4. There’s a wildlife park next door
Should the kids get bored of the resort, Kula Wildlife Park is right next door. Not that they would with tennis courts, a palm-fringed beach, wonderful kids’ club program, huge lagoon pool, fire walking and Fijian Fire Dancing available.
That said, the huge zipline that zigzags through the rainforest canopy combined with exotic animals, water slide and splash park should entice the kids to the great outdoors.
There are iguanas to hold, snakes to pat, turtles to feed and a variety of tropical birds to view.
5. There are opportunities to give back
Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort has been pivotal in improving the local Conua Primary School. The school once housed 40 students in a leaky main hall, but through the resort’s volunteer tourism initiative, it has built a central meeting bure, computer lab, kindergarten and library. Today, the school stands at 150 enrolments with the need for more space to accommodate its increasing popularity.
On select days, guests pay FJ$100 per adult or FJ$60 per child for the opportunity to give back and help build two new classrooms for the school. The initiative allows families to experience the ‘real Fiji’ outside of the resort and make a difference.
The tour also includes a picnic lunch at Tuvuni Hill Fort and a gentle hike for views of the lush green Sigatoka Valley.
Forums, reviews, families and friends have all raved about how “faultless” Outrigger Fiji is. I took it with a grain of salt; surely it couldn’t be without a flaw. Besides I had visited the Coral Coast over a decade ago and it was altogether underwhelming.