Isolated on its own, floating between New Zealand and Hawaii in its own time zone are the Melanesian islands of Fiji. It is a picturesque volcanic island archipelago surrounded by the turquoise waters of the South Pacific. Here those hungry for a slice of peace and quiet in the midst of lush tropical jungles or on secluded, picturesque beaches will find what they’re looking for. Whichever time of year they arrive, they will be virtually guaranteed sun and sand. Situated on the largest Fijian island are holiday homes in Sigatoka, to the southwest of the island. Holidaymakers can choose from different beachfront homes that will guarantee sensational sunsets and the sweet breeze straight from the ocean. They will be able to cool off from the summer sun in swimming pools in their Sigatoka holiday homes.
-Beaches: Sigatoka is home to some spectacular beaches, one of which is Natadola Beach. It really is anyone’s ideal beach with its glistening white carpet of fine sand and clear blue water. It is a safe beach for those on holiday with their kids and the beauty is that there are rarely ever crowds here meaning one can enjoy uninterrupted hours of sunbathing. Visitors can also go snorkelling off this beach or hire horses from the locals for rides beside the waters of the Pacific. The kids will be delighted to collect the many shells that wash up ashore.
-Outdoor activities: As one would expect when holidaying in a tropical destination surrounded by ocean waters, there is the opportunity for water sports in Fiji. Apart from the snorkelling, those with the skills or appetite to learn can go surfing. On venturing inland holidaymakers will find rivers conducive for the thrills of white water rafting. Keen golfers will want to spend time at the Pearl Fiji, a championship golf course surrounded by lush tropical forests.
-Food and drink: While those residing in self-catering holiday rentals in Sigatoka can get supplies from the town’s thriving market for cooking, including fresh fish, they can also take the opportunity to try what local eateries have to offer. In this laid-back coastal town they won’t find it difficult to find hot pies, samosas or various fish-based dishes. For a refreshing pint accompanied by good music visitors can pop into Ed’s Bar. It is not far and holidaymakers won’t have to leave the island of Vitu Letu.
-Museums: For anyone keen on learning more about Fiji’s past, a visit to the Fiji Museum is worth the time. Here they’ll find a collection of artefacts dating back over 3,000 years which will open their eyes to Fijian cultural norms. To learn more about local traditions, Sigatoka holiday home residents can visit the nearby Vatukarasa Village where they’ll be warmly welcomed by the inhabitants and given an in-depth look at how they live day to day.
-Natural features: A tour of Fiji’s national park will reveal a number of interesting features including hot sand dunes the top of which provide some excellent views. They will also come across the Naihehe caves, carved into limestone mountains.
The weather in this locale is warm throughout the year and temperatures are almost always above 25°C. Rainfall is also abundant, hence the greenness of the landscape. Between December and January the weather is particularly hot with average highs touching 30°C.
Holidaymakers flying into Fiji will fly in through the main Nadi International Airport. A few airlines fly there directly but tourists could opt to fly to Australia first and then get a four-hour flight to Fiji. Visitors to this island from most parts of the world, including the UK don’t need to worry about getting visas in advance as they can obtain a temporary visitor’s visa on entry that will last them 4 months.