When Americans think about tropical paradise, their minds turn to Hawaii. But those in search of sun and island escapes — not crowds and high-end department stores — might want to think about visiting other areas of the South Pacific. For a more affordable, more authentic experience, just say “Bula” — the official greeting of Fiji.
The Republic of the Fiji Islands is a nation in the South Pacific known for its rich natural resources, scenery and friendly people. Those looking for white-sand beaches and bright blue waters will not be disappointed. The islands are surrounded by soft coral reefs, which provide a breathtaking underwater spectacle. Visitors can enjoy many one-of-a-kind adventures in a nation less expensive than many in the South Pacific.
Visitors to Hawaii are often surprised by the amount of development that has taken place on the islands. In Fiji, however, it is still possible to get back to nature. For example, Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa, an all-inclusive getaway on the island of Vanua Levu, situates its guests within 150 acres of tropical paradise. Surrounded by a coconut plantation, lavish rainforests and a private lagoon, the resort offers its guests a more authentic native experience than can be found at any staged luau.
Guests of Koro Sun Resort can enjoy an array of unique adventures. For example, on the resort’s Salt River Kayak trip, vacationers can explore the island’s largest salt lake while guides tell stories about area legends. Because the tour follows the tides, guests never have to paddle against the current. Those who want to spend time in, not on, the water, can swim with the dolphins in Natewa Bay. The South Pacific’s largest bay is home to several spinner dolphin pods and over 150 dolphins, making for one-of-a-kind snorkeling.