Ask an Expert: Fiji off the beaten track

The Yasawas have something for everyone, from backpackers to those looking for luxury.
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The Yasawas have something for everyone, from backpackers to those looking for luxury.

Q. I have been to Denarau Island and loved it but would like to head somewhere more off-the-beaten track, but still accessible, on my next Fiji trip. Where would you suggest?

A. Denarau certainly delivers a great holiday experience but there are plenty more amazing spots that Fiji has to offer.

One top destination I'd recommend is the Yasawa Island group, a string of classic South Pacific atolls that stretch away from the mainland, yet are easily accessible by boat transfer or air.

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One service that's gaining in popularity is "Awesome Adventures" - a bit like island hopping, that allows you to mix and match. Every few days, you move from one place to another, enabling a very diverse and unique holiday by visiting different islands. Along with the experience of staying on remote and rather romantic little islands, chances are you'll enjoy more sunny days here too with the weather being a lot calmer than the mainland.

Depending on your budget and holiday companions, the Yasawas have something for everyone with backpackers, family friendly resorts and a touch of luxury. There's also some amazing five-star resorts where you can simply catch up on some R&R while lying by the pool with a book or having a massage under a palm tree on the beach.

If you are up for a little more adventure, there are some of the best dive spots surrounding the islands and exploring the Sawailau Caves is a must-do. Flights from New Zealand to Fiji are readily available and affordable, and Denarau makes a great stopover either side when travelling to the outer islands. Say hello to paradise when you arrive in the Yasawa Islands during your next Fiji holiday! 

- Shane Kennedy, owner operator, House of Travel Tauranga

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