Capital City: Suva
Currency: Fijian Dollar
Official language: English with the Fijian language being widely used in many different dialects
Welcome to the Island Paradise that is Fiji! The tropical paradise brings you all you could ever have dreamed of, from blue lagoons to breathtaking beaches, swaying palm trees and some of the best sunsets in the world. Ever thought you would never be able to explore waterfalls, beaches and pristine rainforests all in the same destination…well Fiji is here to prove that theory wrong! The country of Fiji is made up of more than 300 small islands, which is the main reason why Fiji is such a distinct melting pot of different cultures. Here, the East meets more than just the West, and Indian, Polynesian, Melanesian, Chinese and European culture all come together to forge a stunning medley. Fiji ticks all the boxes, from breathtaking scenery to colorful attractions, warm people and activates to keep you entertained…they’ve got a little something for just about everyone. This archipelago at the crossroads of the South Pacific is a traveler’s dream come true, catering for all tastes and budgets to rise as one of the best island destinations around. While historical events might have helped shaped Fiji into its modern self, the reason why Fiji is so well-known are actually a combination of things. The stunning landscapes, the perfect climate, the community and the fresh food, Kava, ceremonies, multiculturalism and real peace all come together to make Fiji a world famous travel destination.
Must see places in Fiji
The second largest island in Fiji boasts the town of Savusavu with its stunning surrounds and rather yacht mooring bay. You’ll also find the Wasali Nature Reserve here it all its untouched glory, the Snake Temple and the Hibiscus Highway well known for its amazing coral reef nd diving opportunities
These islands are a backpacker’s dream due to the fact that they’re a little less commercialized. It’s definitely not a cosmopolitan destination, but the abundant natural beauty more than makes up for that fact. Yasawa Islands is where you would head for an affordable backpackers island holiday.
A.K.A the eco-tourist’s dream, or as the locals call it, the Garden Island. The island of Taveuni is well known for its nature reserves and incredible diving hotspots. If you’re keen on exploring the region’s fauna and flora, this would definitely be the place to do it!
Coming in as the largest city and one of the most cosmopolitan areas, Suva is Fiji’s capital city. From shopping centers to restaurants and cultural expeditions, Suva has got it all. The parks here are great for daytime exploring and come sundown, Suva has got some of the best nighttime entertainment around on offer.
So if you’re going to visit Fiji, you HAVE to get to Nadi. It’s the main hub for tourists and the reason why isn’t very hard to understand. With a vibrant display of cultural traditions, Main Street with its shopping opportunities, excellent food and drink on offer and the rhythmical music keeping visitors entertained, Nadi is clearly an unmissable destination in Fiji.
For the culture buffs, Kadavu offers you the best opportunity for exploring all things Fiji culture. This island is home to the Great Astrolabe Reef and the natural surrounds are mainly tropical rainforests. This unspoiled peace of Fijian heaven is s destination that’s definitely worth including into your itinerary.
If you want to experience a day on the largest integrated resort in the South Pacific, Denarau is the island you want to get to. With 8 massive resorts, a championship golf course and some of the most pristine beaches in the area, Denarau Island was modernized with relaxation and bliss in mind.
Renowned as one of the most established resort areas in Fiji, the 20 islands that make up the Mamanuca group have played host to the famous movie ‘Cast Away’ and the reality TV show ‘Survivor: Fiji’. The Mamanuca Islands caters for just about anyone, with offerings ranging from diving to dolphin watching, nighttime entertainment and everything in-between.
Home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Levuka, the Lomaiviti Group of islands is also a great place to delight in the laid-back island style lifestyle of Fiji. The colonial buildings here will leave you in awe while the diving, snorkeling and whale watching opportunities here lets you indulge in the tropical paradise dream.
Also known as the adventure capital of Fiji, Pacific Harbor (Beqa) has got the adrenaline junkies covered. From shark feedings to quad tours and surfing, the possibilities here seem endless. They also have some of the best accommodation available on the island and cater for everyone from the budget-conscious to the 5-star addicts.
If you really want to explore a side of Fiji that not many travelers get the opportunity to see, head over to the group of islands of the far east of Fiji, called the Lau Group. Life on these islands are a little…underdeveloped, but it will give you the most accurate idea about what island style life looked like before the dawn of the technological era. You’ll have to make arrangements for food though, because these islands don’t have restaurants or hotels, and just two of them have guesthouses, so it’s much more of a day-trip destination.
Things to do in Fiji
Browse the Pacific Harbor’s Arts Village
If you really want to get a taste of a fusion of historical fantasy and contemporary arts, this destinations is well worth a visit. You can take a boat around the lagoon, explore the temples and delight in the market, where you’ll witness cultural performances such as the exhilarating Fijian fire walking.
Explore the Naihehe Caves
Deep inside the Sigatoka Valley lies the sacred Naihehe Caves. It’s not only popular for tourists, but for locals as well. These caves used to be a fortress for Fiji’s last pagan tribes, so expect to see the priest chamber, the sacred pond and the Cathedral Chamber among the other sights.
With ideal water conditions, massive waves and a year round “perfect” breeze, Fiji makes for one hell of a windsurfing destination. The best spot for windsurfing would probably be Mamanuca Islands, but the sport is offered at most resorts and come with an instructor to help you out.
Be blown away by the underwater world
Also known as the soft coral capital of the world, Fiji has some of the best scuba diving spots I the South Pacific. Some of the best spots include Beqa Lagoon, Rainbow Reef and the Somosomo Straits with its Great White Wall
Take a hike
The Lavena Coastal Walk and the Tavoro Falls route are two of the most scenic hiking trails in Fiji. If you’re game for a little more adventure, you can always try out Vidawa Forest Walk or the trail at Lake Tagiaucia and the Des Veoux, which offer more challenging climbs for the more seasoned hikers out there.
Get a bird’s eye view
Sure, Fiji has some pretty amazing views, but if you really want to get a great view, taking a daytrip to the Sleeping Giant (Mount Batilamu) is your best bet. As you climb up the mount, you’ll go through Karoyanitu National Heritage Park that boasts small villages, watering holes and finally up the vertiginous summit.
Destress in the calming mud baths
The hot springs of Nadi are said to have magical healing properties, and the locals stick to that theory. Whether or not it heals the sick is still a mystery, but the relaxing aspect cannot be denied. The three pools, the warm mud baths and the scenic backdrop make for one of the most calming experiences around.
Visit the Fiji Museum
The Fiji Museum is located in Thurston Gardens in the capital city of Suvu, and is home to the largest collection of archeological findings, dating back 3,700 years. The museum tells a story of both Fijian indigenous inhabitants as well as other communities that have come to call Fiji home.
Watch a Meke
A Meke is the traditional indigenous Fijian dance, and it’s something you just have to witness while you’re there. You’re likely to see this, especially if you’re staying at an island resort, so be prepared for women covered in fans and men dancing with spears or clubs to entertain you with this vibrant dance.
Best time to visit Fiji
Tourists visit Fiji from late March through to early December
With perfect beach weather, Fiji is a year-round travel destination, with temperatures ranging from 26°C to 31°C all year through. The rainy season runs from December through to April. To get the most out of your time there, the best time to visit Fiji would probably be between the months of late March through to early December
Did you know?
Bula! is the common Fijian greeting, and literally translates to “life”
- Kokda - this dish consists of raw fish that gets marinated in a coconut cream and lime
- Rourou - this taro leaf dish is soaked in coconut cream
- Tavioka - this dish consists of manioc or tapioca that is often boiled, baked or grated and then cooked in coconut cream with sugar and mashed bananas.
- For your own safety, always stick to bottled water for drinking
- Mosquitos outnumber people 50 to 1 in Fiji, so make sure you pack your insect repellent to avoid bites
- If you plan to go snorkeling, it’s essential that you remember to pack a pair of good quality reef shoes to protect your feet
- Since Fiji is the land of islands galore, you’ll be spending a lot of time on boats, so ensure that you’ve packed in anti-seasickness tablets to keep nausea at bay