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An expert's guide to Fiji

By Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island

Holidays with Kids gets an expertís opinion on how to make the most of a Fiji escape with the family.

T here are as many things to do in Fiji as there are islands in this Pacific nation - and thatís more than 300.

Choosing how to spend your valuable holiday time can prove quite the challenge. While itís easy enough to fly and flop, if youíre really going to discover Fiji as a family, you need an insiderís knowledge.

Thatís where we come in, the Concierge team at Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island, led by Meline Turaga. Weíre on hand to advise and suggest various excursions, to help you create an unforgettable South Pacific adventure.

Close to home

Denarau Island is a great place to start. Itís just a 20-minute drive from Nadi International Airport to your beachfront base at Radisson Blu.

Just beyond the resort, youíll find Port Denarau, the main departure point for exploration to the outer Mamanuca and Yasawa island groups. You can take a cruise into this aquatic wilderness, enjoy other adventures in the bay, or visit the Big Bula Inflatable Waterpark.

If youíd rather keep your feet on the ground, the Denarau Golf & Racquet Club is a must; as a guest of Radisson Blu Resort Fiji, youíll receive complimentary access to this sports hub.

While mum and dad take on the fairway and marine animal-shaped bunkers, the kids can test their skills on the mini-golf course or take part in a junior tennis clinic.


Down to the river

The Sigatoka River is the longest in Fiji, leading straight into the heart of Viti Levu, and is the lifeblood for the many villages along its banks.

Here, you can see how the resident Fijians live; itís an eye-opening experience and kids are bound to be struck by the differences between their lives and those of the young Fijians.

To get a taste, we recommend a Sigatoka River Safari. This jet-boat experience carries adventurers of all ages along the river and into one of 15 host villages. Each day, the tour visits a different village to ensure locals enjoy all the benefits of tourism without the visits defining their daily lives Ė and ensuring a more authentic experience for you.

Animal adventures

As a tropical island, Fiji is home to a colourful array of wildlife, including vibrant parrots and finches, sea turtles and endangered iguanas.

While you might be able to spot some of these birds around the resort or some underwater friends on a snorkelling trip, the only place you can get up close to all of them in the one place is Kula Eco Park. Fijiís only wildlife park is located in Sigatoka, an hourís drive from Denarau.

A highlight with our young zoologistsin- training is the Ranger for the Day programme, designed to show kids aged seven to 12 the inner workings of the park.

Theyíll get hands-on, mixing up special food, handfeeding collared lories, checking on Fijiís rarest iguana and planting a tree to attract the beautiful fruit doves that visit. Junior rangers are also fitted with their very own uniform shirt that they can take home as a keepsake.


All at sea

With so many islands to discover, it makes sense to take to the water.

Start with a dip at the beach just a few steps from the Radisson Blu Resort Fijiís pools, then make your way to Adrenalin Fiji water sports, located on site, for kayaks, aqua trikes, stand-up paddleboards and snorkelling, and more adventurous options like jet skis and parasailing.

The Finding Nemo Family Cruise to South Sea Island by South Sea Cruises is a perennial favourite with our guests, offering a blend of aquatic exploration and relaxation on one of the Mamanucasí smallest sandy isles.

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji

Location: Radisson Blu Resort Fiji is just 20 minutes from Nadi International Airport on Denarau Island.
Rooms: 270
Best room for families: Guest Rooms are ideal for families of three with a king bed and sofa bed. 1 Bedroom Apartments contain laundry facilities and a fully self-contained kitchen. Courtyard rooms are perfect for those families with kids that want to play outside.
Nanny service: Yes.
Kids' club: Kids Koro.
RadClub5: Children aged 4-12 are eligible for $5 deals that include specially designed kidís menus, discount on Kidsí Koro session, loose hair braids and more.
Wi-Fi: Free across the resort.
Swimming pools: Four climate-controlled lagoon pools.
Free non-motorized water sport activities: Yes.
Access to the Denarau Island Golf & Racquet Club: Yes.

High-speed thrills

While a lot of our guests are happy to relax and settle into island time, there are just as many who would rather kick it up a notch.

The first place to start is with a jet ski safari at Adrenalin Fiji; kids can ride pillion as you carve around the bay. If that hasnít sated your quest for adventure, take to the treetops on a zipline safari.

We usually recommend Sleeping Giant Zipline Fiji for our guests, as itís great for families with over 1.3 kilometres of aerial discovery. The Orchid Falls Jungle Safari is a favourite with everything from kid-friendly outings to wild adventures, and a picturesque spot to swim under a waterfall.

If you have any young spelunkers in your family, try the new Zip Fiji complex at Nadi with more than five kilometres of lines. Whatever adventure you prefer, weíll always do our best to find you an age-appropriate option.

Doing it for the kids

Of course, you can choose to spend your holiday time lazing around one of our resortís four climate controlled lagoon pools while the kids enjoy the resortís many activities including theme nights and daily poolside events, from coconut bowling to Fijian food demonstrations.

There are daily sessions for kids aged three to 12 at the Kids Koro Club, while those aged one to three can join the morning Roroquo Club.

And, for the ultimate in holiday indulgence, the on-site Harmony Spa offers a dedicated kidsí menu including a sweet Princess Manicure and Twinkle Toes pedicure.

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