There are so many things to do in Fiji including sailing, exploring caves, swimming with sharks, snorkelling, taking part in a cooking school lesson, swimming with manta rays, shopping at markets, hiking, massages and flightseeing. There will be something for the whole family to enjoy.

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Seaspray Day Sailing Adventure

Board the magnificent classic schooner Seaspray for a day exploring the crystal clear waters, beautiful beaches and lagoons of the Mamanuca Islands. This 83 foot schooner offers stable and comfortable sailing to maximise your onboard comfort and enjoyment. Help set the sails, take the helm or just laze around on deck.

Anchored off Modriki Island you can go ashore to explore this uninhabited island with magnificent beaches and snorkelling. On Yanuya you will visit a traditional Fijian island village. You'll be welcomed ashore with a Kava ceremony (except Sunday) then have the chance to explore the village and meet the locals.

Passengers travel to and from Mana Island onboard our fast catamaran (where you transfer directly to Seaspray) so as to maximise the sailing time amongst the most beautiful island areas. Nothing like a day at sea for a big appetite so we include morning and afternoon tea plus a delicious barbecue lunch. All your drinks are included as well with wine, beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee available throughout the day whilst on Seaspray.

Sawailau Caves Trip

Lying off the north coast of Nacula, the island of Sawa-i-Lau lies in a pretty bay hugging the south point of Yasawa Island and is home to some partially flooded limestone caves. The passage to the south of the island is probably the windiest place in Fiji with gusts ripping and churning the seas – backpackers usually get drenched and somewhat shaken getting here.

Nevertheless, it is touted as the best sightseeing trip in the Yasawas. Locals believe the ten-headed god, Uluitini, resides deep inside the caves and folklore warns that any pregnant woman, however slight, will be unable to fit through the entrance.

The main chamber is 15m high with limestone pillars and natural sunlight streaming in from above. Boys from nearby Nabukeru village usually climb to the very top and jump into the crystal clear pool here; the other challenge is swim under-water for ten seconds to a series of smaller darker chambers where petroglyphs can be seen incised on the walls.

Swim with the Sharks/Reef Snorkelling

With literally hundreds of dive sites around Fiji, it is easy to make planning your diving holiday a breeze. Whether you want to swim with Manta Rays, snorkel coral reefs or dive Wrecks, Fiji has all the in water action you require.

Moua Reef is only a short boat ride from the white sandy beaches of Kuata and Waya Lailai Islands. The reef is a spectacular site from above and below the water with an abundance of colourful fish and beautiful corals that call this reef home. This outer reef is also home to some friendly reef sharks. Jump in and snorkel with them. It gets the adrenalin pumping, but they eat fish not people so no need to worry! Your local guides hand feed the sharks creating awesome underwater photo opportunities.

Visit a Fijian Cooking School

Discover Fiji's lively food scene with a range of cooking classes, and culinary tours where you'll taste the best of local food and wine that will delight your tastebuds. Interact with like-minded locals, meet top food professionals, and unearth culinary treasures. To see behind the scenes and experience people and places hidden from most visitors. Explore Fiji through its food and people. Fiji is home to a rich culture of people, and this is reflected in the wealth of cuisine available.

From fresh fruit and vegetables to freshly baked breads, oysters, fresh seafood and much more their will certainly be something to whet your appetite! Fiji offers a range of options available throughout Fiji and can tailor a gastronomic experience where you'll sample the freshest produce and enjoy the finest ingredients in true Fiji style.

A fantastic experience where you will learn how to cook some traditional Fijian dishes by actually preparing the meal yourself. The food reflects Fiji's South Pacific neighbours with influences from Polynesia, India, China and Western worlds. Traditional foods include root vegetables and delicious fresh fish, coconut cream and vegetables (many resorts grow their own). A dish that you must try is the marinated fish dish called Kokoda (pronounced ko-kon-da). You'll crave it forever more! The best part is getting to eat it along with your fellow chefs!

Swim with the Manta Rays

If you want to see Manta Rays then it's on the island of Naviti located in the Yasawa Group. The lagoon offers excellent snorkelling and between May and October it's possible to swim with Manta Rays, which feed around the rich current-fed passages. Your best chance of seeing them is one hour after high tide. You can visit from Botaira Beach Resort, a ten-minute boat ride away, or swim directly from Barefoot Lodge or from the aptly named Mantaray Island Resort, on the adjacent island of Nanuya Balavu. Otherwise it's possible to swim with the manta rays on a day trip from Nadi with Fiji Sea Travel.

Of course, they are wild, so we can't guarantee you'll see them but if you do, no photograph will prepare you for that first sighting of them in the water in the beneath you. The mantas don't seem to mind swimmers so there's a good chance your encounter will be a lengthy one as they turn and glide in the waters beneath you huge mouths open as they feed on the plankton.

Blue Lagoon Snorkelling Trip

The Blue Lagoon is simply stunning. It is a large lagoon that laps at the golden sand beaches of the islands that encase it. The water shimmers all sorts of blue and it beckons all into its delicious depths! Experience the beautiful coral and fish that swim beneath the lagoon on a snorkelling trip! Take your underwater camera if you have one.

Visit a Fijian Village

There are numerous Tour companies offering Fijian Village Tours. Village visits are an increasingly popular day trip for visitors keen to see traditional Fijian life outside of the resorts. Most visits include transportation, a tour of the village and a kava ceremony. The tours of villages are very relaxed and you'll be able to wander freely – you'll meet many of the villagers and particularly the children as they go about their daily life. The Ratu (or Chief) may even welcome you.

Have a Fijian Massage

Fijian Barefoot Massage has been evolving for generations on the Fijian Island of Kadavu. Fiji is comprised of 400 islands and each island has a variety of massage. Some Fijians massage with their hands, some with feet, some not at all and many different styles. Mainly clients want a therapeutic deep massage that is also relaxing. Deep Tissue Massage using elbows is a "sharp" pain. With the Fijian, the main deep work is with the heel of the foot. This deep pressure is softer than an elbow, yet it is a stronger stroke. As a bonus, clients often find that the repair happens much quicker with the Fijian Barefoot Massage.

Now this is a must! You're in Fiji in relaxation-mode so you just have to treat yourself to a luxurious island massage. Enjoy!

Take a day cruise to one of the Fijian Islands

Numerous operators offer day trips to various Fijian Islands out of the main port in Denerau. For the greatest fun under the sun you can't beat a day island trip. Starting from just 30 minutes from Denarau you can visit island surrounded by crystal clear waters and magnificent coral reefs.

Fijian crews will give you a warm welcome as you step ashore onto the sandy beach. Then the island and all its activities is yours to enjoy. The hardest part is choosing what to do first! You can enjoy snorkelling, sailing, kayaking, perhaps a massage or just lazing on the beach. There are a number of different options for you to enjoy.

Sample the culture in Nadi

At Nadi's open-air souvenir market, pick up traditional Fijian crafts such as wooden kava bowls, hand-painted saris and scepter-like cannibal forks, the latter a nod to the region's colorful past. Then explore the country's Indian legacy at Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple, an elaborately painted Hindu temple. Nearly half of Fiji's population is of Southeast Asian heritage, descendants of the Indians and Bengalis who came to work the British sugar cane plantations in the late 1800s and decided to stay. Finish up your tour by tasting the melding of these cultures with an Indo-Fijian feast of fresh fish curry and spiced roti at the Curry House, a Nadi favorite for locals and visitors alike.

Fly Over the Mamanucas

To get a different vantage of Fiji's topography, take a helicopter tour from Nadi International Airport over to the Mamanuca Islands, a string of islets that stretch for miles northwest of Viti Levu. One of the highlights: Monuriki, the island Tom Hanks made famous in Castaway. Not close enough? You can also take day trips to the islands or experience them on a multi-day cruise.

See Fire walking on Beqa

Located just off Viti Levu's southern coast is Beqa Island, and the surrounding Beqa Lagoon – home to more than 100 dives sites, some just a 5 to 20 minute boat ride from shore. See why Fiji is considered the soft coral capital of the world as you spy on blue ribbon eels, ghost pipefish, seahorses, pelagics and more – most at depths above 50 feet. But it's not just about underwater sightseeing. Beqa Island is home to the Sawau tribe, who originated the traditional art of fire-walking. At the Lalati Resort and Spa, take in a fire-walking ceremony where warriors tread over burning embers from a lovo (earth oven) shouting "O-vulo-vulo!"

Drink Kava on Vanua Levu

Fiji's second-largest island, Vanua Levu, sits to the north and is accessible via a short flight from Nadi. Here you'll find a more rural atmosphere, with stellar beaches and a number of fantastic resorts. On the south coast lies the eco-minded Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort. With a name like this, you know you'll find great diving (complete with an onsite marine biologist to guide you), but it's also a great place to see traditional village life. With a tour of Nukubaluvu Village, you'll take part in a sevu-sevu (gift giving) ceremony followed by kava drinking (an absolute must-do in Fiji) and a wild traditional dance with grass-skirted warriors.

Discover Pearls in Savusavu

Justin Hunter has spent the past decade cultivating some of world's most unique pearls in the pristine waters of Savusavu Bay. While you can find Hunter's distinctive products at a variety of stores and resorts, they're best sourced, well, right at the source. J. Hunter Pearls' flagship shop is situated on Savasavu Town's main street, a stone's throw away from where the pearls are harvested.

Hike the Falls of Taveuni

Located just off Vanua Levu's east coast is Taveuni Island. Known as Fiji's Garden of Eden, more than 80 percent of it is protected within the Bouma National Heritage Park, and it teems with rare orchids, prehistoric tree ferns, pristine waterfalls and natural waterslides. Don't miss the three Tavoro Waterfalls, a 60-foot horsetail of whitewater that cascades into an emerald pool and is easily accessible via a flat, grassy trail.

Hunt Lairo Crab on Qamea

A short boat ride from Taveuni, the intimate island of Qemea hosts lush jungle-clad hills and pristine beaches alike. Qamea is also known throughout Fiji as the home of the Lairo, a unique, and remarkably tasty, species of land crab that inhabit the island's steep hills. During full moons from November to January, guests of Qamea Resort and Spa head into the jungle at sunset hoping to snare the Lairo as they trek towards the shoreline to breed. After a night spent awakening your inner hunter-gatherer, savor the fruits of your labor with a once-in-a-lifetime lunch of Lairo the next day.

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