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Capital: Suva

language: Fijian

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A little bit of Fiji...

The heart of the South Pacific, Fiji is blessed with 333 tropical islands that are home to happiness.

Famous for its soft coral diving, white sand beaches and pristine natural environment Fiji is a leader in eco-tourism. For business travel there is no better place halfway between North America and Asia.


The Fijians are pretty easy-going, but if you are invited into a village, wear modest clothing and take off your hat (wearing one is an insult to the chief) when in the village. Leave your shoes outside the door when entering a home and keep in mind that it's also insulting to touch someone's head - which can be tempting when you are surrounded by wide-eyed, smiling children.

Be prepared to shake hands and answer personal questions like, where are you from, are you married, how many children do you have… and so on.

Fijians are the friendliest people in the world. Your respect for their customs and traditions will not only make you a welcome guest in their villages and homes, but add another dimension to your Fijian holiday.

Holidays & Festivals

  • The LOVO
This is a magnificent feast, cooked in the earth. It's like a barbeque, only a little more smoked, and a very efficient way to cook large quantities of food at the same time.
  • The MEKE
Music is woven into the fabric of Fiji and the Meke embraces traditional song and dance to tell of legends, love stories, history and spirits of the islands. It can vary from a blood-curdling spear dance to a gentle and graceful fan dance.
  • Fiji International Jazz and Blues Festival
Port Denarau is host to the Fiji International Jazz and Blues Festival. It spans three days in May and welcomes many local and international jazz and blues musicians to perform. Australian, American, European, and New Zealand musicians make up most of the performers. The festival is a great time visit Port Denarau as the sights and sounds of the event are unmatched during the rest of the year.
  • Bula Festival
Held across several days in mid-July, the Bula Fiji Festival is a fantastic celebration of the island nation’s heritage. Singing and dancing take center stage in the city of Nadi, and a parade is usually the spotlight of the event. At the end of the celebrations, a young woman is crowned Miss Bula for the year.
  • Hibiscus Festival
The event is held in several areas around Fiji in the month of August and has recently spread to other Pacific Islands nations. The Miss Hibiscus title is a coveted part of the event, drawing thousands of entrants from across the Fiji islands. In addition, local arts, crafts, sports, music, food, dance, and songs are exhibited throughout the festival


The island nation of Fiji is comprised of more than 332 islands, of which 110 are inhabited, and an additional 500 islets.

The two largest islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, and between the two of them make up 87% of Fiji's total landmass.

These mountainous islands were formed around 150 million years ago through volcanic activity, and are subsequently covered in thick tropical forests. Most of Fiji's mountains are dormant or extinct volcanoes.

Mount Tomanivi, located on the main island of Viti Levu, is the highest point at 4,341 feet, and the lowest point is the Pacific Ocean.

Perhaps what Fiji is most famous for, however, are its crystal clear waters, coral reefs and white sand beaches that draw in thousands annually.


With the riches of the sea and fertile land, Fiji is blessed with good quality, natural and fresh foods.

  • Kokoda

A very popular dish that has many variations in the Pacific is kokoda. It is the island’s equivalent of South America's ceviche, made up of raw mahi-mahi fish and a dressing called miti which is made from a thick coconut cream with onions, lemon/lime juice, salt and chilies.

  • Duruka

Often called the ‘Fijian Asparagus’, the unique Fijian vegetable of duruka is actually the unopened flower of a cane shoot (closely related to sugar cane).

  • Taro

Taro has been a staple of the Fijian diet for centuries, and its cultural importance is celebrated on Taro Day — a dedicated holiday on the first full moon in May.

  • Nama

Nama is a type of seaweed or colloquially known in Fiji as ‘sea grapes’. Nama can be found in many locations around Fiji, especially the Yasawa Islands where they are harvested in the shallow waters near the reef.


  1. Suva
  2. Lautoka
  3. Nadi
  4. LaBassa
  5. Ba

Things to do in Fiji

Day 1: Decompress on Viti Levu

Day 2: Sample the Culture in Nadi

Day 3: Fly Over the Mamanucas

Day 4: See Fire-Walking on Beqa

Day 5: Drink Kava on Vanua Levu

Day 6: Discover Pearls in Savusavu

Day 7: Hike the Falls of Taveuni

Day 8: Overwater It on Malolo

Day 9: Hunt Lairo Crab on Qamea

Day 10: Get Lost on Matangi Island


Fiji is perhaps the most cosmopolitan of all South Pacific nations. Its population, just over 785,000, is an amalgam of Indians (46.2%),Fijians(49.9%), ‘part-Europeans’ or half-castes (1.7%), Europeans (0.7%), Rotumans (1.2%), Chinese (0.7%) and other Pacific Islanders (1%). (Note that the term ‘Europeans’ refers to White residents of Fiji, unless specified.) The late Fijian statesman Ratu Sukuna spoke of Fiji as a ‘three-legged stool’ requiring the support of Fijians, Indians, Europeans and other races to keep it upright.