The Fiji first timer may feel overwhelmed when it comes to deciding
which of the nation’s 3,000 islands to visit. Travelers seeking a
little adventure with their leisure may find Fiji’s Pacific Harbor
region to be the perfect all-in-one location. Known as Fiji’s
adventure capital to locals, Pacific Harbor is just a leisurely,
and scenic, two-hour drive from Nadi International Airport.
The Pearl South Pacific
The Pearl South Pacific is the area’s
jumping-off point for eco-adventure.
The Pearl South Pacific, the area’s main resort, is the
jumping-off point for much of the area’s eco-adventures. Located
along one of Fiji’s longest sand beaches, the ultra-chic resort has
the feel of a sleek New York nightclub. The lobby bar is set in
front of an eye-catching glass-wall waterfall, and with five other
bars, the resort provides a ratio of one bar for every 13
The Pearl manages an 18-hole, 72-par golf course. With water
hazards on 12 of the 18 holes, this is one of the most challenging
courses in Fiji. The hotel also has an on-site spa, and organizes
regular surfing, diving and river-rafting excursions.
Aqua-Trek, located at the Pearl, offers a number of diving
options ranging from soft coral diving to wreck diving. The
organization’s most popular adventure, however, is its Shark
Encounter, which won the SKAL International Eco-Tourism award last
year. Guests dive 80 feet in the Beqa Lagoon, and have reported
seeing up to 10 different shark species in one dive.
The Upper Navua River
Hidden amidst the rainforest in the highlands above Pacific
Harbor, the Upper Navua River cuts a striking gorge through a black
volcanic rock canyon. With nearly 70 waterfalls punctuating its
Class II and Class III rapids, this river run is considered to be
one of the most scenic whitewater trips in the world. Rivers Fiji
organizes one-day rafting programs, including roundtrip
transportation, lunch and light snacks, which start at $170.
For slightly softer adventure, the Arts Village is a popular
area attraction. Its most popular activity is a cultural show which
incorporates traditional Fijian performances and culminates in an
impressive fire-walking display, where members of the Beqa tribe
walk barefoot over coals that have been heated to 850 Celsius. The
Arts Village also has a complete shopping center, restaurants and a
handicraft market. Other programs include a temple tour and a
village boat tour that introduces guests to the traditional Fijian
way of life.
One of the Arts Village’s colonial-style buildings has been
converted into dormitory-style accommodations, and the rooms sport
lavish hand-painted murals in native themes. Tsulu guests have free
access to the Arts Village Tiki Pool, which is surrounded by a
sandy beach and offers a swim-up bar. Daily activities are
organized for guests, and a single bunk bed space starts at about
$25. Single rooms and multi-room apartments are also available.
Hot Stones Villas
Clients seeking a more intimate lodging experience may wish to
consider renting one of two private villas along the scenic Qara ni
Qio river. The Hot Stones Villas, a two-bedroom and a three-bedroom
residence, are located walking distance to the beach, feature an
open-air design, and each one comes with a private pool, a private
chef and daily valet and nanny service.
Fiji Visitors Bureau
Hot Stones Villas
The Pearl South Pacific
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