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Fiji holidays invite you into a culture where music, dance and food form the core of this destination’s wonderfully friendly and relaxed lifestyle. Fijian culture is a fascinating blend of the indigenous Lapita people, the Melanesians and Polynesians. With tourism as one of their largest industries (along with sugar cane), you’re guaranteed an amazing time. No matter where you go on your Fiji holiday, just remember that saying “Bula!” (hello) with a smile is key!
You may hear the ocean calling, and diving or snorkelling in Fiji is an invitation that is hard to ignore. The warm, clear water makes for high visibility and seeing the myriads of coloured butterfly fish, angelfish, puffers and clown fish, as well as different species of corals including atolls and barrier reefs, is a daily thrill. If you want to stay above the water line then why not hire a kayak, sail boat or water ski to appreciate the sparkling oceans? With temperatures averaging between 20-24 degrees Celsius year round (and even higher in summer!), water activities often define Fiji enjoyment.
One way to make Fiji holidays that little bit more tranquil is to take advantage of a spa treatment. Most island resorts offer treatments such as massage, body wraps, facials and milk baths using traditional Bobo, Duavata and Aromatherpy methods. Using indigenous ingredients like sugar cane, garden herbs and hibiscus plants, your Fijian spa will be guaranteed to pamper and relax you!
Visit a Village
A visit to a traditional village will certainly enrich your Fiji holiday and will give you the chance to see what Fiji living is really like in terms of housing, schools, food, recreation and social activities. The customs that create such a welcoming and pleasant lifestyle in the village ought to be respected when visiting, so wear modest clothing and bring a gift. If you’re wearing a hat, remember to take it off (so as not to insult the chief) and leave your shoes outside when entering a home.
Do you love souvenirs? Rather than buying something from a shop, why not make your own? Try your hand at pottery and replicate something traditionally Fijian or design and make your own skirt using weaving techniques. Food is also essential to any culture, and during your Fiji holiday, you should definitely give your taste buds an experience with the multicultural mix of spicy Indian curries and local produce of sweet potato, coconut and cassava. To wash down a delicious meal, try asking for a traditional kava drink … it might look strange, but it’ll taste great!
Keen to see more than one island? A cruise is an ideal way to hop around the Fijian islands. A well-trodden cruise circuit will take you from the north-westerly Yasawa Islands where you can hop along to Kuata, Waya or Naviti before cruising along to the Mamanuca Island group and Viti Levu, your gateway to the stunning Coral Coast. Along this coastal paradise, there are resorts with pools and floating bars to soak up the atmosphere, sand dunes at Sigatoka to explore, and beaches of varying degrees of wonder along the Queen’s Highway to Suva.
For a romantic getaway, Fiji accommodation sets the scene for a tropical honeymoon or couple’s retreat. The Yasawa Island Resort, for example, offers rooms overlooking private beaches, while the Vatulele Island Resort is surrounded by magnificent lagoons.
For the family, Fiji accommodation is more than hospitable. Family friendly resorts can be found at the Sheraton Denarau Island Resort, the Castaway Island Resort on the Mamanuca Islands, and the Naviti Resort on the Coral Coast. All these places (and more) include “kids clubs” to keep the young ones busy and the adults relaxed!
Can you hear the Fiji waters calling to you? Travellers Choice can help you organise your Fiji holiday, whether it’s to see one island or all of them!