How to make the most of your time in Fiji

    Article by Zaytoen Domingo

    Zaytoen Domingo

    Posted: October 24, 2018

    Culture, community, cuisine and coastal marvels: these are the four C’s of Fiji – an unparalleled place of tranquil beauty in the South Pacific Ocean.

    Made up of over 300 islands, each with majestic volcanic mountains, stretches of pure white beaches and crystal blue waters, it’s unsurprising that this destination is among the most popular in the world.

    Whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation or a combination of both, Fiji provides it all!

    Being a part of the lifestyle and traditions of the country is a truly unique experience. To capture this and gain an understanding of local culture a trip should be taken to the capital city of Suva.


    Original photo: Salman Javed

    Explore Fiji’s capital city

    Located on the major island of Viti Levu, the capital city’s architecture reflects its colonial history, and its multitude of restaurants mirror the diversity of Fijian cuisine. There are also ornate temples and mosques to be discovered.

    Head to the beating heart of Suva, the Saturday municipal market, for a fresh selection of the staple foods of the land. Bitter gourds, jackfruits, cassava and yams are just a few offered in the lanes of Suva. Give these a try and give your mouth a little taste of Fiji.


    Original photo: kyle post

    Bring the past into the present

    If you are looking to volunteer in Fiji, first visit the Museum of Suva. The museum offers an insightful journey into Fiji’s historical and cultural evolution.

    As a site of ongoing archaeological research, collection and preservation of Fiji’s oral tradition, this is a must for volunteers and visitors looking to gain an improved understanding of where they are visiting and the realities of the people who live there.

    Take the plunge into Fiji’s blue beyond

    Fiji’s most appealing elements aren’t just landbound. Fiji’s waters hold intensely hued reefs and a wide variety of fascinating marine life. This includes dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, corals and an array of multi-colored exotic fish –- just to name a few.

    Plunge into the deep end (quite literally!) with activities such as snorkeling and diving, and witness the magnificence of the underwater world for yourself.

    The Mamanuca Islands, off the coast of Nadi, are a popular site for visitors looking for an immersive undersea experience.

    Why not take your underwater adventure one step further and aid in its vital preservation? GVI offers a marine conservation program to contribute to the local management of marine protected areas on the remote, evergreen Caqalai Island.

    Article by Zaytoen Domingo

    By Zaytoen Domingo

    Zaytoen Domingo is a content writer and editor based in Cape Town, South Africa. She is currently enrolled in the Masters program in English at the University of the Western Cape. After graduating with an Honours Degree in English and Creative Writing, Zaytoen completed a skills-development program for writers and became an alum of the GVI Writing Academy.