Sun-soaked Fiji is blessed with 333 islands, many uninhabited, almost all fringed by white-sand beaches and clear waters that offer superb opportunities for swimming, surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving.
The abundant seas reveal vivid displays of soft corals. Reef sharks, blue ribbon eels, barracuda and spotted sweetlips are just a few of the many hundred marine species that can be sighted - and it was Fiji's incredible underwater life that led explorer, film-maker and WEXAS Honorary President Dr Jean-Michel Cousteau to set up an eco-sensitive resort on Vanua Levu.
Most Fijians live on the main island of Viti Levu, which contains the nation's capital, Suva. However, most travellers arrive in Fiji - one of the most accessible of all the Pacific island nations - via the international airport at Nadi on the west coast. From there, the Yasawa, Mamanuca and other outer island groups can be easily accessed by boat or seaplane, and a tremendous choice of luxurious resorts awaits. Each will delight in showing you its own small corner of Pacific paradise, but wherever you decide to go you'll be met by generous Fijians and welcomed with a smile and the friendly greeting, "Bula".
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The Practical information displayed here is taken from The Traveller's Handbook, published by WEXAS (2009). While all possible care was taken to ensure accuracy at the time of publication, we are aware that situations change, so for the latest information and up-to-date visa requirements, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0614.
Tropical climate, with southeast trade winds from May to October bringing dry weather, this is the best time to visit as humidity is lower too. The rainy season is from December to April.
New Year’s Day is celebrated with gusto in Fiji and the festivities can last a week or more in some villages. In February or March, is Hindu Holi, the Festival of Colours, where people splatter each other with paint. Ram Naumi, the Birth of Lord Rama, is a Hindu festival held in March or April and includes a party on the shores of Suva Bay. In June, the nation honours Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna, a man considered Fiji’s greatest statesman, soldier, high chief and scholar. The Constitution Day holiday falls in July. The Sugar Festival is celebrated in September at Lautoka. During October or November Hindus celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights.
Fijian/Indian cuisine such as kakoda (marinated local fish served in coconut cream and lime). Curries are popular, as are Fijian lovo feasts, where meat, fish and vegetables are cooked in covered pits. The root of a pepper plant is used to produce the local hooch yaqona or kava, originally made by virgins chewing the root into a soft pulpy mass before adding water to make a drink.
Fijians are a very welcoming, hospitable people, you will be greeted with a cheerful bula bula (meaning, amongst others: hello, welcome, how are you, cheers) wherever you go. It is customary to purchase a bundle of unpounded yaqona (kava) - the traditional gift, before visiting. Kava is drunk from coconut shell halves, it is a social occasion and everyone sits in a circle. One celebrated tradition is the practice of fire-walking which has its origin in legend, although the Indian variant is performed for religious reasons.
Nadi (NAN), 9 km from Nadi on Viti Levu island. Suva Nausori (SUV) is at Nausori, 23 km from Suva.
Air and ferry services between islands. Roads in good condition and usable year round. Car hire is available. Larger islands have good bus networks.
The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Fiji. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0614.
The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Fiji. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Fiji, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0614.
The types of holiday listed below are just a flavour of the experiences available in Fiji. We can also suggest and plan alternative types of holiday to take into account your individual interests. To start planning what to do whilst away, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0614.
Laura Stoneham - Australasia and Pacific Specialist
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