Bula / Welcome!
Fiji, a country in the South Pacific, is an archipelago of more than 300 islands. It's famed for rugged landscapes, palm-lined beaches and coral reefs with clear lagoons. Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain most of the population. Viti Levu is home to the capital, Suva, a port city with British colonial architecture. The Fiji Museum, in the Victorian-era Thurston Gardens, has ethnographic exhibits.
From the moment you arrive in Fiji, you’ll notice that music and song are a big part of everyday life. You’ll also experience cultural ‘meke’, meaning all kinds of traditional song and dance, from graceful fan performances to athletic war dances that make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. The dancers are usually accompanied by a seated group who sing, chant and play percussion instruments. Men perform in warrior outfits, some bearing Fijian traditional tattoos, and the women wear traditional dress with their skin shining from scented coconut oil. Each performance usually tells a story of history, love or legend. Whenever you get the chance to experience a meke, grab it. Fijians take great pride in their performance and the quality is exceptionally high.
While Fiji's resorts and restaurants offer delicious cuisine from around the world, the traditional Fijian and authentic Indian food is not to be missed. Indigenous Fijian feasts are cooked in a 'lovo', an underground earth oven heated by hot stones. Usually taking a couple of hours, the slow cook technique produces beautifully tender food with great flavour retention and a light smokiness throughout. You’ll get to enjoy yam, taro, kumala (sweet potato) and cassava (tapioca), as well as pork, chicken fish or lamb.
Fijian Indian culture and traditions have evolved from the early days of labouring in the British-backed sugar industry. This includes the Indian cuisine, which has developed into a deliciously unique blend of traditional spices, fresh local ingredients and a hint of Pacific flavours. If you like Indian cuisine (and who doesn’t!), you’ll love the flavours of Fijian Indian dishes.