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Fiji’s best kids’ clubs

Fiji is renowned for having some of the most engaging kids’ clubs in the world, and Madeline Hoskin knows which ones are the best of the best.

Famed as the Soft Coral Capital of the world, with locals known for their laid-back positivity and love of running on ‘Fiji time’, we’re not hard pressed for reasons to love a Fijian getaway. But to sweeten the lure, its resorts are also said to have some of the best kids’ clubs possible. From the amazing staff and cultural influences to outright craziness and outdoor fun, here’s our pick of some of Fiji’s finest programs for young ones.

Malolo Island Resort

Yanu Yanu at Tia’s Treehouse

‘Yanu Yanu’ is Fijian for ‘island’ – and that’s what Malolo’s program is all about – giving four- to 12-year-olds a true islander experience. Every aspect is fun, innovative and educational in a quintessentially, barefoot Fijian-type manner. Delve into the world of herbal medicine and endangered species, feed the fish, learn about iguanas and other fauna, discover traditional costume making and face painting and master the Fijian language. There are also visits to the local island primary school and neighbouring islands. Most activities are free with a few requiring a small fee. It runs 9am to 9pm each day, with breaks around meal times.

Castaway Island Fiji

Castaway Kids’ Club

The Castaway Kids’ Club has a prime focus on natural activities: making boats out of coconuts, building sandcastles, swimming competitions in the well-designed kids’ pool, playing games like duck-duck-goose on the sandy beaches and so on. It’s quaint, relaxed and perfectly suited to the idyllic surroundings. What makes it stand out most is the fantastic staff running the program; they’ll capture the hearts of every child with their vivacious cheer. It’s aimed at kids from three years and up, and runs daily between 9am to 4.30pm and 6.30pm to 10pm. Best of all, it’s totally free.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji

Bula Club

From 8am to 9pm each day, the Bula Club will have little guests on the go. It’s a complimentary service incorporating all Jean-Michel’s fantastic facilities and even includes fresh, healthy meals. Has that caught your attention? The Bula Club is broken up into two age groups – the Lei Lei Program for kids up to five years old, and the Marau Program for six- to 12-year-olds. The Bula Club philosophy aims to help children better understand their world, while also learning about preservation and conservation. It’s fun and environmentally minded perfection.

Mana Island Resort & Spa - Fiji

Mei Mei Centre

The Mei Mei Centre (for those up to 12) runs three brilliant sessions each day that encourage kids to get out and experience Fijian culture, nature and traditional favourite pastimes. Even the littlest family members will be looked after at the crèche by the fabulously friendly staff for FJ$5 per hour.

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

Little Riggers, Beach Riggers and Teen Activity Program

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort understands that family fun does not end at 12 years old. Its kids’ program incorporates Little Riggers for 3–7-year-olds (free!), Beach Riggers for 8–12 years (also free!) and teen activities for older teens (for a nominal fee). Kids will be entertained by water fun, Fijian games, local tours, educational action and more. Teens will be kept smiling with activities designed to enrich their Fijian understanding: special hikes, tours, sand dune adventures and even a visit to a local high school.

Plantation Island Resort

The Coconut Club

Plantation is overflowing with resort activities for all guests to enjoy, and its Coconut Club is the perfect means to help young holidaymakers take advantage of all that’s on offer. One moment they’ll be catching crabs and racing them, the next they’ll be tie-dyeing T-shirts, and then they’ll be off on a treasure hunt, cracking pineapples or learning to weave toys. For versatility it’s hard to beat, plus most non-motorised water activities are free.

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island

Blu Banana Kids’ Club

Pirate’s Cove is another club that packs in the action. Radisson is home to Fiji’s only whitewater tunnel slide and five various lagoon pools – so if you can tear your 4–12-year-olds away from the water, they’ll love the activities that include Kids’ Olympics, art attack sessions, Can Cook Will Cook plus all the kids’ club staples. It runs on and off between 9am and 9pm, depending on the age of your child.

Sheraton Fiji Resort

Lai Lai Kids’ Club

The comprehensive Lai Lai Kids space will entertain children aged 4–12 and is shared by guests from the three Sheraton properties in the area. There’s cultural fun with Fijian language lesson and fish feeding, artistic time with face painting or basket making and plenty of moving around.

Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa

Little Chief’s Club

Shangri-La really knows how to utilise its superior facilities for some prime kid-friendly fun. Whether out on the beach, in the children’s pool splashing up a storm or hanging in the children’s playground, the stellar Fijian staff running the Little Chief’s Club for 2–12-year-olds make every day the most fun possible. It’s completely free, but babysitters are required for those under 4 years.

The Naviti Resort

Ratu & Adi Vonu Kids’ Club

The Rugg Rats Club will go down a treat with your own loveable rugrats. This program for 5–12-year-olds is a hit thanks to its special club area which really has it all: bouncing castles, table tennis, fun games, kayaking, beach volleyball… the list could go on. It runs from 10am to 10pm each day, so there is a perfect time balance for some all-family fun as well as quality parent time too!

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