You hear the name Fiji and you automatically envision pristine white sand beaches (though there are some pretty stunning black sand beaches to be discovered, too) and flawless turquoise seas. When you hear the water sports of Fiji, you might also picture the different activities to enjoy along those beaches:
– Reef diving
– Cave diving
– Paddle boarding
That is a fairly accurate list, but don’t forget that the islands also feature lagoons, rivers and present you with an amazing range of further activities to enjoy in the gorgeous waters. These include:
– Diving with sharks, rays and other creatures
– White water rafting
– Jet ski adventures
– Water skiing
– Fly boarding
– Para sailing
– Underwater scooter rides
Naturally, swimming is a must, but even with this simple activity, your options vary widely. Ocean and river swimming are popular, but you can also spend time beneath pristine waterfalls in places like Taveuni Island. Hot springs are available on some of the islands, with one of the most popular being the Sabeto Hot Sprints and Mud Pool in Viti Levu. There are even entire resorts built above the water, so that everything you ends up being an on the water activity!
Don’t forget that cruising is an activity you can enjoy while visiting Fiji, and that too counts as a water sport! You can take day trips to some of the uninhabited or quieter islands and enjoy the water sports they make available to their visitors.
Tours or On Your Own?
Naturally, with so many water sports, it makes sense to consider making the very most out of every moment by joining in on a water sport tour. There are endless options if this is the route you choose. You can find tour providers at resorts, in most harbor areas and via simple online searches.
Is this the best way to enjoy the different water sports of Fiji? That has two answers – yes and no. If you speak with experts on Fiji travels, most will say that it is easy enough to make your way along hiking trails and other routes to places like waterfalls and hot springs. Beach activities are also streamlined and not necessarily improved by participating in a group activity such as snorkeling, any of the boarding activities and use of the smaller craft like jet skiing.
However, if you are eager to see the smaller islands, find those flawless diving or fishing spots, and really explore the quieter corners of Fiji, then water sports done via tours are a smart investment. They provide you with skilled and knowledgeable guides who ensure you have all of the essential gear, simple transportation and waste not a single second with common travel headaches – such as getting lost, errors in bookings, and so on.
The largest islands offer an abundance of opportunities, and these can range from such amazing activities as a snorkeling and whale watching tour aboard a luxury sailing vessel to smaller island cruises with stops for snorkeling, sunbathing and other waterfront activities. Jet ski safaris are a fun way to see more of the islands, snorkeling with sharks is also a possibility (and safer than it sounds), but tamer diving can be enjoyed via lagoon and reef snorkeling tours. Wreck diving can add an unforgettable element to your visit to Fiji, but so too can a day sail with sunset viewing as part of your experience.
Fiji is abundant with coastal, ocean and inland water sports and activities. There is, literally something for everyone on each island.