Fiji: All about this amazing Islands (2017 Update)
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If you are wondering where is Fiji located, what things to do in Fiji islands, or you search info about Fiji food, now I will try to explain you more about this fascinating archipelago of more than 330 islands.

The official language is English, but exist other two languages spoken by the local people: iTaukei (Fijian) and Hindi (Fiji Hindi).

The local currency is Fijian dollar (FJD) [1 american dollar is around 2 Fijian dollars] , and the average income per capita is less than 5450 USD.

Most part of the hotels and resorts are situated on the largest two Fiji islands, Vanua Levu and Viti Levu, while others are located in the private oasis of the smaller Mamanuca and Yasawa islands.

In this islands the resorts facilities available vary greatly. Some resorts have modern gyms, spas, and luxury rooms, while others are more basic for budget travelers.

  • Things to do in Fiji

Zip Fiji

zip fiji
zip Fiji

First of all we speak about the most exiting thing to do, the Fijian zip lines.

In Viti Levu island, around the Nadi area 16 zip lines of various lengths (totaling 5 km) and gradients.

Scenery is great, 1 zip line goes through a cave, for an awesome fun.

The hike up can be very tiring for a person who hardly ever exercises.

Heights and speed are absolutely breathtaking, but every aspect, even safety, it is well orchestrated from the crew that will drive you in this adventure through the treetops.

Easy to book online (link) before arrive to Fiji, the cost is around $170 for person, and the tour includes complimentary round trip transportation from all the hotels in the area (35 minutes from downtown Nadi).

Natadola Beach

You can find the beach in a short drive outside the city of Nadi, and it is totally worth it.

Natadola is rated amongst the top 20 beaches in the world. It is beautiful white sandy beach with crystal clear waters, suitable also for kids to swim and snorkel.

You can get locals trying to get you on a horse ride, massage and selling their local handicrafts.

Natadola beach is also a great surf spot for beginner on high tide with surfboards available for hire.

natadola beach
Natadola beach

Kula Wild Adventure Park

Situated in Sigatoka area, in Viti Levu island.

There are activities for kids and adults, including a botanic garden, a water slide and zip lines.

You will get to enjoy some up close experiences with wildlife, feeding turtles, holding snakes and iguanas.

Entry fees is around $20 for adult, $10 children up to 11 years, infants up to 2 years no charge.

Kula Wild Adventure Park
Kula Wild Adventure Park

Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park

Another beautiful park in Sigatoka area but with very different characteristics.

Remember to take water with you and sport shoes (not flip-flops) because it will be an awesome climb through the park in the way you experience grassed hills, forest, sand dunes and beach with a wonderful landscape to the ocean.

In addition, if you are into bird watching take your binoculars because rare bird species flying here (for example Fiji Bush Warbler, Fiji Goshawk).

The park is quite large so the visit can take you many hours.

Sigatoka Sand Dunes
Sigatoka sand dunes

Lavena Coastal Walk and waterfalls

A wonderful coastal walk to waterfalls in east coast of Taveuni island.

During the walk you have to wade across the slippery rocks in the river, in water that will be rather deep (40-50cm) at one stage.

At the end a fantastic scenery in tropical paradise with a creek where you can swim up to a spectacular double waterfall. Round trip almost 8km.

Lavena-Coastal-Walk
Lavena Coastal Walk – waterfall

Beqa Adventure Divers

The dive site is in Pacific Harbour area.

This is a marine protected area, so people cannot fishing, and the aquatic life is outstanding.

Arrive to the dive site takes about 25 minutes, and when you arrive an unforgettable experience waiting for you.

Image entering the deep blue sea and descending very close the coral to more than 100ft, with more than 30 different sharks and tropical fishes all around.

If you are looking for an incredibly exciting experience with very close interaction with bull sharks, grey reef sharks, blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, and some other species as well such as tigers and tawny nurse sharks, this dive will exceed your expectations.

Everything is safety, the dive masters are very professional and watchful of the safety of everyone.

Fiji Rivers – Day Adventures

White water rafting in Fiji probably is the best family activity you can do if you want to spend some quality time with your family, even with childrens.

This trip will take you one full day, but amazing rapids, breathtaking waterfalls, and fascinating landscapes, transform this day in a very special experience.

rafting in Fiji islands
rafting in Fiji islands
  • The main places in Fiji islands

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Beqa island and Pacific Harbour

Pacific Harbour and Beqa island serves mainly as a destination for adventure tourism.

Action is why many people come here.

Surfing, shark-feeding dives, four wheel drive tours and jet skiing are some of the most exciting activities.

But if you are looking for something more laid-back there are golf courses, a beautiful arts village with accommodation featuring food and crafts, or experience fishing around the lovely Pacific Harbour reefs.

In this area you can find plenty of dining options and a good range of accommodation types, from budget offerings to some top level hotels and resorts, no matter what your budget is.

Beqa island during sunset
Beqa island during sunset

Coral Coast

The Coral Coast is a 50 miles stretch of bays and white sand beaches along the between Suva and Nadi on the largest island of Fiji, Viti Levu.

As the name suggests, the area is named for the large coral reef along the coast.

If you seek an authentic Fijian experience the Coral Coast offers a chance to visit real Fijian villages along the way.

True Fijian life is here, from a fisherman selling fresh fishes on the roadside, to bargaining with locals at the Sigatoka Market.

Beachcomber Island
Beachcomber Island

Denarau Island

If you want to splash out and be pampered, this is where you want to be.

Less than 6 miles from Nadi, it boasts stunning beaches, some large resorts, and a golf course.

You can find a great range of accommodation, with the high resorts offering fantastic suites, stunning swimming pools and a wide range of restaurants.

Denarau is a perfect location for wedding, unbelievable honeymoon, or just a luxury vacation.

Whether you want some adventure, or just to shop and eat in beautiful restaurants, this island has to offer everything you are looking for.

resort in Denarau island
resort in Denarau island
Denarau island
Denarau island

Lau Islands

Lau is gruop of few small islands in far east of Fiji, ideal for private yacht cruising.

Basic and wild life are the main characteristics of this islands.

There are no restaurants, and only 3 islands have accommodations.

Lakeba and Vanua Balavu islands have budget guesthouses, and Kaibu island have a luxury resort.

If you want visit places that are utterly unspoiled, then this is the right area between the Fiji islands.

Hiking trips around natural landscapes, snorkeling and diving are the best activities you can do here.

There is also a private island, called Katafanga, where it should have been built the famous Fiji underwater hotel.

view from Kaimbu - Lau islands
view from Kaimbu – Lau islands
coral reef in Lau
coral reef in Lau

Lomaiviti islands

This group of islands are home of the first capital in the history of Fiji, Levuka.

Probably the colonial port town of Levuka is the most relevant destination of Lomaiviti islands, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lomaiviti is especially relevant for laid back activities like tours through some of the villages, diving, snorkeling and yachting.

street in Levuka
street in Levuka

Mamanuca Islands

Very close to Nadi, it is one of the best places in the world for surf.

But Mamanuca is also the perfect destination if you are looking for dream white beaches, windsurfing, parasailing, dolphin-watching or dives.

mamanuca group
Mamanuca group
mamanuca islands
Mamanuca islands

Nadi

Nadi have the most important international airport in Fiji islands.

Consequently, it is the main hub for travelers, and offers a wide range of places to shop, eat and drink.

temple in Nadi
temple in Nadi

 

Suncoast Fiji

Suncoast Fiji is beautiful stretch of countryside with sugar-cane fields and rural villages.

Here you can find the famous bure, traditional Fijian style houses.

You can see fantastic landscapes in Mountainous Koroyanitu National Heritage Park that dominates the Lautoka city skyline.

Mountainous Koroyanitu National Heritage Park
Mountainous Koroyanitu National Heritage Park

Suva

It is the largest city and the official capital of Fiji islands.

Suva has many buildings dating back to the colonial era, but at the same time offers modern malls, parks, gardens, museums, and a vibrant nightlife.

Parliament in Suva
Parliament in Suva

Taveuni

Tauveni, or the Garden island, is an eco island with amazing nature reserves, maybe the most rich and wonderful natural parks of all Fiji.

Most noteworthy is the Bouma National Heritage Park with over 100 species of bird like Orange Doves, Kula Lorikeets or Silktails, the heaven of bird-watchers.

If you love nature another interesting place, one hour far from Tauveni, is Vatuwiri Plantation.

Horse treks with a spectacular landscape, hikes to the top of the volcano, or visit the 200 year old fortified village, this are some of the activities you can do in Vatuwiri Plantation.

If you prefer diving in Tauveni you will find two of the best dive sites of Fiji, Eel Reef and the Great White Wall.

taveuni
Taveuni

Vanua Levu

It is the second largest island. A beautiful activity in this area is the Dolphin Watching.

From Natewa bay I suggest you to search a guide who will get you up close with the local pod of dolphins.

dolphins
dolphins

Yasawa Islands

The most picturesque and scenic islands in Fiji.

A full immersion in nature, a break from the civilization, this is Yasawa islands.

White porcelain beaches, blue sea and many natural activities like snorkeling with sharks on Kuata island or diving with manta rays on Drawaqa island.

Yasawa islands
Yasawa Islands

Kadavu

Another totally unspoiled place is Kadavu island.

This island is renowned for the famous Great Astrolabe reef, one of the largest barrier reefs in the word.

Consequently, the main activity here is diving, but you can find other interesting activities like surfing, fishing, and kayaking.

beach in Kadavu
beach in Kadavu
  • Fiji Food

    fiji food
    fiji food

Fijian lovo

In Fiji, lovo is the traditional way of cooking your meals.

Consist in fish, chicken, or also pork in wrapped banana leaves and placed on the hot coals for hours.

Fijian food
Fijian food

Fijian kokoda

Fijians prepare kokoda with snapper fillets, lemon juice, tomatoes, green capsicum, brown onion, coconut cream, red chili and black pepper in addition with green oak leaf lettuces.

Fijian kokoda
Fijian kokoda

Nama

People call it ‘sea grapes’, Nama is a type of seaweed that fijians use for prepare some food.

In Yasawa islands they are harvested in the shallow waters near the reef, but it can be found in many locations around Fiji islands.

In Fiji people use Nama as a fresh vegetable  and serve it in a salad or coconut milk, but also use nama as a garnish.

Often people mix Nama with kora (fermented coconut) along with chili, lemon juice, fresh coconut and salt.

nama
Nama

Duruka

It is a special fijian vegetable and people call it the ‘fijian asparagus’.

Duruka is the result of the unopened flower of a bud cane (very close to a sugar cane).

In Fiji islands exist two different varieties of this food, the green and the red one.

Here people mix duruka with curry or coconut milk. The red duruka have a stronger flavor than the green, but they are both very tasty.

Fijians mix duruka with curry or coconut milk.

duruka
duruka

Taro

In conclusion we speak about the most important ingredient in fiji food, Taro.

People celebrate also the crop of taro every first full moon in May.

Taro seems like a potato (purple and with very special flavour when cooked) with acrid taste.

They boil it and cut in chips like potato.

Fijians use all elements of this vegetable, even the leaves.

Taro leaves can be boiled in coconut milk or fried into fritters.

Fijians prepare Kolokasi with taro (chicken, taro, chopped celery and tomato), it is a very tasty fiji food.

taro
taro
  • Fiji weather

In conclusion we speak about the weather.

Fiji has a warm tropical climate that fit perfectly for beachside holidays.

The best months for holidaying is late March through to early December while rainfall are rare.

A cooling trade wind blows for most of the year, it usually drops to a whisper in the evening and also picks up again by mid-morning.

In Fiji maximum temperatures rarely move out of the 88/79F range all year round.

Fiji does have a wet season and it is normally from November to April, characterized by heavy, brief local showers and contributes most of the annual rainfall.

Tourists very rare meet cyclones in Fiji, furthermore cyclones are normally confined to wet season.

fiji small island
Fiji small island
fiji resort beach
Fiji resort beach
fiji beach
beach with palms in Fiji
fiji beach
beach in Fiji
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Hi, I am Diego and I am a very keen traveler. I like to live and share my experiences because I think that these could be useful for people who love to travel. I offer my advice about all the places, the food and the most exciting adventures spent during my trips. I hope to be useful with my advice, and if you have questions don’t hesitate to contact me.

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