20 Fiji Beaches

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With over 300 islands and almost twice as many islets, it’s no wonder there are so many idyllic beaches in Fiji. The island nation has an overwhelming choice of white-sand tropical beaches with palm trees. Divided into nine island groups, Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Rotuma, Kadavu, Yasawa, Mamanuca, Lau and Lomaiviti, finding the best Fiji beaches is a task that could take forever.

There’s a beach in Fiji to match your every mood, whether you’re looking for white sand and lush rainforest backdrops or an underwater technicolour spread of soft coral. Some beaches are exclusive and private, while others offer a blend of adventure and culture. The most accessible beaches are in Viti Levu, the Mamanuca Islands and Yasawa Islands. You can also reach other island groups by domestic flights, private flights, ferries, boats and helicopter flights. So pack your sunscreen and enjoy these fantastic Fiji beaches. Bula!

20 Fiji Beaches

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Fiji Beaches – Viti Levu

1- Natadola Beach

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A golden sunrise over Tambua Sands beach in Fiji, not far from Natadola.

Whether it’s your first time or ninth if you want to hit the beach as soon as you arrive without venturing too far, head to Natadola Beach in Sigatoka.

Natadola Beach offers soft sand and a scenic location with gentle waves for family-friendly swimming.

There are plenty of snorkelling spots off the beach, with varied tidal levels revealing new things to explore.

With warm Fijian hospitality that will make you feel you have not flown far from home, there is something new to experience every time you come here.

Hunt for hidden cannibal caves or go horseriding on the beach, relax your tired muscles with an open-air sea-facing spa session or gobble up some fresh seafood catch of the day from a nearby shack.

Natadola Beach is on the west coast of Viti Levu. Resorts on Natodola Beach include:

2- Beqa Island

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Watching the sunset from a Fijian beach is perfect to wind down and destress.

A 45-minute boat ride from Pacific Harbour in Viti Levu, Beqa Island is alluring to adventurous travellers.

Famed for its traditional firewalkers and world-class diving sites, this tiny island of only 15 sq km (5.7 sq miles) is a secluded tropical heaven surrounded by an extensive barrier reef.

The island hosts the first protected marine sanctuary for sharks, with a regular population of eight species.

Shark Reef Marine Reserve was established in 2004 and is a famous spot to go diving with sharks.

On a diving expedition, you can get close to these majestic creatures in the Beqa Lagoon, and with kaleidoscopic coral, you could spend hours exploring this underwater playground.

Beqa Island is part of the Viti Levu group of islands to the south of Viti Levu island. Check out Beqa Lagoon Resort here.

3- Robinson Crusoe Island

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Relaxing in a hammock and enjoying the sunrise is one of the delights of a Fiji beach holiday.

Robinson Crusoe Island offers a deep exploration into Fiji’s traditional Pacific life, blending cultural adventure, historical exploration, a laidback island lifestyle and beautiful beaches.

The resort on Likuru Island on the Coral Coast offers both overnight accommodation and day trips.

The small island is just off Viti Levu and a short boat trip from Nadi and Denarau Island.

Design a day around 3500-year-old history-hopping or foray deep into the mangrove forests to soak in its untouched wilderness.

Learn more about the local culture with village visits, basket making, coconut shell jewellery making or learning to cook local dishes with freshly caught mud crabs.

Snorkel or scuba dive the coral in the sea and discover its depths.

Robinson Crusoe Island is off the west coast of Viti Levu. Here’s what you can do at Likuri Island Resort.

4- Volivoli Beach

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Point your finger on a map and you’re likely to find one of the hundreds of Fiji beaches to enjoy.

A scenic two-hour drive from Nadi International airport takes you to Volivoli Beach Resort.

This four-star family-operated Fiji diving resort has one of the most pristine beaches on Fiji’s main island.

With 80 dive sites less than a 20-minute boat ride away from the shore, this ultimate diving destination caters to novices and expert divers.

The beach is near the Vatu-I-Ra Passage (or Bligh Water), a protected marine area that offers incredible diving.

You can snorkel straight off the beach at any time of the day in the deepwater bay full of colourful coral and marine life.

Kayak or paddleboard, explore the tropical blue ocean or retreat to the mangroves to discover hidden coves.

Volivoli has the advantage of a deepwater bay that makes all kinds of watersports possible without tidal restrictions.

Volivoli Beach Resort is in the north of Viti Levu. 

Fiji Beaches – Mamanuca Islands

5- Likuliku Lagoon Resort Beach, Malolo Island

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You’ll find one of the most exclusive beaches in Fiji at the adults-only Likuliku Lagoon Resort. Photo: Christina Pfeiffer.

A popular Fijian expression, ‘na siga e dromu i Malolo’ is a Fijian saying that translates to ‘Malolo is where the sun comes to rest’.

Legend has it the gods created Malolo Island as a place where the sun always rests, making it a legendary place to enjoy some of the best beaches in Fiji.

Travellers looking for an adults-only getaway will love the beach at Likuliku Lagoon Resort, which is only available exclusively for resort guests.

The resort has authentic overwater bures built to look like a traditional village and the lagoon is a protected marine sanctuary.

Resorts on Malolo Island are:

6- Beachcomber Island

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Beachcomber Island may be tiny but it has one of the loveliest beaches in Fiji.

Beachcomber Island (or Tai) is in the heart of the Mamanuca Islands. The beach is a hub for watersports like parasailing, kayaking, jet skiing and fishing.

You can visit on a day tour and hire snorkelling gear for $10 a day or included if you’re staying at the resort.

There are coral viewing and fish-feeding activities around the island.

7- Liku Beach, Tokoriki Island

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Head to any one of these Fiji beaches to enjoy a stunning tropical sunset.

Enjoy a dreamy sunset on Tokoriki Island’s Liku Beach. Liku is the Fijian word for ‘sunset’ and the beach offers a scenic setting to enjoy that time of day.

This west-facing strip of soft sandy palm-fringed beach rolls gently into the cerulean water.

You can approach the beach via stairs in the adults-only Tokoriki Island Resort, which is a favourite resort for honeymooners.

Activities include water sports like snorkelling at the marine reef bordering the island, sunset cruises or culture classes at the resort.

Tokoriki Island is in the Mamanucas group of islands. Check into Tokoriki Island Resort (adults only).

8- Castaway Island

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Exploring Fiji’s beaches is a relaxing way to spend your next holiday.

Also known as Qalito Island, Castaway Island is often confused with Monuriki Island, where the film Cast Away was shot.

But unlike Monuriki, Castaway Island is a 174-acre (70 hectares) private island resort 20 km (12 miles) from Nadi Airport.

The resort arranges an air-conditioned catamaran transfer from Denarau Marina, bringing you to this tropical hideout in about 90 minutes.

Shaded by swaying palms, a strip of golden sand overlooks the South Pacific.

Sunbake, snorkel, swim or simply while away your time watching the spellbinding oceanscape.

Gear up for kayaking, windsurfing, or a diving session if you want to explore.

Castaway Islands is a private island in the Mamanucas group of islands.

9- Vomo Island Beach

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There are so many beautiful beaches in Fiji you couldn’t possibly see them all in one lifetime.

Stay on one island and enjoy two. Vomo is a privately owned island operated by Vomo Island Resort.

The resort also owns a tiny island called Vomo Lailai, where you can have a private island experience with delivered gourmet goodies from the resort.

Go on snorkel safaris and swim with reef sharks or scuba dive in one of Fiji’s most delightful parts of the ocean or explore further on an island-hopping day trip.

The beach is a quintessential soft white sandy slice of paradise where you can easily spend days doing absolutely nothing.

Detox with delicious fresh food and enjoy local cultural experiences.

If you want a nature workout, try climbing Mt. Vomo. Vomo Island is in the Mamanuca Island group.

10- Malamala Island

Another beautiful spot in Fiji is the gorgeous islet of Malamala.

A bird’s eye view reveals a rich cover of tropical greenery ringed by a strip of white sandy beach circling the island.

To enjoy the island’s facilities, you have to buy a day pass at Malamala Beach Club.

You can walk around this sandbar-turned islet in 20 minutes, but there are plenty of isolated spots to get some privacy.

Situated 25 minutes from Port Denarau, the beach club provides a fast cat vessel return transfer with every booking.

The crystal-clear shallow water around this island is ideal for swimming and snorkelling and if you want to pursue the art of doing nothing, enjoy an open-air massage treatment by the beach.

Malamala Island is part of the Mamanuca group of islands.

11- Mana Island

A tiny tropical island that shot to fame as a filming location for the Survivor reality show, Mana Island is at the epicentre of the Mamanucas group of islands.

The island is as idyllic as you can imagine.

Choose to stay at Mana Island Resort & Spa or visit on a half-day or a full-day cruise.

The resort offers three beach experiences: water activities filled lagoon side, the northern beach to sunbathe or laze around, and the sunset beach.

If you are staying on the island, catch the Bula Bus from the resort in the evening to Sunset Beach on the island’s western edge, where you can bath in an unearthly tropical sunset.

Mana Island is in the Mamanucas group of islands.

12- Monuriki Island

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Pretend to be marooned on Monuriki Island, home to one of the most famous beaches in Fiji. Photo: Christina Pfeiffer.

A glance at this forested uninhabited islet bordered by a sandy beach reminds you of the raw beauty that starred in Tom Hanks’ Cast Away.

100 movie crew members stayed at this island while filming the movie.

Often confused for Castaway Island, this sandy islet is also called Modriki Island and is a 45-minute speedboat ride from Nadi.

Swim or snorkel in the vivid blue sea or relive moments from the film as you explore the beach on this idyllic island.

Many resorts from both mainlands and other islands of Mamanuca offer day trips to this half-mile long tiny island.

Monuriki Island is in the Mamanuca group of Islands.

Fiji Beaches – Yasawa Islands

13- Honeymoon Beach, Turtle Island

Imagine sharing a 500-acre (203 ha) island with only 28 other people, where you can dine in privacy on your own personal strip of beach strip?

If you have ever dreamt of owning an island, this experience comes close.

The ultra-dose of luxury, absolute privacy and service will make you feel like a rockstar.

A short seaplane ride from the main island transports you to this piece of heaven right in the middle of the Yasawa group of islands.

This all-inclusive super high-end adult-only resort-owned island has one of the best-kept beaches, is a consistent top choice with the honeymooners.

At Honeymoon Beach, you can swim, go barefoot on the beach and experience its remoteness in luxury.

Turtle Island is in the Yasawa archipelago.

14- Blue Lagoon Beach

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Can you picture yourself relaxing on this Fiji beach on Nacula Island?

Located on the tranquil Navlova Bay on Nacula Island, this beach has a stunning spread of white, mesmerising sand dotted with palm trees and picturesque blue water.

You can go snorkelling and swim round the clock with no tidal restrictions at this beach.

Because it faces southwest, it’s the perfect beach to watch an enchanting sunset.

If you’re planning a Fiji vacation around diving, you may want to stay at the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort.

Their dive shack offers budget-friendly diving deals at 28 magical sites where you can swim with bull sharks, marvel at limestone caves, watch colourful tropical fish swim past and explore the coral reefs.

Nacula Island is in the Yasawa Archipelago.

15- Long Beach, Nacula

Long Beach is the picture-postcard shot with a soft sandy beach, palms swaying with the rhythm of tranquil waves and crystal-clear water tinted with shades of blue.

This Fiji beach is on the remote island of Nacula and borders a hilly volcanic island carpeted in green.

Reaching this beach in Fiji takes effort. You can go on a 30-minute seaplane flight from the main island of Fiji or a catamaran will take half a day.

Hike the mountain trails, discover the underwater limestone sea caves, scuba dive in the beach adjacent reef or just laze around on the sand.

You can easily spend a week on this island and still find a new adventure each day.

Nacula Island is part of the Yasawa archipelago.

16- Waya Island

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Check into a beachside bure at Octopus Resort, which is home to one of the stunning beaches in Fiji. Photo: Octopus Resort.

There’s a mysterious air surrounding Waya Island.

Carpeted in green, this volcanic island is home to the highest peaks in the Yasawa Islands.

The jagged mountainscape creates a picturesque backdrop to some of the most blissful beaches in Fiji.

The best is on the northwest coast, near Nalauwaki village, not far from Octopus Resort.

A streak of golden beach separates the deep green forest and the aquamarine water.

The beach is an ideal spot to watch the sunset.

If you stay at Octopus Resort, you will get to snorkel and dive at one of the best spots in Fiji. With their beachfront accommodations, you will always have a slice of paradise right at your doorstep.

Waya Island is on the southernmost part of the Yasawa archipelago.

Fiji Beaches – Vanua Levu

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Is sitting on one of the beaches in Fiji your idea of paradise?

17- Namale Beach

Namale Private Beach is one of the most striking stretches of sand on the northern island of Vanua Levu.

The sand is immaculate, powdery white, soft to touch and warmed under the tropical sun.

The bay is calm and shallow, with an impressive array of coral.

Join the likes of Russell Crowe and Edward Norton, who have been guests at Namale Resort and Spa, and have exclusive access to this beach where you can live in luxury and be pampered all day long.

The resort’s complimentary activities include snorkelling, kayaking, paddleboarding and motorised watersport.

A rainforest waterfall tucked away in a jungle makes for a thrilling waterfall walk and a contemplative hike.

Namale Private Beach is on Vanua Levu.

18- Horseshoe Bay, Matangi Island

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Palm trees on a typical Fiji beach in Vanua Levu.

In Northern Fiji, Matangi or Matagi Island is a horseshoe-shaped tiny volcanic island.

Owned privately, you can snag a stay on this 240-acre (97 hectares) islet if you book with the boutique hotel Matangi Island Resort.

The forested beach of Horseshoe Bay is breathtakingly beautiful with its lush cover of green, white sandy beach, sparkling clear blue water, and stunning coral reefs.

Book a domestic flight from Nadi, and in 90 minutes, you will be admiring the view from your beachfront bure or romancing the rainforest from a treehouse bure.

For an immersive island experience, indulge in activities like snorkelling, kayaking, paddleboarding, village visits, scuba diving and sportfishing.

Matangi Island is in the Vanua Levu group of islands.

19- Koro Levu Island

Known for its world-class diving sites, Koro Levu Island is a volcanic island off the east coast of Vanua Levu and northeast of Fiji’s main island Viti Levu.

This 110 sq km (42.5 sq mile) island is one of the seven islands that makes up the Lomaiviti Archipelago.

Travellers who truly want to switch off from a fancy lifestyle and explore Fijian island life should check out this rugged island.

There is only one flight in a week and only one resort where you can stay.

Away from development, the beaches of this island are an unspoiled paradise.

The snorkelling and diving in the waters around the island is fantastic.

Join the locals to participate in activities like a turtle-calling ceremony or a village tour to experience their rural lifestyle.

Koro Levu is part of the Lomaiviti Archipelago.

20- Caqalai Island

Caqalai is a Garden of Eden and another island with fantastic diving sites.

This 14-acre (6 ha) coral island is in the Moturiki Passage and is an off-the-beaten-track spot in Fiji.

Tourism is yet to take over the island, so you can expect to switch off from plush resorts and embrace a stay in a sea-facing traditional bure right on the beach.

Walk the tidal flats during low tides or snorkel just off the beach.

The old capital city of Levuka is nearby and a fascinating day trip from the island to explore Fijian history.

Usher in the night with beach bonfires and join the locals around a kava bowl.

Caqalai Island is in the Lomaiviti Group of islands.

Other Beaches In Fiji

21- Lavena Beach, Taveuni

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Taveuni Island is home to some of the most beautiful Fiji beaches.

Lavena Beach came to the limelight as the filming location of the Hollywood show ‘Return to the Blue Lagoon.’

The best thing about this Fijian beach is its location in Bouma National Park, where resort development is not permitted.

The best strip of beach is at the start of the Lavena Coastal Walk, where the scenery is serene, with the ocean lapping on one side and lush rainforest growing on the other.

Pack a picnic lunch as there are no food stalls. These beaches are also affected by the tide.

Walk the forest trail to reach the waterfalls where you can swim in the jungle or just lie on the sand admiring the view.

Lavena Beach is in the Taveuni island group. Resorts on this island include:

22- Seagrass Bay

On Laucala Island, Sea Grass Bay is a stretch of private beach that can be accessed only if you stay at the luxurious COMO Laucala Island Resort.

The long spread of soft sugar sand and the island’s best snorkelling spots makes this remote island beach in Fiji a coveted place for a vacation.

Explore a smattering of islets around the lagoon or pick and choose watersports activities like jet skiing, game fishing and kayaking.

The self-sufficient resort rears livestock and grows vegetables, so a farm visit is a must-do to learn about their eco-friendly lifestyle.

If dollars aren’t a problem, hire a private yacht and enjoy a sundowner with your significant other.

Laucala Island is in the Northern Lau Islands group.

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Christina Pfeiffer Travel Writer
Christina Pfeiffer is a writer, photographer and video blogger based in Queensland, Australia. She has lived in three continents and her career as a travel journalist has taken her to all seven continents. Since 2003, she has contributed travel stories and photographs to mainstream media in Australia and around the world such as the Sydney Morning Herald, CNN Traveller, The Australian and the South China Morning Post. She has won many travel writing awards and is a full member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers.