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8 Things to buy in Fiji

8 Things to buy in Fiji

Well-known for its friendly people, crystal clear waters, pristine beaches, heavenly tropical islands, Fiji is a popular holiday destination. If you’re visiting Fiji and looking for some meaningful souvenirs, Fiji has a great selection of hand-made handicrafts and mementos. 

Below are some of the best things to buy while you’re shopping in Fiji!

1. Sulu (Sarong)

You can find the traditional Fijian sulu across the country in most gift shops and handicraft markets. You’ll be spoilt for choice as the sulu comes in different motifs and colours. It’s highly recommended to purchase one for yourself especially if you are interested in visiting a local village. It’s customary to cover your legs when visiting a traditional Fijian village. Otherwise, the sulu also makes an ideal gift for friends and family back home. 

2. Carved Wooden Masks

Hand carved masks are interesting gifts and decors from Fiji. The masks are usually hand carved and depict local deities or legendary creatures. The Tiki masks are said to infuse the wearer with the characteristics of the face carved into it. There are also some that didn’t represent any deities but other shapes such as turtles, which is significant in Fiji. Tiki masks can be easily found throughout Fiji islands. 

3. Lali Drums

Lali drums were traditionally made from resonant hardwood timbers and are an important part of traditional Fijian culture. They were used as a form of communication to announce births, deaths and wars. Portable war drums had two or three resonating chambers and sent complicated signals over the battlefield. Smaller Lali drums are used in music. You will see them in use in multiple ceremonies such as the Meke Ceremony or to announce church services during village stays. 

4. Tapa Cloth

A popular art form in Fiji is the creation of the Fijian masi, also known as tapa cloth. The bark cloth commonly known as tapa was named by early explorers who derived the term from Tahiti, Samoa and Tonga where the word was used to refer to the white unpainted borders of the finished product. Masi is made from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree (Broussonetia papyrifera). Masi can be used as a ceremonial dress, garments, wall décor, table mat or blanket. In the past, Fijian masi was used for men’s clothing, bedding, house partitions and mosquito curtains. Fijians display and present them as ceremonial gifts during important ceremonies such as weddings, births and funerals. 

5. Black Pearls

One of the world’s rarest pearls is being cultured in Fiji. Unlike other well-known pearls which are black or silvery white, Fiji’s pearls that are being cultured in Savusavu have a dash of rainbow colours blending with its silvery white coating, giving it an unmatched beauty. The pearls have different grades depending on their colouration and shape. You can even take an educational tour of the pearl farms to learn about the history of pearling in Fiji and there is even a snorkelling tour if you bring your own gear.  

6. Woven Mat or Basket

Handcrafted products are widely available in Fiji. There are many different types of woven baskets that are specific to different uses and are still used for day-to-day activities such as fishing, collecting crops and serving food. Kato (basket) for personal uses display more elaborate and fine weaving techniques today. Most of the products are intricately woven by artisan women from the rural villages. Thus, you can support the livelihood and income of these locals. 

7. Cannibal Fork

Fiji’s cannibalistic past is no secret – in fact, there are mementos of this morbid history in nearly every souvenir shop in Fiji. Handcrafted wooden cannibal forks with four prongs on the end come in all sorts of sizes and tiny cannibal figures made from polished coconut shells adorn the shop shelves. Traditionally, forks of this pattern were reserved for the use of chiefs at cannibal feasts. Cannibal forks are called ai cula ni bokola by the locals. 

8. Traditional Fijian Pottery

Pottery is a craft that dates from the original settlement of Fiji around 1290 BC. Although pottery styles and decoration have changed over time, the art of pottery-making has persisted in the Fiji islands to the present day. Almost all the women have pottery skills and all pottery is handcrafted with a lot of time and effort. The village of Nalotu on the island of Kadavu and the provinces of Rewa and Nadroga are famous for their pottery, much of which is still made in accordance with the rules and methods that were used hundreds of years ago.

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Best time to visit Fiji

When is the best time to visit Fiji?

Congratulations, you made the right decision in choosing Fiji as your next travel destination! Now comes the fun part — planning. 

What’s the best time to visit Fiji? Here are some guidelines to help you decide.

Weather in Fiji

There are two main seasons in Fiji: wet and humid (November – April) and dry and pleasant (May – October).

Note that the southeastern part of Viti Levu (the main island) has higher rainfall than the rest of the island during the rainy season. Just something to keep in mind.

Mid-October to mid-November is when prices are lower, there are less crowds, and the weather is dry. Thus it is an ideal time to visit.

Take note of the antipodean school holidays (around April, July, September/October, and December), because that’s when hotel and airline rates are sky high.

When is the best time to visit Fiji?

You’ll definitely want to experience a festival while you’re there. Here are 10 of Fiji’s most important festivals so you may adjust your visit accordingly. The exact dates sometimes vary from year to year.

1. Festival of the Friendly North - Celebration of Culture

Celebration happens in August.

This celebration takes place in Labasa (an agricultural town on the Vanua Levu island) and is one of the most notable festivals in the country. It is a charitable event that started forty odd years ago. The proceeds go to a cause in Labasa, for example, better health services in the town. 

During the festival, the people of Labasa gather on the streets and at the famous Subrail Park. Be entertained by the beauty pageant. Don’t forget to congratulate the winner of the title!

2. Diwali - Festival of Lights

Celebration happens in October.

Fiji is home to a large population of Indians, thus Diwali is a major celebration on the archipelago. Traditionally, South East Asian countries like India celebrate the festival by lighting diyas. In Fiji, there are light-shows, firecrackers, parties, and lots of fun. All the locals regardless of religion or ethnicity come together to celebrate the festival.

3. Bula Festival - Popular Fiji Festival

Celebration happens in August.

“Bula” means “hello”, thus as you might imagine, the annual Bula Festival is an introduction to Fiji and her people. It lasts an entire week with food, music, and other exciting events. The celebration is held at both Koroivolu Park and Prince Charles Park. Just like the Festival of the Friendly North, all proceeds of the event go to charity.

4. Holi - Festival of Colours

Celebration happens in March.

Holi is another festival brought over by the ethnic Indians, known as the “Festival of Colours”, owing to its vibrant and vivid colours. Although it is celebrated primarily by the Hindus, people of different communities come together and throw colourful powder on each other. The simple ritual represents forgetting old grudges and forging new relationships, which is why it’s celebrated during spring time, the season of new beginnings.

5. Fiji Day - Celebration of Independence of the Island

Celebration happens in October.

Fiji gained independence from British colonial rule in the 70s, a major event in history. The people of Fiji celebrate their independence annually on the 10th of October; the festivities may last up to a week in the main cities. There are parades, parties, and performances in every corner of the country. You bet it’s a big deal to the Fijians!

6. Lautoka Sugar Festival - A Fun Festival

Celebration happens in September.

Fiji is synonymous with the sugar trade, and the city of Lautoka in Fiji is a star player in sugar production. Every year, the people of Lautoka celebrate the Sugar Festival. As usual, there is music, dancing, food, and a beauty pageant, where the participants contest for the title of “Lady Sugar”, “Miss Sugar Princess”, and “Mr Sugar King”.

7. Hibiscus Festival - A Beauty Pageant Festival

Celebration happens in August.

Hibiscus Festival is the oldest, biggest, most awaited celebration on the island of Fiji. The beauty pageant is the main event of the festival — you’ll see Miss Hibiscus get crowned! — but there is also a celebration of Fijian culture. The festival is Fiji in a nutshell. It’s the one you don’t want to miss.

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How to Travel to Fiji Guide

How to Travel to Fiji Guide

If you’re thinking: sun, sea, sand, and exotic culture, Fiji is the perfect place for you!

Unfortunately, it’s in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a rather secluded part of the planet. Thus, a little homework is required. Here’s a tourist guide of everything you need to know about getting into the beautiful country of Fiji. 

How to get to Fiji

Your destination is Nadi International Airport (NAD). You’ll arrive at the western side of the main island Veti Levu.

Here is a list of airlines that operate direct flights to NAD, or the connection you can expect to make.

Note: Direct flights are marked with *

If you’re flying from North America:

  • Air New Zealand 
  • from Los Angeles* – daily
  • Fiji Airways 
  • from Los Angeles* – daily
  • from Vancouver via Honolulu – X2 weekly

If you’re flying from UK or Europe:

  • Air New Zealand 
  • From London via Los Angeles – daily
  • From London via Hong Kong – daily
  • Korean Air 
  • From London via Seoul

If you’re flying from Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa:

  • Virgin Australia 
  • From Brisbane* – daily
  • From Sydney* – daily
  • Fiji Airways 
  • From Brisbane* – daily
  • From Sydney* – daily
  • From Melbourne* – 4X weekly
  • From Auckland* – daily
  • From Christchurch* – weekly
  • Air New Zealand 
  • From Auckland* – daily


If you’re flying from Asia:


  • Air New Zealand – from Hong Kong* – daily
  • Fiji Airways 
  • From Singapore
  • From Delhi
  • From Mumbai
  • From Kolkata
  • From Chennai
  • From Bangalore

If you’re flying from elsewhere in the Pacific:

  • Fiji Airways 
  • From Apia, Samoa
  • From Funafuti, Tuvalu
  • From Honolulu, Hawaii
  • From Christmas Island, Kiribati
  • From Tarawa, Kiribati
  • From Port Vila, Vanuatu
  • From Nuku’alofa, Tonga


Note: All information is subject to change by the airlines.

Covid-19 protocols for Fiji

Only fully vaccinated travellers and their accompanying minors are allowed to visit Fiji

All travellers aged 16 years and above must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination while checking in at the airport prior to departure for Fiji.

In case your country of origin does not offer vaccinations to those below 18 years old, 16- to 17-year-old travellers are to apply for a special exemption at

“Fully vaccinated” is defined as having received the recommended number of initial doses (typically 2) of vaccine that is recognised by Fiji. Vaccine booster shots are accepted as additional protection.

Among the vaccines recognised by Fiji are:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Nuxaxovid (Novavax)
  • Coronavax (Sinovac)
  • Covidshield
  • BBIBP-CorV (Sinopharm)
  • Covaxin
  • Sputnik V

Fully vaccinated travellers are not required to produce a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country.

However, if you tested positive within 30 days prior to your travel to Fiji and have recovered, kindly have one of the following documents ready upon arrival in Fiji:

  • Proof of isolation period served by a credible institution, or
  • A fit-to-fly certificate/letter from a medical practitioner, which would exempt you from testing requirements pre- and post-arrival in Fiji. The fit-to-fly certificate should include the following:
  • Date of onset symptoms
  • Date tested positive
  • Date of cessation of symptoms
  • Release date from isolation 

If you recovered from COVID-19 more than 30 days prior to travel, the above requirements do not apply.

Check out the official Fiji tourism website for the latest updates.

Visa requirements for travellers to Fiji

You do not need a visa if you come from any of the following countries:

  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • The Bahamas
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Columbia
  • Cook Islands
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Commonwealth Dominica
  • Estonia
  • The federal Republic of Germany
  • The federated States of Micronesia
  • Finland
  • France
  • The Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Holy See (Vatican)
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Italy 
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxemburg
  • Macau
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Nauru
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • The Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Samoa
  • Serbia
  • Slovak Republic
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain 
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Should you require a visa, there are 2 types of visas available:

  • Single Entry Visa (SEV) — valid for 3 months and can only be used once.
  • Multiple Entry Visa (MEV) — valid for multiple entries within a 12-months period, starting from the date of issue. The visa-holder can then remain in Fiji for a maximum of 4 months.

Assuming that you are applying for a tourist visa, prepare these documents for application:

  • A fully completed visa application form
  • A certified copy of your passport main page with bio data
  • Two coloured recent passport-size photos
  • Confirmation of pre-booked hotel if available
  • A copy of your travel itinerary/ticket
  • Proof that you have sufficient funds to financially support yourself during the duration of the stay, possibly your bank statement or visa cards
  • Proof of approved visa and onward ticket, if you plan to travel to another country after Fiji
  • Consent letter from your spouse if you are travelling alone
  • Consent letter from your parents if you are below 18 years old and travelling alone
  • Letter stating approved leave from work or school, stating the number of days of absence. The letter is to be signed and stamped by the employer or school principal
  • If you plan to stay with your friends or family members, the following are required:
  • Sponsoring letter by the local host
  • A copy of the host’s valid ID/passport/residence permit

Refer HERE for information on other types of visas. 

Vinaka (thank you) and happy travels!

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Island-hop with SeaFiji, the fast boat transfer service that you need

Island-hop with SeaFiji, fast boat transfer service

If you are looking to island-hop to any of the Mamanuca Islands Resorts or Yasawa Islands for excursions on the shore, lunch, cocktails, or watersports, SeaFiji is there for you. SeaFiji is locally owned and a pioneer of water taxis in Fiji, servicing the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands for the past two decades. SeaFiji has built a strong reputation for its dependability that the industry knows and trusts. Operating around the clock day and night means you get to shuttle between the islands, anytime. 

With crews and captains that are fully trained and qualified professionals with 400 nautical miles average a day on the water. All vessels are in survey with MSAF and live tracked via TrackSolid. 

SeaFiji operates full and half-day charters in and around the Mamanuca and the lower Yasawa waters with your choice of activity: Trolling, Popper Casting, Island Safaris, Resort visits and snorkelling on secluded reefs. You can also hire a water taxi to enjoy uninhabited islands, beachcombing and snorkelling on secluded coral reefs. 

SeaFiji operates out of Port Denarau, a hub for a wide choice of cruises to nearby islands.

SeaFiji services include:

  • Fast Boat Transfers 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.
  • Transfers to/from Nadi Airport to Port Denarau (approx. 35 mins).
  • Transfers to/from Nadi Resorts/Hotels to Port Denarau.
  • Air-conditioned guest lounge at Port Denarau while awaiting your island transfer.
  • Fast twin engine all weather boats for maximum comfort.
  • GPS enables both day & night transfers to your island resort.
  • Game Fishing, Custom-made Cruises, Snorkelling Trips to pristine locations and Inter-Island transfers are also available.

Take advantage of being able to connect to offshore islands after arriving late from international flights or departing on early morning connections, giving you the bonus of spending maximum time at your resort.

Enjoy the comfort of SeaFiji’s air-conditioned Courtesy Guest Lounge while waiting for your fast boat transfer at Port Denarau. 

Island transfer times will vary from 30 mins to 1hr depending on sea and weather conditions.


Immerse in the luxury Fiji experience at Kokomo Private Island

Immerse in the luxury Fiji experience at Kokomo Private Island

This island is the epitome of privacy and luxury. Each one of the exclusive villas includes its own private pool, tropical walled garden, stunning ocean views, and direct beach access. Each villa also boasts an open plan design, featuring a large living area and a kitchenette with air-conditioning and ceiling fans throughout for ultimate comfort.

Cradled within the Great Astrolabe Reef, Kokomo Private Island is a paradise for adventure seekers, a restorative sanctuary for families and an enticing retreat for honeymooners. Fusing unscripted luxury with a bounty of space and generosity of time, this stunning unspoiled and naturally immaculate island is more than a backdrop, it’s your home for as long as you choose to linger. Explore one of the best dive and snorkelling locations on the planet, hike to a waterfall on a nearby island or relax in the Yaukuve Spa Sanctuary.

The island itself is a 140-acre speck of a place, a 45-minute seaplane ride from Fiji’s main island. And the resort itself comprises a mere 21 villas plus five residences, which means that even at capacity it still has the rarefied air of a private island retreat.

Villas range from one to three bedrooms, residences from three to six, and in every configuration they’re as lavish as can be — even the one-bedroom villas come with private infinity pools, outdoor showers, lavish bathrooms, and plentiful indoor and outdoor lounge space. The style is part contemporary, part classic South Pacific, and the craftsmanship throughout is first-rate.

Also first-rate is the service, as is the singing — there’s a gospel choir tradition in the region from which many staff members are drawn. The restaurants practice farm-to-table and “dock-to-dish” sourcing, the spa offers everything from massage to yoga to meditation, and the activities, as you’d expect, include just about anything that can be done by sea: fishing, kayaking, surfing, sailing, and diving some of the most extraordinary coral formations in the world.

How to get there:

From Nadi International Airport, guests will be transferred to Kokomo Private Island Resort by seaplane or helicopter. Please contact to make arrangements. This hotel is implementing enhanced safety and cleaning measures as required by the Tablet Recovery Pledge. Our Customer Service team is happy to provide full details of each step being taken.

Located on the edge of the Kadavu archipelago, Kokomo Private Island is a tropical hideaway on the island of Yaukuve, surrounded by the Great Astrolabe Reef. From the moment you arrive in by seaplane or helicopter your every need is catered for, whether you’re on honeymoon or a family escape.

Accommodation is in 20 beachfront villas or five luxury residences. The sustainably designed buildings feature open-plan living areas with subtle Fijian touches, indoor/outdoor bathrooms, and tropical walled gardens with a private infinity pool and sundeck.

Savor Fijian cuisine at the Beach Shack, sample Asian street food at Walker D’Plank, or enjoy pizza at the Pool Cabana. All champion fresh, locally sourced cuisine and delicious cocktails.

Snorkel or dive amongst the vibrant underworld wonders, laze on pristine beaches, enjoy watersports, trek to secret waterfalls, go island hopping, and indulge in a blissful treatment in the spa sanctuary.

Kokomo Private Island Information

Location & Getting There

Located south-east of Fiji island, Kokomo Private Island is a short 45-minute transfer from Nadi International Airport or a 25-minute transfer from South of Suva via a private Twin Otter seaplane or helicopter.

To ensure transfer on the same day as arrival, flights must be scheduled to land before 15:00, and departing flights must be scheduled after 10:00. Due to the strict weight and capacity restrictions for each transfer, one (1) carry-on luggage piece with a maximum weight of 10kg, per person is permitted on the flight. Any additional luggage will be delivered overnight. 


This Private Island has 21 Beachfront villas and 5 Luxury Residences. Each accommodation has been designed for privacy and features sustainable design and traditional Fijian nuances, whilst boasting striking views of the island and its surroundings. All luxury residences come with their own private infinity pool and garden. 


There will never be a dull moment at Kokomo Private Island. Experience from a list of activities that the resort has to offer, including diving, snorkeling, fishing, surfing, various water, and land-based activities, excursions, and coral garden restoration. After experiencing a morning of water activities or excursions, leave behind the world and spend the afternoon lost in relaxation with a highly-skilled therapist at Yakuve Spa Sanctuary. Holistic practices, such as Yoga, Pilates, and Meditation class are available upon request.


Apart from a myriad of experiences, the whole family can enjoy; from the resort pool, tennis, beach games, and daily excursions. Kokomo Private Island also offers complimentary entry to the kids’ clubs or babysitting services. Kokomo has 3 different kids clubs suitable for children of different ages: Infants Club (0 – 3 years), Kaji Club (4 – 11 years), and Teen Club (8 – 14 years). Bespoke children’s programs and activities are scheduled during school holidays and are available on request.



Pamper yourself with a luxurious holidays at Six Senses Fiji

Pamper yourself with a luxurious holidays at Six Senses Fiji

Six Senses Fiji is located in a magnificent secluded bay on Fiji’s Malolo Island, known for its idyllic crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, thick tropical forests, and excellent climate. The private golden sand beach frontage stretches over 2,100 feet in length. Six Senses Fiji represents a luxury surf resort never before seen in Fiji.

Just a short fifteen-minute boat ride from the resort lies the world-famous break of Cloudbreak. A feature on the World Surf League tour, this wave is simply world-class and a highlight amongst the pros, including Kelly Slater, who claims it as his absolute favourite. Year-round waves are available for all abilities at Six Senses Fiji, including lesser-known beginner waves and longboard sliders.

Sustainability lives at the foundation of the Six Senses Fiji and is reflected throughout the resort through active management of energy, water, waste, biodiversity, purchasing and chemical usage. The resort is 100 percent solar-powered and the first microgrid in the world to use Tesla batteries. The project includes tree reforestation on-site to offset the wood used in construction and coral reforestation to promote sea life and enhance the local marine environment. 

Pamper yourself with a luxurious holidays at Six Senses Fiji

Six Senses Fiji offers 26 spacious pool bures, all with private plunge pools. There are also 60 luxury residences (3, 4 and 5-bedroom configurations) which form part of Six Senses Fiji’s extraordinary accommodation offering. The 60 residences vary in size and average from approximately 6,500 square feet of interior and exterior space up to 10,500 square feet, all with private pools and situated on the island’s west side, where they enjoy the idyllic Fijian sunsets.

Imagine a perfect white sandy beach just a few steps beyond your private plunge pool. Six Senses Fiji has been designed with families and togetherness in mind. Kids and big kids alike will love it here. Water activities are plentiful and ideally matched to the expansive but safe resort lagoon. Snorkelling lies just a stone’s throw away. The Kid’s Centre has been designed as a centrepiece of the property, kids will be inspired and parents refreshed.

Six Senses Experience

The resort includes a treetop yoga platform, state-of-the-art fitness gym, recreation club house with flood-lit tennis and a comprehensive Kid’s Center. Other recreational activities include world-class surfing, boating, sailing, diving, snorkelling and sea kayaking. Also, two full-service marinas are located within the resort and are available for guest’s private yachts and charter leisure boats.

Dining at Six Senses Fiji

The property includes a superb range of culinary and beverage offerings, including two restaurants, an outdoor pizzeria and grill, three bar options, a gourmet food market, a walk-in wine cellar, and a tasting table, all set amongst the tropical landscape. Locally inspired and sustainably sourced, the resort’s cuisine features ingredients grown onsite in the resort market gardens and from local farmers, markets and fishermen.

Six Senses Spa

Six Senses Spa Fiji is featured within the resort’s wellness village, where guests will enjoy a layered approach to wellness that unites a pioneering spirit with treatments that go beyond the ordinary. Find an intuitive mix of science and human awareness, where a high-tech and high-touch approach defines a service that is crafted around the individual. The spa features the multidimensional Six Senses Integrated Wellness program, a personalized program based on the needs of each guest.

VIP Experience at Six Senses Fiji

Luxury Residences, VIP helicopter transfers, world-class waves and Six Senses service. Finally, a truly luxurious resort option for surfers seeking to tick Cloudbreak off their bucket list. Tropicsurf offers private guiding, high-speed luxury speedboat surf transfers, video analysis and jet-ski assist. We can also assist with private jet clearances into Nadi International Airport. 


Ultra luxury private island and resorts in Fiji

Ultra luxury private island and resorts in Fiji

Dolphin Island Resort

Nothing says luxury like your own private island. Situated off the Northern coast of Viti Levu, Dolphin Island is an award-winning oasis of exclusivity that caters for up to eight guests, making it the perfect option for couples, families or small groups of friends. Surrounded by crystal clear waters and just a short 15-minute boat ride from the Suncoast region of Fiji, this elegant beachfront property is completely private and comes with its own butler and personal chef. 

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji

Designed as your own Fijian village, surrounded by a marine sanctuary, a spectacular secluded coastline, pristine coral reefs and exotic marine life, this multi-award winning eco-friendly, luxury boutique resort is one of the most renowned destinations in the South Pacific.

Kokomo Private Island Resort

Situated in Kadavu, Kokomo is a private island luxury resort offering the ultimate in exclusivity. What makes Kokomo unique? Guests have the option to choose from 21 secluded, absolute beachfront villas or opt for multi-room private residences – literally a luxury home away from home. Farm to table is Kokomo’s philosophy and its incredible culinary offering is enough to make you want to never leave. The best way to access the island resort is by its exclusive private aircraft.

COMO Laucala Island

COMO Laucala Island’s private location north-east of Taveuni and first-class services make it one of the most exclusive island resorts in the world! After a 45-minute scenic flight on the Resort’s private jet and guests will discover an 18-hole championship golf course, bountiful water activities, a dedicated wellness centre and world-class dining options all cooked fresh daily using local produce from its on-site farms.  Accommodation has everything that guests could need, with private pools, personal butlers and buggies to explore the island at leisure.

Likuliku Lagoon Resort

A multi award-winning, unique, luxury wilderness retreat for adults only, designed with integrity to cultural values, traditional architecture, and embraced by the renowned warmth of the Fijian people. The only Fiji member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. A luxury haven with Fiji’s only authentic over-water bures over a calm lagoon, where the resorts gets its name from.

Namale Resort & Spa

Namale is a 525-acre sanctuary for adults looking for a truly all-inclusive escape. Encompassing an award winning 10,000 square feet spa area, a private waterfall, beach, blowhole and only 23 rooms, our 200+ staff cater to tailor made experiences for every guest. Unlimited meals, private dining, motorized activities and alcohol are included.

Nanuku Auberge Resort

The resort sits on its own private beach locality within the adventurous Pacific Harbour region and offers a range of accommodation options for couples or large families, private pools and personal butlers, it mixes traditional Fijian heritage by way of ornate furnishings with luxury modern trimmings. 

Royal Davui Island Resort

The secluded boutique island retreat and very popular with honeymooners. A secluded boutique island retreat with luxurious touches befitting an exclusive island resort. Intimate, with only 16 spacious, incredibly private pool villas makes this resort unique. But it is the intangible aspects of this barefoot luxury retreat that sets it aside and offers an indulgent escape for true romantics.

Six Senses Fiji

Sustainable luxury living with spa, water sports and more. Set on a sandy beach are 24 pool villas along with multi-bedroom residences that offer fully equipped kitchens and private pools. Offering activities for everyone with a Six Senses spa, water sports, cooking classes, a kids club and nature trails and villages to explore.

The Wakaya Club & Spa

The Wakaya Club & Spa is situated on a privately held island and entirely surrounded by exquisite coral. With only 10 guest “bures” and two private luxury villas, the resort offers its guests a unique private experience.

Turtle Island

Escape the Ordinary with Fiji’s Leading Private Island. With just 14 villas, acres of lush forests and 12 pristine private beaches, this truly all-inclusive paradise serves as an idyllic sanctuary for couples seeking connection, community, culture, and consciousness. 

Vatuvara Private Islands Resort

Accessible only by private plane, the gorgeous boutique resort is situated in Fiji’s most remote region – the Lau Islands., surrounded by pristine turquoise waters and Fijian forest. The resort exudes extravagance through décor and it’s attentive staff. With a private airstrip and three private beach front villas, this resort feels incredibly exclusive, giving guests true privacy and luxury.

Vomo Island Fiji

A luxury private island encircled by incredible beaches and clear waters, ideal for snorkelling, diving, kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming. Renowned for exceptional cuisine, sophisticated villas and residences and heartfelt Fijian hospitality.


15 must-try Fijian dishes

15 must-try Fijian dishes

Correct, Fiji is a foodie’s paradise!

Fiji’s long-and-tried food culture started in the first century when settlers from Melanasia travelled to the islands. Traditionally, Fijian cuisine is a mixture of forage- and farm-based ingredients, including root vegetables like cassava, taro, and yams. Protein-wise, they consume a variety of seafood.

Over time since the first century, the Polynesians arrived, then the Dutch and English explorers. The colonisers brought rice, flour, and tea, which became part of the local diet.

Eventually, the Indian labourers arrived too. All the different cultures merged together, birthing a new brand of cuisine.

Today, Fiji is home to a range of mouth-watering cuisines. Follow this comprehensive list to make sure that you don’t miss out!


1. Fijian lovo

The traditional Fijian cooking method is called lovo, where the food is cooked above hot coals in a hole in the ground. The chef wraps the meat, vegetables, and palusami (taro leaves filled with corned beef, onions, and coconut cream), then buries the food in the hole with banana leaves, soil, or potato sacks for hours.

The result is a yummy treat. Tasting a lovo meal is an experience you don’t want to miss!

Usually, the Fijians cook lovo for special occasions only, but some resorts specially prepare lovo for their guests.


2. Kava

Made from the crushed root of the yaqona, kava is thought of as a drug and is consumed as a tea. The Pacific Islanders have practised the tradition for hundreds of years. In Fiji, kava is served in a large communal bowl as part of a ceremony, sometimes to welcome guests. Fijian families often gather together for kava, thus it is also known as “Fiji time”.


3. Palusami

A curry with a stewed spinach taste, Palusami is made of boiled Taro leaves that are mashed into a paste. The dish’s traditional recipe uses practically no spices or chillies; its taste comes mostly from coconut cream, onions, and meat (sometimes corn beef when fresh meat isn’t available). Despite the lack of spices and chillies, palusami’s rich flavour does not disappoint.

4. Rourou

Rourou is a dish where taro leaves are cooked like spinach, often used as an ingredient in palusami. Rourou can also be made into rourou peti, which is chilli, onions, coconut milk, and fish wrapped in taro leaves.

5. Kokoda

A delicious dish of raw fish marinated in lime and lemon juice, then embellished with coconut milk, chillies, onions, tomatoes, and other ingredients, kokoda is an excellent entree dish. It is usually served in a coconut shell or large clamshell.

6. Grilled mahi-mahi

Mahi-mahi is a type of fish found in the deep waters around Fiji. It is commonly used as an ingredient in kokoda. Mahi-mahi can also be enjoyed grilled, served with a generous helping of vegetables. 

7. Babakau

Also known as Fijian fried bread. You may enjoy your babakau with jam, butter, and fruits. Sometimes, a serving of babakau may come with a layer of icing sugar or cinnamon.

8. Cawaki

Cawaki is the local name for sea urchin, the only edible species of urchin in Fiji. The Cawaki-collection process is headed by the women, who sell their harvest at the markets for a handsome income. The dish is much loved in the coastal villages.

9. Baigan Valo

“Baigan” means eggplant in Hindi. Baigan Valo is basically eggplant stuffed with fish and spicy sauce, finished with a coconut cream topping. As you might have guessed, this fusion dish has Indian influence, a credit to the Indian labourers who migrated to Fiji from their homeland.

10. Duruka

This dish is known as the “Fijian asparagus”. It is the unopened flower of a cane shoot. There are two types of duruka: red and green; Fiji has both. The red one is harder in texture than its green counterpart. Daruka is found in coconut milk and curries, and is widely used in Fijian cooking.

11. Taro (dalo)

As mentioned before, taro is a staple in Fiji. In fact, it is so beloved that the locals celebrate Taro Day on the first full moon of every May. Like potatoes and yams, taro may be fried as chips or mashed like potatoes, then served as a side dish. More importantly, it is a vegetable with one of the highest energy sources, so you know the Fijians got this right.

12. Cassava cake

Cassava is a root vegetable, a common ingredient in sweet desserts. Cassava cake resembles sticky rice, and is served with butter, preserved fruit, or fresh fruit. 

13. Fijian roti

Similar to baigan valo, roti was brought over by the Indians migrants. Roti has been a Fijian favourite for ages. It is cooked over a tava and served with curries. It is also often used as a wrap at food stalls all over Fiji.

14. Chicken chop suey

This might not be a widely known fact, but Fiji has quite a sizable Chinese community. Thus it is no surprise that the country has some good Chinese food. Chicken chop suey is a staple on fast food menus and Chinese takeaways on Viti Levu. The flavour of the dish is a contrast to Fijian traditional food, so consider this option if you would like variety.

15. Tropical fruits

Fiji is a tropical country, so juicy fruits are abundant — sea grapes, papayas, bananas, mangoes, rambutans, melons, pineapples, and grapefruits — you want it, they’ve got it.

One fruit you should not miss out on is the soursop. Soursops are nicknamed “cancer-busters”, thanks to their high level of vitamins. You may eat the fruit whole, or you may taste it in any of its many reincarnations: a drink, ice-cream, sorbet, cake, jelly, or jam.

June to September is harvest season in Fiji, so keep an extra look out for this miraculous fruit then.

Bon appetit!


All about Fijian Masi or Barkcloth

All about Fijian masi or barkcloth

A popular art form in Fiji is the creation of the Fijian masi, also known as tapa cloth. The bark cloth commonly known as tapa was named by early explorers who derived the term from Tahiti, Samoa and Tonga where the word was used to refer to the white unpainted borders of the finished product. Masi is made from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree (Broussonetia papyrifera). Masi can be used as a ceremonial dress, garments, wall décor, table mat or blanket.


How to create Fijian masi?

Making masi requires a lot of hard work. Fijian women strip the bark, soak it in water for a few days, and then beat the strips with a wooden mallet (ike) into sheets of varying thickness and size. Then the edges of the smaller pieces of cloth are overlapped and felted or glued until the masi is the desired size.

Once the cloth is prepared, designs are added using red, brown or black dye. In decorating barkcloth, Fijians employ a great variety of techniques to create elaborate patterns of motifs. The different kinds of masi include masi kesa (stencilled), masi kuvui (brown or smoked), seyavu (white or plain), and masi vakarerega (yellow). The different colours reflect a person’s rank in society, with white or brown masi used by thoe chiefs. The bold rectilinear patterns on the present work were produced through the use of stencils, traditionally made from banana leaves or other large-leaved plants. Nowadays, x-ray film appears to be a unique technique to Fiji.

In the Lau islands of eastern Fiji a Tongan-style rubbing technique using a tablet or rubbing board (kupeti) was also used on large sheets of cloth. The resulting cloth, (gatuvakatoga), was commonly used in chiefly ritual. 

Significance of the pattern or design

There is usually a story or meaning behind the pattern created, and many motifs are highly protected in Fiji. In villages, masi traditions and patterns are passed down through the generations. Artists who move out of their village often continue to make masi, bringing their traditions and patterns with them.

Fijians use the juice of the mangrove tree’s bark to create the paint or dye to decorate the masi. To make black paint, the soot of burned candlenut fruit is added to the mangrove juice. To make red or brown paint, red clay from the earth is added. Mangrove trees and candlenut trees grow in Fiji. The patterns and motifs are painted free-hand, stenciled, or stamped on to the masi with these natural dyes.

Fijian artists make masi using materials they have on hand and inspiration from their natural environment. Since Fiji is made up of hundreds of islands, shells, the sea, or the native plants are common motifs. 

What’s masi used for?

In the past, Fijian masi was used for men’s clothing, bedding, house partitions and mosquito curtains. Fijians display and present them as ceremonial gifts during important ceremonies such as weddings, births and funerals. Some masi kesa are so huge that it requires many people to carry and present them in a ritual procession. After receiving the cloth, the ranking chief orders it to be cut into smaller pieces to be distributed to different individuals, who preserve them. 

Traditionally, masi was also worn for ceremonial purposes by the Chiefs of the different villages. Masi is still used within the home as a blanket or mattress, and the accumulation of masi is seen as a sign of wealth. Masi was also presented to dignitaries during special functions or celebrations. In the Kingdom of Tonga, the King often walks on masi carpets during official ceremonies. 


All about the famous kava and yaqona in Fiji

All about the famous Kava and Yaqona in Fiji

Kava, locally known as yaqona or grog, is an integral part of Fijian culture. It is consumed ritually when welcoming visitors, sending village members on journeys, christening boats, laying the foundations of homes, casting magical spells, making deals, settling arguments and, as is usually the case, chatting.

Kava is traditionally served as a part of a ceremonial atmosphere, most commonly in welcoming guests into a village and on important occasions. When visiting Fiji, you will find yourself taking part in plenty of kava ceremonies, especially when you visit any traditional villages. It is customary to present a gift of Yaqona (kava root) to the village head as a long-held tradition in Fiji.


History of kava

Traditionally, Pacific Islanders crushed, chewed and ground the root and stump of the shrub, then soaked it in cold water to produce a drink for ceremonies and cultural practices. These rituals were said to strengthen ties among groups, reaffirm status and help people communicate with spirits

Many Pacific Islanders who have settled in Australia have continued drinking kava or using kava extracts.

What is kava or yaqona?

Kava is a drug made from the ground roots of the plant Piper methysticum, a member of the pepper family that also includes black pepper. It is a native plant found in the South Pacific.

Kava can be taken as a drink or as a supplement or extract. The drink is made from the crushed root of the yoqana (pronounced yang-go-na) plant. Legend has it that kava was the drink of choice for the kings and queens of many countries in the Pacific Islands. The kava is often used for sedative, hypnotic and muscle-relaxant effects. When drunk, it creates a sense of calm, numbness and relaxation for the drinker. 

How to receive kava in a kava ceremony?

Your host will offer kava as high tide (full cup) or low tide (half cup). When presented with the kava, clap once and yell ‘Bula!’ (Fijian for hello). Drink the kava in one gulp if possible, clap three more times and end with the word Maca – pronounced ‘Ma-tha’.

Kava ceremony etiquette

You are expected to dress modestly and respectfully when participating in a kava ceremony. It is also a tradition to present the village chief with a kava root, which you can find at any Fijian market. 

Guests will sit in a circle around a communicable kava tanoa (bowl) which is placed in front of the chief. The ceremony commences with the actual production of the kava. 


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