Family-Friendly Activities in the Yasawa Islands
Discover the unique underwater worlds, fascinating Fijian culture and stunning island landscapes together on a family holiday to the Yasawa Islands of Fiji! A trip to the Yasawas is a fantastic way for families to connect and experience Fiji together thanks to the wealth of family-friendly activities available. Just take a look at this list of things to do in the Yasawa Islands with kids and be inspired for your next trip to paradise.
1. Snorkel with the Fish from your Resort or on a Snorkelling Safari
If you’re travelling with kids who are keen swimmers, don’t hesitate to discover the underwater world of the Yasawa Islands. Snorkelling is the most accessible way to get close to the coral reefs teeming with tropical fish. All the resorts in the Yasawa Islands have snorkelling opportunities, either by transporting you by boat to the best nearby snorkelling spots or straight from the resort’s beach.
2. Learn how to Scuba Dive (for 10 Years+)
On a similar note to the point above, scuba diving is another must-do in the Yasawas if your kids are old/brave enough. Children as young as 10 years old can learn to scuba dive with the Yasawa Island’s PADI and SSI-associated resorts. Some fantastic family resorts to learn how to scuba dive are Barefoot Kuata, Barefoot Manta, Blue Lagoon and Paradise Cove.
3. Jump on a Boat Trip to the Sawa-i-Lau Caves
While you might find it hard to leave your resort in paradise, it’s always worth exploring the other islands and natural attractions of the Yasawas. A popular trip is to the limestone Sawa-i-Lau Caves. The towering limestone pillars are bound to take your breath away and get the imagination of your little ones running. It’s one of the must-dos in the Yasawa Islands! Plan your trip to the caves using How to Get to the Sawa-i-Lau Caves in Fiji.
4. Discover the Fijian Culture on a Village Visit
With many of the resorts sharing islands with and hiring staff from Fijian villages, the local culture is very much alive and incredibly accessible in the Yasawa Islands. Village visits are a popular family activity to do in the Yasawas, which resorts like Blue Lagoon, Octopus Resort and Waitui Basecamp all offer. See traditions being played out as you meet local villagers and get to explore their village. Meeting and playing with the village children is also always an uplifting experience for all of the family. To incorporate yourselves more into village life, consider a homestay with one of the families in the Yasawa Islands’ villages. Check out 10 Authentic Village Stays in Fiji for more information.
5. Learn How to Craft Jewellery or Weave Hats
If your kids love arts and crafts then they’ll love the array of Fijian craft activities available in the Yasawa’s family resorts. Get the kids involved with making their own woven hat or bag or make their own coconut jewellery. Craft lessons are available at resorts such as Naqalia Lodge and Manta Island, as well as in the family resorts’ kids’ clubs (see below).
6. Check Out the Tropical Nature on a Walking Trail
While it’s tempting to spend all your time exploring the landscapes underwater in the Yasawas, it’s definitely worth exploring on land as well. Discovering the wildlife, tropical forests and magnificent viewpoints make a fun way to spend some family time together. Each island resort has a number of walks to discover, including some gentler walks for the little ones. Ask at your resort where the best walks on the island are for your family’s ability. Some resorts even offer guided walks.
7. Enjoy a Family Fishing Trip
Fishing is a classic family bonding activity, but it rarely gets more exciting than fishing in the Yasawa Islands. Mum and dad have the opportunity to catch some whoppers, with game fish like Pacific sailfish, mahimahi, giant trevally, yellowfin tuna and much more! Check out What Types of Fish Can You Fish For in Fiji? Along the way, the little ones can give reef fishing a go so they can experience the pride of catching something for dinner! Almost all of the resorts in the Yasawa Islands offer fishing trips so be sure to inquire.
8. Learn More About the Underwater World on a Marine Talk
Incorporate a bit of education into your family holiday to the Yasawa Islands by checking out the latest conservation program or discover the local marine life with the resident marine biologists at Barefoot Kuata and Barefoot Manta Island Resorts. Marine biologists at the resorts are keen to share their knowledge about the fascinating marine life around the island. You never know, this might be your chance to see some amazing wildlife close-up!
9. Get Competitive with Beach Volleyball or Football
Playing sports together is a fun way for the family to connect and the resorts in the Yasawas have a multitude of ways to get competitive together! Resorts like Mantaray Island Resort has beach volleyball, tug of war, beach football and frisbee golf. Or join the staff at Barefoot Kuata for coconut bowling or crab-racing! In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a resort in the Yasawas that don’t have nightly crab-racing competitions.
10. Take Your Kids to the Fantastic Kids’ Clubs
Kids get a chance to mingle with others their own age and engage with the local culture at the Yasawa Islands’ kids’ clubs! The Green Gecko Kids’ Club at Blue Lagoon Resort, for instance, is free of charge for children over three years old. Activities include baking lessons, crafts, sandcastle competitions, face painting and crab racing. Alternatively, the Octopus Resort‘s kids’ club and the Crooked Coconut Kids Club at Paradise Cove offer similar services for children over three years for kids to get involved with Fijian language games, painting, hair braiding, nature walks, coconut husking, snorkelling tours and much more.