who offer cheap traditional massages, should your muscles need a little more TLC.

(Lead image: Maris Jool / Unsplash)

For more inspiration and to book your island adventure with Qantas, check out this handy travel guide to Fiji.