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The country of Fiji is in the South Pacific Ocean and frequently referred to as the Fiji Islands. The islands of Fiji offer diverse cultures and posses a wealth of natural beauty.

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Nicole W (646)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 7:49 am
exquisite, ty dear Kit

Kit B (276)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 7:51 am

The country of Fiji is in the South Pacific Ocean and frequently referred to as the Fiji Islands. The islands of Fiji offer diverse cultures and posses a wealth of natural beauty. Some of the world's most spectacular beaches are found on the Fiji Islands. Fiji is known for its sparkling clear blue waters, rugged highlands, unbelievable marine life and astonishing rainforests. The wonderful blend of culture and nature add to the allure creating an atmosphere that is not found anywhere else making Fiji truly unique.

5 Facts You Might Not Know

1) The Fiji Islands are not just one island they are a famous archipelago of well over 300 islands to explore with miles of beaches, flourishing mountains, palm trees and immaculate coral reefs.

2) Fiji is well-known for its breathtaking underwater experiences. Fiji is a tourist destination that is famous for its multitude of activities for everyone to enjoy. This makes Fiji the perfect vacation destination offering something for everyone. Fiji offers some of the best opportunities you can find in the world for diving, snorkeling and surfing. Hiking and sailing are outstanding, as well.

3) Fiji was at one time nicknamed the Cannibal Isles. A century ago the people of Fiji were thought to be unruly cannibals. However, at present Fiji is one of the most pleasant and welcoming places on earth. The natural beauty of Fiji is only matched by the renowned friendliness of its people. Fiji welcomes travelers from all over the world with open arms and bright smiles. The natives of Fiji have a reputation of hospitality. This is quite evident when visitors enter the islands they are serenaded with traditional songs of the islands.

4) Fiji is famous for its premiere dive sites. Snorkeling and dive sites are renowned for their incomparable coral and marine life.

5) Fiji is famous for its magnificent waterfalls, dramatic sunsets and amazing surf. Fiji is easy to get to and is well-known for its warm tropical climate year round. Fiji is known for its sunny climate with average temperatures around 87 degrees in the warmer season and 77 in the cooler season, making it the ultimate escape to a more ideal existence.


Fiji consists of 332 islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean about 1,960 mi (3,152 km) from Sydney, Australia. About 110 of these islands are inhabited. The two largest are Viti Levu (4,109 sq mi; 10,642 sq km) and Vanua Levu (2,242 sq mi; 5,807 sq km).




Fiji, which had been inhabited since the second millennium B.C. , was explored by the Dutch and the British in the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1874, an offer of cession by the Fijian chiefs was accepted, and Fiji was proclaimed a possession and dependency of the British Crown. In the 1880s large-scale cultivation of sugarcane began. Over the next 40 years, more than 60,000 indentured laborers from India were brought to the island to work the plantations. By 1920, all indentured servitude had ended. Racial conflict between Indians and the indigenous Fijians has been central to the small island's history.

Fiji became independent on Oct. 10, 1970. In Oct. 1987, Brig. Gen. Sitiveni Rabuka staged a coup to prevent an Indian-dominated coalition party from taking power. The military coup caused an exodus of thousands of Fijians of Indian origin who suffered ethnic discrimination at the hands of the government.

A new constitution, which took effect in July 1998, provided for a multiracial cabinet and raised the prospect of a coalition government. The previous constitution had guaranteed dominance to ethnic Fijians. In 1999, Fiji's first ethnic Indian prime minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, took office. (For more information about politics and Fiji, please look that up independent of this travel site.)


Fiji History & Culture Brief

According to Fijian legend, the great chief Lutunasobasoba led his people across the seas to the new land of Fiji . Most authorities agree that people came into the Pacific from Southeast Asia via Indonesia. Here the Melanesians and the Polynesians mixed to create a highly developed society long before the arrival of the Europeans.

The European discoveries of the Fiji group were accidental. The first of these discoveries was made in 1643 by the Dutch explorer, Abel Tasman and English navigators, including Captain James Cook who sailed through in 1774, and made further explorations in the 18th century.

Major credit for the discovery and recording of the islands went to Captain William Bligh who sailed through Fiji after the mutiny on the Bounty in 1789. The first Europeans to land and live among the Fijians were shipwrecked sailors and runaway convicts from the Australian penal settlements. Sandalwood traders and missionaries came by the mid 19th century.

Cannibalism practiced in Fiji at that time quickly disappeared as missionaries gained influence. When Ratu Seru Cakobau accepted Christianity in 1854, the rest of the country soon followed and tribal warfare came to an end.

From 1879 to 1916 Indians came as indentured laborers to work on the sugar plantations. After the indentured system was abolished, many stayed on as independent farmers and businessmen. Today they comprise 44 per cent of the population.


Fiji was first settled about three and a half thousand years ago. The original inhabitants are now called "Lapita people" after a distinctive type of fine pottery they produced, remnants of which have been found in practically all the islands of the Pacific east of New Guinea, though not in eastern Polynesia. Linguistic evidence suggests that they came from northern or central Vanuatu, or possibly the eastern Solomons.

Before long they had moved further on, colonizing Rotuma to the north, and Tonga and Samoa to the east. From there, vast distances were crossed to complete the settlement of the Pacific, to Hawaii in the north, Rapanui [Easter Island] in the east and Rotearoa [New Zealand] in the south.

Unlike the islands of Polynesia which showed a continuous steadily evolving culture from initial occupation, Fiji appears to have undergone at least two periods of rapid cultural change in pre-historical times. This may have been due to the arrival of fresh waves of immigrants, presumably from the west.

Pre-historians have noted that a massive 12th century volcanic eruption in southern Vanuatu coincides with the disappearance there of a certain pottery style, and its sudden emergence in Fiji.


It is hardly surprising then, that the Fijian culture is an intricate network and that generalisations are fraught with danger. Although the legendary king of Bau, Naulivou and his successors had control over a large area of eastern Fiji, at no time before colonisation was Fiji a political unity. Nevertheless, Fiji does exhibit certain traits that sets it apart from its neighbours, and it is this that defines a distinctive Fijian culture.

Fijians first impressed themselves on European consciousness through the writings of members of the expeditions of Cook who met them in Tonga. They were described as formidable warriors and ferocious cannibals, builders of the finest vessels in the Pacific, but not great sailors.

They inspired awe among the Tongans, and all their products, especially bark-cloth and clubs, were highly esteemed and much in demand. They called their home Viti, but the Tongans called it Fiji, and it is by this foreign pronunciation, first promulgated by Cook, that these islands are now known.

After the explorers, other Europeans followed. For over half a century, Fijian culture enjoyed what has been called its 'golden age', as tools and weapons brought by traders were turned by resourceful chiefs to their own advantage.

Canoes and houses were built, confederations formed and wars fought on a grand scale without precedent. Gradually and inevitably however, the Fijian way of life was changing. As Christianity spread in the islands, wars ceased abruptly and western clothing was adopted.

After Fiji was ceded to Great Britain in 1874 epidemics nearly wiped out the population and it seemed as if the natives were doomed. But the colonial government took the Fijians' side.

Land sales were forbidden, health campaigns implemented and the population picked up again. Theirs was not, of course, the culture of the heathen 'golden age', but one modified by the new religion and increasingly the new economic order. Yet in today's Fiji, independent since 1970, a surprising amount has survived.

20th Century

The 20th century brought about important economic changes in Fiji as well as the maturation of its political system. Fiji developed a major sugar industry and established productive copra milling, tourism and secondary industries.

As the country now diversifies into small scale industries, the economy is strengthened and revenues provide for expanded public works medical services and education.

The country's central position in the region has been strengthened by recent developments in sea and air communications. Today, Fiji plays a major role in regional affairs and is recognized as the focal point of the South Pacific.

Fiji is a land known for its beautiful beaches and rich culture, but what you may not know is that itís also home to many delicious, natural foods. Read on to learn more about these local delicacies and the why we love Fijian food.

Do not think for one second that all youíll be eating are leaves and roots. While the markets are piled with sweet potatoes, taros, bananas and leafy vegetables, it is the creativity in the Fijian cuisine that combines the ingredients into dishes that are whole with flavor and happiness.

With the fertile land and riches of the sea, Fiji is blessed with good quality fresh natural foods, and the people in Fiji utilize this to create national dishes that are both nutritious and tasty.

The basics of Fijian food consists of rice, sweet potatoes, taro, cassava, coconut and fish; and using mostly open fire or underground cooking methods, the ingredients are made into one of the following national dishes. The heavy influence of the Indo-Fijian culture also means the cuisine has elements of colorful curries and spices with it.

Here are some of the most popular traditional Fijian dishes. There is one thing a guest must remember if ever invited to a Fijian home for a meal: the guest must start on the dishes first. It is the local custom to wait patiently until the house guest makes their first move towards the food, otherwise everyone will simply wait around with grumbling stomachs. No one will remind you as it is deemed impolite.


A very popular dish that has many variations in the Pacific, this is the islandís equivalent of South Americaís Ceviche, made up of raw Mahi-mahi fish and a dressing called ĎMitií which is made from thick coconut cream with onions, lemon/lime juice, salt and chilies.


A style of cooking that is popular throughout the Pacific region, the Lovo refers to the way meat, fish and vegetables are steamed under heated earth. Prepared for communal celebrations and events, the food emerges from their underground oven tender and full of flavor.


A lovely dish of corned beef or fish baked with coconut milk in taro leaves. It can be served hot or cold.

Indo-Fijian cuisine

It is not uncommon to find restaurants serving up Madrasi masala dosa to Punjabi tandoori chicken. Most of the Indian dishes have evolved along with the availability of fresh Fijian produce, served slightly milder and uses local ingredients such as taro and tavioka.

Youíll need Mahi-mahi fish fillets, cut into bite-sized cubes, and depending on your taste, drenched in lime juice and a pinch of salt. Mix, then leave to marinate overnight in the refrigerator.

Thatís it. Just before serving, add a good portion of coconut cream, finely chopped chili and onions to taste, then serve on lettuce leaves topped with chopped fresh tomatoes.



Ben O (150)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 9:12 am
If I could afford to go there, I would do it tomorrow!

Barbara K (60)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 12:55 pm
I wanna go there. lol. Wow, thanks, my friend, for the fabulous vacation via computer today. Love it all.

JL A (281)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 1:01 pm
Beautiful. I once worked with an ethnic Indian Muslim immigrant from Fiji--the discrimination against the combination of religion and ethnicity was viewed as more severe than either alone. Much of the family including in-laws immigrated together.

Pat B (356)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 1:24 pm
If I were in the 1%, I'd buy an island down there. So beautiful, I'd ride a small boat, swim, walk the markets, and stargaze. Wonderful trip, Kit, I enjoyed our visit.

Bob P (394)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 3:09 pm
Thanks Kit

Andrew C (6)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 3:41 pm

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 4:27 pm
Is why I stay in Florida, it might not be quite the paradise as Fiji but I have the palm trees, sandy beaches, warm air and thatched roof places at the shore to go sit and have a pina colada and dream once in awhile.

Vallee R (280)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 8:23 pm
Wonderful = needed a small vacation.

Marianne R (95)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 7:33 am
Thanks for this dream, Kit

Arielle S (313)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 7:54 am
What a lovely treat on this cold, wet day - thank you (and I keep flagging the spammer)

. (0)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 9:31 am
Great video, Kit. Thanks for sharing.

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 11:12 am
Great post, well worth reading. Thanks!

. (0)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 11:53 am
Thanks Kit. a beautiful look .

Sunday December 29, 2013, 1:14 pm
So beautiful, I really need to win the lottery!!!!

Kit B (276)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 1:18 pm

I just read about a cop that promised half of winnings to his waitress. He did win and split the 6 million in half. A real man of his word.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 1:58 pm
Just beautiful. I wished I could be there right now. Thanks Kit.

karen n (57)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 2:04 pm
the closest I have been to Fiji is the water I drink lol,but it looks absolutely gorgeous!!!!

Patsy Olive (0)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 2:49 pm
Beautiful place.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 3:52 pm

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 8:50 pm
Marvellous and serene. Fiji, you are welcome to park beside Canada and share your weather with us all during our long and cold winters.

Spam flagged.

Julie W (32)
Monday December 30, 2013, 12:04 am
I went to Fiji many years ago - beautiful place. It has probably changed a bit since then though. It was quite unspoilt when I visited.

Past Member (0)
Monday December 30, 2013, 4:40 am
Safeguard this paradise, for the sake of ourselves and other inhabitants there

divergent revolution (309)
Monday December 30, 2013, 1:35 pm
I'm holding out for the Tonga islands
best place to survive a nuclear holocaust
voted by sailors, so I believe it!
Thanks Kit, better than a long flight

Sheryl G (360)
Monday December 30, 2013, 4:23 pm
Lovely to read Kit. I hope he won't have any family members with their noses out of joint.

Winnie A (179)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 7:20 am
Beautiful! Thanks

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 11:19 am
Maybe one day! Thx Kit 4 a wonderful trip....
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