Although it's not in the same league as Florida or other places with attractions like Disney World, Fiji is a fine place for families with children. My cousin Virginia Silverman and her then 9-year-old daughter, Eve, joined me for 10 days in Savusavu and Taveuni during my most recent trip, and Eve had a blast while learning a lot in the process. Many Australian and New Zealand families take their annual holidays in Fiji, usually at one resort equipped with a children's program. Or you can take your youngsters on the following 2-week educational tour around Fiji.

Day 1: Recovering in Nadi

Spend your first day in Nadi recovering from your flight and getting acclimated to the heat and humidity. Kids will love frolicking in the pools at the Radisson Resort Fiji Denarau Island or the less expensive Raffle's Gateway Hotel opposite the airport.

Days 2-3: Coral Coast: Culture & Wildlife

On Day 2 move to the Coral Coast, stopping on the way at the Kalevu South Pacific Cultural Centre for a demonstration of traditional Fijian ways. Across the Queen's Road, Shangri-La's Fijian Resort is well equipped for families, but we prefer the more convenient Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji, which has another fine swimming pool complex. On Day 3 go across the road to Kula Eco Park, where the kids can touch tame iguanas and admire Fiji birds and other wildlife. It's a bit of a hike, but you can take them to a Fijian village and either a cave or waterfall with Adventures in Paradise Fiji. At night they will be mesmerized by a Fijian meke dance, especially if a fire-walking demonstration is part of it.

Days 4-5: Pacific Harbour: River Rafting & Jungle Canopy Rides


Moving on to Pacific Harbour, take the kids to the Arts Village Cultural Centre, where they can ride a boat while learning about Fijian culture. That afternoon they can glide through a rainforest canopy with ZIP Fiji. You'll need all of Day 5 to take them on a bilibili rafting trip on the Navua River with Discover Fiji Tours. (Note: Kids must be 5 or over to go river rafting or canopy riding.) With a fine pool and beach, the Pearl South Pacific is aimed primarily at couples, but is also a lodging option for families.

Day 6: Suva: The Fiji Museum

Most children I know aren't particularly excited to tour new cities, but Fiji's capital does have the excellent Fiji Museum, where kids can gape at actual war clubs the ancients used in real-life combat.

Days 7-9: Taveuni: Waterfalls & Rock Slides

Take the morning flight from Nausori airport to Taveuni, where several outdoor adventures await. Spend the first afternoon cascading down the Waitavaia Sliding Rocks, where your kids may pick up a few slight bruises but will have a grand time. On the morning of Day 8 take them to Bouma National Heritage Park, where a short walk leads to a swimming hole beneath Bouma Falls. Fijian children love it here, so yours could make some local friends. The park also has the guided Vidawa Rainforest Walk, which leads to historic hill fortifications and great views. On Day 9, take them on a horseback riding excursion at Maravu Plantation Beach Resort & Spa.


Days 10-13: Savusavu: Environmental Education

On the morning of Day 10 take a 20-minute flight to Savusavu, and -- assuming your broker agrees -- check into Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, whose Bula Club is the finest children's program in the South Pacific islands. It's both educational and fun for the youngsters, who are almost guaranteed to become friends with their assigned Fijian "buddy." Off campus, take them to Waisali Rainforest Reserve, where gravel pathways lead to a waterfall.

Day 14: Back to Nadi

Flights back to Australia and New Zealand depart Nadi during the day, but those for North America and Europe leave just before midnight. Accordingly, fly back to Nadi today and spend your spare time lounging at a resort pool.

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