Luxurious Things to Do on the Suncoast, Fiji
While not as developed as the high-end resort districts of Denarau, the Coral Coast or the Mamanuca Islands, the Suncoast provides a different kind of luxury on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. It’s one of tranquillity, authenticity and adventure, with an array of luxury experiences from the depths of coral-filled Bligh Water, through the Fijian villages, waterfalls and wild forest landscapes, to the top of the highest peak, Mt Tomanivi. That’s not to say that you won’t be pampered here, as there are private island experiences to blissful spa treatments to be indulged in. Find out more with this list of luxury activities on the Suncoast.
While you’re here, let us also guide you with The Luxury Guide to the Suncoast.
1. Arrive on the Suncoast in Style by Helicopter or Seaplane
Kickstart your luxury vacation the right way with a one-hour flight over Fiji’s coasts and rugged inland interior on a flight to the Suncoast. Pacific Island Air offers private flights to selected resorts on the Suncoast, including Wananavu Beach Resort, Volivoli Beach Resort and Dolphin Island, via seaplane or helicopter. Flights depart from Nadi International Airport.
2. Scuba Dive Among the Complex Coral Structures of the Bligh Water
One of the snorkelling and scuba diving hotspots of Fiji is right on the Suncoast’s doorstep, the Bligh Water. The dive sites around Rakiraki are relaxing enough for beginners to feel comfortable yet captivated, while experienced divers will find a new and enthralling underwater world. The Vatu-i-Ra Passage between Fiji’s two largest islands boasts deep dives into soft yellow coral, while the dive sites around Nananu-i-Ra Island feature interesting channels dubbed the “Amazing Maze”. Scuba diving is easily organised at all of the Suncoast’s luxury accommodations – this is Fiji, after all. Volivoli and Wananavu resorts each having their own dive shop.
3. Have Fijian Cuisine Prepared for You in Your Private Villa
There are many gourmet dining experiences to be had on the Suncoast, which we’ll go into more later, but for those staying in the luxury Bularangi Villa, the chambermaid is on-call to prepare delectable Fijian dishes right from your villa’s kitchen – you’ll definitely want to take her home. What’s more, she is also available for private Fijian and Indo-Fijian cooking classes.
4. Indulge in a Relaxing Spa Treatment at one of the Suncoast’s Day Spas
Let all of the stress of modern-day life melt away with a luxurious spa treatment on the Suncoast. Daulomani Day Spa at the Volivoli Beach Resort offers massages, facials and more combined with outstanding ocean views. Unwind with a traditional Fijian massage to enhance relaxation and rejuvenation at Dolphin Island. Alternatively, the Wai Spa at Wananavu Beach Resort offers spa favourites such as hot stone rituals and couples’ massages.
5. Go on a Half-day or Multi-day Excursion to Villages, Waterfalls and the Highest Peak in Fiji
Don’t miss one of the most fulfilling aspects of visiting the Suncoast, exploring Fiji’s rugged island interior. Discover waterfalls, remote villages rich in tradition, and breathtaking mountainous and rainforest landscapes on a tour of inland Fiji. Make it a half-day trip to Narara Village where you’ll be welcomed with a traditional kava ceremony before being taken to their natural waterfall slide – check it out with Wananava Beach Resort and Dolphin Island. Alternatively, make it a multi-day journey of discovery with Talanoa Treks who will take you through Fiji’s unique cloud forest, villages and waterfalls on a trip to the top of country’s highest peak, Mt Tomanivi.
6. Enjoy a Private Beach Picnic
A great way to celebrate a special occasion or “just because”, indulge in a private beach picnic experience with Wananavu Beach Resort. You’ll be transported to a nearby island decorated with pristine sandy beaches ideal for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling. It will be your own secluded paradise to enjoy together along with a picnic hamper lunch. For more activities like this, see 10 Romantic Activities on the Suncoast for Couples.
7. Spend the Day on the Open Water on a Sports Fishing Charter
Relax on the open water with a beer in hand and wait for the bite on Fiji’s Bligh Water. Thanks to the current created between Viti Levu and Vanua Levu there is an exciting array of game fish waiting to give you your next challenge. We’re talking mahimahi, black marlin and sailfish – and more species of game fish in Fiji here. Join Half Cast Charters at the Volivoli Beach Resort for the day where the resort’s chefs are happy to cook your catch up for you. Trawling trips are also available at Dolphin Island and the Wananavu Beach Resort.
8. Enjoy Gourmet Dining in Rakiraki and Lautoka
What is a luxury vacation without luxury cuisine? The Suncoast towns of Rakiraki and Lautoka provide a few exquisite dining options within their up-market resorts. Try the Nuku Bar & Grill at the Volivoli Beach Resort. The open-air restaurant serves photo-worthy Fijian and Japanese cuisine. At Raymond’s Restaurant at The Fiji Orchid in Lautoka, divulge in classic Fijian and South Pacific cuisine is served upon banana leaves and tastefully decorated with orchids. The restaurants at both the Tanoa Rakiraki Hotel and Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka are a diamond in the rough, serving up spectacular Indian food, Fijian dishes, as well as international crowd-pleasers.
9. Take the Opportunity to Unwind and Reconnect by Hiring a Resort Nanny Service
At this more secluded side of Fiji, you will not find the large kids’ clubs but more bespoke child services. For instance, Dolphin Island specialises in family holidays, offering exciting activities for little ones, from children’s cooking classes to snorkelling instruction. They are about the only luxury accommodation on the Suncoast providing babysitting services, should you want some time to reconnect. Otherwise, at this and other luxury resorts like Wananavu and Volivoli, there are plenty of adventures that the whole family can do together. See 10 Things to Do on the Suncoast with Kids for examples.
10. Have a Private Island “House Party”
Imagine a house party on a private island. Well, that’s what Dolphin Island is offering with their aptly-named “House Party Package” where a group of six to eight friends or family can hire the island, its accommodation and services – with no one else but the friendly Dolphin Island staff around. The luxurious castaway experience is all-inclusive with meals, sundowner cocktails, a traditional “lovo” night and Fijian entertainment, an in-room spa treatment for each guest, and more.