Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about Fiji before this as I’ve actually been there. Of course it was a long, long time ago as part of my first round-the-world adventure. Unfortunately, money was limited so my adventuring was as well. So let’s see what’s to do if I went again with a little more cash.
First, some background. Fiji is located in the South Pacific approximately 2,000 kilometers northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. It’s an archipelago with more than 330 islands of which 110 are permanently inhabited. Despite the amount of inhabitable land 87% of the population live on the two main islands: Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. This means that the other islands are sparsely populated and so if you’re keen to get away from it all, they may be more what you’re looking for. Fiji has one of the most developed economies among South Pacific islands as it has not only tourism but sugar production and forest, mineral and fish resources. One other interesting point (at least to me) is that Fijian place names are not pronounced like they sound so consult a good travel guide before you tell a taxi driver where you want to go or you might end up somewhere else entirely.
So let’s see what’s to do aside from soak up the sun and read (because we already covered that in Bora Bora). First, I just want to say that the official Fijian tourism website (http://www.fiji.travel) is one of the best I’ve come across so definitely check it out. The two little girls on the home page make me want to pack my bag and head straight out. I read also on the Lonely Planet site that it’s the people of Fiji who make the islands specials. So take time to talk to the locals, it may be the best part of your trip.
Also not to be missed are the water sports. The reefs around Fiji’s islands have more than 1500 species of fish and sea creatures making them a spectacular display of underwater gorgeousness. If you prefer above-water adventure, then the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park in Suva (pronounced tholo-ee-soo-va) sounds like a great place to visit. If you want to get off the tourist track, then perhaps a visit to an authentic Fijian village may be of interest. It is customary to take a gift and request permission before using any of the swim holes or waterfalls. Navilawa village is set in an old volcanic crater surrounded by lush tropical forests and mountains. Check first before you set off as the region is prone to landslides and the route may be blocked.
Whatever you decide to do, you’re guaranteed a memorable holiday. Until then, see you back here next month.