Backpacking in Fiji on a Gap Year

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A Gap Year in Fiji

When you think of backpacking on a gap year in Fiji, located in Australasia, you think of sandy white beaches, palm trees swaying in the breeze, and bright blue waters for as far as the eye can see. Well, that's exactly what it's like. Think paradise, because you've just found it.

Sunset over Fiji

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.

Friendly locals in Fiji

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.

A gap year in Fiji is basically paradise

It really is hard to convey how beautiful Fiji is; the best thing to do is see it for yourself.


Get Into the Island Spirit

You might want to spend your gap year in Fiji relaxing on one of its many beaches, and we definitely wouldn't blame you. Its paradisical nature makes it an ideal relaxation spot on a long gap year. There are also plenty of volunteering and conservation opportunities. The choice really is yours.

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Advice & Tips on Backpacking in Fiji

Although it's really tempting to just stick on the first island you come to in Fiji, we've put together a guide to the highlights of Fiji, some travel tips and even a guide to Fiji's nightlife to show you that there's loads more to see on the other islands. We've even included a guide to how to get to the other islands to make it really easy for you!

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