In the out-islands of Fiji, you can experience a calming sense of detachment from the world. Lovely beaches, clear blue lagoons and jungle-clad volcanic peaks aside, it is the native Fijians you will remember most, their easygoing manner and spontaneous good humor unmatched by any culture in the world. The main island of Viti Levu is where the international airport, 75 percent of the population, most of the tourists and all of the group-oriented hotels are located. Aside from Nanuku on the south coast, Fiji’s greatest treasures lie beyond, among the country’s 333 unspoiled islands scattered along the international date line. These sanctuaries allow you to experience authentic Fijian culture while relaxing at superlative resorts.
One of our favorite local dishes is kokoda, Fiji’s version of ceviche, enriched with coconut milk to balance out the acids. In this South Pacific version, the fish “cooks” not in citrus juice but plain white vinegar
Fiji’s rich craft heritage gives me yet one more thing to love about the country. A kava bowl, carved from a single piece of wood and inlaid with shell, makes a fine souvenir. As does tapa cloth, a unique, stiff fabric made from mulberry bark and decorated with geometric or zoomorphic designs.
To phone hotels in Fiji, dial 011 (international access) + 679 (Fiji code) + local numbers in listings.
Fijian dollar (FJ$). Fluctuating rate valued at FJ$2.08 = US$1.00 as of July 2021. Note: Most of our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.
Suva, Tel. (679) 331-4466.
Sixteen hours ahead of New York (EST).