Thursday 10 October 2019 is Fiji Day\u2014which celebrates Fiji\u2019s 49th year anniversary of independence and serves as a fantastic reminder that this beautiful slice of paradise is only a hop, skip and a jump (aka: 3 hour plane ride) away from New Zealand.\n\n\n\nFrom water-based exploration to world-class wellness programs, adrenaline-pumping adventures and parties in the middle of the Pacific, there are nearly as many reasons as there are islands in Fiji to book a trip there, but we\u2019ve narrowed it down to our top 10.\n\n\n\nExplore the \u2018Soft Coral Capital of the World\u2019\n\n\n\nUnderwater images of coral reef and marine life in the Bligh Waters\n\n\n\nDive into happiness with Fiji\u2019s incredible and colourful network of 4000 square miles of coral reefs, including the world-famous Great Astrolabe Reef. With around 1000 species of fish and several hundred types of coral and sponges, Fiji offers an abundance of unique diving and snorkelling experiences. There is even the opportunity to swim with Manta Rays and Hawksbill Turtles if done during the right time of year.\n\n\n\nHave a Farm to Fork experience\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nMany hotels around Fiji are adopting a new farm to plate experience or dock to dish practises with their guests. Creating on-site vegetable and herb gardens for a more sustainable approach to their food and beverage offerings, hospitality and service for the guests. Hotels such as\u00a0Nanuku\u00a0Auberge Resort & Spa,\u00a0Kokomo\u00a0Likuliku\u00a0Lagoon Resort Fiji,\u00a0Namale\u00a0Resort & Spa,\u00a0Six Senses Fiji\u00a0and\u00a0Jean-Michel Cousteau\u00a0Island Resort\u00a0\u00a0are utilising their\u00a0 lush tropical landscape in abundance to capitalising on what Fiji naturally offers.\n\n\n\nBe amazed by the natural beauty\n\n\n\nFamily snorkelling in shallow waters off island in Yasawas\n\n\n\nFiji isn\u2019t just white sand beaches, although there are plenty of those too! From stunning waterfalls, lush tropical rain forests, rugged coastline and dramatic mountain tops, there\u2019s so much to explore. There is a reason why Taveuni is referred to as the \u2018Garden Island\u2019 of Fiji\u201480% of the island is covered by tropical rainforests, along with natural rockslides and ancient lava flow. Then there\u2019s the\u00a0Sigatoka Sand Dunes,\u00a0 whose rolling sand dunes are something straight out of Arabian nights!\n\n\n\nHave an enriching family experience\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nTeaching children the importance of connecting and contributing to the communities they visit in Fiji is easy. Many of the island nation\u2019s family-friendly experiences educate kids with hands-on activities based on local traditions and conservation projects, helping them to gain a greater perspective of life as a local.\u00a0 The\u00a0Bula Club\u00a0at Jean-Michel Cousteau Island Resort has an award winning programme focused on on exploration and educational activities, the Little Treasures Kids\u2019 Club at\u00a0Treasure Island Resort\u00a0guides children to forage for turtle treats and watch daily turtle feeding displays and be released into the ocean.\u00a0Nanuku Auberge Resort & Spa's\u00a0Lailai Adventure Club involves children in customary rituals that allows them to develop a more complex understanding of Fijian culture.\n\n\n\nHang loose on a surf break\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nWhether you\u2019re a newbie or a pro, there are plenty of waves to catch in Fiji.\u00a0 For those after leisurely longboard breaks, head to\u00a0Natadola\u00a0Beach\u00a0on the Coral Coast. But for those wanting to put their skills to the test, have a go at Cloudbreak or Restaurants in the Mamanuca Islands.\u00a0 For those wanting an all-inclusive surf holiday, stay at\u00a0Namotu Island Surf Resort\u00a0, which is located near many famous breaks and offer yoga and massages to help you recover after a big day on the waves.\n\n\n\nStay on a private island\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nWith an abundance of islands in Fiji, there is no shortage of private islands to spend the night on. Feel like a true castaway at an intimate private island resort while you enjoy seclusion in the middle of the South Pacific with a coconut drink in hand, with incomparable experiences at\u00a0\u00a0Vomo\u00a0Island Resort,\u00a0Wakaya Club & Spa,\u00a0Dolphin\u00a0Island\u00a0\u00a0and\u00a0Yasawa Island Resort.\n\n\n\nParty in the middle of the South Pacific\n\n\n\nAerial shot of Cloud 9 in the Mamanuca Islands.\n\n\n\nA floating bar equipped with its own pizzeria and upbeat DJ tunes\u2014this is what a party on\u00a0Cloud 9\u00a0is all about. Located\u00a0 in the Mamanuca Islands, the choice is yours to enjoy lounging on their day beds, using their water sport equipment, indulging in cheesy pizza and fruity cocktails or jumping off their two-story bar into the crystal-clear waters.\u00a0 It\u2019s only a 45-minute boat ride from Port Denarau to get you partying on this one of a kind bar!\n\n\n\nReset with a wellness programme\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nGet recharged with one of many incredible wellness programmes in Fiji. From personalised meal plans to spa treatments, herbal medicine and specialised workouts, a trip to Fiji will get you back on track to feeling like your best self.\u00a0Six Senses\u00a0Fiji\u00a0provides guests with a wellness expert to will guide them through detoxing and meditation sessions.\u00a0Nanuka, Auberge Resort & Spa\u00a0\u00a0have an on-site medicine man and wellness guru and Vomo Island Resort has created their\u00a0VomoFit\u00a0programme for guests to follow along on during their stay.\n\n\n\nHave an adrenaline-filled adventure\n\n\n\nShot of rafts travelling up the Navua River Canyon\n\n\n\nDitch the pool side lounge chair and sign up for an adventure you\u2019ll never forget! Whether it\u2019s kayaking or rafting on the\u00a0Navua River, jet boating up the\u00a0Sigatoka River\u00a0or\u00a0zip-lining\u00a0through tropical rainforests, there are adventures for everyone of any age. For more off-the-grid adventures, head to\u00a0Kadavu\u00a0or\u00a0Taveuni\u00a0to explore untouched nature.\n\n\n\nGet addicted to the \u2018Bula\u2019 spirit\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=dAo5EPZhf3k\n\n\n\n\nYou haven\u2019t experienced happiness until you\u2019ve experienced Fiji happiness. The December 2017 Gallup International\u2019s Happiness, Hope and Economic Optimism Survey found that happiness was disappearing across the world at a time when more people are richer than ever. The same Survey also identified that people in Fiji were the happiest in the world. In Fiji, \u2018Bula\u2019 is more than just a greeting. It\u2019s a wish for happiness, good health and the energy of life. You\u2019ll hear \u2018Bula\u2019 everywhere you go in Fiji and it\u2019s impossible not to smile when you do!