Family trip to Vanuatu or Fiji? I’m trying to find out which one is the best!

Overview of Fiji

Known as the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’, Fiji is known for its beautiful waters, friendly people and authentic island experiences.

Fiji has traditionally been considered a more luxurious destination, but has evolved into a family-friendly destination.  Fiji is actually made up of 333 different islands, but her two most popular islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Here you can learn more about Fiji vs Vanuatu.

What is the weather like in Fiji? 

Temperatures in Fiji are fairly warm throughout the year, with temperatures he high 70s to high 80s. The best time to travel to Fiji is between April and October, but usually during the rainy season.   Note: November to April sees less rain, but there is a danger of tropical storms.

  • Where should I stay in Fiji? 
  • A family-friendly island
  • Viti Levu
  • Mamanuca
  • Denarau

Varies from just a 20 minute drive from the airport to an hour and a half he takes by boat or car. 

  • Many places in Fiji are quiet as there is not much nightlife.
  • Here are some recommended resorts in Fiji.
  • Hilton Fiji Beach Resort
  • Treasure Island Resort
  • Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort
  • Plantation Island Resort Mamanuca
  • Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa

Gecko’s Resort

It is important to remember to read the fine print of where you are staying. Some resorts have limited his WiFi or it can be very difficult to get there unless you plan to arrive by boat or helicopter. What can families do?

Regardless of your child’s age, there is something for you and your child to do when visiting Fiji. Many resorts offer some form of babysitting service.

Fijians are known to treat their children as if they were their own. So if you have small children who can’t attend all the activities, this might be a good option.

Outrigger has  one of the best programs he has in Fiji, Meimei Nanny Service. Don’t be afraid to ask what your resort has to offer. Learn more about MeiMeNanny service here.

  • Fun water activities
  • Fiji has some of the best water activities you’ll find anywhere.
  • A variety of snorkeling and diving activities for the whole family, suitable for all skill levels.

Where should I stay in Vanuatu? 

Port Vila, the capital city, is located on the main island of Efate. There are many restaurants, various sightseeing spots, and the only shopping mall in Japan.

Espiritu Santo is Vanuatu’s largest island but far less developed. This is where many of the more adventurous activities take place.

Tanna Island has many of the country’s best natural attractions, including active volcanoes, rainforests, waterfalls and beaches.

Here are some of my key tips about Vanuatu.

  • Warwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa
  • Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu
  • Melanesian
  • Aquana Beach Resort
  • Iririki Island Resort
  • Paradise Cove
  • Erakor Island Resort

Many of these resorts offer complimentary water equipment rentals so you can actually get out  and enjoy Vanuatu’s natural beauty. Some of these resorts are more luxurious than others, while others are kid-friendly.

What can families do?

The beach is he one of the most popular destinations in Vanuatu. Please note that some  beaches are also black sand and coral reef beaches. 

Children tend to prefer soft sandy beaches. Champagne Beach is located on Espiritu Santo Island and has many restaurants along the beach. 

There is also Erakor Beach, accessible by ferry from Santo on Erakor Island. For more activities, visit Bokissa Beach, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. You can also enjoy many water activities at Azure Lagoon. 

Which countries are best for families?

As with any vacation, think about what you and your family will enjoy. If you want a more relaxing vacation with small children, Fiji is probably the place for you.

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