by Gilly Brewster
(Denver, Colorado, USA)
Fiji is without doubt one of the most captivating holiday destinations in the world. This archipelago of some 300 south pacific islands, surrounded by coral reefs and crystal clear aquamarine waters, is a place where travelers can escape the frenetic pace of the modern world and step back into a time and place where everything stands still just for a moment. And suddenly you are transported to sundrenched beaches and picture-perfect islands that sooth the senses and revitalize the spirits.
These south pacific islands offer an excellent tropical island adventurethat will provide memories of a lifetime, especially to those with a keen interest in water sports.
A holiday in Fiji can certainly be classed as an adventure getaway, full of excitement and surprises, and can best be described in a single word: paradise.
The islanders are delighted to make visitors feel at home, and appear extremely enthusiastic to help you make your stay as enjoyable and memorable as possible.
The main activities here for adventurers are the many and varied water sports: diving, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking and windsurfing. Other adventurous pursuits include hiking and bicycling on the islands.
The clear tropical waters of these south pacific islands, together with its wide selection of underwater life and vibrant coral reefs, ensure a wonderful location for not only water sports in general, but particularly for snorkeling. The visibility underwater is fantastic, especially when you go down to below thirty meters.
Fiji is considered by many to be the “soft” coral capital in the world. Three varieties of coral exist in the waters off the islands: barrier reefs, atolls and fringing reefs. There are over 400 varieties of coral and it is no wonder, then, that snorkeling is the foremost adventure activity in this archipelago with its remarkable aquatic life.
Probably the best snorkeling to be had is on the Coral Coast between Nadi and Suva, situated on Viti Levu, the main island. Another good location is at Pacific Harbor. Here you are able to dive and snorkel in Bega Lagoon, an extinct volcano.
But the adventure does not have to end there. Sailing is another popular and an extremely gratifying recreation. Yachts can be chartered to sail among the islands. Now you can let your imagination run free: drop anchor for a quick dip to cool off, or island hop and partake in fantasticfresh seafood feasts prepared island style. Or, if you are a keen angler, head offshore in pursuit of Yellow Fin Tuna or Spanish Mackerel.
If it’s adventure you’re after with a tropical island twist, Fiji is definitely can be placed at the top of your list.