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Finding Authentic Fiji

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Photo: Gustavo Ten Hoever

This sugarcane republic still has fewer than one million permanent residents, only three airports with paved runways, and a single (two-lane) highway. For someone who has harbored South Seas fantasies fueled by old Errol Flynn films and Joseph Conrad novellas, making the long journey to Fiji has its payoff: It's one of the last untrammeled places, where steamer ferries still ply the straits, and barefoot bush pilots land on grass strips to deliver guitar strings and watermelon

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Destinations: Fiji · Vatulele · Wakaya Island

Inspired by: Discovering Fiji — by Shane Mitchell, Published Sep. 2006

Hotels (8)

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    Nukubati Island

    On Nukubati Island, Fijian-born hotelier Jenny Leewai Bourke has created an eco-sensitive resort concept that preserves the past. Her seven-room pr

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    Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort

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    Likuliku Lagoon Resort

    Located on the northwestern coast of Malolo Island, this adults-only resort makes full use of the surrounding coral-reef lagoon with its over-water

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    Tribewanted: Vorovoro

    Vorovoro Island is home to only one tourism effort—the Tribewanted project, which invites visitors to participate in volunteer projects to support

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    Royal Davui Resort

    An eight-acre gumdrop of an island has been turned into the Royal Davui Island Resort by the Southwicks, a fifth-generation Fijian family who also

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    Dolphin Island

    The 13-acre Dolphin Island is the domain of Alex Van Heeren, who also owns New Zealand’s lavish Huka Lodge. The rustic-chic Fijian hideaway can hos

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    Wakaya Club

    The 10 spacious bures (thatched-roof cottages) sit on a private 2,200-acre island. When they say all-inclusive, they mean it: Indoor space of 1,500

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    Vatulele Island Resort

    Located off the southern coast of Viti Levu, this all-inclusive resort has 17 beachfront bures (thatched-roof bungalows) and two premium villas iso

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Activities (3)

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    Rivers Fiji

    Affiliated with Oars International, this adventure operator has one- and two-day white-water river-rafting trips along the Upper Navua Gorge and Wa

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    J. Hunter Pearls Fiji

    Watch black pearls being harvested then hit the shop for set and loose pearls, as well as oyster-shell jewelry.

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    Pure Fiji Spa

    Located in Suva, this full-service spa is owned by the eponymous Pure Fiji cosmetics company, known for incorporating local ingredients—such as coc

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