Fiji Islands

fiji islandsUnspoiled islands that bring enchantment and romance, these are the reasons why people go to Fiji on their honeymoon. Newlyweds and couple often think that they can’t get any better than this, and most of the time they are right.

The word Fiji came from an old Tongan word which means islands. The word is a derivation of the Fijian name Viti. The Republic of the Fiji Islands is an island nation situated in the South Pacific Ocean.

It is east of Vanuatu and west of Tonga and south of Tuvalu. It is about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand. The island nation is composed of roughly 522 islets and 322 islands where 106 of which are permanently inhabited. You can find majority of the population in the two major islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.

Other inhabited and notable islands from biggest to smallest are Taveuni which is near Vanua Levu and serves as the exclusive habitat of the Tagimocia Flower, Kadavu located south of Viti Levu, Yasawa Islands which are in the north-western part of the republic, Nananu-i-Ra Island situated in the northern coast of Viti Levu, Mamanuca Islands which can be found west of Viti Levu, the central group of Lomaiviti Islands between Viti Levu and Lau Group, and the Lau Island group which is practically in eastern Fiji.

For the honeymooners and vacationers, Fiji has a lot to offer in terms of adventure and enjoyment. Couples and guests can choose to relax or have an adventure. Among the outdoor activities the can engage in include snorkel and scuba diving tropical reefs, kayaking along the coast line, or hiking through rain forest trails.

If it is your first time in Fiji, it would be read about the place so you can be prepared and will know what to expect from this island nation.

Climate in Fiji can be classified as tropical marine. Although, the weather is sunny most of the year, the island nation can be hit by tropical cyclonic storms November to January. Be aware, however, that Fiji is mostly mountains due to its volcanic origin. So going into the interior parts of the island may need some preparations especially if you’re not accustomed to backpacking and the wilderness.

Public transportation do ply up and down the mountains several times of the day, but in some areas public transportation comes in only several times in a week. If buses are too full or too scarce for your liking, you can always take "share taxis" and private taxis which are popular means of transportation especially in the main islands.

Foreigners and tourists may find it easy to communicate since English is an official language and is spoken by most people living in Nadi, Suva and any other major tourist area.

If you’re in Fiji, be sure to enjoy the wholesome food from cafes and small restaurants found in almost every town. The food is cheap, and depending on the place you eat can be very high in quality. I would suggest that you order from the menu rather than settling with the food displayed on glass cases. Probably the safest bet would be fish and chips.

Local fresh tropical fruits abound in town markets and are a must try for every tourist. Other local delicaceis include paulsami which are baked taro leaves marinated in lemon juice and coconut milk added with some meat or fish filling and small amounts of onion or garlic, kokoda which is a fish or other seafood dish marinated in lemon and coconut milk, and any dish that was cooked in a lovo or pit oven.

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