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11 Amazing Things to Do in Fiji with Kids

Planning a Family Trip to Fiji

Fiji is a wonderful family travel destination where nature and adventure rule and hospitality is overflowing. What once felt like a destination only reserved for the top of your bucket list, a trip to Fiji with kids, is actually a very doable and one I highly recommend! 

There are so many fun things for families to do in Fiji, and I want to highlight those today. However, let’s first look at why you would want to visit Fiji with kids in the first place. Is Fiji a good place for family travel?

11 Best Things to Do in Fiji with Kids - Kids Are A Trip

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Visiting Fiji With Kids

I just returned from a weeklong stay in Fiji, where I saw firsthand what a special place it is for families. On this trip, I stayed at four family-friendly resorts in Fiji and witnessed an incredible number of families making lifelong memories. Fiji Tourism hosted me for this trip. However, all opinions and experiences are my own.

Bures at Castaway Island

Why Should You Visit Fiji With Kids?

One of the many reasons why Fiji is an ideal family destination is the convenience of English as the main written and spoken language. This eliminates any language barriers that can be daunting for children, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable trip for the whole family.  

I was also very surprised with how affordable Fiji is for families. Rates for resort-style accommodations are much less than in other tropical travel destinations, and many include breakfast.

When meals are not included, the prices of food and drink are very reasonable. With taxes included and tipping not customary (although always welcome), you can dine out for much less than here in the United States. You can even plan a family trip to Fiji for only $5000, including airfare! 

Additionally, most of the family resorts in Fiji have robust complimentary kids’ clubs and optional (or included) nanny service that I noted was very inexpensive.

For example, at the OUTRIGGER Fiji Beach Resort, the Meimei Nanny Service costs 371 FJD for 4 days. This is the equivalent of $165 USD and gives your child (age 6 months to 12 years) nanny service for up to 8 hours per day. This breaks down to around $41 USD per day or $5 USD per hour.

Of course, you don’t need to leave your child with their nanny the entire time. They can even join your family as an extra set of hands during activities. 

Fiji Waterpark

Another thing I noticed in Fiji is that the pace is slower. They often refer to it as Fiji Time! This allows families the opportunity to relax and break from the tight schedules present in their day-to-day lives.

Likewise, there are plenty of activities going on at any given time, but they don’t feel rushed. The staff at the resorts I visited exuded patience with the children. 

Planning Your Trip To Fiji With Kids

Are you ready to plan your family trip to Fiji? First, book your airfare with Fiji Airways. Direct flights from the United States are available from Los Angeles and San Franciso, as well as Vancouver, Canada.

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Next, choose one of my many wonderful, family-friendly resorts in Fiji. I can personally recommend the Shangri-La Fiji, OUTRIGGER Fiji Beach Resort, InterContinential Fiji, and Castaway Island

If your family trip to Fiji is more than five days, I recommend splitting it up between two resorts. Choosing one on the main island, Viti Levu, for the first half of your stay and then moving out to an island resort like Castaway Island would give you a wonderful opportunity to experience more of what Fiji has to offer. 

Making Fijian handicrafts culture

Once your trip is planned, you can start thinking about which activities you want to do with your children while in Fiji. I was very surprised at how much there was to do beyond the beaches, such as EcoTrax, the Sigatoka River Cruise, ziplining, village tours, and more! Next, I will share some of the most amazing things to do in Fiji with kids.

Things To Do in Fiji With Kids

The activities below are in addition to the activities and amenities at your hotel. You can easily keep yourself entertained without leaving the resort.

However, it would be a shame to travel to Fiji and not get to experience all it has to offer. The ecosystem is very diverse! 

Kayaking fiji with kids

Before buying tickets to or making reservations for any of the below activities, make sure to see where they are on a map. Fiji is very large, made up of over 300 islands!

However, many of these activities are located within an hour or two of the Nadi International Airport and close to many of the resorts on Viti Levu.

Also, read through descriptions throughout to ensure activities are appropriate for your children’s ages and interest levels.  

1. Sigatoka River Safari

The 4.5-hour Sigatoka River Safari was one of the highlights of my trip to Fiji. It allows you to experience the natural beauty of Fiji as horses and wild animals dot the shores of the Sigatoka River.

At the same time, it is a profound cultural experience as you properly enter a traditional Fijian village, joining them for a traditional Kava ceremony, lunch, and daily activities.

I wish my two kids could have experienced this with me. It undoubtedly would have impacted them for life! 

2. Island Day Trip

If you are staying at a large resort but want to experience the island life, a South Seas Island Day Trip is for you.

For this full-day tour, your family will travel by boat from Port Denarau to private South Sea Island, where you can swim, snorkel, and enjoy a wonderful BBQ lunch.

There is also a traditional Fijian make performance, and add-on activities are available.

3. EcoTrax

At EcoTrax Fiji, your family can ride along an old sugar cane rail line on electric-assisted bicycles before stopping at a secluded beach to enjoy fresh fruit and coconut.

EcoTrax FIJI bicycles

I had the opportunity to experience EcoTrax while staying at the Shangri-La Yanuca Island Resort nearby, and it was one of the coolest things I have experienced. They have seats for children, too.

4. Navua River Tubing

On this half-day Navua River Tubing Adventure, you can enjoy a scenic boat ride up the Navua River, admiring the diverse landscape before visiting an authentic Fijian village.

After that, enjoy a waterfall swim and lunch before you begin tubing back downriver, interspersed with gentle rapids. 

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5. Kula Wild Adventure Park

The Kula Wild Adventure Park, located near the OUTRIGGER Fiji Beach Resort, is a fun place for kids of all ages.

This park offers everything from animals and self-guided nature tours to a 100-meter jungle waterslide and ziplining! 

6. Full-Day Mamanuca Sailing & Snorkeling Trip

Snorkeling right offshore in Fiji is better than most places; however, when you get out into the ocean, it’s even better!

South Seas Catamaran Day Cruise Fiji

On this popular Sailing and Snorkel Tour, your family can enjoy the warm breeze as you cruise around the Mamanuca Islands on a large catamaran, stopping at the best snorkeling spots. A buffet lunch is included. 

7. Sigatoka Sand Dunes

Along the Coral Coast, just a ten-minute drive from Sigatoka town, you will find Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, a 360-acre dune system in Fiji.

The park is open daily from 8 AM until 4:30 PM and is a great budget-friendly eco-adventure for families. Visitors can enjoy two walking trails and spectacular bird watching at this beautiful park. 

8. Zipline Tip & Cave Exploration

Boasting a solid 5-star review, this 5-hour Zipline and Cave Tour is sure to impress your kids! Make your way through the treetops along 16 giant zip lines, enjoy lunch, and then explore limestone caves.  

9. Cloud 9 Floating Pizzeria

This was a place that I will never forget! Cloud 9 is a man-made floating island with a wood-fired pizza oven, full bar, daybeds, DJ, jumping platform, and snorkeling. I even saw a sea turtle while snorkeling here! 

Cloud 9 FIJI floating island

It’s located near Castaway Island Resort, and while it is geared more toward adults, children are welcome. Personally, I think this is better suited for older kids and teenagers, and I recommend coming first thing in the day for the most family-friendly environment.  

10. Garden of the Sleeping Giant

Located just 15 minutes north of Nadi, Garden of the Sleeping Giant can be a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and the excitement of the resort.

Walk along boardwalks as you explore this rainforest, brimming with exotic plants and flowers. In fact, the orchids here are some of the most beautiful and diverse in the world. 

11. Sabeto Hotspring Mudpool

At Sabeto Hotspring and Mudpool, your family can enjoy a natural therapeutic adventure that they will never forget as they coat themselves head-to-toe in mud!

Enjoy shopping and relaxing in this unique environment. You can add a one-hour massage to your natural mud wrap, mud pool bath, and hot pool bath for as low as 70 FJD, the equivalent of $30 USD! Remember how I said that Fiji is a great value?

Many visitors opt to combine this activity with the Garden of the Sleeping Giant listed above. 

More Things To Do With Kids In Fiji

This list is hardly exhaustive, as there are so many things to do in Fiji with children and teenagers.

Gauge their interests, and you may find that they would rather learn pottery at a local Fiji village or even get Scuba certified.

Building Fishhouses at Shangri La Fiji-2

Other families may opt to stay on resort property at all times, taking advantage of amenities, kids’ clubs, and scheduled activities like making fish houses with Moses at Shangri-La.

There is no right or wrong way to experience Fiji with kids, only memories to be made!