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Fiji is more than five star resorts - it is about beautiful food, fascinating cultures, and complex politics. Fiji is a wonderful place for tourists on short stays - welcoming, sharing, comfortable, with plenty of challenges for the more adventurous. To see more, stay a few years. Only then will you start to understand the complex history, internal tensions, and amazing resillience of this country and it's inspiring people.
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PO Box 63, Kadavu Island, Fiji
Here, our hosts were digging up food from the lovo feast that were burried in an underground oven lined with banana leaves and covered with hot stones. A lovo is a Fijian feast prepared for communal events and festivities. For our group, seafood...
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Nanuya Balavu Island, Yasawa Islands, Fiji
Sometimes things don't go as planned, but the fiasco leads you to a whole new adventure. It had rained quite heavily for a few days before we were due to arrive at Yasawa Island Resort in Fiji. The island has a very nice grass landing strip, but...
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Melanesia
I hesitated before booking a resort in Fiji rather than running off to somewhere "local" to absorb the cultural part of Fiji, but I was happy to find that even my resort drew in bits of culture like this fern tree carved statue. These faces of...
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Yasawa Island Resort & Spa, Yasawa Island, Fiji
Getting to Yasawa Island Resort and Spa is most of the fun. I learned the runway sloped down, but was not aware it was made of grass! After a bumpy van ride you are delivered to an oasis in the middle of nowhere. This is the view of the beach near...
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Harris Rd, Suva, Fiji
Rain is synonymous with Suva. Navigating Suva Market in the wet is a skill no local can live without. Inside, professional traders man the stalls, leaving local women to sit outside in the rain. Many of these women have travelled overnight to sell...
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Harris Rd, Suva, Fiji
These scorpion-like crabs, called mana, live in the mangroves around Viti Levu, Fiji's main island. You can buy a woven bag of them at the Suva market for US$12. They taste delicious boiled, shelled, and soaked in miti, the ubiquitous cold sauce...
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Harris Rd, Suva, Fiji
A seasonal delicacy, nama is best likened to seaweed caviar. The texture of the tiny brine-filled pearls is similar to salmon roe, clustered along a seaweed stalk. Eaten with sugar and chili, they make a tasty snack at the Suva market. Here they...