Springing up from the centre of the South Pacific, Fiji’s hundreds of islands come together to create a dazzling array of stunning beaches, thick jungles, and rugged coastlines. Far more than just a place to soak up some rays on the beach, this Melanesian paradise is the perfect destination to escape the ordinary and head out for a fun-filled day tour. From cruising up and down rivers in a high-speed jet boat to exploring traditional villages along the Coral Coast, there are far more things to do in Fiji than you might think.

1. High-Adrenaline Fun

Nothing says cultural experience like a high-speed jet boat ride. Ok, maybe not, but that doesn’t mean the two experiences have to be mutually exclusive. Team up with Rosie Holidays to explore farms and local markets, check out a traditional village, and take part in a kava ceremony while learning how to say “Cheers!” with locals. Afterward, sit down with your new friends for an island-style feast, then scream back down the Sigatoka River on a heart-pounding jet boat ride.

2. Floating Paradise

Cloud 9 is totally just your average bar—if you trade a bearded bouncer for a graceful sea turtle, a game of darts for a snorkelling adventure, and a coin-fed jukebox for an international DJ. More floating paradise than off-shore watering hole, this reef-side refuge is the ideal place to spend a day away from, well, everything. Grab a slice of pizza from the wood-fired oven, hang out on sun decks or in shaded loungers, sip refreshing cocktails at the bar, and cool off by snorkelling above the vibrant coral in Ro Ro Reef.

3. Off-Road Exploration  

Dive into Fiji’s hinterland as you climb into a beefy off-road vehicle for an adventure into the Nausori Highlands with Tour Managers Fiji. Cruise through sugarcane fields and past misty waterfalls, snap photos of green, light-filled valleys, and learn about the island’s volcanic past as you traverse its rugged terrain. Find out how to whip up peppery kava concoctions and tuck into lunch in the shade of a traditional bure hut during this day-long immersion into the Fijian way of life.

4. Hinterland Hikes  

Trade your thongs for hiking boots as you head into Fiji’s wild hills and mountains with a day of off-the-beaten path adventure. Led by a local guide from Urban Adventures, trek along ridgelines that offer sweeping views of sugarcane fields and river valleys, cool off in the misty pool of a rushing waterfall, and learn which of the island’s plants are prized for their medicinal qualities.

5. Cultural Immersion

When you’re at the airport, hopelessly searching for last-minute souvenirs, you’ll wish you had gone shopping with Uniquely Fiji along the Coral Coast. With convenient pick-up and drop-off from most Fiji hotels, you can bounce between Fiji’s bustling handicraft markets to browse the creations of skilled wood carvers, potters, and furniture-makers who use age-old techniques to create stunning pieces. Relax in the afternoon listening to traditional stories during a talanoa session and, since it’s Fiji, stop by Natadola Beach on your way back to town to get in your daily dose of sun, sand, swimming, and snorkelling.

6. Ziplines & Waterfalls

Holidays are a good time to go out of your comfort zone, and we’re not talking about testing the limits at the buffet line. Just a short ride out of Nadi, Sabeto’s rugged hills and thick jungle canopies make it the ideal place to slip on a harness and fly through the trees on a vertigo-testing zipline operated by Uniquely Fiji.

7. Robinson Crusoe Adventure

Get stranded on an island you won’t want to leave on this full-day adventure with Tour Managers Fiji. Take a river cruise up the Tuva, work with locals to wrestle mud crabs out of handmade pots, and then head to Robinson Crusoe Island to turn your crustacean catch into a tasty lunch during a hands-on cooking lesson. Take the afternoon to relax on the beach, go snorkelling to search for sea turtles, or investigate other island activities that range from jewellery making to clambering up the trunks of coconut trees.