Outdoor WondersFiji and Tahiti are both synonymous with wondrous natural scenery that creates a unique backdrop for a variety of outdoor activities. However, they are both home to different types of outdoor adventures.
According to Donna Heiderstadt, a travel expert and author of “Funnymoon,” a travel comedy, Tahiti is ideal for all types of water sports. While Fiji has renowned diving, it is surrounded by coral reefs that limit other water-based activities. As an island formation created by volcanic eruptions, Tahiti has rare black sand beaches that are not commonly seen around the world. This makes a perfect backdrop for the range of water-based adventures that Tahiti offers:
- Scuba diving
- Deep sea fishing
Fiji, on the other hand, is an ideal diving location due to a range of naturally captivating coral reefs. These reefs are best enjoyed from a behind scuba goggles. Snorkeling and scuba diving are a major calling card of Fiji. While Tahiti features some wonderful sights, Fiji is a more popular diving destination among professionals. It is known as the soft coral capital of the world. Fiji also offers other outdoor activities, such as sea kayaking and whitewater rafting.
Accommodation OptionsBoth islands are home to a slew of resorts and hotels. However, there are crucial differences between the two. According to Trip Advisor, Tahiti does not have any all-inclusive hotels or resorts. Some bookings will include breakfast, but little else. The booking price will only cover the room. Conversely, Fiji is home to a plethora of all-inclusive resorts. Some will include meals, but not beverages, while others will include both.
The types of accommodations available on both islands are very similar. Depending on the resort, you can expect a well-maintained and clean room. Tahiti has one distinct advantage – overwater bungalows. Tahiti is home to hundreds of overwater bungalows throughout the islands that travelers can enjoy at a reasonable rate.
The Little ThingsAccommodations and activities are the two primary criteria for deciding on which island country to visit. However, they aren’t the only criteria. Below are a number of ‘little things’ that may tip the scales in either direction:
Golf – If golf is your game, look no further than Fiji. With dozens of golf courses throughout the islands, a Fiji vacation can effortlessly be filled with unique tropical golf courses. Tahiti is not completely devoid of golf; however it only features two courses.
Cruise Destination – Fiji is not a common cruise destination while Tahiti is a popular one. This may be a benefit or a drawback, depending on your situation. If you wish to travel by cruise, Tahiti is the clear choice. However, this also means that ports of call will be filled with cruising tourists from all over the world. This can result in longer lines at popular tourist attractions.
The Language – Encountering language barriers while traveling can result in frustration and miscommunication. Fiji natives are typically fluent in English, while Tahiti natives speak French. English speakers can still be found in Tahiti, however they are less common.
Which Island is For Me?Deciding on the best island formation to visit is a tough decision. Would you like a wider range of water-based outdoor activities? Or do you have a penchant for all-inclusive resorts? Depending on your preferences and inclinations you may enjoy one island more than the other. Both Fiji and Tahiti are excellent vacation spots – visiting either one will not disappoint.
Charles Plank is a contributing writer and travel enthusiast. He has visited over 50 countries and has a penchant for island travel. Charles one day hopes to launch a publication devoted to the most captivating islands on Earth.