My Fiji

My God, my country, my people, my life (Bula), my Fiji….

Land of abundance, joy, peace and prosperity!

beautiful Fiji

Much has been said about Fiji’s magical wonders but it’s the legendary warmth hospitality that makes my Fiji an unforgettable experience.

FIJI …… 333 sunny, magical islands in the magical romantic South Pacific has been called the world’s friendliest paradise and most welcoming people. Fiji is a thousand miles of sparkling white sandy beaches… fabulous coral gardens… azure lagoons… an unspoilt, exotic environment of beauty and tranquility… a blend of rich cultures… a place to unwind or to discover new experiences with your family and friends.

Fiji is for fun, for discovering your own private island, people, historical pastimes and good times. Fiji is for being as busy as you want, or for doing absolutely nothing.

Fiji is a nature lover’s paradise for getting pampered, savoured and wedded. Savour the experience of life in h

armony with nature, marine parks and in undertaking conservations programs

in educating our people and visitors. Experience the soft sunlight filtering through the evergreen canopies. Picnic beside clear inviting pools and cascading waterfalls.

This is Fiji… a beautiful dream and yet a peaceful reality.

Fiji is a land of age-old rituals. A fascinating ancient heritage in having to enjoy a traditional Fijian welcome, and watch the traditional yaqona or kava being prepared in a time-honoured ceremony. Savour local dishes prepared in a lovo, the traditional underground oven of Fiji or feast your senses with the rich and local flavours prepared in the market place, coffee shops, restaurants, or homemade gourmets.

With such a richness of cultures living in harmony, my Fiji is the perfect place to be!


The People

The Fiji Islands are home to many different peoples-predominantly Fijians and Indians with Part Europeans, Chinese and other Pacific Islanders in smaller numbers-but all share a common pride in their culture and a determination to keep it alive.

According to archaeological evidence the islands were first settled about three and a half thousand years ago. The land was volcanic and very fertile. The sea, full of marine life, was a benevolent provider. The early settlers were called Lapita People after the discovery of a distinctive type of pottery, remains of which have been found in practically all the islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and in the islands of Tonga and Samoa in Polynesia.

Linguistic research indicates that the first settlers came from Northern or Central Vanuatu or possibly the Eastern Solomon Islands. As time progressed they moved further to colonise Rotuma to the north and Tonga and Samoa to the east.
South Pacific migration did not stop there. The early colonisers travelled vast seas distances to move on to Niue, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Rapanui (Easter Island) and Hawaii in the east and further south to Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Unlike the Polynesian islands which show a steadily evolving culture from the first settlers, Fiji seems to have been settled during different periods of migration, presumably from the west. Pre-historians have noted a massive 12th century volcanic eruption in Southern Vanuatu which coincides with the extinction of a certain pottery type and its sudden emergence in Fiji.

Fijian culture is an intricate network of peoples. While the legendary King of Bau, Ratu Seru Cakobau and his successors controlled a large area of Eastern Fiji before colonisation, at no time was Fiji politically united. Nevertheless, these islands exhibit certain characteristics that set them apart from neighbours and it is these characteristics that contribute to a distinctive Fijian culture.
The first explorers to Fiji spoke very highly of Fiji's early society. Captain James Cook, William Bligh and later D'Entrecasteaux described the Fijians as fearless warriors and ferocious cannibals, builders of great sailing vessels in the Pacific, but not themselves great sailors.

The Tongans admired their craftsmanship, especially in barkcloth and war clubs and these items were the subject of trade between Fiji and Tonga.
The Fijians called their home Viti, but the Tongans referred to it as Fiji. It was this pronunciation first used by Captain James Cook that gave these islands their modern name.
After the explorers, other European traders, beachcombers and settlers followed. For over half a century, Fijian culture enjoyed what has been called its golden age, as tools and weapons brought by traders were turned by enterprising chiefs to their own advantage. Canoes and houses were built, alliances formed between tribes and wars fought on a scale never before seen in Fiji. Gradually and inevitably Fijian society was changing. As Christianity spread amongst the inhabitants, wars ceased abruptly and Western clothing was quickly adopted.
After the islands were ceded to Great Britain in 1874, epidemics greatly reduced the population and it seemed as if the natives were doomed to leave the stage and hand over the land entirely to the settlers who were better prepared to withstand the epidemics.

However, the colonial government came to the natives' rescue. Land sales were forbidden, health campaigns were launched and the population grew. Theirs was not the culture of the heathen golden age but one modified by the new religion and increasingly the new economic order.
Yet in today's Fiji, independent since 1970, a surprising amount has survived. The agent of Fijian culture is usually the community, and not necessarily blood relations. Work is carried out, ceremonial obligations fulfilled and pride and shame felt by groups rather than individuals. Among the physical symbols by group interaction, two items stand out as being of great importance: Yaqona and Tabua.
Yaqona is the cultivated plant, Piper methysticum, and the drink made from its roots is known more widely, again through Cooks’ influence, by its Tongan name kava. It is the social drink of Fiji and flows at any gathering with the ritual preparation and the order of drinking denoting the social order.
Yaqona is presented as a sign of goodwill or hospitality, but when an important request is being made and yaqona may not be sufficient, then it is the tabua that is presented. The Tabua is the polished tooth of the sperm whale.
The intimate expression of Fijian culture is the solevu, an enormous feast where two groups meet to exchange wealth, produce and food to renew and strengthen ties.
The occasion may be marriage or the formal introduction of children to their mother's kin but the event reaches far beyond the individuals concerned.
Because Fijians are essentially members of communities, the children are part of a living and eternal organisation that is bigger and more important than any individual.
This community spirit underlines the friendliness for which Fiji is famous. Even the casual visitor notes the easy smile, the gracious manner and the constant invitations to join in with the people.
Fijians are, of course are no longer alone in these islands. More than 40% of the population are Indians, descendants of labourers brought to work in sugar plantations about a hundred years ago under the indentured labour system.
They were offered a passage back to India, but most preferred to stay, and they have become prominent in agriculture and commerce.
They too took pride in preserving their language although inevitably the two major communities have borrowed selectively from each other.

 

Climate

Fiji enjoys an ideal South Sea tropical climate. It is thus a perfect holiday destination, especially for those trying to escape the severe Northern Hemisphere winters. Maximum summer temperatures average 31 degrees Celsius (88º F) and the mean minimum is 22 Degrees Celsius (72 º F) The winter average maximum is 29 º C (84ºF) and the mean minimum is 19ºC (66ºF). These are much cooler in the uplands of the interior of the large islands. A cooling trade winds blows from the east south-east of most of the year. It usually drops to a whisper in the evening and picks up again by mid-morning. Fiji has a climate ideally suited for the outdoors, the beach and surf, for light cotton dresses, barbecues and water sports.

Population

The population of close to 837,271 is multi-racial, composed of indigenous Fijians, Indians, Europeans, Part Europeans and Chinese. Of these, 56.8% are Fijian, and 37.5% are Indian, Others 5.7%.

Religion

A multiracial, multi-cultural nation, Fiji is represented by major religions of the world. Visitors will see Christian churches, Mosques, Sikh and Hindu temples in the towns and the countryside. The majority of Fijians are of the Wesleyan persuasion, but all the other Christian denominations are represented. Visitors are welcome at Sunday worship throughout the Fiji Islands.

Language

Fiji is an English-speaking country although the two major races – Fijians, Indians speak in their vernacular. Hotel staff are fluent in English.

Tipping

Tipping is not encouraged in Fiji and it is left to the individual to determine whether to make a gratuity.


The Money Scene

The devaluation of the Fiji dollar, our basic unit of currency, means you get a favourable exchange rate when you convert your own currency into local dollars. This is a major advantage for our visitors. The Fiji dollar is available in denominations of F$2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 notes. Coins are 5c, 10c, 20c,

50c and F$1. You can change travellers’ cheques and foreign currencies in commercial banks, larger hotels and resorts, and at foreign currency bureaus. Credit cards are widely accepted.
Banking hours in Fiji are from 9am to 4pm Mondays to Fridays, and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays at selected areas. There is a 24-hour currency exchange service at the arrivals concourse at Nadi Airport. ATM machines are located around the country and at larger resorts and hotels. 

Entry Requirements

Fiji welcomes visitors and to facilitate easy entry, everything has been done to make the process as pleasant as possible. A valid passport for at least three months beyond the intended period of stay and a ticket for return or onward travel is required. Entry visas are granted on arrival for a stay of 4 months or less for nationals of Commonwealth countries.
Nationals of other countries require pre-arranged visas, which can be applied for at the nearest Fiji High Commission in their respective country. Visas may be extended for up to six months on application to the Department of Immigration in Suva, Lautoka or Nadi. It is necessary to have an onward or return ticket and sufficient funds. Those wishing to stay more than six months should consult the Department of Immigration.


Air & Sea Ports

Nadi Airport is the main international gateway and Nausori near Suva, is also used as an international airport. There are several domestic airports throughout the country. Travel between the two main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, is by air and sea. The major ports are Suva, Lautoka, Levuka and Malau (off Vanua Levu). Suva is the largest. Lautoka is the main port for Western Viti Levu and has facilities for bulk loading of sugar and pine chips.

 

Taxes

Departure Tax

Visitors to Fiji are required to pay $75.00 departure tax in Fijian currency following check-in. Children under 12 are exempt.

Taxes

A 12.5% Government Value Added

Tax (VAT) is applicable to all goods and services in Fiji. Visitors staying in hotels and resorts are subject to 5% Hotel Turnover Tax (HTT).

Customs Duty and Duty Free Concessions

A bona fide passenger disembarking in Fiji is entitled to the following duty and VAT free concessions:

  • Dutiable goods accompanying passengers (other than alcohol and tobacco products) not exceeding $400 in value.
  • Goods that are owned by passengers and not intended as gifts or for sale – personal effects, household effects for returning residents or intending residents, articles taken out of Fiji on departure on which duty and tax have been paid.

Every passenger 17 years and over can bring into Fiji the following goods duty and VAT free, provided they are accompanied and not for sale:

  1. Cigarettes, not exceeding 250 sticks or
  2. Cigars, not exceeding 250grams net weight or
  3. Tobacco not exceeding 250grams net weight or
  4. Any combination of (1) to (3) above, provided the total net weight does not exceed 250grams
  5. Spirituous liquors not exceeding 2.25 litres or
  6. Wines, not exceeding 4.5 litres or
  7. Beer, not exceeding 4.5 litres or
  8. Any combination of the goods in paragraph (5) to (7) above, provided that the combination does not exceed the equivalent quantity under any one paragraph
  9. Other dutiable goods, not exceeding $400.00 in value.


Quarantine

To avoid the introduction of foreign plant and animal pests and diseases, we prohibit the importation of vegetable matter, seeds, or any animal product without a permit from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests. Further enquiries please visit www.agriculture.org.fj


Time Zones

When it is 9am in Fiji, it is:
9pm in London previous day, 10pm Frankfurt previous day, 4pm New York previous day, 1pm Los Angles previous day, 6am Tokyo same day, 9am Auckland same day, 7a

m Sydney same day


Electricity

The electrical current in Fiji is 240 volts AC 50 Hz. Fiji has three pin power outlets identical to Australia and New Zealand. If your applications are 110v check for a 110/240v switch; if there is none you will need a voltage converter. Leading hotels and resorts offer universal outlets for 240v or 110v

shavers, hair dryers, ect.


CallMe

Fiji’s country code is +679. A lot of hotels and resorts have direct dialling facilities (IDD). Card phones are available in many shops and stores that have the Telecom call card signage. Fiji is well serviced by cell ’phone networks. Vodafone Fiji Limited, Digicel and Inkk Mobile operate GPRS and Vodafone has 3G mobile services. You should check with your own network operator for roaming status before travelling to Fiji. Alternatively, roaming arrangements can be made here. Cellphones and/or sim cards can be easily acquired locally.


Internet Access

Fiji is well wired for the Internet. Access is readily available on many islands and at hotels and resorts.


TransportMe

You can travel by rental car, hired limousine with chauffeur, tour bus, coach, taxi, bike, motor- cycle, seaplane, domestic airlines, helicopter, ferries and inter-island shipping. When you make a river trip, you will likely end up on a ‘bilibili’ or bamboo raft! Add to your FijiMe experience by joining the locals o

n one of our numerous public transport buses, well ventilated by open windows fitted with tarpaulin flaps for wet weather! Fiji has a profusion of taxis, most of which are fitted with metres. Fares are very reasonable. Check at your hotel reception for the appropriate fare to a specific destination.

We drive on the left hand side of the road. Most of the main roads are paved and in good condition. A bona-fide tourist in Fiji can drive if in possession of a valid full licence for the same class of vehicle. Maximum speed limit in built up areas is 50km/h (30mph) and on highways 80 km/h (50mph).

Photography

The Fiji Islands are a photographer’s paradise. As a general rule, people do not object to having their photographs taken (although as a courtesy, you should always ask). There is an endless list of subjects: traditional ceremonies including cultural dances, villages, landscapes, seascapes, and the ever-changing panorama as you follow the highways and byways, and even views of gem-like islands and breathtaking turquoise coral lag

oons as you travel by air. For the diver, a profusion of soft corals and reef fishes for a record of memorable experience.

 

Sport and Recreation

The beach, pool and lagoon are the usual focal points of a Fiji vacation. Recreational watersports activities include swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, water-skiing, wind surfing, sailing, para flying, jet skis, kayaks and paddle boards, and excursions. Onshore activities include volleyball, bowling, golf, archery; horse trekking, aerobics and jogging. Fijians love sport and are the current World Champions in seven-a-side rugby. Organised sports in Fiji features rugby touch rugby, soccer, cricket, tennis, squash, badminton, hockey, netball and basketball. Track and field events are also popular, and Fiji takes part in international sporting events including the Olympics. Check with your hotel if you have a particular sporting interest for advice where this may be seen or undertaken.


Foods and Restaurants

Fiji features four main styles of cuisine: Continental, spicy Indian, native Fijian and Asian/Oriental which includes Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Each of the above has many variations. Fijian, Indian and Chinese food are very much a part of everyday life and reflect the cultural and ethnic background of the people of the Fiji Islands. The food is available not only in hotels and resorts but also in local restaurants. Fijian cuisine is often featured on “Island Nights” at hotels, where food cooked in an earth oven and presented buffet style, complete with traditional entertainment.

Holidays & Festivals of Note

Fiji is noted for its festivals, all colourful and filled with fun. The following is a selection of the more popular that you may not be familiar with. Of course holidays such as Easter and Christmas are of great importance to this nation - Fiji, included are some of the major events:

Sugar Festival - Fiji's Sugar Festival, Lautoka comes alive with it's annual Sugar Festival held in September.

Bula Festival - Nadi Town also has its annual Bula (welcome) Festival in July.

Prophet Mohammed's Birthday - This is a Muslim festival which is celebrated in June or November.

Diwali Festival - A very pretty sight which occurs every year throughout Fiji is the Hindu Festival of lights, commonly called the Diwali Festival, when Hindu homes are decorated, often elaborately with lights. The festival is held each year on the first half of the Hindu month of Kartika(October - November).

The Hibiscus Festival - Fiji's carnival of the year is held in Suva during the month of August. The festival coincides with the first or 2nd week of the school holidays.

Cere - is a traditional ceremony of welcome accorded to new ships, canoes, vehicles etc. This involves a lot of pomp, ceremonial jubilation and fun/gaiety as women with bales of cloth, mats and tapa come to welcome the new ship or vehicle. Usually women hold expensive gifts like whales tooth and men chase after the women with gifts. Whoever “catches” the women with the tabua etc take them as trophies/spoils of the ceremony.

Meke - The Fijian meke features men and women in a programme of traditonal song and dance. The various provinces in Fiji have different dance routines. The meke usually depicts a story. The performances are colourful and participants wear traditional island costumes of printed bark cloth(tapa) and accessories woven from flowers and leaves. Musical accompaniment is provided Lali(drum carved from the bark of a tree) and a hollow bamboo pole beaten rhythmically on the ground.

Firewalking - One of the more spectacular sights in Fiji is the Fijian and Indian firewalking. The Fijians perform this at hotels on Viti Levu, or on the Island of Beqa where they were first given this gift according to legend. The Indians perform the firewalking as a Hindu religious observance. Check with the Fiji Visitors Bureau or your hotel tour desk for details where the firewalking will be performed.

Lovo - The lovo is a traditional Fijian feast in which food is wrapped in banana leaves and cooked slowly in an earth oven over smouldering stones, providing a distinctive faintly smokey flavour. Vegetables, fish and meats are placed in the oven and many of the dishes are prepared in coconut milk. The centrepiece of the lovo is often a whole pig.


VISITING A FIJIAN VILLAGE

The Fijian people have their own customs and culture that are an integral part of their every day life.
To enter a Fijian village, one should seek permission from a Village Elder or be invited by one of the villagers. When entering a village there are some do's and don'ts that are more in keeping with good taste with culture.

  • Do dress modestly and comfortably.
  • You may bring some Yaqona (it symbolizes the giving of life) to present to the village - and this is always appreciated.
  • When entering a bure (house) you may take your shoes off at the door to help keep the bure clean.
  • Fijians are very giving people, and this sometimes can work to their disadvantage - use common sense in taking food or objects. A good rule of thumb - it is better to give than to receive.
  • Good manners and courtesy are a worldwide customs; act as you would at home and you should have no trouble.


How to dress

Fiji is easy-going and tropical. Choose clothing appropriate for the climate and the atmosphere. You’re unlikely to wear a suit or formal dress! Keep your wardrobe casual, cool and loose fitting. If you plan to be out in the sun for a long time, it’s better to wear a hat. Men will probably want to buy a colourful bula shirt. Sulus, a uni-sex sarong-like wrap around, are widely worn by the local people when relaxing. So get into the FijiMe mood and wear a sulu. Most Fijian men use a skirt-like version of the sulu for their everyday wear. When visiting a Fijian village, your attire should respectful of the culture. Ladies, no mini skirts or shorts and no revealing tank tops and other figure-hugging garments. Keep those bikinis for the poolside and the beach.

 

Points of Interest to Look Out whilst on holiday :
 

SUVA

Suva was declared the Capital City in 1882
Fiji’s capital and the largest city of the South Pacific nations with a population of over 300,000. Suva sprawls over ten square miles on a rugged peninsula in the south-eastern corner of Viti Levu. It is home to a variety of South Pacific educational institutions including the Central Queensland University, the University of the South Pacific, the Fiji College of Agriculture, the Fiji School of Medicine, the Fiji Institute of Technology and the Pacific Theological College.

As the capital, Suva has a Parliament House and many overseas embassies reside in the area. It is one of two container ports for Fiji, and the international Nausori airport is located 30 minutes to the north.

Top Features:

  • The well protected Suva Harbour
  • Joske's Thumb
  • The Pacific Colonial Architectural Buildings of the 1900's to Modern Architecture
  • Cosmopolitan City
  • The Markets and shopping outlets for excellent bargains
  • Luxury homes and gardens
  • Sporting Haven and venue for World Netball Championships in 2007

NADI

Nadi Town is where most visitors arrive at Nadi International Airport and this is the first part of Fiji they see. Nadi is Fiji’s only ‘border town’ and you’ll find it jammed with interesting shops and eateries. A major attraction is the new Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and a work of the art built to a design thousands of years old. Nadi is where you’ll find the most visitor facilities in Fiji, and of course, the greatest number of souvenir shops, but check around first. Nadi is the ideal place to pick up those last moment things you might want to purchase for your friends at home before departing.

Top features:

  • Nadi’s shopping centre & city malls
  • Restaurant galore and a variety of local & international cuisines
  • The towering peaks of Sabeto Ranges, and the Nausori Highlands
  • The World War II - Momi Gun Site
  • The Sleeping Giant founded by the late Raymond Burr (Perry Mason) in 1977 . The sleeping giants are two twin brothers by the names of Uluineivua & Uluinasaqa
  • DENARAU Island and the 18 Hole Golf Course
  • Mandara Spas
  • Port Denarau
  • The Terraces
  • Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa
  • LUXURY Residential Homes/Villas
  • Radissons Fiji Resort & Spa, Denarau Island
  • Sofitel Fiji Beach Resort & Spa
  • Sheraton Fiji Resort
  • Sheraton Villas
  • The Westin Resort & Spa
  • Wyndham Vacation ResortViseisei Village - situated on Vuda Point between Lautoka and Nadi, this village is considered by some to be the beginning of the Fijian Race. Viseisei Village is also the home of the Tui Vuda , the high chief of the area and the current President of Fiji

THE MAMANUCAS

A chain of islands visible on a clear day from Nadi, this has often been called the mecca of Fiji. Many of Fiji's outer-islands resorts are located in the group. These are considered among the most beautiful islands in the country with miles of white sand beaches and coral blue waters, providing a tropical experience in comfortable surroundings.

Top features:

  • The world famous surf sight “CLOUDBREAK”
  • White sand beaches, sailing safaris in azure waters
  • Deluxe to luxury and family accommodation
  • Weddings & Romance
  • Yachting Regattas

THE SUNSHINE COAST

Some 30 minutes to the north of the Nadi International Airport is Lautoka, the second-largest city in Fiji. During the crushing season, this international seaport often has a strong smell of sugar coming from its sugar mill and docks. Mounds of wood chip overlook the little fishing boats and cruise ships also dock. Lautoka is the main departure point to the Yasawa group, and two hours north along the Kings Road is Rakiraki, and its offshore island of Nananu-i-Ra. Diving around the island is excellent, as is the windsurfing on the northern side. Ellington Wharf is the departure point for ferries travelling to the northern island of Vanua Levu.

Top features:

  • International seaports for exports and entry for yachties/cruise liners and local cruises
  • The famous Bligh waters for sea farers, and excellent dive sites
  • Home of local fiji pine & tropic wood products
  • Rugged hinterlands and cane betls of the area
  • The authentic Fijian village of NAVALA and breath taking sceneries
  • Houses Fiji’s Natural Water!

THE CORAL COAST

The Coral Coast on the south west of Viti Levu has some fantastic beaches. Stretching from Pacific Harbour to Sigatoka, this beautiful coastal area has attracted the Hotel builders. These are several international hotels located including the Warwick Fiji, The Naviti, Outrigger Reef Fiji, Tambua Sands, The Beachouse, The Crows Nest, Tubakula, Tute’s Oceanbreeze, Totoka Bed & Breakfast, Seashell @ Momi, Beddara Fiji, and the Hideaway. Tourists come into Sigatoka Town in search of bargains. The town also has and a cinema in the town center.

Top features:

  • The old fortification & historical site of Tavuni Hill Fort which overlooks the salad bowl of Fiji and farm lands
  • The famous pottery making villages of Nakabuta & Lawai villages
  • Fiji’s heritage reserve – the Sigatoka Sandunes
  • Kula Eco Park for Fiji’s wild life, flora & fauna
  • Home of Fiji’s Coconut Furniture plant
  • Weddings & Romance
  • Site Location for CELEBRITY ISLAND by Granada Production
     

THE NORTH (VANUA LEVU AND TAVEUNI)

About an hour by air from Nadi or Suva, Fiji’s second largest island has rugged, meandering shores with numerous scenic bays and beaches along untouched coast-line. There are only two towns Labasa, in the sugar-cane growing area on the island’s millennium northern –side and Savusavu, a small port and market center to the south. Far from the mainstream, Vanua Levu also has few boutique resorts and guest houses. Transportation is by rental car, taxi, or bus, and while the roads can turn rough in remote areas, often dwindling to mere tracks, the place is ideal for adventurous traveler.

Top features:

  • The friendly NORTH!
  • Adventure destination(dive/snorkel/sea-kayak/yachting/trekking/village & farm stays/visits/marine sanctuaries)
  • Fiji’s 180 degrees meridian line that slices through Udu Point/Rabi and Siberia
  • NATURAL Waterslide/blow-holes in Vuna
  • Heritage Parks & Reserves (BOUMA/Lavena/Waitabu/Vidawa)
  • The UNIQUE TAGIMAUCIA RED PETALLED FLOWER found nowhere else in the WORLD!
  • Wide range of accommodation to choose from
  • Weddings and Romance

SAVUSAVU

In the south of Vanua Levu refers both to Savusavu province and to the town. It is the province’s only large community and has lately become a center for several new eco-tourism enterprises. The province comprises much of the south eastern shore of Vanua Levu including Lesiaceva Peninsula, a hook of land forming the southern shore of Savusavu Bay. The township is situated at the eastern end of the bay and contains a few dozen buildings along the curving shores. The bay serves as a magnificent natural deep water port with deep anchorage. A range of accommodation is available here. The well-known Hot Springs Hotel takes its name from the nearby thermal springs. Locals often cook a meal in these bubbling cauldrons.

Top features:

  • Friendliness of the islands
  • Safe haven for visiting yachts
  • Beautiful and rugged terrains
  • Warm waters and magnificent dive/snorkelling sites
  • Luxury & boutique resorts & honeymoon destination
  • Home of Fiji’s pearl farm

LABASA

The “capital” of Vanua Levu is built in the bend of the Labasa River, about 6.5km from where it discharges through a delta formed by three rivers, the Labasa, Wailevu and Qawa. There are seven hotels, Grand Eastern, Nukubati Island Resort, Hotel Takia, the Friendly North Inn, Labasa Guesthouse, Centre Point Lodge, Labasa Guest House and riverside Private Hotel. The airport five km south-west of the town has a sealed runaway. A place of interest here includes a floating island regarded with superstitious awe by the local Fijians. The island about 24 km north east of Labasa, floats on a lake surrounded by cane fields and is composed of a dense growth of reeds, sedges, swamp ferns and other small vegetation. There is also the growing stone housed in a Hindu temple in Vunika. Labasa’s main port is Malau 11 kilometres away which has bulk loading facilities for sugar shipment.

Top features:

  • Exotic sights & sceneries
  • Friendliness of the people & local cultures
  • Fantastic filming locations
  • Lush rainforests Pacific Harbour/Beqa

PACIFIC HARBOUR

45 minutes from Suva offers a choice of good hotels and restaurants. Home to many expatriates, the area has one of the finest beaches this side of the island. Visitors come here mostly to visit the Arts Village of Fiji and to see a theatrical display of Fijian people in pre-european times. No conventional stage here. History is retold in theatre and dance. The area is also known for its fine golf course, great surf spots of Frigates Passage and world renowned dive sites of Beqa Lagoon

Top Features:

  • Home to soft corals and bull/tiger/leopard shark feeding
  • Home to the Legendary firewalkers
  • Classy surf site known as FRIGATES PASSAGE
  • Deep sea/handline fishing
  • Film location for “Anaconda II” shot in the upper Navua River. Second to Brazil’s Amazon Basin
  • DIVERSITY OF ENTERTAINMENT & CULTURE at the Arts Village
  • Challenging 9/18 hole Golf Course
  • Offers a variety of accommodation

KADAVU

Cascading waterfalls, swimming holes and lush tropical forest have earned Kadavu (pronounced Kand-a-vu) a reputation as one of Fiji’s most beautiful islands. South of Viti Levu, Kadavu also enjoys some of the world’s best diving with the Great Astrolabe Reef stretching its mighty coral formations along the entire eastern side of the island. The reef’s outer drop-off is a spectacular 1800m. Massive waves crashing against the barrier reef make an impressive sight for visitors as they journey to nearby dive sites.Beneath the surface, the island’s pristine waters offer excellent visibility, with gardens of hard and soft corals, vertical walls, caves and brilliant tropical fish of every species. Good dive sites can be found around Soso Passage and Naiqoro Passage.The island’s surf resorts also offer world-class and beginner breaks. Surfing is good around Cape Washington, at the southern-most end of Kadavu, and at Vesi Passage, off Matava. Sea kayaking over the island’s clear waters is another option for exploring, or take a kayaking safari and enjoy a beach camp-out and stories told around the kava bowl before falling asleep under the stars

Top Features:

  • Excellent dive sites along the Great Astrolabe Reef
  • Excellent surf sites at the southern end of Nabukulevu-i-ra/off Nagigia and Vesi Passage
  • Deep sea/handlline and spear fishing
  • Sighting of gorgeous Red breasted parrots
  • Excellent sea – kayaking routes and culture tourism in village set-ups
  • Magnificent waterfalls(Waile in Kadavu village & Kavala Bay)
  • Challenging mountain treks

OUTER ISLANDS

The Yasawa Group made up of some 20 islands of volcanic origin, lie in a chain north west of Viti Levu. They commence about 40 km north west of Lautoka and stretch for 80 km. Some of the larger islands are: Yasawa, Waya, Nacula, Naviti, Yaqeta and Matacawalevu, and Nanuya Levu better known as Turtle Island is the base for one of Fiji’s most exclusive resorts and is also the site of filming of the movie Blue Lagoon, starring Brooke Shields in 1979. The islands have white sandy beaches and crystalline waters, lush tropical rainforests and soaring volcano peaks that attract the refreshing tropical rain.

Top features:

  • The Blue Lagoon where the movie “Blue Lagoon” was filmed
  • The famous limestone caves of Sawa-I-Lau
  • Volcanic peaks and craters
  • Miles of sandy beaches and clear waters
  • Boutique to Luxury resorts & cruises and affordable accommodation
  • Abundance of seafood

Any of the tour booking (s) can be arranged directly with the hotel/resort tour desk team.

 

 

DISCOVER TEN GREAT REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD COME TO FIJI

 

  1. Divine natural beauty, loving and inviting people!
  2. Captivating bula lifestyles and intriguing histories
  3. Sense of being valued into one big family!
  4. Sparkling gem of the South Pacific
  5. Rich multi cultural diversity
  6. Be part of the event, live and learn, share the knowledge and invest your time in it!
  7. Experience life in a village, partake in off-the beaten-track activities and be fiji-ed!
  8. Be an inspiration to someone…..
  9. Safe, pleasant and happy memories..
  10. Fun, adventures, and try out MyFiji fashionable patterns!

Fiji is calling…come…come along and visit My Fiji and discover renewed interest of arts, fashion, song and dances where the new niche awaits!

FashionMe .….…FijiMe!