The Republic of Fiji, is an island country in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles (2,000 km; 1,300 mi) northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. Its closest neighbours are Vanuatu to the west, New Caledoniato the southwest, New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands to the southeast, Tonga to the east, the Samoas and France’s Wallis and Futuna to the northeast, and Tuvalu to the north. With more than 300 islands, the Republic of Fiji, or the “Pearl of the Pacific,” earns its nickname with pristine beaches, clear turquoise waters, dynamic underwater coral and acres of tropical jungle. Visitors can explore a number of attractions during their stay, and these showcase the area’s natural beauty, rich history and sense of adventure. Whether you are hoping to relax, learn or seek a thrill, you will find no shortage of things to do in Fiji.
Islands you may Visit:
Lomaiviti Islands: Located off the east coast of Fiji, the Lomaiviti Islands are a volcanic archipelago comprised of 10 smaller islands. The islands boast untold natural beauty, are relatively untouched by modern commercial development and are easily accessed offering transfers which depart from Suva, Fiji’s capital city.
Kadavu Island: South of Suva, the capital of Fiji, Kadavu Island is accessed by airports at both Nadi and Nausori and is Fiji’s fourth largest island. A popular holiday destination for eco tourists, Kadavu is renowned for its spectacular diving and home of the famous Astrolabe Reef but also enjoys a variety of other water based activities.
Suva: Suva is Fiji’s capital and largest city and is located on the southeast coast of Viti Levu. Renowned for its rows of colonial architecture which hint at the city’s place in the British Empire, Suva’s most popular activities and attractions consist mainly of shopping, sampling fresh produce at the local markets and sightseeing.
Nadi: Renowned as the ‘gateway to Fiji’, Nadi is located in Viti Levu’s north west and is the island’s tourism hub. It boasts traditional natural landscapes where cane fields meet the horizon but enjoys an excellent range of modern facilities including a number of restaurants, plenty of duty free shopping and coordinated day trips.
North Coast: Starting at the most northern point of Viti Levu and extending all the way down to Nadi, Lautoka, Vuda Point and Suva, the North Coast is surrounded by a breathtaking natural environment. Enjoying easy access to the Mamanucas, it is a picturesque region virtually uninterrupted by commercial development and boasts some of the best diving in Fiji.
Pacific Harbour: Located 40 minutes to the west of Suva, Pacific Harbour is a pristine expanse of coastline with a reputation as the island’s adventure capital. Close to a range of Fjii’s other holiday destinations, Pacific Harbour offers an abundance of water and land based activities and attractions including a championship golf course, game fishing expeditions, shark dives and Beqa Reef.
Vanua Levu: Formerly covered by copra plantations, Vanua Levu is Fiji’s second largest island and is home to towering mountains, a large peaceful bay and the natural oasis of Savusavu. Affectionately known as Fiji’s best kept secret, it is a hub of adventure and activity and was Fiji’s first established sailing ship port for the north eastern regions.
South Sea Islands: Yes, there is an island named Castaway Island and it is named for the Tom Hanks movie that was filmed there. Kitschy Hollywood references aside, the collection of islands in the region have sandy palm-lined beaches, crystalline waters and dynamic coral reefs that are a must-see. Day trips to the area, which include Mamanuca and Yasawa islands, give you several choices for exploration. These include a snorkeling excursion that visits the Marine Sanctuary to observe the variety of fish and sea life, or combination cruises with the option of sailing, kayaking, scuba diving or even a massage.
Place’s you may visit:
Sigatoka River Safari: Jet-boat safaris exploring the Sigatoka River run right into the Fijian heartland. The river is the longest on the island of Viti Levu, at about 10 miles, and runs from the hills of the Navosa Province into the sand dunes in Kulukulu on the Coral Coast. This freshwater river is so clear that you can view the marine life, including eels, prawns, mussels and a variety of fish, swimming just beneath the surface. Safari tours typically take you on a scenic cruise to the Sigatoka Valley, often called the “salad bowl” for its high production of vegetables. Many excursions also include tours of the island and a look at native life with traditional foods and entertainment.
Bouma National Heritage Park: On the garden island of Taveuni, within the northern group of islands, Bouma National Heritage Park is home to a broad array of Fiji’s natural beauty. You can tour lush tropical vegetation, and see mountain ridges, volcanic peaks as high as 1,000 feet and tall cliffs overlooking the sea. Within the park’s massive 37,000 acres, paved and unpaved trails take you through the scenery, with views such as the Tavoro waterfalls, Lavena Coast, and the Vidawa Rainforest. Guides can take you through some of the area’s more dense paths by hike or kayak.
Fiji Museum: For an up-close look at the area’s history, the Fiji Museum (fijimuseum.org.fj) showcases a variety of prized memorabilia. The museum within Suva’s botanical gardens offers an impressive look at showpieces dating back as far as 3,700 years. Three adjoining buildings house a history gallery, art gallery, Indo-Fijian gallery as well as rotating exhibitions. You can view pieces of Fijjian history, such as war clubs, cannibal forks and shell jewelry. A Frommer’s review warns, “Don’t miss the masi (bark) cloth,” handwoven decorative fabrics customarily used for ceremonial occasions.
Kula Eco Park: Many of the area’s most threatened species live at Kula Eco Park (fijiwild.com). Kula lorikeets, iguanas and several tropical bird species such as the golden dove, red musk parrot and peregrine falcon are among the the animals that live in the park. Visitors can observe and learn about the park organizers’ efforts to revitalize the animals’ existence. The park also has a wide tropical jungle where a series of rope bridges lead you through a vast array of tropical vegetation, fruit trees, streams and bright varieties of flora.
Culture: Huts in the village of Navala in the Nausori Highlands. 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.
Meet Fiji Culture and traditions