Top things to do in Fiji!
What to do in Fiji that Does Not Involve Swimming! Photo credit: Maris Jool
What to do in Fiji that Does Not Involve Swimming
You can visit the Fiji Culture Village for a tour over a traditional Fijian village. See locals make canoes and pots. Stop for a Meke Show or the cultural song and dance of the Fijian people.
For some adventure and fun, you can head to the Kula Wild Adventure Park to bond with the whole family. You get to learn about wildlife, Fiji’s history, and some interesting facts about the island. They have adrenaline-pumping attractions for active seniors.
Explore Bouma National Park at Taveuni
The Bouma National Park is a tropical paradise where you can commune wonderfully with nature while learning of the island’s tribal history. There are four attractions of the park where you can access awesome waterfalls, lake, and walking trails.
Vidawa Rainforest Walk
This cultural walk dives down to how the people lived and developed the land for their needs. The cultural trail starts at the Vidawa village, past the forests and fortified villages, up to the famed Tavoro Waterfalls.
The Tavoro Waterfalls is the park’s most famous attraction which consists of a three-hour hike. While the trail passes off as easy, you need a Fijian guide to tell you every story in each beautiful nook and corner you’ll go through. You’ll be passing three waterfalls that have warm, volcanic water properties, similar to hot springs.
For those who are botanically-inclined, a whole-day trip to Lake Tagimaucia on top of the mountain is a journey worth going for. It is home to the national flower of Fiji, Tagimaucia. The journey to the top, however, is steep and rough. You need a guide to take you to the lake.
Lavena Coastal Walk
The Lavena Coastal Walk will take you to a three-hour journey to explore isolated rainforests, gardens, and beaches. You can stop for a short break, prepare a picnic, and learn all about the Naba people who settled in the islands. The premises have pieces of evidence of volcanic activity which helped formed the island.
Visit Nadi – Fiji’s multicultural town
Nadi is a bustling hub of commercial activity in Fiji, serving travelers striking tours, activities, dining, and places of interests. You can find the colorful Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple of Fiji, the largest Hindu monument in the South near the Nadi River. For food and artisan lovers, a trip to the local markets for quick bites of Lovo and Kava is a must.
Your journey won’t be complete without going to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. This eco-tourist spot has more than 2,000 species of orchids and cattleyas.
Take part in fire-walking ceremonies at Beqa
Beqa Island might be known for its 100+ dives sites, but it’s the ceremonial fire-walking you have to see. Chosen men from the village get to walk barefoot on hot stones to honor and remember their ancestor, Tunaiviqalita.
Fijian fire-walking is sacred. You can partake on the celebrations with singing, dancing, fighting, and storytelling.
Hunt and eat your own Lairo Crab!
Don’t you know you can hunt and eat your own crab at Qamea Island? During the night in November to January, guests can visit the jungle and unleash their inner hunter to catch their lairo crab for breakfast. After an evening of gathering crabs, savor your sweet catch by steaming or cooking it into a curry.
Re-enact being a sacrifice for a cannibal ceremony
Visit a local village and let them tell you about their history. Some locals have early accounts of cannibalism in the past. While they don’t do that anymore, allow them to re-enact the procedure with plastic props. You can take photos of the activity for laughs, but take note during the storytelling process. It accounts Fiji having unique, colorful, yet ghastly story centuries ago.
Visit archaeological sites
Fiji has a lot of archaeological sites which showed ancient pottery shards and materials dating over 2,600 years ago. With these artifacts, came along human remains that researchers reveal to be the island’s cannibalistic history. One archaeological site worth visiting is Sigatoka.