Top Destinations in Fiji
Population: 840 000
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +12
Driving side: Drivers drive on the left hand side of the road.
Languages: Fijian, English
Religion: 53% Christian
Made up of a number of ethnic groups, these people are warm and friendly, well-mannered and respectful and still very traditionally conscious.
Fiji Popular Destinations
Suva The capital of Fiji is located on the south eastern coast of the island Viti Levu. One of the South Pacific's largest and most sophisticated cities, it houses the University of the South Pacific, the Fiji Museum and many colonial era buildings.
Mamanuca Group Popular with divers, surfers and the like, this handful of tiny islands off the west coast of Viti Levu are home to white sand beaches, lovely reefs and colourful fish. They are also home to many birds and reptiles.
Nadi The third largest town in Figi, set against a mountainous backdrop, it relies almost totally on tourism offering anything from diving, horse riding, rafting or simply lazing around in the sun.
Vanau Levu Although still relatively undeveloped, this second largest island of the Fijian archipelago, has the second largest population. For an insight into the traditional way of life of the Fijians, this is an interesting place to visit. Although it is a volcanic island, good snorkelling, diving, kayaking and bird watching can be found here
Most of the islands are surrounded with wonderful beaches ideal for swimming, lazing, diving, snorkelling, surfing and windsailing.
Moving Around Fiji
The best way to get around the islands is by ferry. They are inexpensive, reliable and seaworthy and it's a good way to interact with the locals. The larger towns have good bus networks which are reasonably priced and safe. Just hail one down as it passes your way.
National festival and holidays
Festival of Colours - Celebrated in February or March seeas people squirting one another with coloured water.
Birth of Lord Rama - A Hindu festival held in March or April includes a party on the shores of Savu Bay.
Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna - Celebrated on the first Monday in June. Lala Sukuna is considered the country's greatest statesman, high chief and scholar and the day is celebrated with cultural shows and games.
Fiji Independence Day - This day falls in early October and is celebrated by a public holiday.
Recent Fiji Travelogue
Backpackers and Billionaires
It used to be that backpacking trips to Fiji involved a bus ride from Nadi to Suva, then a ferry to somewhere like Ovalau, Savusavu, Taveuni or Kadavu. No more. These days young budget travelers are lining up to go to the Yasawa Islands, a chain of 16... read more
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