Fiji Vacations

Fiji is a series of over 300 islands with only 100 that are inhabited and are located in the South Pacific Ocean. The islands are mainly of a volcanic origin. Suva is the capital and it is located on the island of Viti Levu. The island nation of Fiji is located north of New Zealand and east of Australia. The Fiji island archipelago is scattered over a 1.3 million square kilometer area and have an extensive coral system. Surrounding the Fiji Islands are four major reefs and one major reef system. Fiji was a British colony until 1970 and because of that English is the official language spoken on the islands.

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Fiji Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in Fiji

Fiji Geography

Fiji is a collection of islands and islets, sitting in the South West Pacific between Vanuatu and Tonga. There are 332 islands, of which 106 are permanently inhabited, and 522 islets. The two main islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, and the capital city is Suva, which sits in Viti Levu. Fiji’s islands are covered in mountains, tropical forests and beaches fit for postcards. Warm all year around, Fiji is a popular holiday and honeymoon destination, with almost 80,000 visitors arriving annually.

Most of the islands in Fiji were formed by volcanic activity that began some 150 million years ago. The first settlers were Austronesians, followed by Melanesians and Polynesians. The first Fijians to cross paths with Europeans met James Cook in Tonga. He described them as formidable warriors and ferocious cannibals, who built the finest vessels in the Pacific but weren’t the best sailors.

Fiji History and Culture

The Tongans highly admired the Fijians and the products they brought over, such as bark-cloth and clubs. The name Fiji actually comes from the Tongans. Fiji was originally called Viti, but the Tongans called it Fiji. This mispronunciation made its way to Cook and from him to the rest of Europe. Now, Fiji is its official name.

The history of Fiji is not entirely unique. The British colonized Fiji in 1874 and it remained a Crown colony until 1970, when they gained independence. Their main resources are forest, mineral and fish, and their main sources of foreign exchange are tourism and sugar export. It has three official languages: Fijian, Hindi and English. English is used in government and education, while Fijian and Hindi are spoken at home or heard on television.

Fiji has quite a distinct culture, with many travellers commenting on how friendly the locals are. Food is one thing that brings people together, and a traditional Fijian meal includes foods high in starch, such as taro, yams, sweet potatoes or manioc. Breadfruit, bananas and nuts are also popular foods, as is meat and seafood. Coconut milk and water are often used to boil vegetables or to drink.

Fiji Landmarks

Many tourists are drawn to Fiji for its coral reefs and beautiful beaches. It has earned its nickname ‘Pearl of the Pacific’ thanks to its clear waters, dynamic ocean life and lush jungles. Some of the most popular regions include Nadi, the Coral Coast, Denarau Island, and Mamanuca Islands. There is a range of Fiji vacation rentals found in all of these places, from budget rooms to luxury suites.

The Sigatoka River is the longest river on Viti Levu, running 10 miles from the hills of Navosa Province and straight into the sand dunes in Kulukulu on the Coral Coast. The pristine fresh water reveals a buzzing marine life, with eels, prawns, mussels and schools of fish.

The Kula Eco Park is another popular tourist destination. It is home to many of Fiji’s endangered or threatened species. Its residents include kula lorikeets, iguanas and several tropical bird species such as the golden dove. Visitors can watch and learn about the efforts to keep these animals from going extinct. The park is pure paradise, with streams and native plants, but it is also good for kids. A splash pool and zip line are in place to keep everyone entertained.

The Fiji Museum could be a place to take a break from the outdoors. Here you can view and learn about Fiji’s history, with some showcased items dating back to 3700 years ago. A variety of prized pieces are stored at the museum, including war clubs, cannibal forks and shell jewelry. The museum is in Suva’s Thurston Gardens, and represents Fiji’s indigenous inhabitants as well as the number of other communities that have settled over the years.


Another beautiful landmark is the Bouma National Heritage Park. This park is on the 'Garden Island' of Tavenui and has it all: mountains, volcanoes, cliffs and waterfalls, all contained within a lush rainforest. The park covers 80% of Tavenui and there are several hiking trails to explore it by. Kayaking is also available. It's ideal for a family day out, a romantic getaway, or for anyone who simply wants to watch some birds and get away from the city.

Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple may be a mouthful, but it's another indoors activity you can put on your itinerary when you plan your Fiji vacation. This temple is actually a Hindi temple, and is one of the few places outside of India where you can see this kind of architecture. Known as the traditional Dravidian architecture, the temple is brightly coloured, with wooden carvings of deities and grand ceiling frescoes. This temple can be found in Nadi.

Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple may be a mouthful, but it's another indoors activity you can put on your itinerary when you plan your Fiji vacation. This temple is actually a Hindi temple, and is one of the few places outside of India where you can see this kind of architecture. Known as the traditional Dravidian architecture, the temple is brightly coloured, with wooden carvings of deities and grand ceiling frescoes. This temple can be found in Nadi.