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municipal market has a floor area of about 58,000 meters and is filled with
local people selling produce outside and inside.
shopping centre is conveniently located in the central city area along Vitogo
Parade, Naviti Street and Yasawa Street.
has a very wide range of shops ranging from retail to wholesale. Some shops
open as early as 6.00am and others from 8.00 -6.00pm or 7.00pm during the
week-days and on Saturday from 7.00am 1.00pm. On Sundays and Public Holidays
the shops are usually closed but the restaurants, milk bars and other essential
shops remain open.
all types of restaurants with a variety of dishes such as Chinese, Indian,
Italian, Fijian, European, Korean, vegetarian, snack bars, etc.
following sports venues are in Lautoka:
(Lautoka Golf Club)
Rugby/ Cricket/ Hockey (facilities provided by Lautoka City Council at Churchill
Park and at other playing fields all round the city).
(3)Netball/ Volleyball/ Basketball & Tennis (Lautoka City Council‚Äôs Multipurpose
Suva is Fiji‚Äôs administrative and political capital and is home
to one-half of the country‚Äôs population. It is the largest city in the South
Fiji's capital, is on the south-eastern coast of the big
island of Viti Levu. While Nadi, in the west of this island, is the tourism
centre of the country, Suva is interesting as the country's political and
administrative centre as well as the major port. Suva and its urban surrounds
are home to half of Fiji's urban population, and it is one of the South
Pacific's largest and most sophisticated cities, housing the University of the
South Pacific, the Fiji Museum and many interesting colonial-era buildings. It
is a multicultural city with many mosques, temples, churches and cultural
centres. The Roman Catholic Cathedral (1902) is one of the city's most prominent
yourself in the festive, friendly atmosphere of this wonderful street market,
where you'll find every tropical fruit and vegetable imaginable.
impressive, orange-colored government buildings were modeled after traditional
Fijian thatched huts, and the complex is open to visitors.
hand at bargaining for artifacts and handicrafts at these outdoor market stalls.
Take a dip
in one of the natural swimming pools, follow a nature trail and keep your ears
and eyes ready to spot the numerous birds that inhabit this park.
was made famous when Charles Kingsford-Smith made an emergency landing here on
his 1928 trans-Pacific flight.
Fiji Museum ("Na Vale Ni i Yaya Maroroi")
Mon-Thur: 9:30am - 4:00pm
Public Holidays: 9:30am - 4:00pm; Sunday- Closed
Archaeological findings dating back 3500 years as well as cultural objects
reflecting Fiji's inhabitants during the past 100 years are housed in the oldest
museum in the South Pacific.
Fiji's third largest town is set against a mountainous
backdrop on the west coast of Viti Levu. The local economy of Nadi relies almost
totally on tourism. In Nadi there are a wide range of accommodations from the
simple to luxury resorts. Its Central Market offers traditional handicrafts
including wood carved objects and textiles. There are a high proportion of Fiji
Indians in Nadi, mostly fourth-generation descendants of the indentured laborers
brought to Fiji from India during the colonial years to work in the canefields.
Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple
is located at the southern end of the main street. Visitors are welcome (but
asked not to have consumed either alcohol or non-vegetarian food that day).
There is a good market offering the usual mix of Melanesian, Chinese and Indian
produce. The main strip is filled with restaurants and shops selling clothes,
souvenirs and duty-free goods. Nadi is also a good place for outdoor
activities: everything from diving, golf, horse riding and rafting to riding
in a jet-boat or light plane is available.
Mamanucas are a bunch of tiny islands just off the western coast of Viti Levu,
and they are easily accessible by boat from Nadi, either as a day trip or to
stay in one of the many luxury resorts or hostels. The islands are popular with
divers, snorkellers, surfers and people who just want to lie about on open
stretches of white-sand beach. The lovely reefs and colorful fish make
snorkelling around these islands a highlight for many travelers. Only a few of
the islands, such as Monu and Monuriki, have significant areas of native forest
left. These places are home to many birds and reptiles.
is a small town on the southern coast of Viti Levu, 61km (38mi) south of Nadi
and 127km (79mi) west of Suva on the banks of Fiji's second-largest river. This
is principally a farming community, but is also a service town for the Coral
is a good base for exploring the huge Sigatoka sand dunes nearby, and also the
southern coast, and the Sigatoka Valley. The Sigatoka Valley is a highly fertile
strip containing almost 200 cultural and archaeological sites, including the
Tavuni Hill Fort, a series of defensive earth works built by the Tongan
chief Maile Latemai in the 18th century. The valley is also home to some of
Fiji's best potters.
Kula Eco Park
Sigatoka, Fiji Islands
Ph: 679 -
located on Queens Road, opposite the Outrigger Reef Resort east of Sigatoka
town. Being Fiji's only wildlife park, Kula is the breeding center for Fiji's
endangered species. The park provides free Environmental Hands-on Education to
Fiji's children. Visitors can spend hours observing parrots, lories, falcons,
hawks, fruit bats, snakes, iguana and marine life plus learn of Fiji's flora and
fauna in near natural settings. Wander the rain forest or explore
waterfront area is another place to shop, and the Suva Municipal Market is a
must-see for visitors with its exotic fruits and vegetables, kava, fish and
seafood, and spices. It has a multicultural flavor, with vendors selling
brightly colored Indian sweets and candies, and fruit drinks from glass tanks.
from Nadi, in the interior of the Viti Levu island, are the fantastic landscapes
and remote villages of the Nausori Highlands. The village of Navala is one of
the most picturesque in all Fiji. While most Fijian villages now use prefab
concrete and corrugated iron, almost all of Navala's homes and buildings are
traditional bures arranged around avenues with a central promenade
leading down to a river.
This is an
isolated area. The protocol is to ask to see the village chief, and then ask
him if it is all right to walk around the village and take some photos. Sunday
is not a good time as it is the day of worship and for spending time with the
family. Bukuya village is further west and it too is a worthwhile excursion.
There are simple accommodations available in the villages.
National Heritage Park
National Heritage Park is set in the steep hills above Nadi and is only 16 kms
from Lautoka. You can explore the forests and waterfalls, picnic, take a swim in
a mountain stream, go on short walks and overnight hikes or stay with the
villagers and experience life in a Fijian highland community.
still practice many traditional arts and crafts, some which have been modified
and embellished to satisfy the demands of tourism. Fiji has been famous for
pottery since the Lapita people began trading their wares thousands of years
ago. The most famous of the contemporary potters are Dian Tugea and Taraivini
Wati, both of whom are featured in the Fiji Museum. Wood carving is still
important, perhaps mostly because of the steady tourist demand for souvenirs to
take home. Fijian carvers make war clubs, spears and cannibal forks. Drinking
bowls, or tanoas, are still in daily use in Fijian households. Carvings
in areas that have a Polynesian influence (from Tongan and Samoan settlers)
feature inlays of shell and bone.
cloth, known in Fiji as masi, was traditionally made throughout the
Pacific and was usually known as tapa. Ceremonial robes, waistbands,
trains and turbans were once made from masi and the cloth was decorated
with symbolic motifs in ochre-rusts and charcoal-blacks. The cloth is made from
the bark of the mulberry tree and its production is very labourious.
Traditionally, large and highly decorated masi cloths were used as
ceremonial gifts and there was much prestige associated with their ownership.
The weaving of pandanus leaves into mats and baskets has a long tradition, too.
Most village girls still learn the craft, and there are many variations in style
and colour (achieved by scraping the leaves, burying them in mud and boiling
them with other plants).