Five Free Things to Do in Fiji

Published Date Author: , December 11th, 2013

Fiji - Google MapsWith its white sand beaches, tropical climate and relaxed pace, Fiji has rightfully earned a reputation as a South Pacific paradise. But it’s the friendliness of the people that makes traveling in these islands a real delight. You’ll quickly learn the ubiquitous word “bula” (pronounced boolah) which means hello and is usually accompanied with a broad smile.

Not everything in paradise is perfect, however. There’s been a succession of military coups in Fiji, and the political restiveness stands in contrast to the easygoing nature of the people. And once you travel beyond the idyllic tourist resorts you’ll see that most people live in very basic conditions. That said, Fiji remains a fascinating destination. While most tourist activities come with a price tag, there are plenty of things for adventurous travelers to do and see for free.

NADI MUNICIPAL MARKET

Most travelers arrive via the international airport at Nadi. In downtown Nadi, a bustling market offers tables laden with ginger, coconuts, mangoes and jackfruit. There are also lots of stands selling kava, a plant from the pepper family which is native to the Pacific. Fijians use kava powder to make an intoxicating beverage which is drunk in ceremonies throughout the islands and even by a few people in this market. If you do decide to try it, drink it in moderation. Be warned that kava supplements have been banned from several countries due to health concerns. Fiji’s capital city Suva has a similar municipal market that also sells fruit, vegetables and fish.

Authored By Nick Perry – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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