Fiji What to Expect

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Traveling with Children in Fiji 
Nandi, Western Fiji, Fiji
Nadi is where the airport is located in Fiji. On the plane wear clothes with layers so you can take some off before disembarking as you will feel the heat as soon as you step off the plane (even at night!). All you will need is your bathing suit and a pair of jandals! Just like many citiies on the main land the sea is not as clear as it is on the outer islands so spend a couple of nights in the islands or take a day trip or island hopping as they call it! Learn their phrases, as the fijians are lovely friendly people and love to just say bula (hello) as your passing by and because they are such helpful people and great with children vinaka (thank you) is a must too!
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Matamanoa Island, Western Fiji, Fiji
No children under 12. Great place to watch sunsets. Awesome snorkeling just off the front beach.
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Suva, Central Fiji, Fiji
sick place all kids should go there
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Suva, Central Fiji, Fiji
For lunch, the tour bus dropped us at McDonalds - there really weren't many other choices - and they were filming an advertisement for Fijian Television. The restaurant was full of equipment, and one half of the ordering area was literally covered in cables, Teleprompters and an army of producers and directors. We ordered our food and sat around watching what was going on. After an eternity of checking and rechecking equipment, reading over scripts and having women dart back and forth with buckets of makeup, the director finally shouted "Action." Behind the counter, a pretty Fijian girl took one step towards the camera and smiled. "Right, Cut" shouted the director, "That's a wrap. Print it." And thus another commercial for burgers was in the can.

There were plenty of chances to take photographs on the way to and from Suva, and the journey passed quickly enough. The scenery outside the cities is fantastic, and the old Polynesian style of living obviously still persists here as we passed many small villages consisting of nothing but a few small huts near a river with the village elder's hut dominating the view. The couple from Canada were less interested in looking at the scenery but full of suggestions for my fast approaching journey through North America, while Nora had travelled a lot and was happy to impart some knowledge of Hawaii for next week. On the way back to the Naviti we stopped off to collect a young couple, Nathalie and Chris, who had been on a rafting trip along the river while the rest of us went into Suva - for a moment I found myself feeling quite envious of the exciting day they were keen to relate to us, but then I remembered all the aches and pains I had after white-water rafting in Cairns. Tonight, I had a dinner of roast beef and sweetcorn in the hotel restaurant and sat out on the balcony where I could watch the sunset. This is such a popular activity here that the daily sunrise and sunset times are routinely posted on the events board at reception. It was, unsurprisingly, a spectacular sight. Down on the beach, children were playing in the water. A dog was splashing about in the surf and the sunset cruise was just heading out into the Pacific waters. It was like being in a postcard.

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Malolo Lailai Island, Western Fiji, Fiji
Musket Cove is great and has a killer sunset spot past the visiting boats and yachts at what used to be the "$3 Bar". Now I think it's up to $4...Fijian that is. The accomodations are clean, traditional with great menu variety and comfortable rooms-all have their own bathrooms and electricity. It's best for adults and couples. Plantation is right across the airstrip, it's larger and not as traditional in my view. Good for families, has activities and kids play area.
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Women Travelers in Fiji 
Fiji Islands, Fiji
Tonight, I wanted to see The Magic of the South Seas, a show which takes place twice weekly at the Sheraton Fiji. It is hosted by a local witchdoctor by the name of Tupa'I Bruno, and as the in-flight magazine on the plane had given over nearly five pages to the show I thought it must be worth seeing. The Sheraton resort is bloody huge, as you would expect from an international chain like themselves, and just a tad on the lavish side. I was treated like a visiting dignitary by the staff from the moment I got out of the taxi, which had entered the resort across a bridge which I took to indicate that the resort was on its own island. As it was a while before the show started, I decided to have dinner in the Foyer restaurant, if for no other reason than that I would be able to tell people I had dined at the Sheraton. There were a lot of designer shops dotted around the lobby of the hotel, selling the most expensive jewellery and watches you can imagine. Out of interest, I enquired as to how much the rooms were. The receptionist handed me the current price list, looking me carefully up and down and mentioning that they could probably do something to cut the prices down if I was on a budget. I didn't quite know how to take this. The least expensive rooms in the place started at F$495 a night - about £180, and went up to more lavish rooms at a mere £400 a night. I told them I would have to think it over, and went outside to laugh loudly into the night. The show started at 8.00PM in the Sheraton Pavilion, a huge circus tent that had been erected behind the hotel. Tupa'I Bruno apparently used to work in the circus before going on to spend many years manufacturing tents for travelling shows. He has, in recent years, become an official Witchdoctor in Samoa and travelled the Polynesian Triangle performing his unique blend of magic and dance. On his travels, he has even been thrown out of countries for practising "The Black Arts", and for the time being it seems he has got fed up travelling and taken root at the Sheraton Fiji Resort. Like all showmen, I don't think it'll be too long before he moves on elsewhere. Bruno is a funny little man, totally different on stage from what you might expect of a witchdoctor and world class magician. From the fliers and other advertising material, I had been rather under the impression that he was a big menacing character with fire coming out of his nose and a bone through his neck. The photos show him standing over the charred remains of human bodies, waving magic wands around in the air and dancing about in the middle of burning buildings - more or less what you would expect from a witchdoctor, in fact! In reality, however, Bruno is difficult to describe. He is a small, chunky man with a bald head and squinty little eyes. Actually, he's quite easy to describe, isn't he? Bruno rushes around the stage in more the manner of a clown or a dandy than a serious entertainer, making camp Carry On Matron style oooh sounds at everything - whether its a female dancer appearing on stage with a grass skirt hanging suggestively from her waist, or a member of the audience being cut in half with a chainsaw. Perhaps this is his circus background showing through. Only about 50% of the show was actually what I would term magic. There was plenty of juggling and fire-walking, and the rest of the show was really more about beautiful Polynesian dancing girls with very little on and tattooed men performing tribal dancing displays. He also had a sixteen year old girl called Princess Zula as part of the act, supposedly from the entirely fictitious island of Bula-Bula - "Hello Hello" in Fijian. She climbed to the top of a high rope and performed incredible acrobatics on tight-ropes and high gantries as the audience covered their eyes and hoped she didn't fall to her death. It was every bit as entertaining as any other circus act and there's no denying Princess Zula probably has a future in the business, but it really wasn't magic - and what magic we did get was pretty second rate. There were no big illusions as such, just a lot of Bruno inviting people from the audience to pick cards or have knives thrown at them. A couple of the Hawaiian Hula-girls got levitated or cut in half in novel ways, but Bruno was largely let down by his equipment and the audience was badly positioned so that we kept catching glimpses of how the tricks were being done as he darted around the back. It's a shame. The show has a lot of potential, but I have to say I spent most of my time watching a half hearted attempt at an obvious trick and wondering when the girls in the grass skirts were coming back on! The taxi driver spent most of the journey back to the Naviti trying to persuade me to pay him to take me to a local nightclub where presumably he was getting a commission. He attempted to sell me on the idea with the promise "Fiji girls, they like western men. You'll have a very happy night, I promise."

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Gay/Lesbian Travelers in Fiji 
Malolo Lailai Island, Western Fiji, Fiji
lovely island. everything u want there! go for the snorkeling trips that musket cove resort offer. they r awsum!
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Suva, Central Fiji, Fiji
born and bred here, got suva in the bone. avoid the city if you are a tourist, full of dirt and dust and is unbearable in the sunny season and less so in the wet season. singh's curry is the best restaurant in town. some good night spots - avoid purple haze.
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Suva, Central Fiji, Fiji
great place but don't stay there long there are so many islands to see and so much diving to do get out there and enjoy fiji islands. island life!!!
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Malolo Islands, Western Fiji, Fiji
Try and get an air conditioned room if you can. The air is very stuffy. The water is fantastic for swimming. Much nicer beaches than on the mainland. But, be aware that there is really no option for any shopping!
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Malolo Islands, Western Fiji, Fiji
It is a lovely place but good to know before you go that food and booze are really expensive.
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Dangers & Annoyances in Fiji 
Malolo Lailai Island, Western Fiji, Fiji
lovely island. everything u want there! go for the snorkeling trips that musket cove resort offer. they r awsum!
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Suva, Central Fiji, Fiji
born and bred here, got suva in the bone. avoid the city if you are a tourist, full of dirt and dust and is unbearable in the sunny season and less so in the wet season. singh's curry is the best restaurant in town. some good night spots - avoid purple haze.
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Suva, Central Fiji, Fiji
great place but don't stay there long there are so many islands to see and so much diving to do get out there and enjoy fiji islands. island life!!!
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Malolo Islands, Western Fiji, Fiji
Try and get an air conditioned room if you can. The air is very stuffy. The water is fantastic for swimming. Much nicer beaches than on the mainland. But, be aware that there is really no option for any shopping!
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Malolo Islands, Western Fiji, Fiji
It is a lovely place but good to know before you go that food and booze are really expensive.
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Fiji Health 
Korolevu, Northern Fiji, Fiji
dont go to the toilet at the market!! its ruthless i had a little boy watching me from a hole and its dirty!! also watch ur purse hold on to it tight!
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Lautoka, Western Fiji, Fiji
Honestly, Lautoka is a disappointment. Seeing the "real" Fiji is quite different than the beautiful pictures seen in brochures. Riding the bus into town is a fun experience as the buses are rather old and the roads littered with potholes. But Lautoka, you can find some decent bargains if you look around, and some tasty food, but the city is dirty and ugly. For a country that relies on tourism, a simple step of adding garbage cans and teaching people how to use them could make this city much nicer. Don't get roped into telling a local your name or where you're staying, they generally want to sell you something by pretending to be a friendly Fijian. They'll carve your name into a piece of wood then insist now you need to buy it. Fortunately we were privvy to this before going and didn't get caught, though pestered many times.
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Nandi, Western Fiji, Fiji
Great massages at beauty parlour next the service station - much better value than at the resorts.
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Suva, Central Fiji, Fiji
the main city on the island is not very safe to travel but the little island around fiji are awesome, people are so funny and friendly there, it's so beautiful, still look like the pictures (not like thailand for example) and the diving is awesome, you can see fish, turtle, sharks, rays... and it's quite cheap too. my favorite place on earth so far...
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