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What are different activities and experiences in Fiji? – Part 1

Fiji is a Melanesian country that is placed in the South Pacific Ocean.

Overview of Fiji

• It is located between Hawaii and New Zealand.
• It consists of an archipelago.
• It includes 332 islands.
• Almost 110 of these islands are inhabited.
• Fiji falls on the 180 degree longitude line.
• The International Date Line is such that it passes east of all of Fiji.
• Fiji houses volcanic mountains and has warm tropical waters.
• It has variety of coral reefs.
• These reefs and highlights draw tourists from all over the world.
• Fiji falls about 1,100 nautical miles northeast of New Zealand’s North Island.

Places to See in Fiji

Kula Eco Park
• This park is an ecological preserve of Fiji.
• It is situated on Fiji’s largest island which is Viti Levu.
• This isle Viti Levu is situated near Sigatoka.
• The area was initially a bird park.
• This was in the 1980s.
• It was bought by Kula Eco Park Management in January 1997.
• The park is privately owned and operated.
• The focus is on preservation of Fiji’s indigenous flora and fauna. This includes:
– Reptiles
– Bird life
– Amphibians
– Tropical fish
– Fiji Flying Fox
– Insects
– Butterflies
– Wide range of trees and shrubs
• The park has also won Fiji’s ‘Excellence in Tourism’ award.
• It won five times this award since 1996.
• The park regularly conducts free classes.
• 35% from general admission tickets is contributed to the park.
• The rest comes from private donations.

• Nananu-i-Ra is an isle in Fiji about 1.5 kilometers.
• This is off the coast of the main island of Viti Levu.
• This isle is in the Rakiraki of Ra Province.
• It has a maximum elevation of 180 meters.
• The word NANANU-I-RA means “Daydream the Lower”.
• There are 4 Backpackers on Nananu I Ra Island and One Resort.
• Three quarters of the Island was once owned by the Procter and Gamble Legacy.
• It was sold in 2004 to a New Zealand based Developer.
• There are plans to develop the Island.
• Boats frequently leave from Ellington Wharf and Wananavu Resort costing $25FJD return per person.
• There are 7 Beaches.
• The most popular beach is Oni Beach on the northern most side of the Island.
• This beach was awarded merit as being one of the best in the country.
• The island has five shops for basic food items.
• The Island neighbors are Dolphin Island and Nananu-I-Cake.
• The island is a popular location for kitesurfing and windsurfing.
• The trade winds are during the months of April through to October.
• There is a track open to the public.
• This runs the highest peaks of the Island from one end to the other.
• It takes around a few hours to half a day to complete.
• Mount Tomanivi is an extinct volcano.
• It is located in the northern highlands of Viti Levu.
• Mount Tomanivi is the highest mountain in Fiji.
• This is at an elevation of 1,324 metres (4,344 ft).
• It was earlier named Mount Victoria.
• There is a trail that leads to the summit of Tomanivi from the village of Navai.
• The main river systems are the Rewa, Navua, Sigatoka, and Ba.
• These rivers have their headwaters in the central mountain area.
• Thurston Gardens are the botanical gardens of Fiji.
• Suva Botanical Gardens was the earlier name of these gardens.
• The name was changed in honor of the fifth Governor of Fiji.
• His name was Sir John Bates Thurston.
• He was Governor from February 1888 to March 1897.
• Thurston Gardens is located in central Suva.
• This falls between Albert Park and the Government House.

Gardens Today
• The Fiji Museum is currently maintaining the gardens. There are varieties of:
– Palms
– Gingers
– Water lilies
– Other local flora

Albert Park
• This park holds two rugby matches at one time.
• A hockey pitch is situated in the middle of the ground.
• There is a grandstand and a cafeteria too.
• Here is the place where the annual hibiscus festival is held.
• This is also where the first hoisting of the new national flag of Fiji was done.
• The date was on 9 October 1970.

Garden of the Sleeping Giant, Nadi, Fiji
• Monday to Saturdays – 9 am to 5 pm.
• The Garden of the Sleeping Giant was originally the garden of famed actor, Raymond Burr.
• This garden is located next to his house.
• The garden covers 20 hectares in area.
• It is full of orchids that are native to Fiji and many flowers.
• There is a beautiful lily pond and many exotic plants.
• $10 (USD)

Fiji Museum
• PO Box 2023 Govt. Bldgs, Suva, Fiji Islands
• Ph: (679) 331 5944/ (679) 331 5043
• The Fiji Museum is an excellent place for tourists to understand the historical background of Fiji.
• The artifacts date back to 3,700 years.
• This provides many exhibits on the nation’s traditions and culture.
• The museum is located in heart of Suva’s botanical gardens.

Activities in Fiji

• Caving in Fiji
• Diving in Fiji
• Fishing in Fiji
• Food & Wine in Fiji
• Golf in Fiji
• History and Culture in Fiji
• Horse Riding in Fiji
• Kayaking and Canoeing in Fiji
• Mountain Biking in Fiji
• Sailing in Fiji
• Scenic Flights in Fiji
• Spa Treatments in Fiji
• Surfing in Fiji
• Swimming with Dolphins in Fiji
• Weddings in Fiji
• White Water Rafting in Fiji

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate in Fiji is tropical marine and warm most of the year round with minimal extremes.
• The warm season is from November till April.
• The cooler season is May to October.
• Temperature in the cool season still averages 22 °C (72 °F).
• Temperature sensitive visitors may wish to visit during the Southern Hemisphere winter.

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How to get there?

• The Nadi International Airport is situated about 9 km to the north of central Nadi.
• It is the largest Fijian hub.
• Nausori International Airport is located about 23 kms to the northeast of Suva.
• This helps serving mostly domestic traffic.
• Labasa Airport is the main airport in Vanau Levu island.
• It is situated at Waiqele.
• This is to the southwest of Labasa Town.
• The largest aircraft that is known to be handled by Labasa Airport is the ATR42.
• Airports Fiji Limited (AFL) operates 15 public airports in the Fiji Islands.
• These include two international airports.
• Nadi international Airport is the main gateway of Fiji.
• Nausori Airport is Fiji’s domestic hub.
• It is also hub for 13 outer island airports.

• Fiji’s larger islands are equipped with extensive bus routes.
• They are consistent.
• They are affordable to the common public.
• Buses are the general transport service for the public.
• They form service between the towns on the main islands.
• Rroll-on-roll-off inter-island ferries are also served by buses.
• Bus fares and routes are regulated by the LTA.

• Taxis are licensed by the LTA.
• They operator all through the country.
• The prices for regular taxis is F$1.50 and tariff is F$0.10 for every 200 meters.

Ships and inter-island ferries
Inter-island ferries also serve between islands of Fiji.

Some Travel Books about Fiji

Fiji (Country Travel Guide) Fiji (Travel Reference Map) Getting Stoned with Savages

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

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Blogs / Sites about Fiji

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Images and photos about Fiji

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Videos of Fiji

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