Activities on the Pacific Harbour & Beqa Island You Can’t Miss!
Welcome to the adventure capital of Fiji. There you were thinking Fiji was all about beaches, palm trees and cocktails, but there’s a whole other exciting side to Fiji worth exploring. It’s the Pacific Harbour and Beqa Island. Here, we’ll go through some of the must-dos on the Pacific Harbour!
Find a range of unforgettable adventures, from the ocean with shark diving and scuba diving in the spectacular Beqa Lagoon, to inland adventures up the Navua River rich in culture, majestic river gorge scenery and more waterfalls than you can count. And when you want to wind down, how about a Fijian cooking lesson or a wander through the quirky Arts Village?
For more inspiration, head to our Complete Guide to the Pacific Harbour & Beqa.
1. Feel the Adrenaline with a Shark Diving Experience
Sure, you can go scuba diving just about anywhere in Fiji (and we’ll get to that later) but it’s not everywhere that you can go cageless shark diving! That’s right, the nearby Shark Reef Marine Reserve is a protected area for around seven different species of sharks, including huge bull sharks, and around 300 species of fish. Join the team from Aqua Trek for one of the daily shark feedings and watch a shark-feeding frenzy right before your eyes – no cage, no disturbance; just beautiful wildlife!
2. Explore the Arts Village
Anyone staying on the Pacific Harbour or passing through can’t miss a quick trip to, well, the colonial times! After crossing a bridge over a lily pad pond, you’ll enter a shopping centre of more than 50 shops and 14 eateries all in colonial architecture. It’s worth having a look around for a bite to eat and to pick up some fun souvenirs. The Arts Village is also home a cultural attraction with a mock-up traditional Fijian village and a show with Fijian meke dancing, fire-walking and more. See more activities like this in our 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do on the Pacific Harbour.
3. Scuba Dive in One of the World’s Largest Reefs
If you know anything about the Pacific Harbour and Beqa Island it’s that they are close to one of Fiji’s best scuba diving spots, the Beqa Lagoon. Surrounded by one of the world’s largest barrier reefs with over 306km (190 miles) of coral, the Beqa Lagoon is a must-hit scuba diving spot for experienced and non-experienced divers alike! Scuba diving is on the agenda of most resorts on the Pacific Harbour and Beqa Island or with Aqua Trek. A snorkelling excursion to the Beqa Lagoon is a cheaper alternative and still mighty impressive. Check out trips with See Fiji Reefs.
4. Play Golf at the Prestigious Pearl Golf & Country Club
Enjoy the long fairways lined with tropical plants and featuring plenty of exciting water challenges on this 18-hole par-72 golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The Pearl Golf & Country Club golf course is one of the most famous golf courses in Fiji and is ideally located in the centre of the Pacific Harbour – so you can’t miss it! Alternatively, for serious golfers, the Nanuku Auberge Resort offers helicopter flights to the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course on the Coral Coast.
5. Go River Tubing on the Navua River
Words can’t describe how ridiculously fun tubing down the Navua River is, so we’ll just let you know the details. Trips with River Tubing Fiji take you up the Pacific Harbour’s Navua River to encounter countless spectacular waterfalls, epic river gorge scenery and visit real Fijian villages. Somewhere in between, you’ll have the opportunity to jump into an inflatable rubber tube and raft on the gentle rapids down the river. The whole tour is guided and fun way to spend the day with the whole family. Lunch is also included. Find more activities like this in our 10 Things to Do on the Pacific Harbour with Kids.
6. Surf on the Famous Frigates Passage
About 19km (12 miles) off the coast of the Pacific Harbour is one of Fiji’s most famous surf breaks, Frigates Pass. The long heavy left-hand barrel that is known to break for over 500ft on a good day is a thrill for keen surfers. Trips to Frigates Pass and the other surf breaks on the Pacific Harbour can be organised with most resorts in the Beqa Island and Pacific Harbour area. See more activities like this in our 10 Adult-Only Activities on the Pacific Harbour & Beqa.
7. Go White Water Rafting on the Navua River
An epic inland adventure awaits on the upper Navua River with Rivers Fiji. Jump on a white water rafting raft and discover the thrill of white water rafting combined with unmatched scenery! The towering gorge walls and tropical rainforest surrounding the Navua River is a sight not many people are lucky enough to see. Waterfalls are around every corner as are fun grade 2-3 rapids making this an ideal trip for families with older kids (over 8 years). The trip also includes a visit to a Fijian village.
8. Learn to Cook Local Food in a Fijian Cooking Class
Foodies on the Pacific Harbour are seriously spoiled for choice when it comes to experiencing the local culture through food – just take a look at our 10 Things to Do on the Pacific Harbour for Foodies. But one of the most immersive foodie experiences is a Fijian cooking lesson. Guests at the Beqa Lagoon Resort have the chance to learn how to make Kokoda – a traditional dish of fish marinated in coconut milk. Learn how to cook Kokoda using prawns traditionally, over an open fire at the Nanuku Auberge Resort. For more resorts offering cooking lessons, check out the Royal Davui Resort and the Lalati Resort & Spa.
9. Treat her to a Private Picnic on a Secluded Beach
Enjoy romance, gourmet food and privacy with one of the Pacific Harbour’s private dining experiences. The Royal Davui Resort, Nanuku Auberge Resort and Lalati Resort & Spa all offer private tables, whether it’s overlooking the ocean on a private deck or on your own private pier. Nanuku, Kulu Bay Resort and Lalati Resort also do private beach picnic excursions to secluded sand bars and beaches complete with a gourmet picnic.
10. Jet Boat on the Navua River
Another thrilling way to discover the breathtaking tropical landscapes and villages of the Navua River is on a jet boat tour. Trips with Discover Fiji Tours speeds up one of Fiji’s most stunning and accessible rivers, stopping off at one of many waterfalls for a swim, at a local village to meet the locals, and enjoying a barbecue lunch along the way. Oh yeah, and there’s some inflatable rafting fun going down the river also added in this action-packed itinerary!