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Fiji

Explore undersea marvels and facinating culture

About Destination

Fiji, a country in the South Pacific, is an archipelago of more than 300 islands. It's famed for rugged landscapes, palm-lined beaches and coral reefs with clear lagoons. Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain most of the population. Viti Levu is home to the capital, Suva, a port city with British colonial architecture.

Located approximately 3 to 4 hours by plane from the east coast of Australia, Fiji is an inviting tropical paradise. From the moment you arrive you will be struck by the natural beauty of the islands but equally moved by the genuine and kind-hearted Fijian people. Any stress just melts away as you explore the stunning beaches, laidback island atmosphere and warm tropical climate.

Bula!, a word you hear many times a day in Fiji, means "hello" and is always pronounced with a smile. Fiji holidays are the experience of a lifetime and your chance to escape to a world without stress. Fiji is renowned for its stunning beaches, beautiful warm climate, and its unique relaxed island atmosphere. You won't be able to escape the friendliness of the Fijian people or the sheer natural beauty - get ready for swaying palms and warm, clear water. It’s this welcoming atmosphere and stunning natural beauty that make a holiday to Fiji the experience of a lifetime.


Destination : Fiji Capital : Suva
Capital's calling code : +697 Currency : Fijian Dollar
Time Zone : GMT + 12 hours Minimum Stay : 6 to 8 Days
Languages : Fijian, English & Hindi
What to see : Underwater Fiji, Beaches, Coasts, Islands, Wildlife & Nature, Waterfalls, Lagoons, Adventure Park, Museum, Temple, Cathedral Church, Waterpark, Local Markets
Suited for : Beach Lovers, Honeymoon Couple, Family Trips, Nature Enthusiasts, Spa Treats, Girls Gang, Boys Gang, Leisure Seekers
Best Time to Visit : October to November
Selfie Spots : Castaway Island (Tom Hank’s Fame Island), Sabeto Hot Springs & Mud Pool, Garden of the Sleeping Giant, Tavoro Waterfalls, Kula Wild Adventure Park, Taveuni Falls
What to Pack : Swimsuits, Sun tan lotion with High SPF, Flip Flops, Sunglasses, Light clothing, Bug Spray, Torchlight, anti-itch/anti-bacterial/anti-allergic creams, Camera (Preferably Underwater)


Explore

About 144 kilometers southeast of Nadi, off Pacific Harbour, Beqa (pronounced "Benga") Lagoon lures avid divers and adventure seekers, many of whom come here to experience the Beqa Lagoon Shark Dive. With stringent safety measures in place, expert local dive operators offer exhilarating face-to-face encounters with these much-feared creatures in their natural habitat. Among the many species you can see are bull sharks, whitetip and blacktip reef sharks, and even tiger sharks. If you're looking for a more subdued underwater experience, the lagoon is home to more than 100 dive sites, including coral bommies, pinnacles, and wrecks that showcase an impressive diversity of soft corals and tropical fish. Most sites are in relatively shallow waters not far from shore. This is a great place to dive if you're visiting Viti Levu and don't have time to travel to reefs around the smaller islands. Beqa Island, just offshore, is home to the Sawau tribe, who started the famous Fiji tradition of firewalking, and you can still watch this centuries-old tradition at ceremonies in nearby resorts.

Fringing Fiji's fourth largest island, Kadavu, and other small islands in the Kadavu group, the 100-kilometer-long Great Astrolabe Reef is the fourth largest barrier reef in the world. Divers come here to submerge themselves in an underwater wonderland of caverns, tunnels, pinnacles, drop-offs, kaleidoscopic hard and soft corals, and tropical fish. Most of the dive sites are easily accessible by boat from the southern shores of Kadavu, the currents are typically moderate, and visibility ranges from 10 to 40 meters. The dives cover all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. Snorkelers can also enjoy the rich marine life here and the chance to swim with manta rays. Anglers can fish in designated areas; the reef is known for its abundance of billfish species, as well as tuna, mahi mahi, and giant trevally.

In the northern Yasawa Islands, the mystical Sawa-i-Lau Caves were sculpted by wind and waves over thousands of years and they are famous as the site of scenes from the famous Brooke Shields movie, The Blue Lagoon. Bathed in light, the first limestone cavern is easy to access, and you can swim in the cool, crystal-clear water of the deep pool and admire the interesting limestone formations. To access the inner cave, you have to swim through an underwater tunnel. Locals believe that this inner cavern is the heart of the Yasawas, and that the caves are the final resting place of the ten-headed Fijian God, Ulutini. Note that the second cave is only accessible when the tide allows. Guides are highly recommended.

Fiji's only UNESCO World Heritage Site, Levuka is the capital of Ovalau, the main island of the Lomaiviti group, and it was also the first colonial capital of Fiji. This is where the first Europeans settled in the early 19th century, and its historic center, with old wooden buildings, achieved World Heritage status in 2013. Today, the town is not a thriving tourist destination, rather, it's a quaint window into old Fiji, nestled amid mango trees and coconut palms. Highlights include the Royal Hotel, opened in the 1860s and still operating today as the oldest hotel in the South Pacific; Sacred Heart Cathedral and Presbytery from the 1860s; and the Morris Hedstrom bond store. Most visitors to Levuka organize homestays with the locals and linger a while to soak up the laid-back ambiance of this friendly town.

One of the top tourist attractions in Nadi, the rainbow-hued Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere and draws a steady stream of devotees, as well as tourists who come here to admire the impressive Dravidian architecture. Artists traveled from India to paint the temple and work on its colorful ceiling frescoes. The temple is dedicated to the God Mungan, depicted by the wooden statue from India housed in the main temple.


Experiences

When you think of snorkeling and scuba diving, Taveuni is the place to be in. The coral reefs are unbelievable gorgeous and diverse. There's the Rainbow Reef and the Vuna Reef to get you started. But if underwater exploration isn't really your thing, you can be shocked and awed on dry land too. Several hikes like the Lavena Coastal Walk (which terminates at a waterfall pool) and the Vidawa Rainforest Trail will afford you beautiful vistas. Taveuni's many hiking trails will also help you burn off some of the calories from the Fiji Bitter beer and profuse resort food.

This tour is the best way to see Fiji in just 25 minutes! This scenic helicopter flight over the Fiji Islands or hinterland will leave you spell bound. You will have the options of choosing a flight to some of the Mamanuca Islands, which lie just West of the mainland. You'll experience the spectacular views of the pristine azure color Pacific Ocean and coral reefs. Or choose a flight to the interior of Fiji, showcasing Denarau Islands, Nadi township and the surrounding tropical landscape. Your flight takes you to the famous Mount Evans Range. If you look closely, you will see the shape of a sleeping giant! In the wet season, there are fabulous waterfalls to view. On your way back to Denarau or Nadi, you will fly over local villages and the pretty landscape. On a clear day you can even see the tip of the Yasawa Islands.   This is the perfect flight to get a great overview of this part of Fiji with entertaining commentary from the pilot, along the way.

Vilavilairevo, Fijian for "jumping into the oven," is the practice of firewalking. And it's not just the stroll across fire that's amazing; rather, it's the walking on fire without getting burned that's astonishing. It's said that the practice originated with the people of Beqa Island, who convinced Tui Namoliwai, a spirit god, to allow the Beqa people to forever have the ability to walk on scalding stones. Today, you can watch firewalking ceremonies at resorts throughout Fiji, but you can bet that the men doing it grew up in Beqa.

When you need a short break for the sun-drenched beaches of Fiji you can spend a few hours having an exciting zip line adventure at the Sleeping Giant Zipline, which is easily accessed from Nadi or Port Denarau. The 35-acre park is set in the heart of tropical jungle and offers you the chance to “zip” through the towering tree canopies for over 1.3 km. There are 10 separate zips of between 80mt and 160mt and you will reach a speed of up to 60km/hr. The park has an excellent safety record, and even first-timers will have a great experience. If you are not up to trying the zip line, you can hike the Orchid Falls and Jungle Safari instead, encountering four waterfalls, wild parrots, beautiful orchids, and stunning tropical forest.

Operating out of the adventure-sport capital of Pacific Harbour, Terratrek tours offer a fun and innovative alternative to regular island tours. With Terratrek you get the opportunity to go on a guided self-drive dune buggy tour deep into the interior of the island. The most popular tour on offer is the half-day Waterfall Adventure, which includes a 45-minute drive followed by a 15-minute walk through the rainforest to reach a beautiful waterfall and pool where you will have lunch and an hour or two to swim and relax before driving back to Pacific Harbour. If you prefer you can book a shorter two hour scenic drive or get them to tailor-make a tour to suit your particular interests.


Get to know About

Fiji's culture is a rich mosaic of indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian and European traditions, comprising social polity, language, food (coming mainly from the sea, plus casava, dalo (taro) and other vegetables), costume, belief systems, architecture, arts, craft, music, dance, and sports.

While indigenous Fijian culture and traditions are very vibrant and are integral components of everyday life for the majority of Fiji's population, Fijian society has evolved over the past century with the introduction of traditions such as Indian and Chinese as well as significant influences from Europe and Fiji's Pacific neighbours, particularly Tonga and Samoa. Thus, the various cultures of Fiji have come together to create a unique multicultural national identity.

The climate in Fiji is tropical marine and warm year round with minimal extremes. The warm season is from November to April and the cooler season lasts from May to October. Temperatures in the cool season still average 22 oC (72oF). Rainfall is variable, with the warm season experiencing heavier rainfall, especially inland. For the larger islands, rainfall is heavier on the southeast portions of the islands.

Low Season (Nov & Feb–Apr)
November to April is Fiji’s ‘wet season’, with heavy rains and high humidity. Fewer tourists equal reduced rates, though discounts are hard to come by in December and January during Australian and New Zealand school holidays.

Shoulder (May & Oct)
The shoulder season includes the ‘Fijian winter’ or ‘dry season’ (May to October), bringing low rainfall, low humidity, milder temperatures and a lower risk of cyclones.

High Season (Jun–Sep; Dec & Jan)
Peak seasons coincide with the school holidays in Australia and New Zealand. Prices go up by 10% to 20%; costs peak in June and July.

Local delicacies include fresh tropical fruits (they can be found at the farmer's market in any town when in season), paulsami (baked taro leaves marinated in lemon juice and coconut milk often with some meat or fish filling and a bit of onion or garlic), kokoda (fish or other seafood marinated in lemon and coconut milk), and anything cooked in a lovo or pit oven. Vutu is a local variety of nut mainly grown on the island of Beqa, but also available in Suva and other towns around January and February. A great deal of food is cooked in coconut milk.

A customary dish in Fiji includes a starch, relishes and drink. Starches common in Fijian meals include taro, yams, sweet potatoes, or manioc but can include breadfruit, bananas, and nuts. The relishes include meat, fish, seafood, and vegetables. Drinks include coconut milk but water is most prevalent.

A very popular drink in Fiji is yaqona ("yang-go-na"), also known as "kava " and sometimes referred to as "grog" by locals. Kava is a peppery, earthy tasting drink made from the root of the pepper plant (piper methysticum). Its effects include a numbed tongue and lips (usually lasting only about 5-10 minutes) and relaxed muscles. Kava is mildly intoxicating, so avaoid consuming large quantities of it.

Whether you want to spend up a storm or pick up a couple of great bargains and fun mementos from your visit to Fiji, you’ll find a wide range of shops, boutiques, supermarkets and duty free outlets offering all manner of purchases. Most outlets accept major credit and debit cards and some will even accept the currency of your home country. Shopping hours are usually from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 3pm Saturday, however many shopping destinations also offer late night and Sunday shopping options for your convenience.

With a dearth of boutique shops and art galleries, your best bet is to head to the urban municipal markets, which ooze character, overflow with local produce and have the most authentic collection of handicrafts. Handicraft markets present the perfect opportunity to find that special something for the folk you left back home. Locally made curio and traditional gifts from the islands include handmade, carefully designed masi (tappa) cloth, and woven goods such as mats, baskets, purses and fans, also woodcarvings and wood products (bowls, masks, trays, etc), rustic pottery, , Fiji black pearls, sulus (sarongs), bula (tropical print) shirts.

It is likely that you will be invited to join a traditional kava drinking ceremony during your holiday; if you enjoy it (which we are sure you will!) you may even like to pick up a hand carved wooden Tanoa and some pounded kava root to take home and share this authentic island experience with your friends. Remember to look out for the ‘Fijian Made’ stamp when making a purchase and support the local economy.

By Air : Fiji is the travel hub for the South Pacific, and a popular stopover on round-the-world tickets. The majority of direct flights arrive from New Zealand, Australia or Los Angeles, and travellers from North America or Europe usually must connect through one of these. If flying from Australia or New Zealand, Fiji’s tourism market, you’re likely to find heavily discounted airfares and package deals, particularly in the low season between January and April. Located 3 to 4 hours by plane from Australia’s east coast, getting to Fiji is easy and affordable thanks to a great range of cheap flights available on board Fiji Airways and Virgin Australia, direct from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Connecting flights also operate out of major Australian cities. Nadi International Airport (NAN) is Fiji's main international airport. Suva airport also has some international flights.

 

By Boat : Arriving by boat is only possible on a privately chartered yacht, by taking one of the few cruise liners calling in at Lautoka or Suva.