Fiji's islands, with their white sand beaches and volcanic peaks
coated in lush tropical vegetation draw surfers and divers from
around the world, as well as those merely happy to chill out in
idyllic surroundings at some of the world's best hotels. Original
Travel, sister company Original Diving and Tim Simond (author of
best-selling dive guide Dive in Style) have chosen their favourites
from the many outstanding hotels on offer, including what is, in
our humble opinion, possibly the finest private island resort in
So what to do once you arrive in your own personal paradise?
Enjoy first class service and drop dead beautiful surroundings, but
also superb diving. Fiji is known as the soft coral capital of the
world, but there is some spectacular hardware as well. Many of the
best dives have huge hard corals of all descriptions - brain,
plate, star, finger - waiting to impress, and all surrounded by
thousands upon thousands of orange and blue anthias fish.
Sonsoma is generally considered the best dive spot, but thanks
to their pristine reef, Wakaya is arguably the next finest diving
in all of Fiji. And while diving is the definite highlight at
Wakaya, over the water at Laucala the mission statement was simple
- to create the best billionaire playground imaginable. They
haven't done a bad job.