Known as one of the friendliest countries in the world, Fiji epitomises the ultimate tropical holiday destination. With more than 300 islands, each one is a pocket of distinct culture, South Pacific charm and local hospitality. If there was one destination to cruise through as a solo traveller, then Fiji and its safe and hospitable vibe is one not to be missed. If you are thinking of exploring Fiji by cruise on your own, here’s how to make the most of your trip.
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1. Respect the local customs
Cruising through Fiji with Blue Lagoon allows guests to soak up the daily lives and customs of the local Fijian community. The locals in Fiji are known for being incredibly friendly towards travellers and tourists, but you’re likely to receive an even warmer welcome when you respect the local customs, including dressing modestly while in the villages. During your cruise stopovers, be sure to wear your shirts, shorts, shawls and skirts to cover up. Save your bathers for the beach and wear something more modest everywhere else.
2. Choose the right accommodation
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There are a variety of options when it comes to booking accommodation in Fiji, but one of the safest and most enjoyable options are cruises like Blue Lagoon’s iconic all-inclusive trip. The great thing about cruising in Fiji is the option you get to meet like-minded travellers throughout your stay. Cruising is a great way to meet people and the Blue Lagoon Cruises boast a 100 per cent Fijian crew who would love to show you the hidden gems of the country.
3. Stick to groups at night
Fiji is an incredibly safe location for solo travellers, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use common sense while you’re there. Avoid walking alone at night, don’t become too inebriated by yourself and always be cautious of your surroundings so you stay out of trouble. If in doubt, be sure to ask your travel buddies, tour guides or cruise ship crew members for advice.
4. Join a group
Travelling solo in Fiji doesn’t mean you literally have to go it alone. Why not join a tour group? Not only will you learn about the local favourites, but you’ll also get the opportunity to mingle with other travellers who are all there for the same reason – to have a great time! You might just make some friends for life while you’re at it.
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5. Take part in local activities
If your time, budget and health allows for it, say yes to absolutely everything on offer on your cruise. The more things you say yes to, the more likely it is that you’ll meet some great people along the way. So, when you have the option to visit a famous teahouse, join a traditional lovo ceremony, watch a meke dance or have a glass of the traditional kava drink, say yes, yes, yes, because there is always safety in numbers.
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