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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
• 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.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get there?

Air
• 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.

Bus
• 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.

Taxi
• 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)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at sa-venues.com
Hotels at booking.com

Blogs / Sites about Fiji

blogs at luxuryadventures.co.nz
blogs at en.wikipedia.org
blogs at tourismfiji.com
blogs and reviews at adrenalinfiji.com

Images and photos about Fiji

images at luxuryadventures.co.nz
images at tourismfiji.com
images at adrenalinfiji.com
images at google.com

Videos of Fiji






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