Destination Spotlight: Fiji

Fiji’s pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters and over 300 tropical islands are hard to beat. Whether you fly, cruise or stay at an amazing resort, Fiji is the place to be for families, couples or just a whole bunch of mates looking for fun in the sun and that tropical island vibe. Everyone will have something to do in Fiji from discovering her lush green jungles, relaxing on sandy shores surrounded by shimmering fish and coral-filled reefs that are just perfect for snorkelling, plus you are in for the friendliest smiles and a “Bula” from every Fijian. (Bula pronounced Boolah literally means life in Fijian, and is used as a big HELLO!)

Must Visit

  • Nadi – main tourist hub.
  • Coral Coast – unspoilt golden sand beaches, and slower pace.
  • Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands – traditional villages and deserted island locations
  • Taveuni Island – eco-friendly tourism with more traditional vibe. On offer is a protected marine park.

Hidden Gems

  • The Whale’s Tail – a memorable all-day cruise around nearby islands onboard a 100ft wooden schooner is a MUST DO for every visitor, at least once in their lives. Sailing every day from Denarau Island to your private paradise. Lunch included!
  • Colo-i-Suva Forest Park – nature reserve near to Suva, great for hiking trails, waterfalls, bird watching and more
  • Tavoro Waterfalls Taveuni Island – stunning series of three waterfalls set amid a jungle setting.
  • Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool near Nadi – therapeutic geothermal pools. Combine with a massage for the ultimate in relaxation.
  • Flying Fish Restaurant, Sheraton Fiji, Denarau Island – spectacularly fresh fish served in a beautiful tropical setting. Don’t miss the lovely golden sunsets before dinner.
  • Navilawa Traditional Fijian Village – for a taste of the “real” Fijian culture, including Kava and island dancing.

Where to Stay

Denarau Island & Nadi area:
Has all the major hotels, dining, shopping, golf courses, activities etc. Easy access to Fiji’s main airport in Nadi and the marina for cruises to the islands. One of the main tourist areas is in and around Nadi.

Coral Coast:
More relaxed, and perfect for families wanting an all-inclusive resort deal. Unspoilt golden beaches, outer reef for snorkelling and diving, calm lagoon swimming perfect for the youngsters, lush tropical forests and local authentic Fijian villages. Close to Sigatoka and capital Suva.

Island Stays:
Mamanuca Islands – Resorts include Castaway, Plantation, Treasure, Malolo, Tokoriki Islands and more
Yasawa Islands: Resorts include Paradise Cove, Blue Lagoon, Turtle Islands and more.
Tavenui: An environmental haven for wildlife, cultural life, traditional fishing and excellent diving.

Cruises:
Multiple cruiselines sail to Fiji every week from Australia’s east coast and New Zealand.
Fiji Islands: Captain Cook Cruises and Blue Lagoon Cruises provide in-depth discoveries of Fiji’s many surrounding islands

What to Eat

Fresh caught fish – most restaurants will serve up the freshest seafood you have ever tasted – our favourite is battered or pan-fried fish at Flying Fish, Sheraton Fiji on Denarau Island. The whole ambience and tropical breezes just add to it all somehow.

Lovo – A traditional Fijian cooking method where food is stacked in an underground “oven” over coals. Produces a rich smokey flavour to any vegetables and meats (especially pork)

Kokoda – delicate morsels of uncooked fish, marinated in Lolo (coconut cream), lime, and some native spices. Eaten raw, this is a taste sensation during the tropical heat of a Fijian day.

Kava – enjoy a Kava drinking ceremony (Yaqona), where villagers share around a half coconut shell filled with a bitter white liquid. Be careful, it’s easy going down but packs a punch the next day!

Transport

Getting There: Cruise or fly in to Fiji.
Getting Around: Taxi is the most common form of transport for tourists to get around, buses and hire cars are also available. Between islands there are water-taxi’s and resort organised boat transfers.

Price Range

$ -$$$ – suits any budget from cheap and cheerful through to ultra-luxury.

Language and Basic Greetings

Fijians speak Fijian, English, and Fiji Hindi. Some basic Fijian phrases to learn are the following:

Hello – Bula

Good morning – Ni sa yadra (or simply “Yadra”)

Good evening/goodbye – Moce Ni sa Moce (or simply “Moce”)

How are you? – Vacava tiko?

Yes – Io

No – Sega

Thank you – Vinaka vaka levu

Please – Kerekere

Cheers – Bula!

 

Ready to go? Let our Discover365 Cruise and Travel Solutions Specialists book your next Fijian holiday today – call us today on 1300 830 786

Do you have a favourite spot in Fiji? Send us your ideas at traveltales@discover365.com.au

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