The heart of the South Pacific
Fiji – paradise at its best
Lush green forests, underwater caves, awesome breaks, and some of the most incredible marine life on the planet – Fiji truly has something for everyone.
Its 330 islands are fringed by white sandy beaches and surrounded by crystal clear waters that boast some of the best diving, fishing, surfing, and sailing on the planet. But it’s not just the ocean that makes Fiji a true gem. Its tropical rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and natural pools make a day spent on land just as magical as a day beneath the waves.
But perhaps Fiji’s greatest appeal is that it is one of the happiest places in the world, and its people some of the most welcoming. Fiji is the perfect destination for that holiday of a lifetime.
Our passion is to share our love of Fiji with you. We have selected our favourite islands to ensure you experience the true heart of the South Pacific.
Come and explore with us…
Dive or snorkel with majestic manta rays (seasonal). Picnic on Champagne Beach. Explore Castaway Island, the backdrop to the Tom Hanks blockbuster ‘Cast Away’. Swim through the world-famous Sawa-i-Lau caves. Spend the day in a local village, learn basket weaving, and maybe a few Fijian words! Get that adrenaline fix on a shark dive with some of the biggest shark species on the planet. Surf world-class breaks. Or simply unwind, cocktail in hand, as you watch the sun set over your own secluded beach. The Mamanucas and Yasawa Islands really are the perfect place to do as much or as little as you like.
We are not makers of history. We are made by history.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
Most experts agree that people came into the Pacific from Southeast Asia via the Malay Peninsula. According to Fijian legend, the great chief Lutunasobasoba led his people from their homeland in the west across the seas to Fiji around 1000 years ago. Here they created a highly developed society long before the arrival of Europeans.
The European discoveries of Fiji were accidental. Abel Tasman sailed through in 1643. Over 100 years later, Captain James Cook explored the islands, and, so the story goes, conceived the name Fiji from the Tongan name for the islands, ‘Fisi’. However, it wasn’t until 1789, after the mutiny on the Bounty, that Captain William Bligh made the first comprehensive map of the islands.
The first Europeans to live among the Fijians were runaway convicts from the Australian penal settlements and shipwrecked sailors. Missionaries and traders followed, and, as missionaries gained influence, the cannibalism practised in Fiji at the time disappeared. When Ratu Seru Cakobau accepted Christianity in 1854, the rest of the country soon followed, and tribal warfare came to an end.
Cakobau ceded the islands to the United Kingdom in 1874, and Fiji remained a British colony for almost 100 years. Between 1879 and 1916, the British brought Indians from the sub-continent to work on sugar plantations as indentured labourers. After the abolishment of the indentured system, many Indians stayed on as independent businessmen and farmers. To this day, the Fijian Indians make up almost half of the total Fijian population.