Many spots like this await travellers to while away the time in the tropical weather of Fiji. The collared lory (Phigys solitarius) on Viti Levu Island, Fiji. It is endemic to the islands of Fiji Colourful Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Hindu Temple in Nadi, Fiji. Fijian food – Kokoda (raw fish salad) is Fiji's version of ceviche, enriched with coconut milk to balance out all the from lime or lemon juice. A couple practices stand-up paddleborading or SUP on the bright blue waters surrounding Fiji. Fiji Islands Cloud 9 – widely regarded as one of the best floating bars in the world. Fijian men participate in traditional Kava Ceremony in Fiji. The consumption of the drink is a form of welcome and figures in important socio-political events, and travellers can usually partake in a ceremony with locals. Fijian women dancing a traditional female dance – meke, the fan dance. Fijian lovo – food wrapped in leaves and cooked underground – is commonly made during special events such as funerals, weddings, Christmas or birthdays, and is a treat of a cultural experience for visitors. Coral reef off the coast of Fiji island of Taveuni with soft corals. Diving and snorkelling are popular pastimes in Fiji – and no wonder why. An essential Fijian experience is drinking fresh coconut water right from the fruit – locals sell them at the roadside and will open them for you with a machete.
is a tropical getaway that’s so close to Australia – under four hours flying from Sydney – that it’s astounding that more people don’t visit. The Fijian Islands are beautiful, the people are friendly, and the food is delicious. There are so many things to experience, from cooking classes to stand-up paddleboarding, horse riding to simply swinging in a hammock by the beach.
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