What defines ‘happiness’? There are hundreds of possible responses to this one simple question. But, if you are seeking answers, it might be a good idea to make your way to the beautiful islands of Fiji in the South Pacific Ocean.
On the 3rd February, 2015, Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s announced that he was putting together a National Panel which would create a competition for a new national flag, to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Fiji’s independence from Britain in 1970.
Fiji is widely known for its incredible clear water, white sand beaches and island life. However this small island nation nestled in the South Pacific is more than just an island paradise, instead boasting a rich and vibrant history and a friendly, relaxed culture. Hidden treasures are found throughout in the form of little restaurants, welcoming families and private islands, but to get a good feel for what to expect, here are four key facts you may not have known about Fiji.
Fiji is justifiably renowned for its tranquil turquoise lagoons, spectacular white sand beaches, beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife. It’s also generally thought to be an expensive holiday option when compared to more traditional getaway destinations like Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
The more undeveloped and rugged sibling to Viti Levu, Fiji’s second largest island of Vanua Levu boasts a plethora of natural beauty that has as of yet remained mostly untouched by tourism. Reminiscent of Hawaii half a century ago, Vanua Levu is the perfect spot for more adventurous spirits or those simply seeking some pristine Fijian beauty.
Nothing represents the essence of Fijian culture better than the ‘sevusevu’. This is the central component of all life-cycle rituals, social gatherings, healing ceremonies and community meetings. It is also a way for visitors to seek acceptance into a Fijian village. Attending one of these ceremonies is an amazing experience for any visitor to Fiji. Should you get the chance, here is some information on what to expect.
Clear waters, bright coral gardens, pristine beaches and lagoons – sound like the holiday you’re dreaming of? The Mamanuca Islands are renowned for such natural beauty and have even been the scenery of choice for films like Tom Hanks’ Cast Away.
Fiji also offers plenty to see and do – so much so that it can seem overwhelming! That’s why we’ve chosen 8 of the destinations that should be on the top of your list.