Fiji — Overview
Fiji’s slogan, the ‘Pearl of the Pacific,’ couldn’t be more fitting. This volcanic archipelago in the southwestern Pacific Ocean is characterized by rippling, clear waters and is a fine island paradise in the truest sense of the term. The British began colonizing the Fiji Islands comparatively late in the colonial period, largely due to the ferociousness of local tribes keen on cannibalism. Today, the aggressive settlers have been replaced by the world-renowned Fiji smile, which welcomes millions of sun-seeking tourists annually as a prime honeymoon or adventure spot.
Fiji is famous for its pristine and secluded beach getaways, underwater coral delights, untouched pockets of rainforest, and contagious ambiance of relaxation. While traveling to these beautiful islands, tourists can try their hand at snorkeling, scuba diving, or wilderness trekking, among other things. Cruising the islands takes visitors to unchartered waters and uninhabited cays floating in the remote vastness of the Pacific.
In Suva, the Fiji Museum is a great place to embrace the country’s fascinating past. Alternatively, take a stroll through the Parliament of Fiji. In the major towns of Suva and Nadi, shopping keeps tourists entertained. Where else can males purchase a sulu (skirt) and wear it in public as a fashion trend?
Fiji is renowned for its plethora of high-end resorts and beachfront hotels. Most are located along the coast of Viti Levu, but many adorn smaller, private sand islands hiding in the Mamanuca chain. Tourists will find Fiji has an interesting array of cuisines, including traditional dishes made from a taro, yam, or coconut base, along with international favorites. All adults should try kava, a fermented root drink at least once. It makes the tongue and mouth go numb for a few minutes after just a sip.
There is so much richness in Fiji’s surrounding island chain that holidaymakers need to explore the archipelago in full. Half-day and full-day boat cruises are an essential part of Fiji’s tourism industry and their wide availability makes it less important where tourists choose to stay.
Nadi International Airport is the central hub for travel into Fiji. However, some international flights also fly into the airport near Suva. Cruise liners often dock around Fiji, giving passengers time to explore the cities and beaches before hitting their next port. Getting around the islands is done by boat, while inner-island buses make domestic transportation easy.
- Snorkel the precious island chains of the Mamanucas or Yasawa
- Trek through natural forest landscapes like Bouma National Heritage Park
- Enjoy a lazy day at golden beaches and private cove getaways
- Relax by the pool of a five-star resort
- Buy handcrafted goods such as baskets, mats, replica weapons, and reed sulus
- Try kava during a traditional Fijian welcoming ceremony
- Canoe to a hidden, historical village