Fiji is tiny, friendly, beautiful, amazing. It’s just a cluster of reef islands in the deep blue Pacific. Thin roads wind through lush rainforest, past waterfalls and gentle beaches to small seaside resorts. Offshore, neon fish dart between bursts of coral. “Bula!” Hello. Welcome. Learn the word now. You’ll hear it everywhere– at your hotel, in town, on the street– always paired with a wide smile. Awesome diving and watersports, cultural village visits, white water rafting, day trips to private Islands and super-friendly locals, Fiji is perfect for couples seeking a secluded romantic getaway in the tropics or a fun packed adventure vacation. Fiji runs on island time and it greets you with island warmth.
- Air Pacific round trip coach class flights from Los Angeles to Nadi, Fiji
- Airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Round trip seat in coach transfers from Nadi Airport to Hideaway Resort
- 7 nights accommodation Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa in an Oceanview Bure
- Breakfast daily
- Welcome drink on arrival, Complimentary Nightly Entertainment, Complimentary introduction to Scuba Diving in resort pool (for clients 13 years and above) and Invitation to Management Cocktail function
DAY 1 – Depart Los Angeles
DAY 2 – Cross the International Dateline
DAY 3 – Arrive Nadi, Fiji
Upon arrival you will be met with a traditional Fijian welcome and transferred to the Coral Coast.
Fiji Hideaway Resort and Spa is a 3.5 star tropical resort located on the Coral Coast, just a 90 minute transfer from Nadi International Airport. A boutique resort with just 115 rooms, Hideaway features traditional Fijian Bures in lush surrounds right on the beach, all overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean and coral lagoon. A destination in itself, Hideaway offers some of the best snorkeling and diving in Fiji, an excellent reef surf break, 600 meters of white sandy beach, Day Spa and free nightly entertainment.
Sit back and take in the breathtaking views from your Ocean View Bure. These bures feature a Queen and single bed, as well as an outdoor seating area surrounded by lush coconut palm trees and green Fijian grass.
DAY 4 – 9
Enjoy the complimentary activity program operating from morning to night. Free daily activities range from beach volleyball, tennis, kayaking and to guided tropical garden walks. Discover Fijian traditions, a new sport or one of the many day trip options (cost for activities not included in package).
The Fiji Hideaway Spa overlooks the lagoon and is a perfect setting for a relaxing massage, beauty or hair treatment.
Snorkel and explore the lagoon with live reef directly in front of the resort. Snorkeling gear is available from the activities desk.
Tivua Island Sailing & Snorkeling Experience with Captain Cook Cruises **Exclusive reduced rate for Groupon clients** $80 per person for travel until 3/31/13 & $85 per person for travel until 5/31/13:
Set sail aboard tall ship “Ra Marama” or sailing catamaran “Fiji One” departing Denarau daily and cruise to Tivua Island –surrounding by a white sandy beach and 500 acres of coral gardens. The cruise includes snorkeling & glass bottom boat tours, tropical buffet lunch, morning & afternoon tea, beer, wine & soft drinks on Tivua Island, kava ceremony & entertainment, volleyball, use of canoes, snorkeling equipment & beach-mats and transfers from the Hideaway Resort.
The resort is home to ‘Diveaway Fiji’, a qualified PADI Dive center. Enjoy the beauty of Fiji’s wonderful reefs and coral directly offshore from the resort. ‘Diveaway Fiji’ cater for experienced Scuba Diving through to Outer Reef snorkeling and offer PADI courses from beginner through to Divemaster.
An easy paddle directly in front of the resort for a right hand reef break that is famous throughout the Coral Coast of Fiji. Surfing is consistently good year round and surf tours can also be arranged (cost applies for tour).
Village & Cultural Tours
The nearby village of Tagaqe welcomes visitors from the Hideaway Resort to experience their way of life. Regular tours introduce you to the elders and Chief of the village. Sunday church services are a favorite with guests as the children of the village sing gospel songs in the village choir.
ADVENTURE IN PARADISE – Waterfall or cave tour – **special reduced rate for Groupon travelers** -$85 per person for travel until 3/31/13 or $110 per person based for travel until 9/30/13. Per person rate based on a minimum of 2 people traveling.
You’ll visit the village of the Biausevu tribe and participate in a “Kava Ceremony”. Next we hit the walking trail to the waterfall. You’ll wander through several shallow streams – each one a photographers delight, native bush land and lush tropical rainforest with guides who explain the traditional use of various plants along the way, including plant medicines. At the waterfall, you’ll learn how to husk a coconut and do some fish feeding. The waterfall itself is spectacular – dropping 120 feet down a rocky cliff into a picturesque swimming lagoon edged by giant ferns, wild red ginger and ancient Ivi trees with amazing root systems and hanging vines. You’ll understand how legends are born in this tropical paradise setting. This is the favourite swimming place of the legendary “Twins” of Fiji. After a refreshing dip, you’ll be served with a packed picnic lunch with beer, bottled artesian water and soft -drinks before heading home again – back to the Hideaway. This tour is natural and rustic – no paved footpaths or handrails – but it’s mostly flat and not very demanding. There are plenty of helping hands from very entertaining guides. Great for all ages of reasonable health, mobility and fitness.
The Cave Tour is a fantastic day of fun, culture and real Fiji experiences. It starts with a 1 hour drive into the picturesque Sigatoka Valley for fabulous views of Fiji’s famous “Salad bowl” – known for its colorful patchwork of fruit and vegetable crops. You’ll hear the fascinating history of notorious Tongan warriors who reigned supreme in this area and glimpse ancient hill fortresses of Tavuni and Matanavatu. On the riverbank, a bamboo raft (bilibili) will ferry you downstream and after a short walk you will be welcomed into the home of the Priest (Bete), the Cave Owners where you will participate in a customary kava ceremony. The tour group then proceeds with light trekking to the Naihehe Caves. The entrance is a tropical garden setting – and this was the cave fortress of Fiji’s last cannibal tribes. It was ruled by a pagan priest and hundreds of people lived inside for months at a time. We follow the hall chambers to the legendary “Pregnancy Gap” which opens up into the huge and wondrous Grand Cathedral Chamber. Natural features include sparkling stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and underground springs – but its history makes this cave particularly special. You’ll see a ritual platform, priest chambers and cannibal oven! It’s pretty awesome stuff. The cave environment is comfortable, with easy access, plenty of fresh air and no bats or creepy-crawlies. Next, we take a 30-min walk across native bush and farms down to the riverbank for a “bilibili” ride across the river. After a refreshing dip , you’ll be served with a packed picnic lunch with beer, bottled artesian water and soft-drinks before heading home again – back to the Hideaway by 3:00pm .
Culinary Cultural Experience
Learn how to cook Fijian style with Lovo food cooked in banana leaves in an underground oven – Lovo pit.
Sigatoka River Safari
Enjoy a half day eco/cultural adventure into the heart and soul of Fiji. Cruise up the magnificent Sigatoka River aboard Fiji’s original jet boat safari and visit authentic Fijian villages and experience the rich culture & history of the real Fijian people.
Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course
This championship golf course offers and enjoyable challenge through stunning Fijian landscapes, whilst overlooking the uninterrupted views of the white sands and coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean.
Tropical Fishing Characters
Take a fishing trip to the reef, or go deeper and enjoy a day of game fishing with a team of professionals. All guests take home their dinner!
While there are plenty of opportunities to get active when you stay at the Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa, there is also a small gym onsite and boxing gear for guests wanting to stay fit and in shape.
Professional entertainment is scheduled nightly in the theatre restaurant, by the pool or in the Fire Walking Arena. Nightly entertainment includes a full Polynesian dance show and traditional Fijian entertainment.
Each Thursday, watch the amazing firewalking ceremony by the local villagers, then enjoy a traditional Lovo feast in Chief’s Restaurant.
Day 10-Depart Fiji
Enjoy your last day in Fiji before transferring back to the airport early evening for departure back to Los Angeles, cross the International dateline and arrive back before you departed! Alternatively continue your South Pacific adventure by purchasing an add-on package to New Zealand or Australia – 4 nights from an additional $599 per person including air & hotel.
3-12 Feb; 5-14 Feb; 7-16 Feb; 10-19 Feb; 12-21 Feb; 14-23 Feb; 17-26 Feb; 19-28 Feb; 21 Feb – 02 Mar; 24 Feb – 05 Mar; 26 Feb – 07 Mar; 28 Feb – 09 Mar
Mar: 3-12 Mar; 5-14 Mar; 7-16 Mar; 10-19 Mar; 24 Mar – 02 Apr; 26 Mar – 04 Apr; 28 Mar – 06 Apr; 31 Mar – 09 Apr
2-11 Apr; 4-13 Apr; 7-16 Apr; 9-18 Apr; 11-20 Apr; 14-23 Apr; 16-25 Apr; 18-27 Apr; 21-30 Apr; 23 Apr – 02 May; 25 Apr – 04 May; 28 Apr – 07 May; 30 Apr – 09 May
2-11 May; 5-14 May; 7-16 May; 9-18 May; 12-21 May; 14-23 May; 16-25 May; 19-28 May; 21-30 May
Gateways & Associated Supplements:
Los Angeles- additional add-on flights from local city can be purchased.
Contact Artisan Traveler for quote & availability for any deviations to the above. We are here to make your dream trip a reality.
Hefty discounts are available for travel until 30 September, 2013.
7 nights Fiji Hideway Resort $ Spa
Bookings must be made by 17 February, 2013 to secure this deal.
Notes (or additional fine print):
Deviations start from $50. For all deviations and children pricing please contact us. Special discounted rates are available for travel through 30September, 2013. Subject to availability at time of booking.