Fiji Off The Beaten Path

  • The Harbour Front-building in Suva / Fiji
    The Harbour Front-building in Suva /...
    by globetrott
  • The Harbour Front-building in Suva / Fiji
    The Harbour Front-building in Suva /...
    by globetrott
  • The Harbour Front-building in Suva / Fiji
    The Harbour Front-building in Suva /...
    by globetrott

Fiji Off The Beaten Path

  • telephone-booths, Fiji-style

    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"...

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  • Local markets & english spelled in...

    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...

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  • oldfashioned shops in Savusavu

    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...

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  • Ndravuni has a great viewpoint

    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...

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  • I found some graves on Ndravuni Island

    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...

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  • The only remains of the Bounty

    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...

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  • The Grand Pacific Hotel gets restored

    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...

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  • A taste of local Art Nouveau style

    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...

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  • Ovalau - The Real Fiji

    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...

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  • Lomaiviti

    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...

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  • Around Denarau Island- things to do

    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...

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  • Catch an Island Ferry

    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!

    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...

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  • Village Homestays offer great value!

    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.....

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  • Road trip

    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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  • hot springs and mud pool

    There is no way I can explain where it is. The best is to ask locals. We found it by getting lost on the way to Lautoka. We turned out of the main road and landed in somebodies garden. After apologies we got directions to this place. The water in pools was so hot that the locals were boiling eggs in it. Mud was fun and apparently very good for...

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  • Go East

    Take the bus from Nadi to Suva and you'll find cheaper and very interesting places to go to off the mainland, such as Levuka and Caqalai. The 4-5 hr busride is not only a means of transportation but a great way of seing the landscape. Bring earplugs cos on my bus they had a film on very loud.

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  • Experience the Real Fiji - not the...

    Wow! How lucky were we to experience the Sigatoka River Safari jetboat tour. This is as close as you'll ever get to being a part of the true Fijian culture. The tour takes you up the Sigatoka River in an adventure filled ride on a specially designed jetboat. There are plenty of thrilling manoeuvres to keep the adventure-lover happy but enough...

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  • Malamala Island

    There are daily trips to the unhabited, tiny island of Malamala, which lies 1 h west of Nadi Bay. The island is just 6 acres large, and you really feel deserted when they drop you off on the island. It is beautiful and well worth it if you cannot afford to stay overnight on some of the other islands.

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  • Abaca

    Abaca (pronounced: arbantha) is a little village in Fiji highlands (Viti Levu island), with only 14 houses and 86 inhabitants. It's one of six villages included in Koroyanitu National Heritage Park and a gateway to wonderful mountain walks. For quite a cheap price (35FJD incl. 3 meals) you can live with the families in their houses. Don't forget to...

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  • Walk from Caqelai to Snake Island

    Snake Island is a little piece of land just next to Caqelai, with one palm tree and some grass:) It was named after its most famous inhabitants - the sea snakes. If you're lucky, you can even see them!The walk is only possible during the low tide, when the path connects the two islands. It's very interesting, as you get to walk between the corals...

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  • Caqelai

    Caqelai (pronounced: vangelei) is a little island between Ovalau and Viti Levu. It takes not more than 10 minutes to walk along its diameter! The owners, Methodist Church of Fiji, run a small backpacker's resort on the island. The place is beautiful, full of coconut trees and sandy beaches, with good snorkeling and wonderful atmosphere.

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  • Benja island

    We went to Benja island (pronounced Benga) sorry if Ive spelled it wrong!Had the most amazing time living with a Fijian family and meeting the local villagers. We were the only foreigners on the islanders and were impressed by Fijian hospitality and friendliness and experienced true Fijian life including a Kava ceremony with the local chiefI...

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  • Fijian village homestays

    G'day, just a tip for those travellers seeking a non-touristy experience which is also very cheap accommodation in Fiji. Different villages in Fiji now welcome travellers as homestay guests (not normal tourists). Every traveller that stays in one of these villages is initiated first as a member of the village in a traditional ceremony. Great for...

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  • Village

    This Naroro Village can be seen from the Naroro monument on the hill opposite.There are accommodations.

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  • Hindu Temple

    The only major sight in Nadi is the Sri Siva Subramanila Swami Temple. This colorful Indian style temple was built from craftsmen flown in from India.It was quite crowded with worshipers the day that we were there so we didn't get very close.

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  • Cave Tour

    We went on a cave tour. It was a whole day trip that included meeting the chief in a Kava Ceremony and sharing lunch with him and the continuing onto the caves. Its an almost creepy feeling to see the canibal oven where they used to beat someone to death and throw them in to cook. you also get to go down the river in a raft. an interesting...

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  • Inviting Hills

    While I was on Kadvu, I decided to do some hikng while the guy I was staying with was at work. I had already hiked all the beaten trails, so I decided to stike out down the side of what appeared to be a nice grassy hill. After 2 hours of tough barefooted hiking ( my fault) I was at the point of no return and realized that the hill I hoped to go...

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  • Pride of Kadavu

    The Kaka parrot is one of the birds found only on Kadavu. It is bright green with a red head and breast. They are pretty large, and can be heard all over the island. They are not however, fond of being photographed. They only seem to get close when the camera battery is dead, or when you are out of film.

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  • A village celebration

    While staying on Tavewa in the Yasawas, we got to know the locals pretty well. It turned out that Joe, one of the fijians, was actually from Nacula. While we were there the village on Nacula was having a village day to raise money for a water tank. Joe hauled about 12 of us with him to the island. We asked permission from the chief and it was on....

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  • Try Ovalau

    If you want to go somewhere not many travelers go, try Ovalau. I fly from Suva for $F80RT. When you arrive you take a carrier into Levuka. From Levuka you can go even further off the beaten track to one of the small islands. This is arranged at the dive shop in town. The dive shop is also one of the only places to use the internet on the island....

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  • Natadola Beach.

    This beach is on the south coast of the main island (Viti Levu). The trip there is along a very bumpy road (perhaps track is a better word). However, it is worth the bruised backside received in a van with poor shocks!Take your lunch and sunscreen. There is a newly opened resort there (it's small and unobtrusive), but I believe lunch there is very...

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  • Inside Cooking

    After asking I was allowed to see inside, interesting to see the cooking facilities inside their home.

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  • House on the Island

    We were allowed to look around the village and after asking they were happy for me to look at their home and talk to them.

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  • Goods for Sale

    Now we are on the island the locals have goods for sale, Blue Lagoon Cruises arriving is one of their main sources of income.

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  • Blue Lagoon Cruise Activities

    They even bring the watersports, flippers etc to the Island, some people need to learn how to balance.

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  • Blue Lagoon Cruise

    To-day we have been taken over to once again a beautiful island for a few hours to relax, lunch, and no one else.

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  • Onto another island

    You pull up and then taken to another island to either relax or eat (or both ) or to visit a village.

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  • Eating

    If you dont want to put on weight, dont like food then this trip is not for you.Its full on eat, relax, eat , relax, relax, eat etc etc, hard to take day in, day out.

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  • Blue Lagoon Cruises

    A 4 or 7 day cruise is a nice way to finish off your holiday trip.Blue Lagoon cruises go around the Yasawa Islands.

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  • The Outer Reef-Go There!

    We did a lot of diving around Treasure Island but for a special dive trip the dive master took us and some Kiwis to the outer reef, about a 2 hour (maybe less?) boat ride away. How fantastically bizarre to be in the middle of the ocean and see waves crashing! We did a drift dive out here too, Magic Passage, I think it was called...my first...

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  • try to visit a remote village....

    try to visit a remote village. get acquainted with locals and ask them to take you to their village. a stay for a couple of days will make you look differently at many crazy things in our 'modern' world...

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  • don't stay in your posh...

    don't stay in your posh resort! go out and discover the real fiji.take the ferry to vanua levu, rent a car there and venture yourself on the roads! you'll take the ferry from nasauri (close to suva from where a bus leaves) and arrive in nabouwalu.

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  • Kava Ceremony/Drinking..there...

    Kava Ceremony/Drinking..there is a lots of myth surrounding the kava none of which istrue.,,,the most that will happen to some is a numbing of the tongue and throat...but nobuzz,to hallucenating, no 'high' at best it is a relaxant...and after drinking far more thatthe one cup offered at many resort..nothing remote happen..visited a family in...

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  • The Namaka Inn is a great...

    The Namaka Inn is a great litle restaurant in Nadi. It is an area called Martintar, which you pass through on you way from the airport into Nadi. One of the owners is Hemet. He runs the place with his family. We never got menus, when we went in, he would simple just start bringing us food. Appetizers, curries, roti…..the food was always delicious...

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