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It's always wonderful to give back to a country that has welcomed you, and a great way to do that is by helping repopulate coral reefs damaged over time by water activities. At the Shangri-La, Intercontinental and Outrigger Resorts you can help with the process of growing coral from tiny fragments on metal frames that will be transferred to damaged reef areas.
Shining bright turquoise through clearer-than-clear waters, the Great Sea Reef (Cakaulevu) is the third longest barrier reef in the world. Snorkelling over this natural wonder – which includes a series of protected marine areas – you could encounter anything from green sea turtles and spinner dolphins to manta rays and even whales, as well as hosts of tiny, colourful tropical fish.
Not everyone associates tumbling waterfalls nestled amidst lush green foliage with Fiji, but that's why Taveuni is called the Garden Island. Ensconced in tropical jungle, the Bouma National Heritage Park contains three stunning waterfalls, with pool and locations perfect for swimming, barbecuing and picnicking.
While snorkelling with fish is popular in Fiji, you can also frolic with majestic gliding manta rays in the Yasawa Islands and Kadavu. These gentle giants (sometimes weighing over a Tonne) are very inquisitive, sometimes even performing flips and 'dancing' for their audience.
For a truly satisfying shopping experience, rather than taking home mass-produced souvenirs, seek out products made by not-for-profit organisation Rise Beyond the Reef. You'll go home with a beautiful example of Fijian traditional art or craft and simultaneously support efforts to bridge the divide between remote communities, government and the private sector, creating a better world for South Pacific women and children.