Why go backpacking in Fiji?
Backpacking on a gap year in Fiji is all about sandy white beaches, palm trees swaying in the breeze, and bright blue waters for as far as the eye can see. Think paradise, because you’ve just found it.
Although there’s plenty of island hopping to be had, the name of the game here is relaxing – picking a spot on an idyllic beach and making it your own.
This is where we’d usually talk about the cities on offer, but Fiji doesn’t really have anything that compares to the cities you’re used to. And that’s a good thing! Fiji is not just one idyllic island but hundreds (322 to be exact), and each offers perfect pristine beaches and a lazy lifestyle. The two biggest islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu; they account for 75% of the total land area of the country, and it’s here you’ll find the bulk of the accommodation, shops, and bars. It’s a popular backpacking destination, so there’s plenty of partying to be found.
Most of the islands of Fiji are mountainous and covered with thick tropical forests, which only add to the magic and beauty of this country.
If you’re looking for hiking there are hundreds of little volcanic peaks to choose from, including Monuriki, which you might recognise from the film Castaway, and Waya’s sheer balsatic peaks. Transport between them is usually easy to come by, though you might have to go private for the more remote getaways. Fiji is also home to some of the world’s best scuba diving sites, and getting away from the more popular islands ensures an incredible experience. But if all that sounds like a little too much effort then you can always just relax on the beach and work on the tan. A gap year in Fiji is flexible like that.
It really is hard to convey how beautiful Fiji is; the best thing to do is see it for yourself.