Fiji might well be the most idyllic destination for the perfect tropical holiday, a natural wonderland made up of 333 beautiful islands and countless azure lagoons.
Whether you are a Fijian expert or a first-time visitor to this spectacular country, we have put together five things you really should know about it.
Smiling locals dressed in floral shirts, playing guitars and ukulele are just some of the things that will welcome you once landed in Fiji – the warmest of the welcomes really. Fijians are known for their amazing hospitality and warmth, which makes it extremely easy to travel around the country, meet locals and really embrace the culture.
Bula is Fiji’s national greeting: wherever you go, locals will use this short and easy to remember word to greet you, usually accompanied by a big smile. Bula is a pretty versatile greeting though, and can be used to say hello, goodbye, welcome and even bless you when someone sneezes.
Winter doesn’t really exist in Fiji, and the lowest temperature ever reached is about 18 degrees at night. The country has a mild tropical climate throughout the year, but different areas have micro-climates: Northern Fiji boasts a more humid climate, while Southern Fiji has the driest climate. The eastern part of the island is the only part where heavy rainfalls can be expected, but all in all, the sun pretty much always shines in Fiji – and the best months to visit fall between May and October.
Have you ever heard of Fiji time? It’s an actual thing on the island: don’t expect things to start on time or to be done right away. Fijian people have a rule, which is no hurry, no worries. So just embrace the local way of life and adapt to Fiji time.
Yes, that’s totally normal: machetes are the preferred working tool for workers and farmers and are used by most of the population to cut grass, slash vegetation and open a coconut. So, no need to worry, it’s just another Fijian thing.
While you are in this wonderful country, you will have the chance to take part in a Kava ceremony, a very popular cultural ritual. In this ceremony, a coconut filled with Kava, a drink made from the foot of a pepper tree that is supposed to have a relaxing effect, is passed around the group. The receiver claps their hands once saying “Bula” before drinking the bowl in one gulp. Kava does taste a touch funny (like muddy water) but it’s something that you really should try to embrace the local culture.
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