A Gap Year in Fiji

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.

It’s also a stone’s throw from Australia and New Zealand, as well as destinations in South East Asia, if you fancy extending your trip (ah, go on!).

Things to do in Fiji

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Fiji Beach Conservation

from £699

7 - 140 days

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On this project in the stunning setting of Beqa Island, Fiji, you will be snorkelling to locate and map the...

Fiji Volunteer and Diving

from £1095

7 - 140 days

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The aim of this Fiji Reef Conservation Project is to better understand the marine resources of the island of Beqa...

Volunteer in Kindergarten in Fiji

from £238

7 - 84 days

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Volunteer on the Kindergarten volunteer project in Fiji. Located in Suva.

Waste Plastic Voyages and Solutions Fiji

from £951

7 - 180 days

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Sailing in Fiji working alongside our Fast Track Fiji program. Delivering education on outer islands, community outreach and data collection.

Fiji Teaching & Community Projects

from £1195

28 - 180 days

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Earn your TEFL certificate while teaching or coaching sports at a school, gain valuable experience working on a government healthcare...

Fiji Marine Conservation & Diving

from £1095

7 - 180 days

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Scuba dive in the crystal clear waters of the south Pacific. Live in paradise on a beach camp and carry...

Fiji Community Adventurer

from £1190

21 - 140 days

Fiji

Help contribute to providing an improved quality of life for local people living in such an underprivileged yet beautiful area...

Marine Conservation Expedition

from £1895

28 days

Fiji

Dive in crystal blue water and discover the rich biodiversity of the South Pacific while assisting with the local management...

Fiji Sports Coaching

from £495

7 - 140 days

Fiji

Inject much needed enthusiasm and creativity into the children's lives and become more than just a sports coach as you...

Volunteer with Children in Fiji

from £1195

14 days

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Travel to the exotic islands of Fiji and volunteer to support under-resourced local schools and teachers.

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Big Islands

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.

Small islands

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.

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