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Everything you need to know about family holidays in Fiji

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Fiji is undoubtedly one of the best destinations in the South Pacific for a family holiday, with the Fijians friendly hospitality and love of children really shining through. It’s popularity amongst Australian families means that resorts are often fully booked during school holidays, particularly the June and September school holidays

With an enormous affection for children, Fijians make fabulous hosts which brings holiday-makers back to the same resort year after year. Guests are invited to dive, snorkel, bush walk or even to make a visit to the local village. And young families with babies will find the Fijian ladies eager to hold and entertain your children at every opportunity. Most resorts have kids clubs and plenty of family orientated activities.

Castaway Island

Castaway Island, Mamanuca’s

The two most popular destinations for a family holiday are either the Coral Coast or the Mamanuca Islands. Both take about one to two hours to reach from Nadi Airport, although to visit the Mamanuca Islands you may need to stay overnight in Nadi to connect with your international flights. The Coral Coast is generally more affordable and a good choice for those who like sightseeing. If you’re looking to wind down on a beautiful beach, set on a beautiful lagoon with good snorkelling and water sports, then the Mamanuca Islands is a better choice.

The best value family holidays in Fiji are around Nadi and the Coral Coast where travelling costs are minimised and hotel rooms are more available. The compromise would be not having as nice a beach as the island resorts, however there are plenty of day trips available to experience the Islands. The popular Mamanuca Islands have beautiful beaches and the lagoons are perfect for kids and there is plenty of water activities to keep you as busy if you choose too.

With plenty of idyllic beaches around the islands, it can be difficult to choose which ones are best for children. A safe swimming beach is a prime consideration, and for older kids, lots of water activities. Generally the best beach resorts for children are in the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, with the Mamanuca’s more suitable for watersports, the Yasawa for relaxing on secluded beaches and exploring a little.

FIJI HOLIDAYS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN

Children are extremely welcomed in Fiji and most resorts allow kids under a certain age to stay for free if sharing a room with their parents – some even often free meals as incentives. The exception are the upmarket boutique resorts who specialise in the honeymoon market and many have a strict no children policy to ensure a romantic atmosphere for their guests, sometimes allowing kids at dedicated holiday periods only calling them ‘family weeks’.

If travelling by car or taxi, seat belts, infant/toddler car seats, are difficult to find, although the major car hire companies do provide the latest safety standard car seats. Prams in general are not that practical to travel with and at many of the resorts, pathways are sandy – even around towns, pavements are uneven and not at all pram friendly. In the main towns, baby milk, nappies and children’s medications are readily available and being imported from Australia are of the highest quality.

One problem often faced by families with three children or more is fitting them all in to a room – or finding a hotel with two adjacent rooms. A couple of the larger hotels will offer a discounted price for a second room, whilst others have two or three bedroom villas

Jean-Michel Serenity Pool

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort – Serenity Pool

Here is my recommendation for the Top 5 Beach Resorts for Families:

  1. Castaway Island, Mamanuca’s
  2. Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Vanua Levu
  3. Radisson Blu, Denerau Island
  4. Sheraton Villas, Denerau Island
  5. Shangri-La Resort & Spa, Coral Coast
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