Surely the best way for you to see the true beauty of Fiji and its many beautiful islands is from above. Aerial sightseeing in Fiji includes a magnificent flyby over the picturesque Mamanusca group of islands. You are treated to a bird’s eye view of Fiji at its best. From a helicopter, you effortlessly behold the many islands of the archipelago, but don’t even start trying to count because they are so many: 322 islands and 500 islets to be exact. Get a stunning glimpse of the lush rainforests, turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean and magnificent mountains including Mount Evans, also referred to as the Sleeping Giant.
A view from above is the best way to truly appreciate the reefs, waterfalls, and other unique landscapes that make Fiji one of a kind. There are also volcanoes, lagoons, limestone formations and small coral atolls. Fiji simply has every beautiful thing that Mother Nature has to offer. Most tours hover over Mamanuca Islands, but arrangements can be made to see Yasawa Islands and Nausori Highlands as well.
Fiji is located in the South Pacific among the tiny island-nations of Tonga, Wallis, and Samoa. It is 4 hours north of New Zealand and 4 hours east of Australia. It becomes very clear to you while on the helicopter that Fiji has two large and very distinct islands. Those are Vanau Levu and Viti Levu (where the capital city of Savu and the international airport of Nadi are located). They are surrounded by many tiny islands, some of which are spattered like green paint on the vast blue ocean as canvass. The Mamanuca Islands are made up of those tiny islands located to the west of Viti Levu.
The reason why the Fijian landscape is so unique is because the islands are products of millennia of volcanic activities and smashing tropical waters. Also, the wide coral reefs have pretty much maintained the natural richness of the islands, protecting the archipelago from invading foreigners.
Yet the invaders did come. The British took control of Fiji for years and brought with them Christianity, which completely changed the history of the islands. Tribal wars and cannibalism ended. Majority of the population are now Christians, and the merging of faiths, races, and cultures only added to the intrigue that is Fiji. There are also Indians residing in the islands, allowing Hinduism and Islam to join in the mix.
In the 1990s, Fiji slumped into internal political strife that almost completely killed its tourism. The country’s amazing natural treasures and islands, however, could not be kept for long from the reaches of international tourism.
Getting on an aerial sightseeing in Fiji is a bit costly but it is definitely worth it. Sightseeing fee begins at US$ 254 per person for 30 minutes of flight. If the airborne guest wishes to linger further up in the air, there is an additional fee for that. You will be allowed to take some baggage with you as long as it is not heavier than 20 kg. Don’t forget your camera, needless to say. Taking off from Nadi Airport, This one-of-a-kind tour begins early at 6:30 AM, while the last flight is at 5:30 PM. The best months to make this tour are from May to December when the greens and waters are perfect.