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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
I am a travel writer and photographer with a passion for the great outdoors and food! I love travelling and discovering hidden gems... experience the journey on Instragram! @gypsy_compass
Published July 18th 2018
Paradise is awaiting to be explored & enjoyed
Fiji is the ultimate paradise experience with serene beaches, turquoise waters and swaying palm trees. This archipelago of more than 300 islands offers never-ending attractions and adventures for all ages, interests and budgets.

From the capital city of Suva to secluded gems, there is something for everyone!

There are attractions to suit all interests in Fiji!


Tips:

- English is widely spoken. Almost everyone in Fiji speaks English (It is the official language, but Fijian language is preserved and widely spoken in many different dialects).

- Currency: Fijian Dollar is a basic unit of currency, available in denominations of $2, $5, $10, $50 and coins 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c & $1. Australian Dollar is accepted in most tourist spots. Australian Dollars can be exchanged for Fijian Dollars at most hotels and banks. Major credit cards are generally accepted too.

Watch your step! You never know what you will find on the beach.


- No need for visas for stays not exceeding 30 days by nationals of Commonwealth countries, EU countries, USA & Japan.

Good news is Fiji is free from malaria, yellow fever and major tropical diseases that are endemic to most tropical countries!

- You will hear and say Bula a lot! Bula is the national greeting (pronounced Boo-lah).

You will find fruit & vegetable stalls or vendors selling their homegrown goods on the side of the roads & streets.


- Sunday is church day for everyone! Sundays are a day of rest and subsequently, it is also the quietest time of the week. Locals tend to dress up to go to church and services can go on for hours. Most shops are closed on Sundays.

- Getting around the islands is easy with Fiji Airways sister airline, Pacific Sun or jump aboard a boat transfer to the islands and from the main island of Viti Levu.

Fiji makes the perfect romantic, family-friendly or honeymoon holiday.


Getting around on the islands can be done by taxis, local buses, coaches, and self-driving (left-hand side of the road).

- Tipping is not encouraged, however, you may tip at your discretion.

- Water from the tap is safe to drink-fresh water reticulated in Nadi, Suva, Lautoka and other major towns have been treated.

Fiji is surrounded with breathtaking lush green forests.


The list below includes attractions in popular spots across Fiji:

1. The Garden of the Sleeping Giant
When: Monday- Saturday: 9am-5pm & Sunday: 9am-12pm
Where: Wailoko Rd, Nadi
Cost: Adults: FJD $18pp, Children (6-15yrs): FJD $9pp & Families: FJD $45.00
Details: The Garden of the Sleeping Giant sits at the foothills of the spectacular Nausori Highlands and is a short 10-minute drive from north of Nadi. This natural attraction features beautifully landscaped gardens that feature native Fiji plants as well as housing an impressive collection of orchids (including native orchids). There is also a jungle walk to experience which passes a large lily pond through native forest. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Garden of the Sleeping Giant Facebook


2. Fiji Museum- Suva
When: Monday-Thursday & Saturday: 9:30am-4:30pm, Friday: 9:30am-3:30pm, Sunday: Closed
Where: Cakobau Rd, Suva
Cost: See website.
Details: This museum is set in the heart of Suva's beautiful Thurston Gardens and features a collection of anthropological and historical displays, including a remarkable collection of archaeological material dating back over 3,000 years! There are also cultural objects representing indigenous, Indo-Fijian and other communities that have settled in the island over the past 200 years. Attractions at the museum also include the History Gallery, Temporary Exhibitions, Masi Gallery, Indo-Fijian Gallery, Art Gallery, Fijian Museum Gift Shop, Verandah & Mosamosa Café, Pottery-making Demonstrations and Reference Library. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Fiji Museum Facebook


3. Thurston Gardens (Formally known as Suva Botanical Gardens) & Ratu Sukuna Park (Memorial Park)
When: All year round- open 24hrs
Where: Thurston Gardens- Cakobau Rd, Suva & Ratu Sukana Park- near Scott St, Suva City Centre, Suva
Cost: Free
Details: Thurston Gardens: This popular attraction is located in the heart of Suva City and showcases a beautiful array of horticultural species, several greenhouses, and walking tracks. The gardens were founded in 1881 by Sir John Bates Thurston, an amateur botanist and today these gardens also include native flora, tropical trees, palms, ferns, Thurston Express- a locomotive once used to transport sugar cane, clock tower, bandstand, manicured lawns and much more. Click here for the website.

Ratu Sukana Park (Memorial Park) is named after the founding father of Fiji, Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna. It is a picturesque Park located in the heart of Suva City Centre and features a waterfront of Suva with harbour views as well as well as being a gateway to the Sea Wall Walk and many other attractions nearby. Click here for the website.

Enjoying the tranquility in Ratu Sukana Park.


4. The Church of Saint Francis Xavier
When: All year round
Where: See website.
Cost: Free
Details: Sitting high on the hill overlooking the dust Kings Road on the north-western side of Fiji's main island of Vita Levu, The Church of Saint Francis Xavier can be found. The Church on the outside traditionally looks European, but on the inside, the use of mats instead of pews for parishioners gives it a Fijian village flavour. What makes this Church a must visit is its unusual murals, a series of frescos originally commissioned by one time chaplain to Austria's famous Von Trapp family, the wall behind the main altar has been formed into three panels of equal size and the central panel portrays a dark-skinned crucified Christ clothed in a loin cloth of local bark, masi. The Church also features on the Fijian side kava bowl and tabua (sacred whale's tooth) as well as other pictures of the patron saint of South Pacific and Indian altar boy and patron saint of India. Click here for the website.

5. Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple
When: All year round
Where: Queens Rd, Nadi
Cost: Free
Details: This Hindu Temple is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and is a 'must see' stop attraction. Experience the cultural and architectural diversity for which Fiji is well known. The three-part Sri Siva Subramaniya temple is dedicated to the deity Murugan whose statue (carved in India) is housed in the main temple. The second part of the complex is Ganesh temple and the third section is the Meenakshi and Shiva Temple.
It is traditional Dravidian architecture and is rarely seen outside India and was- according to traditions- laid down thousands of years ago. Click here for the website.

The Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere!


6. Firewalking Ceremony
When: All year round
Where: Various locations across Fiji
Cost: Various pricing- check with tour booking at hotels or tourist information centre.
Details: Firewalking is often used as a rite of passage, as a test of an individual's strength and courage, or in religion a test of one's faith. The traditional firewalking ceremony is one attraction you do not want to leave Fiji without witnessing. This ceremony is where men of the village walk barefoot across a bed of hot stones, seemingly without burning their feet.

Watching the warriors walk on fire.


7.Village Visits
When: All year round
Where: Across Fiji
Cost: Free & ticketed tours- check with information centre in town or at hotel/resort of stay
Details: There are many tours that will take you to explore and experience the beauties and rich traditional cultures of different villages across Fiji. With some attractions including traditional performances, basket weaving, water activities, fire walking, fire dancing, ceremonies, traditional wild pig hunting, kava ceremonies, demonstrations, food tastings, traditional food demonstrations and much more.

Being awe with the traditional fire dancing ceremony.


8. Sea Wall (Suva)
When: All year round – open 24hrs
Where: Near Elizabeth Drive, Suva
Cost: Free
Details: The Sea Wall is a popular spot for early morning or late afternoon joggers, it is also a wonderful spot to enjoy a leisurely stroll. A winding pathway parallel to Elizabeth Drive has been erected offering a peaceful and pleasant relaxing place. Garden benches and a mini-playground can be found at the farthest end of the walkway. Click here for the website.

Exploring the Sea Wall in Suva.


9. Suva Flea Market
When: Monday- Saturday: 8am-6pm & Sunday: Closed
Where: Rodwell Road, Suva
Cost: Free
Details: Situated beside the Suva Bus Station, these markets feature vegetable stands, kava, spices, local fruits grown and harvested in the interior, seafood, root crops and more. It is a fascinating place to wander around and see the locals in action with a buzzing atmosphere. Bargaining is not an accepted practice at this market. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Suva Flea Market Facebook


10. Island Hopping
When: All year round
Cost: Prices vary.
Details: There are small islands surrounding the city of Suva and Pacific Harbour and they make a wonderful day trip. With islands featuring awe-inspiring white-sand beaches to village homestays accommodating tourists and locals alike. There is something for all interests to enjoy on the islands, from traditional kava ceremonies to watching traditional 'Meke' (Fijian Dance) to enjoying outdoor nature activities.
Islands include:
- Ovalau (Levuka)
- Bega Island
- Kadavu
- Nukulou Island
- Dravuni Island
- Port Denarau
Click here for the website.

Having fun island hopping.


11. Mount Korobaba
When: All year round
Where: Wailekutu, Lami, Suva
Cost: Free or ticketed by tour groups.
Details: Mt Korobaba is located around 10-minutes outside of Suva and offers breathtaking views across Suva Harbour. It is easy to reach and some describe it as a smaller brother of the famous Pao de Suca (Sugarloaf) peak in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It features walks and hikes for most fitness levels as well as plenty of scenic stops. To reach the peak it is a hike (not suitable for all fitness levels) and views of Suva Harbour can be seen from 400 metres above sea level. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Mount Korobaba Facebook


12. Kila World
When: All year round- see website for times.
Where: Old Namosi Rd, Queens Hwy, Suva
Cost: See website for all activity pricing.
Details: This attraction is an eco-adventure park and is wild and fun for all ages! It features the longest Zipline and the only Giant Swing as well as over 28 amazing activities. Get your adrenaline-rush at this attraction! There are also eco-walks to enjoy here too. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Kila World Facebook


13. Colo-i-Suva Forest Park
When: All year round
Where: Princes Road Colo-i-Suva, Suva
Cost: Free
Details: Just a 10-minute drive from the city, this National Park boasts a natural wonderland with a crystal clear river set in picturesque and tranquil surroundings amidst a spectacular rainforest. Activities include picnics, birdwatching, bushwalks, treks, swimming, and lookouts. The National Park is home to two natural swimming hole pools and pristine and clean waterfalls. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Colo-i-Suva Forest Park Facebook


14. Snorkelling & Diving
When: All year round
Where: Everywhere! See website for best snorkelling & diving sites
Cost: Free or ticketed with tours
Details: Fiji is known as the "Soft Coral Capital of the World" and it is home to the Great Astrolabe Reef as well as home to more than 1000 species of fish and several hundred types of coral and sponges. With over 4000-square miles of coral reef, making Fiji a snorkelling and diving haven! Click here for the website.

Be awe-inspired with the spectacular and majestic underwater world with snorkelling & diving experiences.


15. Culture & Heritage Attractions & Experiences
When: All year round
Where: Various locations across Fiji Islands
Cost: See website.
Details: There are plenty of cultural and heritage attractions across Fiji and with the inhabitants of modern Fiji being of indigenous Fijian background, as well as of Indian, Chinese and European ancestry. There is no doubt a unique blend of cultures is part of Fiji. Click here for the website.

Getting ready for a Kava Ceremony.


16. Adventure Attractions
When: All year round
Where: Various locations across Fiji
Cost: See website
Details: If adventure activities are more your thing, you will certainly be spoilt for choice in Fiji with numerous experiences for all ages and interests to enjoy from horse riding, jet boating, adventure parks, cycling, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, boating, jet skiing, off-road driving (buggy & quad bikes), paragliding, parasailing, rafting, scenic flights, skydiving, ziplining and much more. Click here for the website.

Experiencing an off-road forest drive.


17. Beaches!
When: All year round
Where: Everywhere!
Cost: Free
Details: With over 300 islands, Fiji is surrounded with beaches as well as being home to some of the most idyllic and breathtaking beaches in the world. From secret virgin beaches that no one knows about to spectacular postcard beaches. The beaches in Fiji contain soft, lush white sands and crystal clear waters, making Fiji beaches some of the best in the world. Click here for the website of best beaches in Fiji.

It is hard to pick just one favourite beach in Fiji!


18. Shopping
When: All year round- see website for market & retail shop times.
Where: Various locations across Fiji
Cost: Free- unless you make purchases
Details: From handicraft markets to boutiques, there are many shopping attractions across Fiji offering bargains with a range of shops, boutiques, supermarkets and duty-free outlets. You will also find larger retail chains that stock a variety of branded fashion, electrical goods, perfumes, toys, gifts and more.

There are also an array of markets to explore from local farmers markets to handicraft markets showcasing locally made curios and traditional gifts from islands including handmade tapa clothes, woven goods such as pots, baskets, purses and fans, carvings and pottery and more.
Click here for the website.
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