The Best Outdoor Adventures In Fiji

Photo: Pete Evans

Consider our new Travel Diaries series your digital passport this summer. Follow along as we give you a sneak peek into where our wellness-centric contributors are headed for some R&R. This week, we're tagging along with world-renowned chef Pete Evans on his Fiji retreat.

I've been visiting Fiji for the last 20 years — long enough to choose two islands to call my favorites: Namotu and Tavarua. Located right next to each other, they are perfect destinations for families and solo travelers looking to immerse themselves in adrenaline-pumping water sports or unwind and recharge their soul batteries.

They are both renowned among the surfing and kite-surfing community as amazing locations to score perfect warm-water waves, and I would recommend them to anyone — whether you surf or not!

What to do

Photos: Pete Evans, Stocksy

1. Stand-up paddle board

If you're visiting the island, stand-up paddle boarding is a must. Even if you've never tried it before, the locals can teach you how to do it safely and you'll be a pro in no time. Expect to catch some small waves in the first day or two!

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2. Snorkel

The reefs surrounding these islands are very impressive. Filled with a colorful array of sea life and beautiful coral, they'll keep you mesmerized for hours. I see snorkeling as a great form of physical meditation for the soul.

3. Get a massage

Fijian massages are something to be savored. Masseuses on the island have skilled hands and they know exactly where to apply pressure to relieve tight muscles. The massage room at TK resort is peaceful and quite relaxing.

Where to stay

Photos: Namotu Island Resort, Taverna Island Resort

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1. Namotu Island Resort

Namotu's hotel has five stars, but it really feels like a 7-star experience to me.

2. Tavarua Island Resort

Another lovely resort that keeps me coming back every year.

What to eat

Photos: Peter Kuruvita

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1. Local catches

The islands themselves have wonderful chefs and kitchen teams whipping up the freshest seafood that the fishermen bring in daily to entice the guests.

2. Flying Fish

My dear friend Peter Kuruvita serves up sensational seafood at this restaurant on the mainland.

Looking for some more travel inspo? Check out the rest of our Travel Diaries here.

Pete Evans

Pete is the only person who cares and talks this much about food. Which sees him right at home in his career as both an internationally renowned and household name chef. A love of food saw Pete begin his career as chef and restaurateur at the age of 19, opening numerous award-winning restaurants nationally as well as cooking in some of the finest restaurants globally. Pete has not only cooked for the general public, but he’s also cooked a royal banquet for the Prince and Princess of Denmark, a private dinner for Martha Stewart, and even represented his hometown at the gala G’Day USA dinner for 600 in NYC. Pete’s career has moved from the kitchen into the lounge room with many TV appearances including Lifestyle Channel’s Home show, Postcards from Home, FISH, My Kitchen Rules, Moveable Feast, and his latest The Paleo Way... stay tuned for Food is Medicine which is in pre-production now! It’s safe to say he knows his stuff, with over 10 bestselling cookbooks inspiring individuals and families in their kitchens around the world. Pete’s also a simple guy. He loves his family, the ocean, surfing, and maintaining his own healthy lifestyle. When he changed his life to The Paleo Way of living, an abundance of mental, physical, and emotional changes followed. This paved the way for Pete’s belief that food can be medicine, and that it should be our first port of call for a healthier life. They say the proof is in the pudding, and if hearing Pete speak about The Paleo Way isn’t enough to get you excited, almost nothing will. As a certified health coach with qualifications from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Pete wants to change the lives of everyone around him, including you. To keep up to date with Pete’s adventures, recipes and information, follow him via his Facebook page or Instagram.Join all our amazing Tribe members for the culinary adventure of a lifetime and reclaim your health, one delicious mouthful at a time. No outdated calorie counting or crazy exercise regimes.. just plain common sense delivered in a way that awakens your spirit, mind and body. join www.thepaleoway.com for our 10 week program that you can start at any time.
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