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The adrenaline hunters

Fiji is the destination for thrill-seeking families.

Freefall: Denarau Island
Denarau Island is arguably at its most spectacular when viewed from above Ė 4267 metres above in fact Ė and its close proximity to Nadi International Airport means that getting to your heart-racing adventure is carefree, too. Skydive Fiji enables thrill-seekers the chance to plummet towards earth at 200km/h, experiencing up to 60 seconds of freefall before gracefully, and safely, touching down on land. Divers of all ages are welcome to experience the adrenaline rush, with Skydive Fijiís youngest jumper proving, at seven years old, that itís never too early to instil an appreciation of adventure in your little ones! For those gripping the sides of their chair tightly at the mere thought of jumping, rest assured that safety is paramount on this upward excursion and with over 20,000 jumps to the chief instructorís name, the only thing left to debate is how you will celebrate conquering this bucket-list essential.

Skydive Fiji


Terratrek: Pacific Harbour
True to its reputation, Pacific Harbour offers plenty of adventure ashore, particularly of the off-road variety. Terratrek operates Fijiís only self-drive guided tour into the mountains of Pacific Harbour, but on this adventure itís the journey and not the destination that counts. Strapped into buggies that look like they belong on the set of an action blockbuster, drivers can conquer the rugged terrain in speed and style, with some of Fijiís most dramatic scenery as their backdrop. A Waterfall Tour lasts between four and five hours and allows trekkers a refreshing swim and picnic lunch before they begin their quest home. Terratrek even offers thrill-seekers the chance to tailor their own package, with everything from the route to the tour length up for negotiation to create the ultimate adventure experience for you.

Ziplining: Nadi
Having experienced Fiji from above and on land, you may think that little remains to be seen, but a new adventure just 35 minutes from downtown Nadi proves that this country is the adrenaline hotspot that keeps giving. Flying through the foliage with Zip Fiji, adventurers will encounter three different ecosystems on their journey. Travelling along 16 giant ziplines that span over five kilometres, daredevils start atop a mountain that grants 360-degree views of the Mamanuca Islands, Plantation Island and the entrance to Momi Bay. Having sufficiently admired the scenery, the descent through rainforests of vesi trees begins before zipliners enter a system of limestone caves for lunch and the chance to swap stories and claim bragging rights. With complimentary roundtrip transportation from all major hotels in Nadi and all equipment provided, Zip Fiji is an adventure tour operator that combines peace of mind with heart-racing fun.

Zip Fiji

One for the kids: Adrenalin Fiji
Watching the big-kids go about their high-octane experiences might ignite the daredevil within some little ones. Although age restrictions apply to many of these thrill-seeker activities, the one-stop shop for all-round adventure, Adrenalin Fiji, caters for those two-years and older. Tots can conquer the sea on a jet-boat ride with the family, while those seven and up can ride tandem with Mum and Dad on a jet ski. Thereís even a Junior Open Water Course for 10- to 14-year-olds who want to brave the depths.

Adrenaline Fiji

Image credit: Fiji Tourism

Jet ski: Pacific Harbour
Unofficially deemed Fijiís adventure capital, Pacific Harbour, less than an hourís drive from Suva, is the ideal location for high-octane adventures of an aquatic nature. A guaranteed crowd pleaser is a Jetski-Safari Tour, offering both thrills and incredible scenery in one. The tour begins at the Bayly Beach Estate before the group circumnavigates Beqa Island, eight kilometres offshore. Taking place over four hours and with the help of Yamaha VX700s, there is time for a spot of lunch and snorkelling before hitting the waves once more. Smiling faces and a sense of humour are considered essential on this trip, but if they were forgotten on the mainland they are sure to be found somewhere near the throttle of one of these high-performance machines, the only two-stroke runabout models in the industry.

Flyboarding: Treasure Island
The latest adrenaline rush to hit Fiji begins as a water sport and quickly becomes an airborne adventure. Families can catch a fast ferry from the Tropical Watersports Fiji ticket booth at Port Denarau to Treasure Island, where they can experience the closest thing humans have to flying. Flyboarding propels riders up to 15 metres in the air, supported only by the board on which they stand. Pressurised water is directed to the riderís boots which are launched out of the water by jet nozzles, giving the rider significant air-time before diving headfirst into the ocean. This is one activity for teens aged 16 and older, but little ones will not go without as they become acquainted with the white sand and clear, cool water of Treasure Island. For guests of the island resort, Flyboarding is just a sample of the many activities that children of all ages can enjoy.


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