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Fiji Highlights

 

Lautoka

Municipal Market

The city’s municipal market has a floor area of about 58,000 meters and is filled with local people selling produce outside and inside.

 

The shopping centre is conveniently located in the central city area along Vitogo Parade, Naviti Street and Yasawa Street.

 

The city 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.

 

There are all types of restaurants with a variety of dishes such as Chinese, Indian, Italian, Fijian, European, Korean, vegetarian, snack bars, etc.

 

The following sports venues are in Lautoka:

(1)Golf (Lautoka Golf Club)

(2)Soccer/ Rugby/ Cricket/ Hockey (facilities provided by Lautoka City Council at Churchill Park

Nadovu Park and at other playing fields all round the city).

(3)Netball/ Volleyball/ Basketball & Tennis (Lautoka City Council’s Multipurpose Courts).

 

Suva

Suva is Fiji’s administrative and political capital and is home to one-half of the country’s population.  It is the largest city in the South Pacific. 

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 landmarks.

 

Suva Municipal Market

Immerse yourself in the festive, friendly atmosphere of this wonderful street market, where you'll find every tropical fruit and vegetable imaginable.

 

Parliament

Suva

330 5811

These impressive, orange-colored government buildings were modeled after traditional Fijian thatched huts, and the complex is open to visitors.

 

Municipal Handicraft Center

Suva

331 3433

Try your hand at bargaining for artifacts and handicrafts at these outdoor market stalls.

 

Colo-I-Suva Forest Park

Suva

(679) 3320211

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.

 

Albert Park

Suva

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")

Suva

679 331 5944

Open:  Mon-Thur: 9:30am - 4:00pm

Fri: 9:30am- 3.30pm

Sat & 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.

 

Nadi

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.

 

Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple

Nadi

The 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.

 

Mamanuca Group

The 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.

 

Sigatoka

Sigatoka 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 Coast resorts.

Sigatoka 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 - 6500 505

Fax: 679 6520 202

Kula is 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

The 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.

 

Nausori Highlands

Due east 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. 

 

Koroyanitu National Heritage Park

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Near Lautoka

Koroyanitu 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.

 

Native Crafts

Fijians 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.

 

Bark 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).