50 Fascinating Facts About Fiji

With its stunning oceans and white sand beaches, Fiji is an excellent option for volunteers looking to spend their free time in a pleasant, tropical location. Fiji's national currency is the Fijian dollar. Historians believe that the ancient Fijians arrived in Fiji about three thousand years ago via the Malay Peninsula when Polynesians settled there but were later conquered and defeated by Melanesians in 1500 BCE. Today, Fijians, descended from Melanesians and Polynesians, have established an endearingly unique, friendly, and intriguing society that attract visitors from across the world. Fiji is not just one lovely island; it is an archipelago of over 333 islands, including over 500 islets. Only 110 are inhabited, yet they all feature stunning mixtures of volcanic mountain ranges, jungles, and white sand beaches. Continue reading to learn more fascinating facts about Fiji.

Fascinating Facts

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Fiji is an archipelago country located roughly 1,300 miles to the north of New Zealand.
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Fiji's primary sources of foreign cash are sugar exports and the burgeoning tourism industry, which, combined with an abundance of minerals, seafood, and forests, has resulted in one of the Pacific's most developed economies.
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Fiji is an island republic in the South Pacific Ocean's Melanesia region.
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The first word you'll need to learn in the indigenous Fijian language is Bula, which translates as "hello," as you'll hear it everywhere.
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Fiji, a country in the South Pacific, is home to approximately 330 lush islands!
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Fiji is comprised of 333 islands, 223 of which are uninhabited.
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Fiji rural ladies perform veicaqemoli on New Year's Eve. It's a team game in which the winning team must offer new clothing to members of the losing team.
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Archaeological evidence indicates that early Polynesian peoples settled Fiji in three waves between 1230 BC and 860 BC.
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For those who prefer outdoor experiences, the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, the sandy Natadola Beach, and the Lavena Coastal Walk from the beach to the waterfall provide excellent treks and hikes.
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The country is officially known as the Republic of Fiji.
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The greeting BULA! It is translated as "life," and it is used in much the same manner as Aloha in Hawaii - as a friendly greeting, an icebreaker, a benediction, and so much more.
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You, too, may own a piece of paradise for an incredible few million. Mel Gibson purchased Mago Island for $15 million in 2005.
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Fijian traditional meals consist of relishes, starches, and a beverage.
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In Fiji, cannibalism has a long history. According to historical accounts, the practice began approximately 400 BC.
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Fiji is officially trilingual: Fijian, English, and Fiji Hindi.
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Fiji time does not necessarily correspond to local time; in general, there is a lack of timeliness in this area, which means everything happens later than intended.
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Kava is Fiji's national drink and has soothing properties! It is frequently used in ceremonies and has a mild mud-like flavor.
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Around 40% of the Fijian population is now of Indian ancestry. Between 1874 and 1970, the British colonized Fiji.
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You may still purchase four-pronged wooden forks at village craft and souvenir shops. They were once an integral part of Fijian culture but have been reduced to quaint relics of its cannibalistic history.
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Driving at night is hazardous due to uneven roads, little street lighting, and drunk drivers.
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While cannibalism is not practiced now, Fijians have embraced this piece of their history. Numerous Fijian gift stores sell cannibalism forks and hilarious cannibal dolls.
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Fijian girls learn to make ceramics and weave baskets and mats. In contrast, guys know to carve kava bowls, war clubs, spears, and the perennially popular wooden forks sold to visitors as remnants of Fiji's cannibalistic past.
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Fiji's population was predicted to be 902,400 people as of 1 January 2017.
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Men and women alike frequently have short curly hair and adorn themselves with a fresh flower. Women wear tropical floral gowns in the most exquisite hues.
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If you're ever in the mood for a cooked bat, Fiji has you covered. Locals frequently consume this delicacy alongside raw fish and other roots.
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Traditional Fijian cuisine is called lovo, wrapped in banana leaves or palm fronds and cooked in an earthen pot.
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In Fiji, people drive on the left side of the road and frequently cross extremely slowly - take care!
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Pork, fish, and poultry are piled into the bottom of a lovo pit lined with scorching stones. Taro, cassava, and wild yam cover the meat before the cavity is filled with soil and left to cook for around three hours.
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To extract kava traditionally, adolescent guys chew it to a pulp and then spit it into a communal kettle strained through coconut fiber.
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The Yaqona plant is the source of Kava in Fiji, which is a significant export product.
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The first settlers of Fiji, who arrived about 5000 years ago, are now known as the Lapita people but were Melanesians and Polynesians originally
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With an area of around 18,300 square kilometers, it is the 151st largest country in the world.
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Kava is Fiji's national drink and has soothing properties! It is frequently used in ceremonies and has a little mud-like flavor.
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Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, Fiji's two largest islands, account for 87 percent of the country's total landmass.
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Strange but true, because Fiji is split across the international dateline, it is possible to be in two separate time zones at the same time when on the island of Taveuni.
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Renting a car is feasible for as little as 60 Fiji dollars per day if you are a savvy negotiator
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Sperm whale teeth are the most precious present to offer during funerals, weddings, and significant rites or holidays.
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Fiji's primary commercial export is water, which is bottled and marketed globally from a natural aquifer.
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Only around one-third of Fiji's islands are populated.
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Fiji's coastline totals 1,129 kilometers (701 miles).
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Until the nineteenth century, cannibalism was prevalent in Fiji.
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Traditional Fijian dwellings were constructed and lived in a manner that indicated the inhabitants' social rank.
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Fiji gained independence in 1970 after 96 years of British control but remained a member of the British Commonwealth
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Suva is the capital of Fiji, the country's largest city, and among the most cosmopolitan in Oceania. It is located on Viti Levu's southeast shore.
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All Fijian females are taught at an early age how to weave mats and baskets, produce ceramics, and make bark fabric for ceremonial and domestic purposes. Boys learn to cut kava bowls, spears, war clubs, and the perennially famous cannibal fork mainly for the island's thriving tourist industry.
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Fiji consists of about 300 islands and 540 smaller islets.
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Fiji's primary tourist attractions are its white-sand beaches and artistically attractive islands.
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Fijians are Fiji's indigenous population.
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Fiji remained under military coup authority until a democratic election was eventually held in September 2014.
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Tap beer is commonly accessible, with the more prominent local brands being Fiji Bitter, Gold, and Vonu.

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