An oasis in the South Pacific Ocean, the islands of Fiji are the perfect place to volunteer, in one of the most beautiful locations on Earth.
Alongside volunteering in Fiji with GVI, there are a myriad of opportunities for you to make the most of your time in the South Pacific. Whether you love being active, are interested in history, or want to learn a new skill, there’s something for you in Fiji.
Here are GVI’s top picks for the best things to do in Fiji.
Discover the world under the sea
Snorkeling is one of the most popular activities in Fiji, and rightly so. The bright blue waters are teeming with sea life, from fish, to turtles, sea snakes, and incredible corals.
One of the best locations for snorkeling in Fiji is the tiny island of Caqalai, where GVI has one of its volunteer bases. When volunteering with marine conservation in Caqalai, what better way to spend your free time than to appreciate all the marine life you have been working to conserve?
Volunteering to preserve the environment of turtles in Fiji is extremely rewarding, and you will see the impact of projects firsthand while snorkeling.
To be as responsible as possible, consult a local guide for the best tips for snorkeling in this area. Only snorkel within the areas marked with buoys. This will ensure that you do not damage this beautiful, but fragile marine environment.
Have an adventure at Colo-i-Suva Forest Park
Got a day off? Take a trip to the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, on Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu.
Located on the same island as our Dawasama volunteering location, the park is dedicated to the preservation of Fiji’s native flora and fauna, and is a haven for local birdlife.
The Waimanu river meanders through the park, creating small water holes, perfect for swimming, along the trail. In the hot, humid rainforest, swimming in a natural pool is the ideal way to cool down. Surrounded by such lavish greenery, what’s not to love?
A day in the park is ideal for those looking to get active while exploring Fiji’s rich wildlife. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes, and be prepared to get sweaty!
Learn about local history at the Fiji Museum
If you will be spending weeks or months volunteering in Fiji, it is imperative that you know and engage with the fascinating history of the islands. The Fiji Museum is the perfect place to kickstart your learning.
If you’re looking for things to do in Fiji’s capital city, Suva, The Fiji Museum is a way to learn about and understand the diverse and fascinating cultures of Fiji.
The museum houses a stunning array of historical artefacts, including the rudder from the ship The Bounty, famous due to its mutinous history.
Other exhibits include items from some of the approximately 61,000 workers forcibly brought to Fiji from the Indian subcontinent in the 1870s by British colonizers. There is also a wide variety of artwork from both traditional and more modern Fijian artists.
Make sure to attend the museum open day, which takes place on the final Saturday of each month. There is an array of stalls where you can, among other things, sample handmade traditional foods, view live music and dance shows.
Visit the serene Garden of the Sleeping Giant
Original photo: Kevin Tibbets
Take a tranquil walk through the canopy-covered boardwalk, across lily ponds, and into the rainforest, while taking in the exquisite selection of plant life in the gardens. Allow the delicate trickle of the water, and calm croaks of wild frogs to transport you into a world of serenity, nature and tranquility.
Although one of the lesser-known attractions in Fiji, this once private collection is now open to the public, and showcases over 30 different species of tropical orchids.
You are welcome to explore the gardens yourself, but if you’d like a deeper knowledge of the plant life, a guide is available at no extra cost.
Try your hand at water sports
What better place to try new water sports than the crystal-clear South Pacific Ocean? The calm, warm waters surrounding the islands of Fiji are the perfect location to learn.
Opt for choices like windsurfing, paddle boarding, or kayaking. Unlike many other water sports, these activities are powered by either the user, or the elements, and are therefore are much more environmentally friendly.
There are water sports centers near both of GVI’s Fiji bases in Dawasamu and Caqalai. Find an activity you’d like to try, and book a class! There’s nothing to stop you from learning a new skill, while being respectful to the environment when volunteering in Fiji with GVI.
Take a cooking class
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Learn to cook local food, from the locals. Flavours of Fiji cooking school is the perfect place to learn a new skill and have fun at the same time.
The classes begin with a walk through a local market, buying fresh, local produce. Then it’s back to the kitchen to learn how to make a traditional dish with the seasonal produce you got from the market yourself.
Flavours of Fiji offers recipes from both Fijian, and Indo-Fijian cultures, to help you celebrate the diverse heritage of the Fijian islands. Support a local business, and learn how to make a delicious meal, with both a market tour and cooking class.
Volunteer with GVI in Fiji
If these incredible opportunities haven’t convinced you to jet off to Fiji straight away, then have a look at the unique volunteer opportunities with GVI.
GVI has two locations in Fiji, with numerous volunteer opportunities for you. From marine conservation to community development, to coral reef research and volunteering with children, there is something for everybody on the islands of Fiji.
Ready to begin the experience of your life volunteering in Fiji? Contact the GVI team, and begin your adventure today!