Fiji is an exotic tropical destination in the South Pacific with 333 islands that can sizzle with excitement or murmur from the crashing waves reaching its quiet calm, pristine nature. Families love it as do adventure seekers. It is a sun- filled destination of its own or a perfect post stay after a visit in Australia or New Zealand.

Down Under Answers can match you with your kind of getaway and include snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, kayaking, white water rafting, hiking, horseback riding, or a resort beach stay where you can view of all of the activities from your private hammock beside a tranquil lagoon. Meet the Fijian people who will welcome you with a smile and the local greeting “Bula”.

Most travelers arrive at the international airport in Nadi on the big island of Viti Levu. While “in town” local sightseeing ideas include the Nadi Garden of the Sleeping Giant which houses many beautiful plants including orchids and has pleasant walking trails. Wailoaloa Beach is a half a mile long and boasts the colorful Hindu Temple, the largest in the Pacific. Fiji derives some of its character from the mix of Fijians and Indians. Nadi has some bustling markets offering handicrafts, fruit, produce and musical instruments. When you are ready for sun, sea, and sand head to the close by Sunshine Coast. Nadi is an important ferry, catamaran, and yacht departure point for the outer island groups such as Mamanuca and Yasawa.

To the south and east on the island is the city of Suva which is Fiji’s political and administrative capital. It is the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the South Pacific. It contains the majority of the country’s population and is truly a blend of cultures from all over the Pacific region. Suva is a harbor city and is situated on a hilly peninsula. The city’s architecture is a mixture of modern and traditional colonial styles including beautiful Queen Elizabeth Drive. You’ll want to visit “Little India” where you will find curry houses and sari shops. Allow plenty of time to tour the Fiji Museum located in the Botanical Gardens and view archaeological material dating back over 3000 years including the most extensive collection of Fijian artifacts in the world.

English is the official language in Fiji with two local dialects spoken, Bau Fijian and Hindustani.

Linda Meadors

Linda Meadors has been affiliated with Blue Horizon Travel, Orion IL since 2002 with a focus on affinity groups which has included jazz clubs, heritage groups, school fund-raisers, celebrities with followers, reunions and church fellowship groups. Many individual clients started as group members. Linda has served as the MAST International Travel Writer since 2012. In 2018 her group and personal travel destinations will include: Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy and England. A year of college study abroad at the University of Vienna set her wander lust in motion to work in travel, convention planning, marketing and most importantly, communications.