Travelling with Kids


Essential Advice for Travelling with Little Ones

 

Travelling with kids? There’s no better place than Fiji, where sunshine and beaches are plentiful, family-friendly resorts and activities are abundant and children are adored by locals. Follow a few tips and hints to help ensure safety and comfort during your Fiji family getaway.


Fijians Love Kids

It’s a cultural thing: children are treasured in Fiji. Everywhere you go children are lavished with smiles, hugs and attention by friendly locals and hotel staff. Your little ones will feel right at home in no time – and may never want to go back. 

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Family-Friendly Islands & Resorts in Fiji 

There’s no shortage of beautiful islands to visit in Fiji, however some are definitely more family-friendly than others.
 
Families with young children can’t go wrong with bunking down at Denarau Island or Coral Coast – both scenic regions located on the main island of Viti Levu. The Mamanuca Islands are equally picturesque and easily accessible via Port Denarau Marina.
 
Keep in mind that not all resorts in Fiji cater for children. Some resorts have special policies regarding children and others are adults-only. Always ask when booking to avoid disappointment.

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Denarau Island

Denarau Island is the perfect base for families to set up camp upon arrival. Only 20 minutes away from Nadi International Airport, Denarau is home to some of the largest family resorts in the South Pacific, each offering premium kids facilities, swimming pools and restaurants.

  • Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa
  • Raddison Resort Fiji
  • Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa
  • Sheraton Resorts & Denarau Villas
  • The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa

Coral Coast

Coral Coast is renowned for its brilliant stretch of dazzling white beaches, along with easy access to family activities like Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park and Kula Eco Park. Your little ones will no doubt be occupied all day, from exploring dunes and rivers to splashing about in mud pools.

  • Naviti Resort
  • Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort
  • Shangri-La Fijian Resort & Spa
  • The Warwick Fiji
  • InterContinental Fiji Gold Resort and Spa
  • Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa

Mamanuca Islands

The Mamanucas are made up of a chain of 20 islands, each more picture-perfect than the other. Wake up to palm-fringed island views every day and enjoy a stunning array of water activities like dolphin-watching, snorkelling and diving.

  • Castaway Island resort
  • Mana Island Resort
  • Treasure Island Resort
  • Malolo Island Resort
  • Plantation Island Resort

Things to Note 

Beyond splashing around poolside all day, Fiji also offers a wide range of kid-friendly activities designed for family fun and adventure. Add the following to your itinerary checklist.
Big Bula Inflatable Waterpark

Nestled at the heart of Denarau Island is the world’s largest permanent inflatable waterpark. Open year round, this is a popular family attraction that guarantees enthusiasm amongst the little ones like no other. From giant water slides to surfing big waves, climbing 10-metre-high palm trees and racing through obstacle courses, Big Bula Inflatable Waterpark will have your children never wanting to leave.

Garden of the Sleeping Giant

Nestled in a shady mountain valley with pathways through acres of flowering plants, lily ponds and fountains, a visit to this uniquely tropical garden is both inspiring and unforgettable. Housing Fiji’s largest collection of orchids, get ready to be dazzled by the 2000 varieties of enchanting Asian orchids and Cattleya hybrids. Embark on a jungle walk, enjoy a delightful picnic and take in 360 degrees, panoramic views of the Nausori Highlands from the Vuda Lookout.

Ziplining

Feel the adrenaline rush on 16 giant ziplines as you soar through rainforests high above the canyon into Fiji’s largest cave, at jaw-dropping speeds no less. Enjoy sky-high views of the ocean in the horizon and immerse yourself amongst the spectacular wildness settings of caves and mountaintops. Zipline outings are one of several adventure tours organised by Zip Fiji, each guaranteeing an exhilarating experience that takes ecological touring in Fiji to new heights, literally.

Kula Eco Park Sigatoka

Explore acres of natural forest with a memorable tour of the beautiful Kula Eco Park, a show place for Fiji’s spectacular bird, reptile and marine life. This is also the only Captive Breeding facility in Fiji for endangered indigenous species like the rare Crested Iguanas. It’s a fun way to see Fiji’s unique wildlife up close and personal, especially if you’re travelling with little ones.

Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool

Forget the premium spa resorts and indulge in a therapeutic natural bath at Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool. Choose from three pools, each set in lush natural surroundings, and have fun getting dirty in the mud. Once the mud has dried up from head to toe, dip into the clear springs for a refreshing cleanse. A popular site amongst locals and visitors, this is one unique outdoor social experience you can’t miss. Book with Aqua Tours Fiji for return hotel transfers to and from the pools.

Sigatoka River Safari

Often considered Fiji’s best kept secret, a day out on the magnificent Sigatoka River is bound to please all travellers. Adrenaline rush aside, this exciting safari also includes a visit to authentic Fijian villages in the area where you can interact with locals and immerse yourself in the traditional way of life. You’ll also stop for a Village Welcome Ceremony to meet the chief, elders and children, followed by a traditional Fijian lunch. A truly colourful experience from Sigatoka River Safari that marries adventure with history and culture.

Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park

With a dune ecology that changes with the wind, you’ll never see the same landscape twice with a visit to the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. As Fiji’s first National Park, this is also a historic archaeological site with unearthed Lapita pottery dating back 2000 years. Enjoy leisurely strolls from the lush forest to the beach or along the ridges of the dunes. Surfers can also enjoy surfing a break at the southern end of the beach around Sigatoka River mouth.


Nanny Services & Kids Clubs in Fiji

With so many family-friendly resorts in Fiji offering Kids Clubs, your children will be in safe, caring hands while they make new friends and keep occupied with exciting activities every day. This of course leaves time for parents to explore on their own or enjoy a pampering massage.

Most hotels and resorts with Kids Clubs have a set fee per day or per session which usually includes a meal or snacks. Children are often grouped by ages, and can take part from age 3-12. Infants under 3 (or under 5) can be looked after by nannies or child minders available from the resort. 


Things to Note 

Vaccinations
There are no compulsory vaccinations required for Fiji however, parents are advised to check with their doctor or physician for tailored medical recommendations, including vaccines for young children.
Supermarkets 
There are supermarkets and shops in the main towns of Nadi and Suva selling nappies, wipes, formula, baby food and other children’s products. However, they may not necessarily stock your preferred brands and can also be more expensive. Always pack your own supplies for safe measure and bring extra if you’re planning on venturing out to remote islands. 
Water
Bottled water is recommended for drinking as well as tooth-brushing, especially for children, who should also be warned not to swallow bath or shower water. Request for no ice in drinks and avoid unpeeled vegetables and fruits that may have been washed in tap water. 
Baby Formula & Breastfeeding
These are available at supermarkets however; it’s recommended you bring your own formula to mix with bottled or boiled water. Ask about sterilisation facilities at your hotel or resort. Packing your own equipment is also an option. Breastfeeding is fine in Fiji however if you’re in public, it’s respectful to be discrete. 
Diapers
Disposable diapers are available in supermarkets in the larger towns (Nadi and Suva) yet may be hard to come by (and expensive) at resorts, remote islands or in villages. Diapers add considerable bulk to your baggage but it’s recommended you pack ample supply for your stay. Also check with your hotel or resort about proper or preferred disposal.
Food in Fiji
Parents need not worry about kids who are fussy eaters. Most Fiji resorts and Kid’s Clubs offer a wide variety of food and drinks, including local cuisine and popular western alternatives (e.g. hamburgers, chips, pasta and ice cream). Parents should advise staff of any food allergies or sensitivities and most hotels will take care in preparations. Exercise caution when eating out, and avoid fresh unpeeled fruit or vegetables. 
Transport & Safety for Children 
Local taxis and transport in Fiji don’t provide baby or car seats. Major car rental companies and private charters may provide car seats if arranged in advance. However, it’s best to bring your own to ensure your child is buckled in safely for any trip. If island hopping, always opt for ferries and boats that carry life jackets for children. 

Packing Checklist for Babies & Toddlers

Essentials

  • Cot
  • Car seat
  • Folding stroller/pram
  • Snacks
  • Nappies
  • Dummies
  • Teething gels
  • Baby food
  • Baby formula
  • Eardrops
  • Disposable baby wipes
  • Portable changing mats
  • Extra change of underwear, clothes and bathing suits

Other (optional)

  • Toys
  • Books
  • Games/puzzles
  • Snorkelling masks
  • Inflatable floaties
  • Colouring books/pencils

Tips for Parents

Cultural Etiquette

Pats on the head in Fiji are considered impolite. Never touch anyone on the head.

Bring Snacks

Pack your children’s favourite packaged/sealed snacks. Advise Fiji Customs on arrival as food of any kind must be declared. Do NOT bring fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts or meat, fish or dairy products.

Stick to a Routine

Stick to a routine: try to keep as close to normal bedtimes and mealtimes as possible. With only a 2-hour difference for New Zealand and Australian travellers, this is a real bonus.

Cater for Emergencies

Always pack EXTRA to cater for emergencies – whether it’s extra food/snacks, underwear, clothing or nappies. Whilst there are laundry services available in major resorts, they can be expensive as the load piles up.



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