Fiji family vacations are the stuff dreams are made of. If someone told you to close your eyes and imagine being on a perfect beach in the South Pacific, chances are your imagination would bring you to Fiji.
Fiji is an archipelago of over 300 islands punctuated by crystal blue waters, incredible coral reefs, white sand beaches and rugged mountain views. Fiji is an all year round destination with daytime temps reaching 86 degrees accented by trade winds that offer cooling relief. Water temps average 81 degrees making is a desired vacation spot for divers, snorkelers and water sport enthusiasts.
Fiji is a 10 hour flight from either Los Angeles or San Francisco. Depart on a late night, nonstop flight and wake up in Paradise! For West coast families Fiji can be easier to get to than many popular Caribbean destinations. For east coast families, we recommend a stop over on the west coast to help adjust to the time change. It's a bit more of an effort but certainly worth the journey.
Visitors fly into Nadi International Airport on the island of Viti Levu. Connections to resorts on many of the outer islands are done by ferries and water taxis. Many families will plan staying a night or two on Viti Levu before heading off to resort stays on outer islands.
When we talk about family friendly accommodations in Fiji, the word "Bure" will often pop up. Bures come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and floor plans but generally speaking a bure is a stand alone cabin or cottage. Many family resorts in Fiji offer this style of accommodations. There are also larger, traditional style hotels in some locations offering typical hotel style rooms that families would normally expect when staying at a Sheraton or Hilton.
We've listed some of our family friendly resorts here to give you some inspiration. Asking us to rank them would be like asking us which of our children we love the most. Vacationkids Sally Black spent two weeks visiting most of the resorts on this recommended list (Yes, we know, a really tough job assignment). That said inspecting hotels isn't as glamorous as relaxing on the beach in Fiji. The good news is that now Vacationkids can bring our clients insider tips and personal connections to enhance your family's vacation in Fiji.
First Landing Beach Resort & Villas
This resort offers a bit of a curious name. Sally was told the infamous Captain William Bligh In 1789 was set adrift in a lifeboat near Tahiti by his mutinous crew of the HMS Bounty. Upon entering the Fiji waters their canoe, the Kaunitoni, hit a reef. Bligh and his crew landed on the beach where First Landing Resort is now located. First Landing resort offers family bures and villas fit for a king...No really this is where Prince Charles stays during his visits to Fiji. Parents will love the Nalamu Nippers Kids Club. The food here is incredible and meal plans are available. The lobsters served here are so big they look more like sea monsters! Bures prices start around $135 per person/per night.
Let's get real, family life is hectic. The thought of being stranded on an island in the South Pacific can sound appealing some days. Castaway Island is located in the Mamanuca Group and the only thing on this 70 acre island is this fabulous resort. To give you a sense of of what this place is like, the Tom Hank's movie "Castaway" was filmed on another small island just across the bay.
Guests arrive at the island via ferry, water taxi, seaplane or helicopter. The welcome and hospitality here is second to none. Snap on a mask and flippers and straight off the beach you'll discover some of the most amazing reefs and sea life imaginable. The children's club offers supervised activities and is open daily from 1-4pm and 5:30 to 10pm. Bures including a meal plan price at $150 USD per person/per night.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
This 5 star resort was once a former coconut plantation along a white-sand beach on Savusavu Bay. It is truly the quintessential Fiji Family vacation experience. Rates here start at $200 per person/per night and include Rates include delicious meals, non-alcoholic beverages, an exciting array of resort activities, round trip airport transportation, WiFi, Bula Club for Kids – a complimentary award-winning child care and educational program where children under the age of 6 are assigned a personal nanny.
Treasure Island Resort
Treasure Island is part of the breathtaking Mamanuca Island group, Getting to Treasure Island Resort is easy with their high speed boat that departs from the main Vuda Marina which is only a 20 minute drive from Nadi International Airport. The Little Treasure Kids Club is open to children of all ages from 4 -11 years and is open from 9:30am. Babysitting is available for younger children at a rate of $5 per hour. This gives parents the freedom to relax or explore all this resort has to offer. Room only rates start at $100 per person/night and kids under 11 eat free.
Koro Sun Resort and Rainforest Spa
This lush retreat is surrounded by a tropical rainforest and sits on a crystal clear lagoon world renown for its soft corals. Koro Sun offers spacious 2 and 3 bedroom bures and villas which are ideal for larger family groups. Meal plans are available. Family room and activities packages start at $100 per person/night and include continental breakfast, complimentary kid’s club (ages 4-12 open daily from 8am to 4pm) and personal nanny services for children age 3 and under from 8am to 4pm daily, resort activities and airport transportation.
Fiji Hideaway Resort
Here you'll find a fun filled, coral coast family resort where the natives are very friendly. Children between 4 to 12 years stay, play and eat for FREE! The Hermit Crab Kids Club is full of fun activities. The resort is also a perfect destination for surfers, with a break at the front of the resort and for the non-surfer, a variety of water activities such as snorkelling, diving, fishing and a glass bottom boat. A family of 4 bure and breakfast rates for a week stay starts at $1,250 USD.
So make your wild dreams of visiting a South Pacific paradise come true. Connect with our team here at Vacationkids. Let us take care of all of the logistics so you and your family can recharge, reconnect and enjoy all the things dreams are made of.