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So you think your dreams of visiting Fiji are just that—a dream that will never come true? We’re here to show you that this idyllic but famously distant and expensive destination is quite a bit more accessible than you might think.

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Getting there

Generally, cheapest flights into Fiji will go into Nadi International Airport, the Fijian capital located on the main island. Once there, it’s relatively easy to hop around the country’s 300-plus islands. You can even buy a multi-day ferry pass through tour companies like Awesome Adventures, or save big on excursions booked directly through Cheap Tickets.

Exploring

Set sail from Nadi and take a 7-hour day cruise ($106) to snorkel the sparkling waters of Savala Island, snuggle up during a cozy sunset cruise ($81), up your spice game with a visit to a local Nadi market and cooking class ($76) or splurge with a snorkel with sharks ($154). Whether it’s water, food, culture, or history you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find affordable tours and activities regardless of your personal tastes.

Dining

Whether you’re aiming to stay on the main island, cruise around the smaller islands, adventure in the forests and highlands, snorkel the clear blue waters, learn about the history and culture of Fiji, or just stuff yourself with tons of delicious seafood, you should be able to do so on a relatively decent budget. If you’re based in or near Nadi, consider dining at Tata’s Curry House or Daikoku Restaurant. And if you’re in Pacific Harbour, definitely don’t miss Skinny Bean Cafe—all solid budget options.

Staying

When you’re deciding where to stay, remember that there are plenty of places to go besides the main island, though the main island does offer convenience and solid home base. If you’re looking for the quintessential Pacific beach hut vibe, the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay will probably check all of the boxes for you. There are plenty of different accommodation options at this resort, but you can book a comfortable King Deluxe Room with a lagoon view for less than $250 per night. It isn’t the most inexpensive option on Fiji, but considering the natural draw for vacationers, it’s an intermediate price for an exemplary property.

Oarsman's Bay Lodge Fiji

Photo courtesy of Oarsman’s Bay Lodge

If you’re headed to the Yasawa Islands (an archipelago of 20 volcanic islands) as so many dream to do, we recommend checking out Oarsman’s Bay Lodge on Nacula Island. At this property, you can snag a Deluxe Villa that includes one King bed and one Twin bed for about $131 per night. Note that there is a compulsory per-person charge for an onsite meal plan, but that means that you’ll have meals taken care of for the duration of your stay. Also, who doesn’t love a cornucopia of freshly-caught seafood? If you want to get out and explore, it is easy to go hiking or biking from this property, and you can go on ecotours or go adventuring to nearby caves.

Some folks come to Fiji so that they can really get away, and if that sounds like you, head to a tiny island off the east coast of the main island. Toberua Island Resort includes a golf course, full-service spa, and a private white-sand beachfront area. The property also has an onsite restaurant and bar, and you can purchase a full breakfast for a fee. The best part about this one is the price breakdown, because you can get a Tropical Oceanfront Bure for about $208 per night, and it can sleep four. Bring your friends to Toberua Island for a fun week away and relax, visit Naililili Cathedral, and explore the Colo-I-Suva forest park.

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