The lure of Fiji is obvious, beautiful beachside resorts, stunning sunsets, cocktails by the pools and sun bake till you fall asleep. All things magnificent and all recommended. But in Fiji if you let the small things pass you by, then you could miss out on the big things that can give a different meaning on life and the way you look at Fiji.
So it has inspired me to come up with a list of the things you need to do in Fiji, besides the obvious, because if you blink, you will miss it.
Visit a local Villiage
It’s easy to keep to the tourist locations such Port Denarau, the main Marina area in Fiji, with great hotels, watersports, restaurats and a whole host of activities that will make your time in Fiji all the worthwhile. But it is important to branch out a little a see the real Fiji.
While on Fiji, I took a 4WD tour up into the hills about an hour drive to a local village, where we were greeted by local villagers, who entertained us with a kava ceremony (more on that later), songs and village people cooked lunch, no meat was provided because quite simply the locals can not afford it. But it did not take away from the gloss of the village.
The best part was getting out and exploring the village and their way of life, it is a real eye opener, they lived without technology and the comfort of bedding or modern kitchens and like all the villages in Fiji they had a church and a village leader. But even without the comfort of modern technology the locals were more than friendly with warm smiles.
Shop in Nadi
Only a short bus ride from Port Denarau, Nadi is on the west side of the main island of Fiji. A shopping district that is a lot cheaper than the tourist areas. A lot cheaper. Plenty of shops are stationed on the main streets from clothing to local souvenirs. Be sure to check out the huge fruit and market and seafood are just off the main street, you won’t miss it. Fruit has never come so cheap.
Visit a local Primary school
A visit to a local school will delight your heart as you see the happy kids strut around in their classrooms without the technology we are use to in the modern world. On a good day you might even get out a song, the Fijians love to sing. Also bring a bag of lollies with you, but be warned you will be swamped by kids who have a keen eye for the candy.
Mud Bath ad Hot Springs
Organise a taxi, who are willing to drive you anywhere and head to the mud baths and hot springs. Dump yourself into the mud, apparently it is meant to be good for your skin but I don’t really know. All I know is that the best part is washing the mud off in the hot springs.
The famous Fijian drink the locals love. On the Island you will have more than a chance to have a try of the drink made from Kava drink. It has a strange taste and it won’t be to everyone’s liking, but how often are you going to be in Fiji so give everything a go at least once. It won’t kill you.
Take a cruise to a smaller Island
332 Islands make up Fiji, so this is a no brainer when it comes to Fiji. Get on a cruise charter, the popular ones being Captain Cook and head off to an island for a day or a few days as some resorts are located on the smaller islands.
Day trips are great, with most coming with a Fijian style buffet. snorkel, Kayak and take a stroll on the white sands of Fiji and be in pure bliss in paradise. Happy Travelling.