“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta.
How often do you daydream of swaying palm trees, white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters so vivid you can almost feel the warm, salty wind in your hair? When was the last time you were distracted by a picture of a postcard-perfect paradise while slogging away on a long day at work?
There is no need for envy as the tropical utopia of Fiji awaits, home to some of the happiest people on Earth.
Tucked away in the South Pacific, Fiji is an archipelago of 330 islands made up of one thousand miles of unspoiled beaches, fish-filled azure lagoons and stunning coral gardens set against a backdrop of rugged landscapes. Its strategic location means it is ideal for a holiday stopover for Australian or New Zealand travelers.
With an abundance of nature all around, there is always something for everyone in Fiji. Fiji is perfect for travelers from all walks of life, even if you are traveling with kids in tow. Rest assured, your Fiji family vacation will be filled with adventure, learning about its rich indigenous culture, thrilling activities and bountiful sunshine. This starts as soon as you disembark your Fiji Airways flight at Nadi International Airport.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by friendly locals shouting “Bula!”, which means “welcome” and “life”, as a band of brightly smiling locals armed with musical instruments serenade you while you pass through immigration.
No doubt Fiji is a haven for couples and honeymooners, evidently, from its many gorgeous beachfront gems like Laucala and Six Senses Fiji and its outstanding all-inclusive resorts, such as Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa and Shangri-La Fijian Resort & Spa.
Complete with amenities such as nanny’s services and kids’ clubs, complimentary family activities and additional meal packages, kids will also have an incredible experience in Fiji while their parents enjoy a romantic time together.
Due to its warm year-round climate, you can dive straight into underwater adventures and discover Fiji’s gobsmackingly beautiful coral reefs and thriving marine life, all the while keeping a lookout for the elusive white-tip reef shark. Kids, on the other hand, will love the giant playground that is Fiji’s long, white sand beaches.
Alternatively, try a hand at kite-surfing, a popular beach activity, or hop on a buggy tour together while getting a healthy dose of vitamin D and a social-media-envy-worthy tan.
The Mamanuca islands and the Yasawa islands are also perfect places for these beach adventures and eco-friendly diving explorations. Simply arrange for a day trip out to either of the islands.
Once you’ve had an exhilarating day out and about exploring Fiji, treat your family to sumptuous specialties at one of the many Fijian markets.
Although choosing what to eat may prove to be a hard decision because there are so many mouthwatering local dishes that are made from a wealth of fresh produce, a must-try is the Kokoda (pronounce as core-condaa), a fresh Mahi Mahi fish dish marinated in zesty lemon juice and enriched with creamy coconut milk, sure to tantalize your taste buds. And be sure to have a bite of nama, a type of seaweed colloquially known in Fiji as “sea grapes”.
Of course, no trip to Fiji is complete without sampling some kava, the country’s national drink made from mixing the powdered root of the pepper plant (piper methysticum) with water. Fiji’s vibrant marketplaces are also ideal for picking up a handcrafted souvenir or two.
One thing’s for sure: By the end of your exciting postcard-perfect paradise escape, long after your tan has faded, you will have a diverse array of stories to tell.
Fiji Airways’ international routes open up the whole of Asia-Pacific and the west coast of the US to travelers, including Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, USA and a direct route between Nadi and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport in Japan.
Whether you are flying halfway across the world or towards Australia and New Zealand, Fiji Airways offers long-haul flights catering to all travelers, including families. With six decades of flying tucked under its belt, an excellent team, and a well-trained, exceptional crew, Fiji Airways promises extra thought and care for those traveling with kids.
If your child is between the age of two and 11, he or she may be eligible for his or her own seat under a child fare. Parents need not fear to have to carry their infant throughout the entire journey as bassinets are available for infants.
While parents can enjoy South Pacific-inspired cuisine including fish dishes, fruity salsas, and a full range of complimentary beverages, they will not need to pack food from home for their children as delicious kids’ meals are also available upon request. To find out more, contact Fiji Airways.
Additionally, Fiji Airways understands that keeping children comfortable and happy onboard is important and therefore, a range of in-flight entertainment featuring blockbuster movies, hit TV shows, chart-topping music and engaging games is readily available. It is hours of fun to be had all from the comfort of your seat.
Fiji Airways’ flights are available on 11 Boeing and Airbus aircraft, including six spacious yet sleek Airbus A330 planes. The airline also has five of Boeing’s newest 737 MAX 8 on order, two of which will arrive in 2018 while the remaining three will arrive in 2019.
Best of all, Fiji Airways will be offering low prices in conjunction with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You heard it here first. Go here to book your flights.