Fiji: The straight and narrow

By Lauren Jones

Want more from a Fiji break than just a pool and a cocktail? Healthy holidays are easy to find, writes Lauren Jones.
Bootcamp in Fiji with Crave Lifestyle holidays.
Bootcamp in Fiji with Crave Lifestyle holidays.

1 YOGA

Yoga has quickly become one of the most popular activities for holiday-makers in the Pacific Islands. Whether you want to join a guided retreat or take occasional classes, there's an option for you. Fiji is great for yoga holidays as there are daily classes at a number of resorts, such as the The Waitui Beach Club on the main island of Viti Levu or the Jean-Michel Cousteau resort on Vana Levu Island. If daily classes aren't enough to keep you entertained, there are plenty of options for yoga retreats, most around a week long and catering for all levels. A retreat is a great way to guarantee daily lessons while also offering enough free time to relax and explore at your leisure.

2 SURF

If you're keen to try water sports or keep up your fitness while on holiday look no further than Fiji's surf resorts.

Although you can opt for a camp or package deal that gets you out on the surf every day, there are also options to surf when it suits you. The autumn/winter season (March-October) in Fiji is more suited to the experienced surfer whereas summer brings smaller swells better suited to beginners. Maqui Beach Eco Surf Resort offers a variety of packages, which include five to seven days for beginner or advanced surfers. Matanivusi Surf Resort also offers a surf package for experienced surfers with additional board hire and trips to the local breaks with surf guides.

Surfing at Tavarua Island, Fiji. Photo / Getty Images
Surfing at Tavarua Island, Fiji. Photo / Getty Images


3 HIKING

If you're looking for a trip to Fiji but are worried there won't be enough to keep you entertained for a week, hiking could be the solution. There are great treks throughout Fiji's islands which offer stunning views and scenery and cater to all levels of experience. For the traveller who prefers luxury, the Koro Sun Resort offers hiking trails with or without a guide. If you're looking for a more down-to-earth hiking experience, Talanoa Treks offer a number of options, from one-day to four-night hikes and you can even tailor your own hike to suit your needs. Hiking can be the best way to truly experience the scenery of a country and it's a really rewarding way to keep entertained, plus there's no reason to feel guilty about lounging on the beach after you've completed a hike.

4 SPA

As a slightly more relaxing option it's well known that Fijian resorts offer great luxury spa packages. The Hilton Resort and Spa, Namale's Valeni Sasauni Spa Sanctuary and the Matamanoa Island Resort offer extensive spa services with a range of treatments. If you're booking a family holiday, ensure that your chosen resort accommodates children - high-end spa resorts are often adults only. If you're in an Airbnb or private accommodation, it's also worth keeping in mind that some resorts offer day spas - check if a resort near you offers walk-in appointments and bookings.

5 FITNESS RETREATS

It's always a drag when you come back from a holiday to find you've gained a few kilos and have become far slower on the treadmill. Thankfully some getaways in Fiji make it possible for you to keep working out while also enjoying some downtime. Naveria Heights Fiji offers a great weight loss and fitness package with their accommodation, which includes meals and an array of activities. If it's a retreat you're looking for, Crave offers great packages in Fiji with group or personal training sessions, but they also ensure that you do some relaxing, after all you are on holiday. Fitness holidays are a great way to get inspired with new workouts in order to stay on track, even after you get home.

CHECKLIST

Getting there

Fiji Airways flies direct from Auckland to Nadi, with return Economy Class fares starting from $669 for adults and $200 for children, valid until February 10.

- NZ Herald

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