Why you should add Fiji to your Indie/RTW trip

[All content and prices updated July 2013]

Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, Fiji consists of 322 islands, the vast majority of which are uninhabited. More than 80% of the country's population lives on just two islands: Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. These islands are also where most tourists spend their time in Fiji, which is a shame because they are arguably two of the least attractive islands in the country.

  • The country has the fine white beach and clear blue waters you would expect to find in the South Pacific. It also features lush jungles and volcanoes.
  • The true beauty of the country, however, lies within the Fijian people. If you get away from the cities and you don't shelter yourself in a resort, you will be able to experience firsthand the legendary hospitality of her people.
  • You will more likely than not be invited to stay at someone's home and you will be treated like royalty while you are there. That is the Fijian way and that is one of the many reasons you should consider paying a visit to the remote island nation.
  • Fiji is an interesting example of a multi-ethnic state.
    • The contrast between city and country life is something you can't help to avoid while visiting Fiji.
    • The native Fijians, people of Melanesian and Polynesian ancestry, primarily are the land owners and live in small villages throughout the country.
    • In the cities, there are primarily people of Indian decent.

Transportation

How do you get to Fiji? You can fly there of course. Airfare to Fiji is rarely cheap on its own, but oftentimes you can find deals on flights or stopovers from New Zealand, Australia or Los Angeles that won't break the bank.

Accommodations

If you are on more of a budget, there are plenty of hostels as well. Some of them even allow you to sleep right on the beach.