Be energetic – there’s a vast array of activities on offer, including horse-riding, trekking, swimming, sailing and kayaking. If you take the kids hiking on a trail, make sure you know exactly how far it is you’re going, that it’s something they will be able to cope with, and that you have a good supply of water and sunscreen. Horse-riding along the beach is a popular activity on family holidays and can normally be arranged through resorts. For snorkelling, you’re best off going to some of the small off islands: Tavenui and Mana Island are recommended.
Take a river cruise from Sigatoka jetty, visiting traditional villages and experiencing kava-drinking ceremonies and Fijian craftwork. An overnight stay in a Fijian village in the Nausori Highlands is an unforgettable experience – you may baulk at the idea of a ceremony put on purely for tourists, but you’d be missing out and the children would thoroughly enjoy it.
Discover Fiji’s urban life, if only for a day. In Suva, a bustling city with fantastic architecture and great views, kids enjoy wandering around the municipal market with its eye-catching local produce. The Fiji Museum is full of interesting things, including a unpopular missionary’s boot that was cooked along with his body parts.
Head for Pacific Harbour with its good range of places to eat and great beach. Its Arts Village (Cultural Centre and Marketplace) has historical re-enactments, dances and a Lake Tour where kids can learn about canoe-making, pottery and weaving, although the venue has seen better days.
Discover Nadi and its major attraction, the new Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple, the largest in the southern hemisphere, built to a 1000-year-old design. Thrill-seekers can organise a jet-boat trip from here, with boats staying afloat on less than 10cm of water and able to turn, at an alarming speed, on a sixpence!