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Water Sports

The mangrove lined tidal corridors can be explored on jet boat trips, which depart every 15 minutes from Port Denauru, 7 kilometres (4 miles) from Nadi Town.

Bamboo rafting (referred to locally as a bilibili ride) is possible along the streams and rivers.

Predominantly well known for their soft coral reefs, Fiji’s islands offer excellent scuba diving and snorkelling. On Viti Levu, the best dive sites are found on the Coral Coast and Pacific Harbour (both on the western side), where the famous Beqa Lagoon, the crater of an extinct volcano that measures 16 kilometres (10 miles) across, is often frequented by groups. About 12 kilometres (7 miles) off the Viti Levu coast, Vatulele is known for its red prawns, regarded as sacred by local people.

Northwest of Viti Levu, divers head to the Yasawa and Mamanuca island groups, to the south lies Kadavua, where the Astrolabe, Namalata, Solo and Tavuki reefs are situated. Vanua Levua and Taveuni are especially good for land based diving, and ecologically minded operators have buoyed dozens of sites to prevent damage from anchors.

The best sites around these islands include the Somosomo Straits (home to the Great White Wall, 1 of Fiji’s most famous dive sites) and the Rainbow Reef (where over 20 dive sites can be found). Live aboard dive tours are available to the more remote islands, such as Ngau, which has no resorts and where the local chief has to allow permission to dive in the waters.

Several hotels and resorts also offer opportunities to go windsurfing, sailing, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking, parasailing and game fishing.

Surfing is a well known activity and surfers with a huge choice of locations. The famous ‘Cloud Breaker’ (6 metres / 18 feet wave) was found offshore at Tavarua, attracting surfers from around the world. Fiji’s waves classically break on coral reefs. Most of the famous spots are off Viti Levu and can often only be reached by boat. There are many surf camps, notably on Beqa and Yanuca islands. Visitors should note that there are hazardous rip tides along the reefs.

Walking

Hiking in the mountains with stunning views of the islands is another option, in addition to Fiji’s network of marked nature trails, which are brilliant, either individually or on organised guided walks. Activities such as bird watching (perhaps in the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park just 11 kilometres (7 miles) from Suva), ecotourism activities (in the Taveuni Island Reserve) and swimming at the waterfalls are often combined with hiking tours.

Visitors are reminded to respect local customs whilst passing through villages. The Lavena Coastal Walk starts at Lavena and trails the southeastern coastline of Taveuni, ending at the Wainabau Waterfalls, the Vidawa Forest Walk is a guided trip through the Bouma Forest Park. Marked trails (including wooden walkways and bridges) also exist in the Kula Eco Park, an area of coastal rainforest rich in wildlife (including parrots, fruit bats and marine turtles).

Other natural attractions include the Sigatoka Sand Dunes off the main Queens Highway on Viti Levu, and the acres of orchids and flowering plants in the Garden of the Sleeping Giant at the foot of the Sabeto Mountains.

Performance

Meke, a popular thing to watch in Fiji, is the performance of the Fijian dancing involving locals dressed entirely in national costume of flower leis, grass skirts and tapa cloth, beaten from the bark of the Paper Mulberry tree and hand painted using brown paints made from mangroves, bark and nuts. Tapa cloths plays an important role in rituals and celebrations. It can be used for chiefly sashes, waistbands, and streamers to decorate weapons. The women sing while the men perform warrior dances.