Travel Tips

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.

Recent Post Travel Tips

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.


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.



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.

Bula Fiji