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  • The Harbour Front-building in Suva / Fiji
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  • The Harbour Front-building in Suva / Fiji
    The Harbour Front-building in Suva /...
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  • The Harbour Front-building in Suva / Fiji
    The Harbour Front-building in Suva /...
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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Fiji

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    telephone-booths, Fiji-style

    by globetrott Updated Aug 29, 2012

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    This is something that I found quite funny, when I saw it in larger cities in the Fiji Islands: The telephone-booths mostly will include a special decoration that looks like the fork of Poseidon, although it is something completely different:
    This "fork" is the top of the mast of the traditional sailingboats of the Fiji Islands, and in this "fork" another mast was fixed, that held the sails. In my last 2 pictures here you will see such a mast and its mast-top. The traditional Fiji sailingboats are considdered to have been the most seaworthy ships of the Pacific.

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    Local markets & english spelled in Fiji-style

    by globetrott Updated Aug 27, 2012

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    In principle english is one of the 3 official languages of the Fiji islands, but still you might find some great new spellings of english words there, especially on local markets, like here in my pictures taken in Savusavu:
    Please could you explain to me the meaning of "Pliz" ?? ;-)
    NO sitting on the table ??? - whats wrong about that ?
    Of course there are other good reasons to go to the local markets for you as well and I am sure you will find a lot of local fruits and vegetables that you have never tasted before !
    The merchants were very friedly, although most of them did not speak any english, so they just smiled at us and did not care a lot about the fact that we were just looking and taking photos without buying anything !

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    oldfashioned shops in Savusavu

    by globetrott Written Aug 27, 2012

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    You will find them in other rural areas of the Fijis as well, but I saw the very best of the in Savusavu: You will see a lot of lovely, oldfashioned shops and colorfull shop-fronts there and they reminded me a lot of the shops that I saw in the Carribean Islands more than 30 years ago. There are modern supermarkets as well in Savusavu, but they seem to look the same all over the world.

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    Ndravuni has a great viewpoint

    by globetrott Written Aug 27, 2012

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    I dont know why, but I expected the Fiji-islands to be quite flat, but then even the small islands like Ndravuni Island had some hills on them and there is a great viewpoint on the highest point of the island:
    It will take you about 30 minutes to step up a hill that has an excellent panorama-view from its top. The path is not very steep but you will sweat a lot anyway in the open sun and there is hardly any place there to walk in the shade, so be prepared and maybe take some extra water with you !

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    I found some graves on Ndravuni Island

    by globetrott Updated Aug 27, 2012

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    When I travel to other countries I am always interested to see their cemeteries as well. In Ndravuni Island I found a cemetery with maybe 20 graves, some with large tombstones on the floor, decorated with christian crosses and some did not have these crosses, but you could see that obviously somebody takes food there on a regular basis in order to "feed" the dead relatives, like in my main picture here !
    Both types of graves had in common that visitors obviously lay some stones on top of the graves !

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    The only remains of the Bounty

    by globetrott Written Aug 25, 2012

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    In Suva, in the Fiji Museum you will be able to see the only remain of the famous ship "Bounty": It is a part of the Rudder that was raised in Bounty Bay in the Pitcairn Islands in 1932. There is not much left of it now, because lots of souvenir-seakers have taken away a lot of bits of it, while it was stored at the post-office of the Pitcairn Islands,waiting to the shipped to Fiji-islands.
    Shame on you, you lousy souvenir-hunters !!!
    I am sorry for the reflections in my pictures, but there was no better way to take photos there ! ;-((

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    The Grand Pacific Hotel gets restored

    by globetrott Updated Aug 25, 2012

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    It was almost totally hidden behind a fence, but its top stood out and so I took a closer look: It was the former Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva that was under total restoration in November 2011 and obviously it will be rebuilt as a luxury hotel again within the next years. At one side there will be the ocean and on the other side there is the Victoria Parade, the main boulevard through Suva and the Fiji Museum is just a few steps from this great hotel as well.
    Obviously this hotel was closed for lots of years, but even though it was in quite a bad condition when I saw it, I could still see some of its former great architecture.

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    A taste of local Art Nouveau style

    by globetrott Written Aug 25, 2012

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    It was quite a surprise of me to find a building in Art Nouveau-style in Suva: it is the Harbour Front-building in Suva, quite close to the cruise-port. Take a look at the fine details in the facade, there are some really great ornaments left over, although unfortunately it would also need some repairs and restaurations as well.
    Opposite of this building you will find the largest market-hall of Suva, a great place to see and maybe even taste some local tropical fruits.

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    Ovalau - The Real Fiji

    by mike_driver22 Written Nov 12, 2008

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    If you want to experience a fiji away from just beaches make sure you come to Ovalau. If has the old Capital city of Levuka, where you can get a ferry into from Suva. When you are there i recommend stayin in The Royal Hotel, which is the oldest hotel in Fiji and is the heart and sole of Levuka.

    In and around Levuka are many islands which you can stay on and relax, i went to the budget ones which were F$60 for food and a Bure PP. I went to three of them:

    Leluvia- Had the best food of the three and you could Kayak (free) to Snake Island, which has a wall drop off and is some of the best snorkelling i have done.
    Caqalai - The least enjoyable of the three islands, gave me food poisoning, Avoid if possible.
    Lost Island - The beach was ruined when we arrived and is the only island without a reef you can snorkel, but the owners are so hospitable and you get a real feel for Fijian life and is a must visit if you are over this part of Fiji.

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    Lomaiviti

    by treasurous Written May 23, 2008

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    I went to Lomaiviti 2 years ago and i recommend that. (not for partying or shopping though.) It's not too much a fuzz getting there, a bit, but it's worth it. I tool the bus to Suva from where i got a bus-ferry-bus ticket to Levuka, Ovalau. The bus ride to Suva was enjoyable bc of the scenary, but the the next bus was rather uncomfortable so if i were to go again i'd think about flying. At Levuka, stay at Royal hotel. Levuka is a lovely place for just walking around. You'll find information on excursions at royal hotel and at Ovalau watersports, down Beach street.

    From Levuka you can go to Caqalai, a paradise budget resort. I had a private bure on the beach for not much money at all. (prices appear to have gon up though since I was there.) You can snorkel off the beach. You book and get picked up at ovalau watersports. The boatride is not budget priced, but it's so lovely crossing the water in an open boat, so it's worth the money anyway.

    For even more scenic transportation have them drop you off at the mainland where you can catch the bus.
    Basically, Lomaiviti is well worth the money.

    Ovalau watersports has lots of useful practical information on Lomaiviti: http://www.owlfiji.com/

    Caqalai: http://www.owlfiji.com/caqalai.htm

    Royal hotel: http://www.royallevuka.com/

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    Around Denarau Island- things to do

    by AusPinay Updated Mar 18, 2008

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    After getting sick of the menu at Sofitel (not to mention the not so cheap food prices) we ventured out to other places/hotels in the area.

    (You can take the BULA BUS which is free and tell the driver to stop at Sheraton, where you can find the ice cream kiosks and grocery store just across the hotel.)

    A good place to go for ice cream , reasonably priced is outside the Denarau Sheraton villas. We enjoyed shopping also at the local convenience store where basic foodstuffs like bread, milk, noodles, etc are sold at near supermarket prices unlike at the resort where you can expect double their price. It was a shame we discovered it just around two days before we left. Still, we saved a great deal!

    Go for a walk at night around the island to see lots of creatures like frogs, insects, etc. that normally you don't notice daytime. The boys had a ball counting how many dead frogs they saw, sigh!!

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    Catch an Island Ferry

    by tribalover Updated Feb 12, 2008

    Awesome Fiji offers great budget-priced multi-island stays with locally owned, basic hut properties on numerous islands in the Yasawas. Each day a ferry comes to provide transportation between the various islands. It's a great way to see the remote outlying islands and interact with the friendly people at a very reasonable cost.

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    Mala Mala Wonders!

    by envelnikki Written Dec 10, 2007

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    If you have a free day to do something- I highly recommend taking a boat ride out to Mala Mala Island, which is part of the Mamanuca Group of Islands.
    There are daily departures from Port Denarau and go directly to Mala Mala and it only takes 35 minutes. Included in the price (89 F$ for Adults & 35 F$ for Children 5-15 yrs - as of November 2007) is a BBQ lunch, all soft drinks, tea, coffee and water and the equipment for snorkeling and fishing is provided.
    The island is only 6.5 acres so it only take 10-15 minutes to walk all the way around. The sandy white beaches and warm blue water truly make this place paradise!

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    Village Homestays offer great value!

    by VillageTraveller Written Nov 8, 2007

    I have now spent several holidays at the villages offered by FijiBure.com and they have all been great!

    The best part is that the hosts have been taking in guests through this project for several years now and really know how to give you value for money! Village homestays are definately a family type of destination - and not for rowdy backpackers.. here Fiji time rules - with only the sunrise and sunset being the two important times of the day!

    There are a wide variety of activities available at all destinations - these include walks, exploring, snorkeling, fishing, mat making, etc.... this really is a great escape, a cultural experience and one that my kids love!

    I have stayed at Namatakula (Loti Tuqiri's home); Namuamua (where the fabulous Ema looks after guests) and Malevu ... in the romantic Yasawas. Allhave been fantastic!

    Take your family on a village homestay and see what I am talking about!

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    Road trip

    by kristii Written Sep 14, 2007

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    Well, the thing is that lots of people we saw were staying in the resort the whole time and didn't really bother to go and explore. There is a whole lot of Fiji out there...

    That's the tip, drive around and see how people live, how do they get by day after day...

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