Bula! Welcome to Fiji - officially home to the happiest people in the world. And with good reason - with a blissfully warm climate, over 2,500 hours of sunshine every year and more than 333 beautiful tropical islands to choose from, who wouldn't be happy?!
If you are looking for a tropical island destination where the children are not only welcomed with open arms, but also entertained from the moment they arrive, then you can't go past Fiji. The Fijian people LOVE children, and this really shows at the many family friendly resorts scattered over the islands that make up the Fijian Republic. Excellent kids clubs with fantastic activity programmes, family friendly hotel rooms (often bures), and quality, cheap babysitting all in the paradise tropical island setting are just some of the reasons why families flock to Fiji, and return year after year.
Choose between a resort on the main island Vitu Levu (the integrated resort at Denarau has a range of quality accommodation with easy access to the islands, or the beautiful Coral Coast), or one of the many smaller islands. Our favourite family friendly island resorts include Castaway Island, Malolo Island and the Jean Michel Cousteau Resort - the latter providing a personal nanny for every child under 5!
Just remember to take your watch off once you land at Nadi airport - you're on Fiji time now, and the living is e...a....s...y (sigh).
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The Fijian people - a tremendous asset to their country, the Fijian people adore children. Kids clubs are staffed by genuinely enthusiastic staff and babysitting is cheap and easy to arrange - just a few dollars per hour.
Kids clubs - most resorts have their own kids clubs, and these tend to be very good and often free (3/4 years and up). Organised activities can include fish feeding, basket weaving, traditional costume making, cooking and lots of games. Lots of kids clubs are purpose built facilities with fenced playgrounds and supervised kids pools.
Water sports - surrounded by crystal clear, warm, turquoise water, the family is almost guaranteed to spend a good proportion of their time in the water. Most resorts will have a good range of non-motorised water sports available for free (e.g. windsurfing, catamarans, snorkelling equipment etc)
Local culture - it's tempting to stay put in your beautiful resort, but taking the time to get to know the local culture is richly rewarding. Visits to local village schools and churches (especially on a Sunday - the Fijian singing is amazing!) are not only entertaining for the whole family, but also give a valuable insight into Fijian life.
Zip Fiji - for restless kids eager for adventure (if the adventure on the high seas is not enough), Zip Fiji will have you soaring through the jungle. Children as young as 5 can take a ride, with the smaller ones riding with a guide.
Sigatoka - the adventure capital of Fiji on the main island (Vitu Levu). Try a Sigatoka River Safari which takes you down the river to authentic Fijian villages where families are given traditional sevu-sevu (welcome ceremonies), or try sand-boarding down the giant sand dunes!.
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