The Republic of Fiji offers a mix of indigenous, Asian and European cultures and religions, and the locals are known to be friendly and fun-loving. Their ancient rituals, island lifestyle and welcoming “bula” call are extended to all visitors, and you can take part in ceremonies, taste traditional food, go fishing or diving, or simply relax in an all-inclusive resort.
Only about a third of the islands are inhabited, and the main island, Viti Levu, is where most Fijians live. Spend some time in Nadi, pronounced Nan-di, to buy wooden artifacts and admire the Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple. Along the island’s Coral Coast you’ll find upscale international resorts, long beaches and the aromatic Fiji Spice Garden.
Watch a traditional dance show at Port Denarau. From there, cruise to the lush Mamanuca Islands and stay in one of the resorts on the oceanfront. Join the fun on tiny Beachcomber Island, Fiji's party destination, or relax on Tivua Island, where you are more than likely to have the beach all to yourself.
Sail or fly to the Yasawa Islands, northwest from Viti Levu, where you can hike through the rainforest or scuba dive around colorful reefs. Enjoy the beautiful beaches of Nanuya Lai Lai Island or visit a traditional village on Nacula Island. Between May and October you can swim with manta rays in the waters around Nanuya Balavu Island or snorkel in the protected bays of Viwa Island.
The Fijian capital, Suva, on Viti Levu’s southeast coast, has a cruise terminal and airport, and international routes also serve Nadi on the west coast. Boats and light aircraft serve the other islands. Most visitors spend at least one night on Viti Levu awaiting transfer.
The drier months between May and October are the most popular time to visit. Fiji can experience tropical storms between November and April, but temperatures will be as warm as the welcome throughout the year.