Fiji has hundreds of jaw-drop, eye-pop beaches – here are 10 favourites…
Castaway Island, the Mamanucas Group
Castaways definitely wouldn’t be putting messages in bottles or building smoke pyres to sound the alarm if they washed up on this incredible island, part of the Mamanucas – a group of 20 dazzlingly photogenic islands near Nadi and Denarau. To get access to this soft-sand paradise, you’ll need to check into the four-star resort of the same name. (Life’s hard.)
Honeymoon Beach, Turtle Island
If you bed down on Turtle Island – an upscale, all-inclusive private-island resort – you’ll have Honeymoon Beach on your doorstep. Not that you have to limit yourself to one stretch of milk-white sand – there are plenty to choose from here (exclusively reserve your favourite patch of sand for the day and take a lobster-and-champagne lunch with you). Swimsuits: optional.
Horseshoe Bay, Matangi Island
This horseshoe-shaped bay belonging to Matangi Island Resort frequently makes it onto ‘1,000 places to see before you die’ lists. No prizes for guessing why; on top of its picturesque bay, Matangi Island is home to 240 acres, encompassing tropical rainforest and pindrop-peaceful beaches, plus technicolour coral reefs.
Liku Beach, Tokoriki Island
At Liku Beach on Tokoriki Island, you’ve got a generous 3,000 feet of bleached golden sand at your disposal, plus the requisite turquoise waters and shady palms. Liku means sunset; Liku lives up to its name, offering one of the best sunset-spying spots in all of Fiji (and that’s saying something). Stay at Tokoriki Resort and you can try your hand (feet and legs) at paddleboarding, kayaking and other aquatic adventures.
Vomo Island, Mamanucas
This family-friendly, Smith-approved private island in the easy-to-reach Mamanucas has plenty of charms to feel smug about, including pure shores, a crystal-clear sea and a second mini isle for romantic picnics. Wannabe mermaids and mermen should book a private picnic on the button-cute beach belonging to smaller sister island Vomo Lailai, just two minutes away by boat. Staff will drop you off for a few hours with a gourmet picnic, chilled drinks and a two-way radio. Just call when you want to come ‘home’ – or swim back.
Namale Private Beach, Savusavu
Picture a playground of private beaches, verdant jungle, cascading waterfalls and you’re getting an idea of Namale’s not-insignificant allure. This private island – home to a spoiling spa resort – has 19 beachfront bures. Rumour has it, Namale’s fans include Oprah, Russell Crowe, Edward Norton, Meg Ryan, Mike Myers and Quincy Jones (to name a few)…
Natadola Beach, Vitu Levu
Vitu Levu gives good beach; Natadola is one of its finest. The waves are choppy enough for bodyboarders and surfers to be in their element too, as well as horizontal sand-and-sun worshippers. Try horse-riding on the beach, buy fresh coconuts or stock up on seashell jewellery from one of the local sandside stalls.
Seagrass Bay, Laucala Island
Wake up at one of 25 luxury villas on the rugged Seagrass Bay coastline at Laucala Island. Volcanic mountains, beautiful stretches of sand and tropical rainforest are all here for the exploring; the villas are spread across different parts of the island, meaning you can choose between beach, lagoon, coconut plantation, jungle, mountain peaks and more.
Yasawa Island Beaches
Yep: beaches, not beach: at Yasawa Island, you have 10 private beaches to choose from. ‘Yasawa’ means heaven and these beaches definitely have an angelic beauty; the resort’s beachfront spa, 18 romantic villas, kaleidoscopic coral and crystalline waters up the romance.
Mana Island, Mamanucas
Mana is at the heart of the Mamanucas, meaning you can expect views worth hopping on a plane for. The island is 32km west of Nadi, with 300 acres to play with. The resort has a heart as well as supermodel good looks: it’s involved in coral regeneration and turtle breeding projects.