This month’s birthstone is delicate blue topaz, an uplifting gem inspiring creativity and confidence. Bearing more than a passing resemblance to a sparkling tropical sea, it evokes images of a peaceful island paradise. Famed for its stunning surroundings and laidback pace of life, Fiji is the quintessential getaway, made up of over three hundred islands and packed with once-in-a-lifetime sights and experiences. Here’s our inside scoop on what not to miss.
Maravu translates as ‘silence of the sea’; something you’ll experience in abundance at the tranquil Maravu Lodge. Laid out like a traditional Fijian village, this airy accommodation boasts lush gardens, a spacious outdoor deck and spectacular views to the blue Taveuni waters. Relax on the lodge’s private beach and enjoy the peaceful surroundings, with only the sounds of the rhythmic waves and the palm trees gently creaking in the breeze. In an ideal location within easy reach of Nadi airport, and access to numerous outdoor activities, Maravu Lodge is a breathtaking base for your Fijian holiday.
Set aside half a day for the Lavena coastal walk and make your way along beaches, forests and even through water to reach the majestic Wainibau Falls. It’s a great chance to take in the varied Fijian landscapes and is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry; either go it alone along the signposted trail or with one of the area’s many experienced guides to get the most from your hike.
If you want to explore Fiji’s underwater world, Taveuni’s Rainbow Reef is hard to beat. Renowned by experts as one of the greatest dive spots in the world, its hundreds of species of coral and fish provide a kaleidescope of colour that give the reef its name. You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy this brightly bejeweled scene; there are plenty of snorkelling trips on offer for the absolute beginner.
Located on its own private island, Wicked Walu Seafood Restaurant is the place in Fiji to enjoy ocean-fresh seafood framed by idyllic beach surroundings. Immerse yourself in tropical vibes with Wicked Walu’s al fresco dining options and laidback interior complete with a sand-strewn floor. You may even be able to spot some marine life from your table - but be sure to book a spot, its beach shack style tables get filled up fast.