Festival (photo: the great miraculous nature of Fiji! There are many amazing waterfalls and streams due to the mountainous nature of the islands such as the famous Bouma Falls on Taveuni. You can also go bush walking in Fiji’s unique rainforests spotting brilliant coloured parrots and you can relax as Fiji is free of Malaria and your chances of running into a poisonous snake or spider are extremely remote.

This lush rainforest park, pronounced tholo-ee-soo-va, is a 2.5-sq-km oasis teeming with vivid and melodic birdlife and tropical flora. The 6.5km of walking trails navigate clear natural pools and gorgeous vistas, with just a touch of Indiana Jones in the rope swings over water and stone steps across streams. Sitting at an altitude of 120m to 180m, it’s a cool and peaceful respite from Suva’s urban hubbub.


Fiji Scuba Diving:

The Fiji archipelago is encircled by a huge reef. Within its protected waters are shallow lagoons, steep drop off’s, and thousands of scuba dive sites. Most areas are easy to get to with plenty of resorts offering scuba diving scattered around the islands. Sea temperatures are incredibly warm – typically 25C in winter (May to Nov) and up to 30C in summer at depths of 5 meters. Visibility is also excellent with depths of 40 meters not unusual. The best diving conditions are early morning before the winds pick up. Heavy rainfall in the summer can obscure visibility off the main islands with river run-off.

During the course of the year, various arts, music and trade festivals are held in Fiji. There are a few large and notable festivals in Suva that occur annually and these include the Hibiscus Festival (Largest carnival in the south pacific islands), the New Years Street Party, and the ‘Fiji Show Case’ a tradeshow that includes carnival rides, food as well as magic and circus performances.

List of traditional Fiji festivals:

New Year’s Day, Holi – private Hindu festival of colors, Ram Naumi – birth of Lord Rama, Easter – major Christian festival, Palm Sunday – private methodist children celebration, Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna Day – about first important Fiji politic person, National Youth Day, Queen’s Birthday, Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday – muslim celebrating of Muhammad, Bula Festival, Hisbiscus Carnival/ Festival, Sugar Festival – Lautoka main celebration, Friendly North Festival, Coral Coast Festival, Fiji Day – big autumn week celebration, Diwali – Hindu festival of lights, Christmas and Boxing Day.

The South Indian fire-walking festival is held here during July or August. Of all Fiji’s cultural rituals, the extraordinary art of fire walking is perhaps the most impressive. Watching men display the poise of a lead ballerina while they traverse a pit of blazing embers without combusting is truly baffling. Even more mystifying is the fact that, originally, this ritual was practised in Fiji only on the tiny island of Beqa, and by two neighbouring and disparate cultures – Indigenous Fijian and Hindu – for completely different reasons.