Fiji beaches are renowned as being among the most beautiful in the world. There is a reason they are featured on many picture postcards and computer screen savers. Just looking at images of these extraordinary creations of Mother Nature is a soothing, relaxing experience. The real thing is even better.
From the multi-colored array of marine creatures living in the crystal clear waters, to the delicate pastel coral reefs ringing the 300-plus islands in the chain, to the shining white sands, every inch of Fiji is not only a tropical paradise, it is a tropical dream.
While every beach on Fiji is something special to be remembered, there are a few that stand out even above the already superlative collection of this popular island chain nation. Here are the top 10 beaches on Fiji that you must visit to get the very best this tropical paradise has to offer. And here are top things to do in Fiji .
Located on the ultra-exclusive, private Fijian island of Turtle , this beach is part of a luxury resort that encompasses the whole island. Honeymoon Beach is shaped like a perfect crescent, painted with brilliant white sands.
The crescent is bordered by rustic, rocky hills and luscious palm trees that are straight out of a postcard. Best of all, Honeymoon Island lives up to its name—when you stay there, it will be yours alone. Turtle only has 14 beaches, and each one is private. With the island only accommodating 14 couples at a time, Honeymoon Beach will be all yours to enjoy with your loved one.
Island of Modriki, the island where the Tom Hanks movie Castaway was recorded. Photo by Christian Haugen .
Located on the Fijian island of Qualito, this beach is famous for its brilliantly colored coral gardens, located just feet off shore in the crystal blue ocean. The dazzling color display makes this beach a favorite among snorkelers.
There is a four-star resort to accommodate visitors, with easy access to the sunny beach of soft, white sand. Bordered by rainforest, a visit to Castaway Island will make you feel like you have washed up on your own island paradise, but with luxury amenities only feet away whenever you desire them.
Tiritiri Matangi Island vista. Photo by Claire Gribbin
This horseshoe-shaped beach is located on the private island resort of Matangi. It is so beautiful, it is listed in the best-selling book, “1,000 Places to See Before You Die. ”
Like other Fijian islands, Horseshoe Bay has white sand as soft as powder, and stunning coral reefs easily available for snorkelers. Not only can you snorkel, frolic in the ocean, and sunbathe on the sand, you can even get the concierge at the nearby resort to bring you a picnic for two on the gleaming shore.
Because Fiji is such a sought-after luxury vacation destination, it makes sense that a large number of the smaller islands that make up this unique nation are exclusive. The island of Vanua Levu is one of these, and its famous Namale Beach is one of the best among the entire island chain.
In a chain of exclusive islands, Vanua Levu takes it to a whole other level, with three staff members per guest allowed on the island at any given time. This means personalized service whenever you demand it, from having drinks brought to you on the beach, towel service, and more. The beach itself is shady and cool, located under a laced canopy of coconut palm fronds. It is the perfect place to enjoy the beach without getting too hot in the sun. And, if you are interested in seeing celebrities out in the real world, you won’t have to look far.
Namale has such a stellar reputation for privacy that the rich and famous frequent it, including household names like Edward Norton and Russell Crowe. When you want recreation, Namale can offer you that, too, with guided scuba diving excursions being popular among visitors, as well as rainforest hikes to the beach’s nearby hidden waterfall.
Liku Liku resort beach in Fiji. Photo by Alpesh Shah .
A trip to Liku Beach is like going back in time to the days when the earth was a tropical jungle unspoiled by man, and dinosaurs roamed it in all their splendor. Located along a 3,000 foot stretch of Tokoriki Island, the west-facing Liku Beach is surrounded by a lush, green background of rainforest and vertical rock cliffs.
The middle of the beach includes a rock staircase up the cliff face to the adults-only Tokoriki Island Resort . Whether you go to the resort, or just lounge on the beach, the Liku experience is one of total relaxation that comes from being at one with nature.
Another private Fijian beach, Seagrass Bay is open to those who rent any of Laucala Island’s 25 luxurious villas . In fact, the Peninsula villa offers exclusive access to a stretch of the beach reserved only for those staying in that villa. It is perfect if you want some romantic privacy.
The beach offers snorkeling in perfect, clear waters, where you will come face to face with brilliant marine life local to the area, such as colorful lionfish , ingenious octopi, and hypnotic manta rays. With cool island breezes, and some of the smoothest sand in the world, this is one island you absolutely do not want to miss.
Located on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, Natadola Beach is a mere half-hour drive from the world-famous reefs on the island’s Coral Coast. Natadola Beach is unique among the world’s beaches for several reasons that make it something you don’t want to miss.
For example, the ocean is world famous for being tranquil and safe for swimming regardless of the tidal conditions. Like many other island beaches in Fiji, Natadola has world-class snorkeling. It also includes the only five-star resort on the island, the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa.
Vomo Island is mostly beach, and it is postcard quality in all directions. The sand is not just white, it is as white as chalk. The water isn’t merely blue, it is sapphire blue, and it sparkles like a precious jewel. Lounge like royalty on the beach, splash in its perfect waters, or take a leisurely hike to the top of Mount Vomo to get a 360 degree panoramic view of your tropical oasis .
This island is a short 15 miles from the main Fijian island of Viti Levu, so it is easy to access. It includes an adults-only resort at Tadrai Island Resort , which opened in 2011 on the beach at Selena Cove.
The villas there are built like thatched huts, but have every luxury amenity imaginable. With beach sands all around that look like something out of a movie, and a spectacular coral garden for snorkelers, this is a good choice of location on Fiji if you are on a romantic getaway.
Yasawa Island is a bit of a trek from the main island of Fiji, being located on the chain’s western edge. It may be a bit remote, but the beaches on this island make the journey there well worth it.
Unlike most of the islands in the chain, which are dotted with rainforests, jungles, and rocky mountains, Yasawa Island is a paradise of flowing grasslands that grow taller than most people, and plunge down gentle, sloping hills to the white sandy beaches below.
Fiji’s very first beachfront spa is located on this island, as well as a cluster of 18 luxury bungalows for visitors who demand the best in service and amenities.
This is one of Fiji’s hidden gems, as not as many people make it out to the island chain’s western edge as they usually visit the islands that are closer to the main one. You will have a lot of privacy , celebrity treatment, gorgeous beach views, and idyllic ocean swimming on a trip you will cherish for a lifetime.
Fiji is the perfect vacation spot year-round. Its temperatures are always mild, storms are few, and the locals are friendly. Because of its popularity and near-perfect environment, there are always tourists, but they are as laid back and casual as the island nation itself.
While there is island flavor and culture in abundance, let’s face it. Most people travel to Fiji for the world-famous beaches. Take some time to visit as many of these top 10 as you can. It takes some time, but it is well worth it. You will be creating an epic vacation by which all future ones will be measured.
Cover image by Duncan Odds .