The Island Life: Experiences in Fiji

The Island Life: Experiences in Fiji
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Islands, traditions and culture, Fiji has it all

Simrran Gill
June 12 , 2020
06 Min Read

The island country in the heart of South Pacific declared itself COVID free recently. As of June 5, the country had zero active cases. The islands in the country, majorly formed through volcanic activity, are home to corals, allow you to witness the both serenity and adventure on the same day and most of them continue to remain uninhabited. Fiji will gradually open its doors for travellers as travel restrictions continue to be place in place. Meanwhile, think of the Bula spirit and make a bucket list of all the experiences to not miss while in Fiji:

Island Hopping
The clear water on an island in Fiji
Did you know that you can find as many as 333 islands in Fiji for you to choose the one that you like? Out of these only 1/3rd are inhabited and the rest are untouched with their raw natural resources. With a stunning coastline, Fiji offers sleepy villages and unspoilt beaches, that have crystal clear swimming conditions. These islands also prove to be a diver’s paradise. From vibrant coral reefs to an extravagant marine biodiversity, you can undertake diving in Fiji even if you are inexperienced. If you want to go the extra mile, book a helicopter ride and cherish the aerial view of the 330 islands, along with the famous heart-shaped island of Tavarua. 

Attend a hot glass workshop

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If looking for something unusual and tropical, sign up at the first and only glass blowing studio at Hot Glass Fiji. Attend a workshop and witness tropical colours and shapes come alive as the team gathers, shapes and colours the golden molten glass. With the ocean stretching on one side the workshop can be experienced on Fiji’s Coral coast. You can also engage in local cooking classes. Right from sourcing fresh produce to getting a hands-on experience at stirring up the local delicacies with island flavours, you can have it all in an afternoon, at the cultural hotspot Nadi.

Mud Bath at Sabeto Hot Springs
Located within the reach of a 20 minute drive from Nadi is the Sabeto hot spring and mud pool. Heated by an underground volcanic source, this spring is managed by a local village. Begin with a guided tour of three thermal springs of varying temperature, and then down and dirty in th mud pool, that is said to have therapeutic properties. The spring is away from commercial tourism and is deemed one of the most relaxing activities on the entire island. 

Attend a fire walking festival
As thrilling as it sounds, the fire walking festival at Mariamma Temple was initially only held on the tiny island of Beqa. The festival is of South-Indian origin and involves people walking on red hot coals. Clad in yellow, pilgrims gather at the Suva point and take a bath in the sea before commencing the act. Usually taking place in July and August, the activity has now become more common. 

Explore the underwater caves

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Heading to the Sawa-I-Lau caves is a must have experience if you visit Fiji. Formed over the years due to limestone formations, these caves are hidden with an island. Mthologically, these sacred are also known as the resting place of the 10-headed ancient Fijian god, Ulutini. A scenic boat ride will take you the caves. And if you think you are not faint-hearted dive into the secretive ones with the locals ready to guiding you. 

Engage in local traditions
Traditional village houses in Fiji
Most Fijians reside in rural villages where culture and traditions are still the stronghold. Visiting a village is the best way to experience the local life firsthand. Traditional protocols, warm smiles and welcoming doors is what you’ll experience while visiting a village. Do not miss out on cherishing a traditional kava and greeting your hosts with a loud ‘Bula’ while there. 

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