Fiji…. a tropical paradise that has been welcoming honeymooners for years to enjoy the pristine waters, sunny skies (most of the time) and unforgettable Fijian hospitality. Here’s everything you need to know before you go to Fiji to help make your stay an enjoyable one!
Before you Go to Fiji…
Greeting the Locals
Bula is the common greeting in Fiji, meaning hello or welcome. It can also be used to say cheers or good health. However almost everyone you encounter will speak English fluently as this is taught throughout primary education and adopted as a common language for Fijians and the large Indian population. For certain everyone in your resort/hotel will speak English, but all will appreciate your efforts to speak a little Fijian.
Other great phrases to know before you go: Vinaka (thank you); Vacava Tiko? (how are you?) La Bula (Pleased to meet you)
Knowing Where to Go
There are 333 islands in Fiji. Thus you are bound to wind up on a boat at some point during your stay, and that’s probably likely to be your means of arriving to your resort. Unless you plan to stay on the main island of Viti Levu, you’re bound to catch a boat transfer immediately on arrival. This usually means a “wet landing” whereby you will wade through knee deep water to shore as many islands don’t have jetties on arrival. For my visit to Fiji, I had an island experience at Royal Davui, followed by a mainland experience at the newly opened Nanuku.
Knowing What you can do
Activities are in abundance in Fiji. You can expect to swim, dive, snorkel, climb, hike, zip-line, cruise, fish, jet-ski, kayak, canoe, paddleboard, surf…. and so much more. Before you go to Fiji be sure to take a look at all the options available to you and book some trips in advance. There’s nothing worse than returning home and hearing in conversation with friends or family who have also visited that you’ve missed something amazing! Tourism Fiji have some great information on their site in relation to the oodles of activities on offer in Fiji.
Before you arrive in Fiji its a good idea to know what to expect in terms of cuisine. Fijian cuisine encompasses lots of seafood and curries, especially due to the strong Indian presence in Fiji. However most of the resorts stick to serving Western-friendly meals and you’ll actually find it harder to find local food than it is to eat typical dishes from back home. One traditional item on the menu that you’re bound to try at some point during your stay is Kava. This is a traditional ceremonial drink that, while worth a try, will most likely not leave you wanting more. It’s also worth mentioning that Kava is neither alcoholic nor narcotic.
As you’re probably already aware, the climate in Fiji is tropical. This can (and most likely will) mean it can rain at any time, however as its so hot and you’re likely to already be in the pool or ocean anyway, it really isn’t likely to hinder your experience! Some days are clear skies, other days are grey… but this can all change in an instant. It’s all part of the island experience!
Thanks to Fiji Tourism for arranging my visit to Fiji.