Top Family Activities in Fiji
If you ever doubted whether Fiji was a good place for a getaway with the kids, then this introductory list of things to do in Fiji with kids might help clear things up. There are many amazing ways to enjoy Fiji as a family, whether it’s through an adventure activity like ziplining or river tubing or something more relaxing like an island cruise or, ahem, sending them to the kids’ club… Either way, there’s something in Fiji for every family and in every island group, so check out this list of family activities in Fiji to start making your bucket list.
1. Cruise the Islands for Snorkelling, Kayaking and Building Sandcastles on the Beach
Most family holidays start on the main island, Viti Levu, particularly in Denarau, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the amazing archipelago landscapes of Fiji. To see all those paradise islands, get on the water with a cruise from Port Denarau. Day cruises like Oolala Cruises offer family-friendly excursions packed with activities (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor). Kids will also love the sailing adventure of the Tivua Island cruise with Captain Cook Cruises (on Viator and Tripadvisor) where you and your family will be whisked away on the pirate-like sailing ship to enjoy a guided snorkelling tour, glass-bottom boat tour, buffet lunch, cultural entertainment and a kava ceremony. Check out more family-friendly experiences from Denarau in the 10 Things to Do in Denarau with Kids.
2. Experience the Waterslides, Ziprails and Wildlife at the Kula Wild Adventure Park
An unmissable family attraction on Fiji’s main island, the Kula Wild Adventure Park on the Coral Coast is a wildlife sanctuary holding fascinating Fijian birds and reptiles. If that wasn’t enough, the park has a water park complete with slides, a treetop rail zipline and lots more to make a full day of fun for all ages! For an extra special treat, help take care of the animals in the “Ranger for a Day” experience. Find out more about Kula Wild Adventure Park on Viator and Tripadvisor. This activity also features in our 10 Things to Do on the Coral Coast with Kids.
3. Fly Through the Forest on a Zipline Course
With all that tropical forest to soar over, what better way to see it than via a zipline ride?! Kids certainly love this activity that can be enjoyed either in Nadi or the Pacific Harbour. You have two adventures to choose from in Nadi: the forest-zipping and cave adventure with Zip Fiji (on Viator and Tripadvisor) or the waterfall and tropical rainforest zipline option with Sleeping Giant Zipline. Alternatively, Zip Fiji also has an awesome course in the Pacific Harbour with ziplines covering 2km (1.2 miles) through a private eco-reserve (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor). Find out more in our 5 Best Zipline Tours in Fiji. Plus, check out more family-friendly experiences in Fiji’s arrival city in our 10 Things to Do in Nadi with Kids.
4. Treat the Kids to a Fun-Filled Day at Your Resort’s Kids’ Club
Fiji is renowned for its kids’ clubs where not only do the kids get a day (or days) of fun and education, but the parents also get a break – it’s a win-win! The widest range of kids’ clubs can be found in the Mamanuca Islands, offering a fantastic way for kids to socialise and learn more about Fiji nature and culture. For instance, the Plantation Island Resort‘s Coconut Kids’ Club has a jam-packed itinerary of coconut boat-making, T-shirt tie-dye and much more, while at the Treasure Island Resort kids get the unique opportunity to be involved in turtle conservation programs. Find out more about Fiji’s kids’ clubs here, while more experiences in this island group can be found in the 10 Things to Do in the Mamanuca Islands with Kids.
5. Go River Tubing on the Navua River
The Pacific Harbour on the southern coast of Viti Levu is renowned for being the “adventure capital of Fiji”, which includes soft-adventure tours for families. One of the highlights is river tubing on the Navua River. Words can’t describe how ridiculously fun river tubing is, so we’ll let you know the details: trips with River Tubing Fiji take you up the Navua River to encounter spectacular waterfalls, epic scenery and visit Fijian villages. Somewhere in between, you’ll have the opportunity to jump into an inflatable rubber tube and raft the gentle river rapids. Find out more about River Tubing Fiji on Viator and Tripadvisor. Plus, check out more activities on the Navua River and more in the 10 Things to Do on the Pacific Harbour with Kids.
6. Jump on a Boat Trip to the Sawa-i-Lau Caves
Fiji presents many interesting excursions to amazing formations, usually in the form of waterfalls or inland caves that were once used by cannibals. One of the highlights, however, is the breathtaking Sawa-i-Lau Caves in the Yasawa Islands. While you might find it hard to leave your resort in the paradise islands of the Yasawas, it’s worth a trip to this limestone sea cave. Check out more suggestions for family activities in the Yasawas in the 10 Things to Do in the Yasawa Islands with Kids.
7. Discover the Island Culture Through Fijian Arts and Crafts
The Fijian culture is authentic and ever-present in Fiji, which is an aspect kids love about a holiday in Fiji. It’s a core part of kids’ clubs, where little ones will learn how to do Fijian crafts, learn some Fijian dances, take part in a torch-lighting ceremony and more. Village visits are also another fantastic way to immerse in the Fijian culture, which are available through many resorts, but the Suncoast presents some of the more popular village experiences. Navala Village is one of the few remaining villages in Fiji with traditionally thatched bures. Visit the village yourself following village protocol – as explained in Fiji Village Etiquette: What to Do When Visiting a Fijian Village or visit as part of a guided tour. Find out more in the 10 Things to Do on the Suncoast with Kids.
8. Snorkel at the Famous Rainbow Reef, Split Rock or Namena Marine Reserve
If your kids can swim, snorkelling is a must-do just about anywhere in Fiji! While snorkelling can be enjoyed from the beach of many of Fiji’s resorts, as well as on snorkelling boat tours to various outer reefs across Fiji, one example of snorkelling goodness can be found at the colourful coral reefs of Vanua Levu. Join The Remote Resort for their snorkelling experience to Rainbow Reef or head to Split Rock with its interesting underwater rock formation and lots of colourful fish. Finally, explore the pristine Namena Marine Reserve with resorts such as Savasi Island Resort and Daku Resort. For more suggestions of ways to enjoy Vanua Levu as a family, take a look at the 10 Things to Do on Vanua Levu with Kids.
9. Have a Go on the Waitavala Sliding Rocks
Fiji’s larger islands are a natural playground, which is especially the case in Taveuni with the Waitavala Sliding Rocks. This 200m (656ft) long waterslide chutes you over rapids into a narrow stream at the bottom, providing endless fun! Learn more about where to find the waterslide, as well as other fun things to do in the area in the 10 Things to Do on Taveuni with Kids.
10. Kayak Through the Mangroves, Over Coral Reefs or on an Outrigger Canoe
Kayaking is a safe family-friendly activity that many enjoy in Fiji for free at resorts. One of the best island groups of kayaking is the Lomaiviti Islands where resorts and accommodations can provide kayaking tours through mangrove forests around Ovalau, you can enjoy freedom kayaking over coral reefs, or the Leleuvia Island Resort has awesome outrigger canoes! See more Lomaiviti recommendations in the 10 Things To Do in the Lomaiviti Islands with Kids.