Fiji truly is a natural wonder.

Boasting pristine beaches, untouched wilderness and some of the friendliest people you will ever meet, it’s a delight for the senses. But of course, it’s always a treat to discover hidden gems and local treasures, so we have found our top 5 that all deserve a spot on your bucket list - read carefully though, some of them are truly hidden!

Shiva’s Wine & Dine

Located in Sigatoka, Viti Levu, this eatery truly is the epitome of a hidden gem and is a prime example of not judging a book by its cover.

Upon arrival, visitors will make their way down a narrow laneway and up a tight staircase, where they will be greeted by friendly staff. Whilst it might not look impressive, this low-key facade is all part the experience.

Serving icy cold beverages and a mix of delicious Fijian, Chinese, Indian and Western dishes, Shiva promises generous portion sizes served quickly.

A favourite of the locals, you know it’s got to be good!

Rotuma Island

If you are looking for an unspoiled, pristine and totally idyllic tropical getaway, Rotuma Island is made for you. A tiny volcanic island, located approximately 600 kilometres north of Viti Levu, it is one of the most isolated islands of Fiji and is about as far as you can go from the heart of the Fijian Archipelago, without actually leaving it.

Rotuma Island gives visitors a chance to go where few others have gone before, and experience what life is like on a remote island.

Whilst there are no hotels, restaurants or shops, visitors will stay in guest houses and spend the days hiking, snorkelling, swimming and taking part in a variety of fun outdoor activities.

Air Fiji only flies there once a week and the boat from Suva takes several days to get there, so be prepared to stay a few days – there has never been a better time to switch off that Smartphone!

The Sabeto Hot Springs

A 20-minute drive from Nadi, these natural therapeutic springs are surrounded by lush greenery, and are considered to be one of Fiji’s hidden jewels.

Offering age-defying and healing benefits, visitors will apply a coat of mud to the skin and let it dry, before washing their stresses away in a warm spring pool. It’s the ultimate cleansing ritual, with the temperature of the springs coming from a volcanic source, meaning that it varies from warm to a very toasty 60°C.

The springs are open 7 days a week and are easy to get to via a local bus or taxi, but can also be booked as part of a tour. Towels can also be rented should you forget to bring one.

The springs are the perfect way to experience Fijian life and mix with the locals!

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Floating Island

Loved by locals, the Floating Island is exactly that, a detached island floating in the middle of a river in the northern part of Vanua Levu.

Located off the beaten track, locals believe that the island, called Vanalato, is full of legends and stories, and has a spirit guide who chants to steer it across the river.

The island is not marked and with no directions available on Google, this natural treasure truly is a hidden gem. Our advice? Drive to the village of Nubu, find a local and ask them for directions to the island. This will often be in exchange of a gift, such as kava or money, but you will have the chance to mingle with those in the know and even hear stories and mysteries about the island.

Be sure to wear a pair of sturdy but inexpensive shoes, as you may need to wade through long grass, sugarcane and mud to get there, but trust us when we say that it’s worth it!

Navilawa Village

Embark on a scenic 4WD tour starting at the ‘Sleeping Giant’ before making your way through the Sabeto Valley towards Viti Levu, to the peaceful rural mountain village of Navilawa in the Koroyanitu National Park.

Located inside an old volcanic crater, this village is home to traditional Fijian customs and is a unique experience away from the resorts and endless cocktails. Visitors are welcomed with a traditional kava ceremony, before mixing with friendly locals. There’s even the chance to take part in a traditional cooking and tasting session where you will learn the art of Fijian cuisine from the early preparations right up to plating time. Visitors will also have the chance to trek through the rainforest on one of the many trails, so be sure to wear comfortable and sensible footwear.

This tour is an incredible experience, and a memorable way to enjoy the real Fiji!

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