Where to Stay in Fiji • 4 Dreamy Islands for a 2024 Trip

A secluded tropical island with a cluster of palm trees and a single person walking on the beach, next to a white sailing yacht anchored in clear blue waters

Oh, Fiji… pristine waters, white sandy beaches, and breathtaking islands. All of it is stunning – so could you decide where to stay in Fiji? Well, I can help you with that! 

I’ve visited Fiji, and during my stay there, I learned a lot about the islands and the local culture and discovered many amazing places and cool accommodations. 

Based on my experience, I can tell you Denarau Island, situated on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, is the top spot for your stay in Fiji – it has many amazing hotels and offers easy access to many activities and points of interest!

I will also tell you about other great spots on Viti Levu, as well as some other amazing islands where you’ll surely have an amazing stay!

Once you take your pick, make sure to book in advance! Fiji is a famous destination, so everything sells out super quickly!

If you are in a hurry

Here’s a short list of the best hotels on Denarau Island to help you decide quickly

luxury hotel
A spacious and luxurious hotel room with a large king-sized bed, an artistic headboard, and bright natural lighting
mid-range hotel
A luxurious resort-style pool area with two waterfalls cascading into the blue water, surrounded by tropical plants and sun loungers
budget hotel
A spacious and contemporary living room with wicker furniture, plush red cushions, and a large glass dining table bearing a fruit bowl centerpiece

FIJI-DENARAU ISLAND – 2BR

Best affordable accommodation in the center


Watch my video, it will give you a visual explanation of all the areas:


Here’s a map of all the islands and areas I will be talking about in this post

A colorful map highlighting the best areas to stay in Fiji, with numbered locations and labels for easy navigation
VITI LEVU
the main island
YASAWA ISLANDS
for the best beaches
MAMANUCA ISLANDS
for families

Getting to know Fiji

Fiji is an island country in Oceania, in the South Pacific Ocean. The Fiji archipelago actually consists of more than 330 islands, although only 110 are inhabited. 

The Great Sea Reef is one of Fiji’s most amazing phenomena – this is the 3rd largest continuous barrier reef in the entire world, after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Mesoamerican Reef in Central America. 

The reef stretches over 124 miles (200 km) and is known among the locals as Cakaulevu Reef and the ‘Protector of Fiji’ because it shields the shorelines of many islands! The reef is a popular fish habitat, but it also offers the most amazing spots for scuba diving and snorkeling!

Before you move on to the best spots for your Fiji stay, there’s one other thing you should know – Bula! This is a Fijian greeting that means ‘Hello’ and ‘Welcome,’ and it’s likely the first thing you’ll hear on the island! Now, let’s move to our exploration of the islands.

1. Viti Levu – the main Island

An aerial view of a traditional village with thatched-roof huts surrounded by lush greenery and flowering plants, indicative of a rural landscape

Viti Levu is the main (and the largest!) island in Fiji. The island is home to some of the most popular tourist spots in Fiji, including Denarau Island, Nadi, Coral Coast, Pacific Harbour, and Suva, the capital of Fiji. On the main island, you’ll find many of the best hotels in the archipelago, as well as some of the most amazing overwater bungalows in Fiji!

When booking your flights, keep in mind that there are 2 international airports in Viti Levu (Nadi Airport and Suva-Nausori Airport), which are located on opposite sides of the main island, about 4 hours driving away from each other. Make sure you know where you are staying and which airport is the closest to your hotel or resort.

Local residents believe in the legend of a serpent deity residing in the Viti Levu mountains, who controlled day and night by opening and closing its eyes.

Since Viti Levu island is quite large and there are many places you would want to stay, I have broken it down into different areas, each one special in its own way.

1.1 Denarau – where to stay in Fiji for the first time

A tranquil harbor scene with palm trees framing a view of moored sailboats, a blue rowboat in the foreground, and mountains in the distance

Located on the western side of Viti Levu, just 3 miles (5 km) away from Nadi sits Denarau Island. Known for the Port Denarau Marina and the luxurious yachts docked there, this island is man-made from reclaimed mangrove swamps. 

In recent years, Denarau has developed from not much to see to a top touristy location. Here, you can find deluxe beach resorts that offer a wide range of amenities, a great beach, and a variety of other activities. 

If you want to explore outside of your resort, one of your first stops should be Big Bula Waterpark, where you can have amazing tropical-themed water adventures. However, if you want to get out of the water for a bit, the Port Denarau Shopping Centre is a great place to spend the day – you can shop, eat, drink, and maybe even see a live cultural performance!

Golf enthusiasts will be happy to hear that many resorts on this island have golf courses, so you can enjoy a game without venturing far out. Plus, most of the resorts are within walking distance of each other, so you’ll have no trouble finding a golf course even if your resort doesn’t have one!

Even if the beaches on Denarau Island aren’t as spectacular as on the other islands, you’re in luck because the transportation between the islands is excellent! You can catch a ferry from Port Denarau to the nearby Mamanuca Islands or the Yasawa Islands, but it’s also a good idea to rent a car and drive around Viti Levu, exploring the different towns and beaches.

In case you don’t want to be in charge of your own transportation, I would advise booking one of the various adventure excursions departing from Denarau – you can go island hopping or deep sea fishing – whatever strikes your fancy!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Fiji: A chic bedroom with geometric headboard design and a view to the balcony, a cozy outdoor lounge area with blue cushions, and an aerial view of a beachside resort with pool and palm trees.

This luxury resort boasts as many as 6 restaurants, an 18-hole golf course, and lagoon-style swimming pools. One of these is an adults-only pool, but there’s also a kids’ pool and the Blu Bananas kids club, which offers a variety of activities. At the resort, you’ll also find a fitness center, spa, water sports center, and a couple of shops.

Other accommodation options in Denarau

mid-range
A modern and elegantly furnished hotel bedroom with a large bed, a chaise lounge, and patterned carpeting

One of the best hotels in Fiji, it has a restaurant on-site, an outdoor pool, free parking, and Wi-Fi

budget
A spacious living room in a holiday apartment with red and beige sofas, a large glass-top dining table with a fruit bowl

A great option for families or groups of friends, this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment has a full kitchen and living area

airbnb
A serene and expansive resort pool with a vanishing edge, overlooking a tropical beach, complete with sun umbrellas and loungers

This budget apartment in Denarau has a lovely pool, a hot tub, air conditioning, and a spacious kitchen 

Things to do in Denarau

1.2 Nadi – where to stay in Fiji on a budget

A vibrant Hindu temple adorned with intricate sculptures and colorful decorations under a clear blue sky

Located on the western side of the main island of Viti Levu, you’ll probably fly into Nadi Airport when you come to Fiji. Most people start their Fijian adventure in this friendly city as it’s less than a 15-minute drive from the airport. Nadi has plenty of budget-friendly accommodations, and it’s a great area to stay for a night or two before you head off to island hop.

What I love about this place is that it has both the city and beachy vibes plus this place it’s so culturally diverse. You’ll learn a lot of cool stuff here! The Sri Siva Subramaniya Hindu temple (map) is a big landmark here; almost every tourist has a picture with it, so make sure you get one, too! 

Nadi is broken up into two sections. There is the city of Nadi, where the temple is, as well as the majority of the regular shops, markets, and local people. Between here and the airport, you will find Wailoaloa Beach. This is where all the tourists stay, and it’s about a 15-minute bus ride from both the city and the airport in either direction!

The public bus into town here is pretty unique; at one point, the bus drives along the beach itself! 

Other spots worth your attention are the Sabeto Hot Spring Mud Pool, where you can have a relaxing mud bath and a massage, and the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, home to more than 2,000 different types of orchids. 

And if you feel like doing a little shopping, check out Nadi Market, where you can buy anything from fresh produce to unique souvenirs. 

From Nadi, you can get a boat to go to the Yasawa Islands and Mamanucas. Most hotels/hostels offer free transport from the airport to the hotel, and often, they can also organize the boat for you, like calling a cab to your front door!

However, if you wish to explore inland Fiji, I have an excellent suggestion for you! First, you’ll need to go along the coast to the little town of Ba and then continue inland to the Navala Village, Fiji’s last traditional village. Here, you’ll see traditional Fijian bures, i.e., thatched buildings, and witness first-hand how the locals lead a traditional lifestyle.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Fiji: A private pool with wooden decking, a minimalist bedroom with a comfortable bed, and a spacious living area with a modern kitchen and lounge.

This spacious and bright apartment features its own private pool, surrounded by a gorgeous garden. Indoor, you’ll find 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large living/dining area, and a fully functional kitchen. The property is air-conditioned and offers free Wi-Fi as well as free private parking. Plus, it can comfortably accommodate up to 5 people!

Other accommodation options in Nadi

mid-range
An inviting resort pool with artistic blue patterns, surrounded by modern lounge areas and accommodation buildings under a clear sky

Across the road from Nadi Airport, this hotel features 2 restaurants, a bar, and 2 pools 

budget
A cozy and well-appointed bedroom with a queen bed draped in crisp white linens, accented by blue and white pillows, against a backdrop of rich brown curtains

Guests at this apartment can enjoy the terrace and the year-round outdoor pool, plus access to Wi-Fi and streaming services

airbnb
A well-lit, open-plan living area with a kitchen and lounge, featuring contemporary furnishings

5 minutes away from Nadi Airport, this apartment has 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, and 2 balconies

Things to do in Nadi

  • Visit the Fiji Culture Village
  • Go hiking on the Nausori Highlands
  • Sunbath on Wailoaloa Beach in Nadi

1.3 Suva – where to stay in Fiji for nightlife

Panoramic view of a bustling coastal cityscape with modern buildings lining a calm river, a busy waterfront area with parked cars, and a vibrant blue sky dotted with white clouds overhead.

Suva is the capital city of Fiji, situated on the main island of Viti Levu. There are plenty of things that make Suva a desirable destination, but one of the things that stands out the most is the city’s vibrant nightlife

If you want to have a fun night out in Suva, you’ll be happy to hear that there are plenty of opportunities! Paradiso is one of the most popular bars/restaurants in Suva, where you can get amazing Italian food and relax with a glass of wine. And if you want a typical night out, with drinks and dancing, I recommend DownUnder Pub!

Suva has plenty more to offer than bars and restaurants. The Thurston Gardens are one of the must-visit spots in the city; the botanical gardens house more than 1,000 different palm trees, as well as the Fiji Museum, which boasts various historical artifacts that represent Fijian culture. 

Near the museum and the botanical gardens, you’ll also find another spot for some relaxing outdoor time – Albert Park. Here, you can have a picnic on the grass or just walk around the park and soak in the surrounding greenery. 

You’ll also come across the State House of the Republic of Fiji (map), the official residence of the Fijian president!

I would also recommend you visit Suva Municipal Market to get a sense of the local culture and way of life. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to try some fresh fruit – pineapple slices are quite popular and always fresh!

A historic, monumental building with classic architecture, seen from an aerial perspective, set against a backdrop of ocean and mountains in the distance

If you’re into outdoor activities and hiking, Suva is as good a place as any to embark on an adventure in the Namosi Highland. It’s about a 2-hour drive from Suva to Namosi, and once you’re there, you can try many cool activities like whitewater rafting. 

While you’re in the area, you need to make a stop at the village of Nakavika. Here, you’ll be greeted as a friend and welcomed into the home of the chief with a traditional Fijian kava ceremony. 

The kava ceremony involves sitting in a circle and drinking the traditional kava drink, which is made by straining the crushed root of the yaqona plant through water. 

However, I have to warn you that Suva is not the ideal spot if you want that traditional beach vacation. If you want to have a beach day, you’ll have to go out to Pacific Harbour (about an hour’s drive away) and spend the day at the beach there. Alternatively, you can take a day trip to Dravuni Island and have an unforgettable beach day there!

Overall, the capital city is a great place to spend a few nights before you move on to explore many of the other amazing things Fiji has to offer!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Fiji: An expansive resort layout with central pool, a serene hotel room with pool view and simple decor, and a plush lounge with red armchairs and traditional décor.

A historic hotel originally built in 1914, featuring 3 bars, 5 restaurants, a fitness center, and a day spa. At this property, guests can enjoy amenities such as air conditioning, free parking, a 24-hour front desk, and tour/ticket assistance. Better yet, the hotel is within walking distance of many Suva attractions.

Other accommodation options in

Mid-range
The imposing facade of BSP Suva Central, a modern multi-story building with a striking green sign, set against a backdrop of a bustling city street and blue skies

A 4-star property offering air-conditioned apartments with kitchen facilities, lounge areas, and en suite bathrooms stocked with free toiletries

Budget
A tranquil eco-lodge with a traditional thatched roof, nestled in a lush rainforest setting with a lily-pad-covered pond in the foreground

Although it’s slightly lower rated, this accommodation provides excellent value for money, with an on-site restaurant and complimentary breakfast

Airbnb
A comfortable and stylish bedroom featuring a large bed with tropical-themed bedding, framed by a dark wood headboard and soft grey walls

The room has a comfortable bed, a working space, and a private bathroom, and guests get access to shared spaces

Things to do in Suva

1.4 Coral Coast & Pacific Harbour – where to stay in Fiji for tranquility

A vast desert landscape with patterned sand dunes in the foreground and a lush green oasis with palm trees and a village in the distance

Located on the southern side of the Viti Levu island, between Sigatoka and Suva, just an hour (or two on Island time) away from Nadi, the Coral Coast is the perfect place to stay in Fiji if you want to have a relaxing vacation, do some yoga and swim in the beautiful crystal clear sea.

In order to get here, you’ll have to fly to Nadi International Airport. The atmosphere is very laid-back here, and that’s no surprise! Have you seen how beautiful the Coral Coast is? Palm trees, coral reefs, and amazing sunsets will make you never want to leave.

Although there are plenty of hotels to choose from here, they’re all spread out along the Coral Coast and Pacific Harbour, often with large grounds and private beaches, making this area pretty special. 

The Coral Coast is all about enjoying nature with waterfalls, beaches, and time with the kids if you’re traveling with family. Plys, the Coral Coast is home to Fiji’s first National Park, so make sure you stop by the Sigatoka Sand Dunes for a unique experience. 

When you’re in Fiji, definitely try and learn a new water sport. Natadola Beach (map) is one of the most famous on the island for its numerous cool underwater activities. There are many great dive sites along the beach, starting from snorkeling and diving to zip-lining and river tubing. 

The Pacific Harbour area is much like the Coral Coast – mostly made up of beaches and spots to relax and unwind. However, besides the beach, I have to advise you to visit the Pacific Harbour Arts Village – a cultural and shopping center! You can just walk around and explore, or stop for coffee and maybe buy some cool souvenirs!

But..if you’re in the mood for a little adventure, I have a suggestion for you – diving with sharks! From Pacific Harbour, you can venture out to Beqa Lagoon Resort on Beqa Island and have a thrilling diving experience; you’ll see a variety of different sharks during your dive –  and you’ll get super close to them, too!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Fiji: A luxury hilltop pool overlooking the ocean, an inviting open-plan living and dining area, and a traditional Fijian hut on a golf course.

Dining by the pool with views of the gardens and lagoons? Spend a romantic holiday in this beachfront luxury resort that has 3 outdoor swimming pools, a bar, a restaurant, and air conditioning in all rooms. Relax at the spa while your kids are having fun at the kids club, or sip on a cocktail in the tropical gardens. 

Other accommodation options in Coral Coast

mid-range
A stylish beachfront open-air lounge with comfortable seating, a central fireplace, and a serene ocean view

This beachfront resort offers direct access to Natadola Beach, has a restaurant on-site as well as a swim-up bar

budget
A cozy resort bedroom with a large comfortable bed, adorned with black and white patterned pillows, a flower arrangement, and set in a room with warm lighting and wooden accents.

A resort situated on a pristine beach, with both private and dorm rooms and free use of sea kayaks

airbnb
A cozy suburban bungalow with a hammock in the front yard, nestled amidst tropical plants

A secluded guesthouse with beach access, cozy rooms, free wifi and they have a lovely backyard

Things to do in Coral Coast

2. Yasawa Islands – where to stay in Fiji for the best beaches

An aerial view of a verdant island with a vibrant reef in the azure sea, capturing the pristine beauty of a tropical paradise

Pristine beaches, blue water, and sunsets will convince you to stay here forever! Or at least longer than the time you had in mind! The archipelago, made of 20 outer islands, is located northwest of Nadi on Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island. This region is a paradise, especially for nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts, and anyone who wants to experience the Fiji beach life!

If you’re traveling here for the first time then the Yasawa Islands look exactly how you picture Fiji in your mind! Small sandy islands with the most amazing blue water – the perfect place for ultimate relaxation. 

There are tons of hop-on-hop-on-hop-off boats that run daily from Nadi through the Mamanuca Islands (which I will talk about later) and up to the Yasawa islands, so it is super easy to go island hopping if you want to explore other beautiful places.

I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that many Hollywood movies were filmed in Fiji. The famous Blue Lagoon movie was filmed right on the Yasawa Islands! 

You’ll definitely want to spend all day on the beautiful beaches in one of the hammocks with a coconut in your hand, or you can go swimming with the manta rays – a truly unique experience. 

This region is not popular for its many shops or banks, that’s why it’s the perfect getaway from all day-to-day activities, you’ll love it so much here that you’ll forget to think about any problems!

Leave that somewhere far away! Just make sure to book these in advance, as the Yasawa Islands are the most popular in the country!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Fiji: A tranquil beachside pool with palm trees, a bright and airy bedroom with island decor, and a secluded beach with tropical foliage and huts.

This boutique resort is the only one situated on the secluded island of Yaqeta and consists of 9 beachfront bungalows that are situated along 3 white sandy beaches. Each morning, guests are served a free continental breakfast, and during the day, they can participate in a variety of free activities – kayaking, snorkeling, and fishing. 

Other accommodation options in Yasawa Islands

mid-range
A private outdoor bathroom with natural stone walls, lush green plants, and an open-air shower area

Rooms at this resort have balconies overlooking the surrounding rainforest, and the on-site restaurant serves Fijian, European, and Indian cuisine

budget
A simplistic yet cozy rustic cabin bedroom with a large bed, wooden walls, and a welcoming ambiance

This accommodation is only accessible by boat or seaplane, while all the bungalows are set right on the beach 

airbnb
A charming, small white house with blue trimming and a welcoming red door, nestled in a green lawn

A family-run lodge that consists of a spacious bedroom and an en suite bathroom, plus a lovely pati

Things to do in Yasawa Islands

  • Buy a Bula pass and go on boat trips to explore the outer islands
  • See the beautiful coral reef on Drawaqa Island
  • Go diving on the Tavewa Island
  • Admire the beautiful Sawa-i-Lau Caves (map)

3. Mamanuca Islands – where to stay in Fiji for families

A breathtaking view of a tiny tropical island with a golden sandy beach, palm trees, and a few huts visible, surrounded by the clear blue waters of the ocean.

A beautiful group of twenty volcanic islands that are situated off the west coast of Viti Levu, the Mamanucas are one of the best places to stay as they’re really close to Nadi International Airport and offer many family-friendly accommodations

The Mamanuca Islands are famous for their diverse activities and beautiful beaches. Plus, many tourists who travel on a budget choose to come here as they are very similar to the Yasawa Islands in terms of beach life, but the hotels are significantly more affordable!

If you want to know how to get around the islands, then remember that the Mamanucas are split into two parts. In the northern part, you’ll find a group of flat small islands, and in the southern part, you’ll find the more tropical part of the Mamanucas. 

As I already mentioned, the Mamanucas are great spots for a beach vacation, so I wanted to recommend some of the best beaches on these islands. The Malamala Beach Club is a beach club situated on a private island surrounded by turquoise waters, while Beachcomber Island Fiji is home to a resort, but also to some stunning beaches. 

FUN FACT: I know you’ve been wondering if the famous movie with Tom Hanks, Castaway, was filmed in Fiji, and the answer is YES! The uninhabited Monuriki island (map) was chosen to shoot this amazing movie, and they also filmed some of the survivor seasons on some of the other Mamanuca Islands – get ready for some epic landscapes!

This tropical paradise is wonderful if you want to try all the cool Fijian activities on your holiday, like hiking, surfing, swimming with sharks, kayaking, scuba diving, and many others. Make sure that you visit the famous dive site, The Big W, where apparently people saw a bronze whale shark! 

Ever heard about crab racing? Me neither! Crab racing is when hermit crabs compete to be the first to scuttle across a designated finish line on a beach (and yes, there is betting!). 

Also, you can go to Gotham City, but you won’t find Batman. What you will find is a large number of batfish – that’s how the spot got its name. And if you’re looking for another unique experience, I have to recommend my favorite – swimming with dolphins! You can embark on an amazing dolphin safari from Musket Cove Marina on the Malolo Lailai Islands.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Fiji: A romantic bedroom with traditional Fijian roof and warm lighting, lush palm trees on a tropical island, and a beachfront hut with a welcoming porch.

Want an entire island all to yourself? The Castaway Island Resort is a private island retreat on the famous Castaway Island offering free water sports, 4 restaurants, and a free kids club. Other free facilities include windsurfing, snorkeling, canoeing, and more! The accommodations on Castaway Island are traditional, Fijian-style bungalows, and some of them are directly on the beach. 

Other accommodation options in Mamanuca Islands

mid-range
A vibrant oceanfront lounge area with blue curtains, a colorful patterned couch, and a wooden coffee table, offering a relaxing view of the sea amidst tropical surroundings

Situated along a private beach, this resort has a swimming pool and a games room, plus provides evening entertainment

budget
A basic, neat bedroom with twin beds and simple wooden furniture

A great beachfront budget resort on Mana Island that offers free breakfast and rooms air-conditioned rooms

airbnb
A luxury villa perched on a hill overlooking the sea, with a swimming pool and sailboats in the background

A waterfront villa with an infinity pool, free Wi-Fi, and air conditioning, and can fit up to 8 people 

Things to do in Mamanuca Islands

4. Vanua Levu – where to stay in Fiji for the local experience

A scenic panoramic view of a calm bay with a lush green island in the center, surrounded by mountains and moored sailboats, showcasing a serene and picturesque harbor

I know it can be hard to believe that this archipelago in the South Pacific has any islands that haven’t been transformed into top tourist locations with many luxury resorts at every corner. I’m sure some of you would love to experience the authentic atmosphere of the islands of Fiji. That is why I recommend staying on Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second-largest island. 

Although there aren’t high-class bars and restaurants on every street, you’ll love the atmosphere here. Vanua Levu is known for its sugar and copra plantations, but if you want to explore the island, you’ll find tons of hidden villages, mountain trails, and fantastic waterfalls! 

You’re still in Fiji, so expect to see some unique beaches and reefs, but for those of you who prefer rainforests, fear not; you’ll find tons here to visit and admire. 

If you’d like to explore some of the island towns, I recommend spending at least an afternoon at Savusavu. It’s quite a small town, but it’s a great spot to get a taste of island life. For the ultimate local experience, visit the Savusavu Market & Handicraft and chat with the locals.

Another Vanua Levu town worth a visit is Labasa, the island’s largest town. This is an inland town situated on the Labasa River, another great spot for a local experience. However, I suggest you make Labasa a starting point for your visit to Naag Mandir (map), a beautiful Hindu temple. 

Vanua Levu is perfect if you’re wondering where to stay in Fiji in order to get authentic vibes. Discover the rural side of the spectacular South Pacific islands and enjoy some good old beach time!

And in case you want to switch things up a bit, I’d advise you to take a day trip to Taveuni Island, Fiji’s third largest island. There are plenty of things to do here – you can scuba dive, go hiking along the Lavena Coastal Walk (map), and marvel at the amazing waterfalls along the way.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Fiji: A romantic bedroom with traditional Fijian roof and warm lighting, lush palm trees on a tropical island, and a beachfront hut with a welcoming porch.

An all-inclusive boutique resort situated on a private island with amazing beaches, spectacular panoramic views, and huge Banyan trees. The resort offers air conditioning, a free shuttle service, and many water sports, including world-class diving – you’ll see the stunning coral reefs and unique sea life. 

Other accommodation options in Vanua Levu, Fiji

mid-range
A secluded beach house retreat with a yellow kayak resting on the sand, surrounded by palm trees and offering direct access to the water

Enjoy your trip on the island in this amazing lodge that has BBQ facilities and offers free kayaks 

budget
An elegant and spacious bedroom featuring a large bed with a traditional Fijian tapa cloth as a headboard, modern furnishings, and a welcoming bouquet of flowers

This pet-friendly Fiji accommodation offers free parking, grocery delivery, and plenty of opportunities for tennis, cycling, diving, canoeing, hiking

airbnb
A balcony with a breathtaking sea view, featuring a wooden railing and a comfortable seating area

Stay in this serviced apartment, perfect with an outdoor pool and a large terrace to enjoy the view 

Things to do in Vanua Levu, Fiji

👑 Luxury price:US$250
💵 Mid-range hotel:US$130
🛏️ Budget:US$80
📍 Best area:Viti Levu
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:Radisson Blu Resort
🧳 Best mid-range hotel:The Palms Denarau
👛 Best budget hotel:Beachouse Resort

BONUS: 4 Best Fiji resorts on the water

A pristine beach with turquoise waters along a lush tropical coastline, with thatched-roof structures under a clear blue sky

When visiting Fiji, you’ll probably want to stay as close to the water as possible – I can’t say I blame you! The waters surrounding Fiji are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. 

So, I decided to recommend some of the best waterfront resorts on the Fijian islands – you’ll find them listed below, in no particular order:

  • Likuliku Lagoon Resort – this adults-only luxury resort is the perfect destination for couples on their honeymoon. The resort has an on-site restaurant, an outdoor pool, a gift shop, a shared lounge, and a terrace where you can unwind and relax. 
  • Toberua Island Resort – situated on a private island, this resort consists of thatched-roof bungalows that are lined along the water. Each of the bungalows has a private terrace overlooking the ocean and both indoor and outdoor shower facilities. 
  • Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay – guests at the Marriott Resort Momi Bay can stay in upscale overwater Bure Villas with gorgeous views of the lagoon or the ocean while the little ones enjoy the free kids’ club. You’ll also find a spa, 3 pools, and a couple of romantic sunset bars. 
  • Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa – like many of the other luxury resorts, the Sofitel is in a great beachfront location with a private pool and a spa. The Waitui Beach Club is for adults only, but there’s also a kids’ club, an 18-hole golf course, and an interactive buffet restaurant.

Transportation between the Fiji islands

A serene beach scene with a yellow kayak on the shore, palm trees, and calm blue waters, evoking a sense of peaceful island life

Deciding where to stay in Fiji is the main thing you need to decide on when planning your trip. However, there are other things you need to consider, such as transportation. As I already told you, Fiji is an island country that consists of many, many smaller islands. 

To get the full Fiji experience, I suggest exploring at least a few of the islands – not just the one where you’re staying. But in order to do that, you need to secure transportation from one island to the next, and that’s why I added this key information here. 

The following sections contain important info on how to get around the islands, as well as the approximate cost for each type of transport. 

Flights

Aerial view of a small regional airport with multiple light aircraft parked on the tarmac, adjacent to airport buildings and hangars, with a clear blue sky overhead and a lush green landscape in the background.

Flying is the fastest way to get from one Fijian island to the next – it’s also the most expensive! Even though there are only two international airports in Fiji, both on the main island of Viti Levu, there are quite a few domestic airports that operate between the outer islands. 

There are over 20 domestic airports on the islands, and most get daily flights from both Nadi International Airport and Nausori International Airport (in Suva). Most international passengers land in Nadi and often continue to the Yasawa Islands. 

The flight from Nadi Airport to Yasawa Island Airport takes only 30 minutes – it’s very quick compared to the 6-hour ferry ride. However, this quick trip can be quite expensive, especially in high season; be prepared to spend anywhere between US$250 to US$450, but before you do, check all the flight options on Trip.com.

Ferries

The ferry is the most commonly used transportation method for getting around the islands in Fiji; even though it takes significantly longer than flying, it’s much more budget-friendly. 

You can book a ferry online, and you can choose a direct ferry trip or a roundtrip day trip. If you want to try island hopping, you can purchase the Bula Pass, which allows you to explore the Yasawa Islands and the Mamanucas. The pass price at the time of writing was US$240. 

However, if you want to book a one-way ferry trip, keep in mind that ticket prices range from US$40 to US$100, depending on your destination. So, if you embark from Port Denarau, one of the most popular Fiji ports, to Tokoriki Island, part of the Mamanucas group, you should expect to pay around US$70. 

NOTE: the ferries run on ‘island time,’ meaning they are often late, so don’t be worried if you don’t see the ferry at the terminal when you arrive – it’ll get there sooner rather than later! Just set some time aside for the inevitable delays!

A bright yellow high-speed ferry marked "Awesome Adventures Fiji" cruising near a tropical island with lush greenery and palm trees

Water Taxis

Water taxis are boat services that transfer passengers from one island to the next, but they only service the main islands, Viti Levu, the Mamanucas, and the Yasawa Islands, so they are not a good option if you want to visit some of the more remote islands. 

If you want to order a water taxi, you need to do so through the taxi company; Fiji has only two water taxi companies – SeaFiji and Mamanuca Express. To get a taxi from either one of these companies, you need to book it directly through the website, via email, or by phone. Luckily, both companies operate 24/7, so you can get a taxi at any time of the day or night. 

As for prices, they vary depending on the destination and the number of people sharing the taxi. For example, the price for a group of up to 4 people can range from US$280 to US$480, while the prices for a group of 5 to 8 passengers range from US$330 to US$450. The final price will be determined based on the distance between the departure point and the final destination. 

You can find plenty of different boats for rent at Port Denarau Marina, so you can pick one that matches your budget and offers the type of boat you want to sail on!

Local Motorboats

Finally, if none of the other transportation options work for you, you can always rent a motorboat and get wherever you want to go. I only advise doing this if you have sailing experience, and even if you do, you should have a skipper (nautical expert) accompany you on the boat. 

Most of the boat rental companies that operate in Fiji offer a variety of different vessels, from regular motorboats to upscale yachts. However, if you’re only using the boat to get from one island to another, the motorboat will do just fine. 
The prices for a motorboat rental are usually around US$100/hour, but if you want to rent one of the more exclusive vessels, you’ll need to pay US$599/hour. Keep in mind that prices can vary depending on the season, the destination, as well as on how long you are renting the boat you can check the rates here!

FAQs about where to stay in Fiji

A distant view of a small, tranquil island with a dock extending into the clear blue waters, surrounded by lush greenery and a few scattered clouds in the sky

🏝️ What part of Fiji is the most beautiful?

The Yasawa Islands are considered to be the most beautiful part of Fiji. These islands are renowned for their beautiful beaches, tropical palms, and the many sunset bars from where you can enjoy unparalleled views. 

🚫 What should you avoid in Fiji?

While visiting Fiji, I would suggest avoiding walking alone at night, standing under the coconut trees, and eating reef fish – it can be toxic! Also, avoid going anywhere without your travel insurance. 

💸 Is Fiji cheaper than Bali?

No, Fiji is not cheaper than Bali. In Bali, you can find many resorts and hotels that are significantly more budget-friendly than their Fijian counterparts. The main reason behind this is the fact that Fiji islands are far apart, and upkeep expenses are higher. 

🏨 What is the best luxury hotel in Fiji?

The Radisson Blu Resort in Denarau is one of the best luxury hotels in Fiji. It has all the amenities you’ll need, and it’s perfect for a family holiday. However, there are many other luxury resorts and hotels in Fiji, such as the InterContinental Fiji.

💰Where to stay on a budget in Fiji?

The best place to stay in Fiji if you’re on a budget is Nadi. There are quite a lot of budget accommodations in Nadi – the Breeze Apartments are an excellent choice for budget travelers.

🌠 Where should I stay for one night in Nadi?

If you’re staying in Nadi for just one night, Platinum Cawa Apartments and the Fiji Gateway Hotel are two great hotel choices. 

📅 What is the best time to visit Fiji?

The best time to visit Fiji is between May and September when the sky is clear, and there’s less of a risk of cyclones. 

✨ What is the most popular part of Fiji?

The Mamanuca Islands are one of the most popular destinations in the Fiji archipelago, but Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island, is also a popular spot among tourists. 

🤔 Is the Maldives or Fiji better?

Fiji is a better choice for adventurous travelers who want to experience authentic island life and try different water sports. The Maldives, on the other hand, are a better fit for people looking for a luxurious and relaxing vacation – check out these amazing Maldives hotels!

🚗 How to get around Fiji?

The best way to get around Fiji Island is by car – it’s a good idea to rent a car and drive around. However, if you want to go island hopping and explore the other islands, you can take a ferry from almost anywhere in Fiji. 

Conclusion

A tranquil beach lined with tall palm trees leaning towards the sea, under a cloudy sky at sunrise or sunset, creating a peaceful tropical atmosphere

Wow, that was quite an adventure! I hope this article will help you decide where to stay in Fiji. Whether you choose the main island of Viti Levu or decide that the Yasawa Islands will suit you better, I’m sure you’ll have a great time!

I know I’ve given you so many hotels and resorts to choose from, but here are my top 2 favorites, both located on Denarau Island. 

Well, that’s it from me! Just make sure you book in advance so you won’t miss out on staying in the best hotels. And just a little reminder – don’t forget your travel insurance! 

Do leave a comment if you have any questions or suggestions for our fellow travelers!

Safe travels, 

Kate


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