We also made it to this island and spent the day here. It was definitely bigger that South Sea Island. The beach here was beautiful here to but the beach was full of rock and coral too. I am not complaining though. It was beautiful. Alexis and I walked on the beach picking up sea shells and exploring the island. We also saw a shark that scared us...more
South Sea Island is the closest of the Mamanuca Group of islands. It is about a 20 minute boat ride from Denarau Island. This is also the smallest of the islands. I thought they were joking that in 5 to 10 minutes you can walk around the entire island. But it is true! This island is great for kids because there is no way they can get lost. The...more
The biggest "must see" activity is obvious - the beach. The most famous beaches on the island of Viti Levu are on the Coral Coast - a 30-kilometer stretch of coastline in the south on the Queen`s Highway.The waves break about 500 meters off shore. You can wade in crystal clear water for quite a distance. The waters are very calm so if you are after...more
It`s possible to get by on a low budget in Fiji. The hotel meals are almost on par with western prices, but in the cities and towns you can definitely eat on the cheap.
Many towns in Viti Levu have large populations of people of Indian origin or Indo-Fijians, as they are known officially. One culinary result (read: enormous benefit) of this is the huge range of eating options if you are looking for curry.
You generally get take-away curry dishes wrapped up in newspaper - this seems to have been borrowed from England.
Favorite Dish: You can find any traditional Indian dishes here, but with a Fijian flavour - coconuts, guava and other tropical fruits feature prominently.
Definitely worth a try!
Fijian vendors are overwhelmingly friendly and will do anything to secure a sale. They`ll follow you around the store, asking questions and offering free drinks and food so that you almost feel obligated to buy something.
It sometimes gets to be a bit much. One shop on the coral coast goes by the slogan `Browse in Peace`. They were much cheaper than elsewhere too, so I decided to buy most of my souvenirs there.
What to buy: Any kind of souvenir, especially carvings and wood products. Very affordable and generally cheaper than elsewhere.
Kava is a narcotic beverage. You can buy kava in a powdered form and it is then thoroughly mixed with water. It looks like muddy water and tastes like bitter water mixed with earth and incense. Traditionally, it is men who drink kava but visitors of both genders are encouraged to try.Each group sits around a large earthenware pot as kava is mixed...more
Many Fijians in rural areas are devout Christians. Every village has some kind of church or place of worship. I managed to get along to a church service on a Sunday morning while I was there. The whole village attended the service too. Everybody really dresses up for it, even the small children.Even if Religion is not your thing, it`s quite an...more
There are numerous small villages dispersed around the coastline of Viti Levu. Although entering one of them may seem an interesting (and harmless) thing to do, remember that it is mark of respect to get permission to enter first. If you see someone at or near the village edge, just ask them if you can visit. They will probably then take you to see...more
This is a street scene in a tiny town between Sigatoka and Suva.On the left is a `Grog Shop` selling kava. Alcoholic and narcotic beverages are known as `grog` in Fiji. On the right is a video shop which was a veritable Bollywood bonanza!Large numbers of people in Fiji trace their roots to India. In rural areas, the split is about 50-50 between...more
One of the best experiences you can have is to visit a local village. I stayed at the Tambua Sands Resort on the Coral Coast. It's smaller than some of the big resorts nearby and there are more opportunities to meet the locals. After a few days we were invited to the home of one of the hotel staff. A big meal and a little too much kava afterwards!...more
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If you find yourself in Fiji between March and September, try to get along to a rugby game. Most games are played on Saturdays. I was lucky enough to be there for the national `tens` tournament. It cost FJD$2 for general admission while I was there, but the staff gave us complimentary private box seats for being out-of-towners. Very hospitable!
Two highways, known as the King`s Highway and the Queen`s Highway, encircle the island of Viti Levu. It would take a full day of driving to circle the entire island.
Dotted along the road, and usually by village approaches and either side of major towns, are highway vendors, usually selling fresh produce or home-made drinks.
I must admit, I`m not particularly crazy about fruit (although I should be) but these are an exception - and the cordials and fruit juices they sold were very refreshing on a hot day, too!
You might pay 20 cents for a drink and the same for a few guavas. Next to nothing!-)