Fiji for the Independent Traveller

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Fiji Lagoon

Fiji, an exotic locale in the South Pacific Ocean, is an archipelago of more than 300 islands, every one of them surrounded by sapphire blue waters covering fascinating coral reefs - some of the best to explore in the world. The natural beauty of the Fiji Islands is enough to draw thousands of tourists each year. But the key to this magical island chain's allure is its vibrant people and their colourful history.

Most of Fiji's population resides on Viti Levu, the largest island in the chain. Here you can explore tropical scenic mountains, rivers and waterfalls. Floating down a river on a bamboo raft to visit a traditional Fijian village creates an unforgettable experience. A short flight or ferry ride to Vanua Levu takes you to rugged beach landscapes surrounded by an intricate system of coral reefs. Avid hikers will want to discover the natural treasures of some of the smaller volcanic islands.

Meke, Fiji's indigenous dance, is an integral part of the island's rich oral history and each region has its own artistic dialect. If you're lucky, the natives will teach you the etiquette surrounding Yaqona, Fiji's peppery national drink, while you enjoy their storytelling. Fijian food is a flavourful fusion of Asian and Western cuisine that makes use of exotic fruits and vegetables, as well as meats and mouth-watering spices to create delectable dishes. The landscape, music, food and activities of Fiji make it truly a feast for the senses.

Fijian flag Capital: Suva (Viti Levu)
Language: English (official), Fijian, Hindustani
Time: GMT +12 hrs
Currency: Fijian Dollar (FJD)