Bula! is the first thing you will hear upon landing at your ultimate dream getaway in Fiji. You can say Bula back - it means hello.
The country has a ferocious past although you would never be able to tell today from the kindness of the Fijian people to the the number of couples pronouncing their I do's on the country's peaceful, idyllic beaches.
The country was only discovered some 200 years ago and threats of cannibalism kept folks away for at least another 100.
Fiji sits in the South Pacific Ocean and is an archipelago made up of more than 300 islands with close to 100 of those islands having been left to the wild.
Today it provides the gold standard in romantic settings. These days wedding tourism is huge with couples scheduling well in advance to score the perfect, romantic Fiji wedding.
And it's no surprise why Fiji has become the background of choice for many a-romantic events with its lush green forests and warm weather year round plus beautiful beaches and turquoise waters.
Summers in Fiji run from November to March with toasty averages in the mid 30s, the cooler season hits in April and numbers drop to low 20s - still quite nice.
The two main islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu and where you will likely spend some quality time getting to know the country. The capital of the country is Suva and sits on Viti Levu and near Suva is the Coral Coast which is home to numerous resorts, the major town in the Coral Coast is Sigatoka and here you will find some interesting attractions like the Kula Eco Park which houses close to a hundred species of tropical birds.
The town is also home to Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park which are beautiful to visit and also have been home to archaeological digs in which items such as ancient pottery has been discovered.
Another popular area in Fiji is Denarau Island. This island is home to some of the most luxurious accommodations in Fiji as well as to the perfectly coiffed Denarau Golf Course. Accommodations include resorts as well as private villas and estates if you are looking for more of a private vacation.
Denarau port is also what has been called the official gateway to the magical Mamanuca Islands which are known for fluffy white sandy beaches and swaying palm trees. You can take a day trip from Port Denarau to the islands or book a resort for an evening or two as well. Although a Fiji vacation brings with it thoughts of poolside naps and lazy river paddling there is adventure to be had if you're so inclined. Popular activities on the islands include snorkelling, kayaking and windsurfing as well as coral reef exploration.
The Yasawas Group of Islands has only recently been opened up to land-based tourism by the Fijian government and with that so have several resorts. These volcanic islands provide more affordable staying options while still surrounded by Fijian beauty.
One of the things travelers rave about is the whitewater rafting trips done on the Upper Navua River - they include white water rafting as well as a conservation trek that gives you a little bit of history about the area and its people.
Scuba diving is also very popular and there are numerous operators that can take you out around the shores of the islands and get you up close and personal with the creatures living below. Whether you're underwater or laying on the beach, whatever you do in Fiji will provide you with breathtaking sites that will definitely play in your mind until you return.
Airlines servicing the route between Fiji and Australia include Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways, Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia.
Australia to Fiji
Popular stopovers between Fiji and Australia include multiple stops within Australia or Auckland.
More information at the Fiji Holidays guide.