Fun In Fiji – 4 Things You Absolutely Must Do
Published: 15 April 2015
The 332 islands of Fiji in the South Pacific are a tropical paradise and make the country one of the most fun holiday destinations in the world. The best time to visit Fiji is usually between May and October, with the peak season generally falling between June and September. Now is the perfect time to plan your Fiji holidays for 2015!
We have listed four great things to do in Fiji, to ensure you have an unforgettable holiday:
Experience diving & snorkelling:
Fiji is the ‘Soft Coral Capital of the World’ and when the currents bring in cool and clear waters, the corals really come to life showcasing an amazing display of colours, textures and fantastic shapes. The number of shallow lagoons around the islands of Fiji make it perfect for snorkelling, but it also means dive sites are generally accessible by boat some way away from the shore. From blue ribbon eels to ghost pipefish, seahorses, sharks and more, the underwater world around Fiji is teeming with some of the most exciting marine life sightings. When you plan your Fiji travel, choose to visit dive sites around Taveuni, Koro Sea, Kadavu, Bega Lagoon and Viti Levu which are some of the best in the country.
Attend the South Indian Firewalking festival:
This annual festival held around July/August at the Mariamma Temple in Suva provides a mesmerising cultural experience. Firewalking over a bed of hot ash and coals is seen as a sign of devotion and self-sacrifice. Devotees bathe in the sea and then have their tongues, cheeks and bodies pierced with three-pronged skewers and smear turmeric over their faces. Marking the end of a 10-day period of abstinence, celibacy and worship of the goddess Maha Devi, it is believed that during this festival, a true devotee feels absolutely no pain while walking on burning embers if they are truly focussed on the divine Mother and have been cleansed of all physical and spiritual impurities. If however, your Fiji holiday packages are not scheduled during the festival, you can always catch a firewalking ceremony on Bega Island which is home to the Sawau tribe, who originated this traditional art.
Also known as yagona and sometimes as grog by locals, kava is one of the most popular drinks in Fiji. Made from the root of the pepper plant, kava has an earthy taste that takes some getting used to, but sampling a glass of it is a must. Don’t be surprised to feel some numbness in your tongue and lips, it’s a minor side-effect of the drink and passes within 5-10 minutes. While kava is only mildly intoxicating, make sure not to consume it with alcohol!
Go sightseeing in Suva and Nadi:
Suva is the capital of Fiji, while Nadi is known as the islands’ cultural capital, and both are located on Viti Levu, the largest island in the country. Make sure to visit the captivating Fiji Museum and the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, a botanic garden filled with magnificent orchids and serene lily ponds in Suva. In Nadi, spend some time shopping for handicrafts like wooden kava bowls and hand-painted saris or even cannibal forks before you visit the Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple, a marvellously painted Hindu Temple that is one of Fiji’s top cultural attractions.