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Fiji"Bula!" or "Welcome!" is the greeting you will most commonly hear throughout Fiji. It comes as an unreserved invitation to enjoy the hospitality of the Fijian people. Whether staying on one of the country's numerous resort islands or exploring Fiji's towns and cities, the visitor will encounter this legendary hospitality at every turn.
The IslandsFiji's 332 islands are scattered over a vast area of the Pacific Ocean, some are 1,290,000 sq km in extent. Viti Levu, which is the main island of Fuji, is about 10,400 sq km in area, with high rainfall in the east and much lower rainfall in the west. The country’s first and third biggest cities respectively – Suva and Nadi – are located at opposite ends of Viti Levu, like sentinels guarding against enemy invasion – only these days, the invaders are friendly, coming as tourists rather than cannibal-warriors. Because of the consistently bad weather conditions, Fiji's main international airport was moved to Nadi in 1982. As a result, most of Fiji’s tourist development and facilities are concentrated around Nadi and the southern “Coral Coast” of Viti Levu. Nadi also makes a great base for exploring the Mamanuca and Yasawa island groups, the southern island of Kadavu, and the “garden island” of Taveuni, with easy access also to the laid-back port of Savusavu on Vanua Levu Island.
Denarau IslandLess than 10 kilometres from Nadi, Denarau is an upscale resort island accessed via a causeway from the main island of Viti Levu. Built on former mangrove swamps, Denarau is a man-made sanctuary comprising eight integrated hotel resorts, including six world-class resorts.
Coral CoastNestled between Nadi and Suva, Fiji’s Coral Coast is an 80 km expanse of beaches and bays dotted along the Ocean Road. Fringing the South Pacific Ocean, the coastal views are very picturesque. The long stretches of exposed reef and wide banks of coral are breath-taking in their own right. With various resorts all offering perfect swimming pools, a variety of decent dining establishments and plenty of activities keep visitors of every age entertained, it's a fantastic base for exploring Fiji's treasures.
Do & See
Welcome to paradise! This is the perfect place to go for thrilling activities such as zip-lining, snorkeling or diving or why not enjoying the tribe culture on this amazing island. Trying cursing is also a great way to explore Fiji. Whatever you decide to do, you will go back home well rested with a lovely tan.
With nearly 50 per cent of the population being of Indian origin, curries feature strongly on the menus of many local restaurants. Native Fijian dishes include fish, pork, chicken and/or vegetables all wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in an underground lovo oven. Drinking kava or yaqona (pronounced: “yanggona”) is the common Fijian way of relaxing after work, much as Westerners go to the pub.
Fiji is not exactly renowned for its coffee culture. But now, some excellent new cafés are springing up. The trend was started by The Republic of Cappucino, Fiji’s first coffee house brand, which has four cafés (with more planned) across Fiji.
Bars & Nightlife
There are some great bars throughout Fiji – from boisterous pubs to sophisticated resort bars. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are the most popular nights. From fast-n-loud Fijian rock through Bollywood rhythms to late-night resort venues, Fiji resounds with zounds of sounds.
Fiji is really a shoppers' delight, a place where you can get anything from brand name items to the most personal and exceptional native handcrafts. There are various villages and marketplaces to stroll around. Perhaps the best place to start the shopping adventure is in the main cities. Nadi for example is one of the most favorite shopping cities in Fiji since there are plenty of fantastic bargains and the items are duty free too. Suva and Lautoka are also great shopping towns. If you like to shop cloths, check out the incredible fabrics and the lovely silks. Why not buy something that will remind you of your time in Fiji? A Sulu, for example, is a traditional Fijian sarong or dress.