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Check out: Fiji, an island paradise home to rich indigenous culture

Fiji, an archipelago of more than 300 islands in the tropical heart of the South Pacific, is famed for its rugged landscapes, palm-lined white beaches, clear turquoise lagoons, and fascinating culture. Although often likened to the Maldives, Seychelles and Bora Bora, the Fiji islands aren’t as popular with tourists — which is exactly its allure.
In fact, being on Fiji almost takes you ten years back, especially when the concept of ‘Fiji time’ prevails. It is described as a sensation felt by everyone who visits and lives on the island, which encourages people to stop rushing and enjoy where they are at the moment.

Here, a lowdown on this upcoming travel destination known for its rich culture, luxurious private islands, all-inclusive resorts, top spas, culinary destinations and outdoor adventures.


The island’s arts, dance, food, and language all bear influence from hundreds of years of Asian and European settlement. One can experience the rich indigenous culture of Fiji that bleeds into virtually every aspect of modern life on the archipelago

Fiji has also been dubbed as one of the happiest countries in the world, and the Fijians are famous for their warmth and hospitality. So you can easily immerse yourself in the culture, whether on a village homestay or just a visit to the capital city.

Capital city 

The archipelago’s capital (and largest metropolitan city), Suva, is located on the southeast coast of the island of Viti Levu. While known for being the best place to party in the South Pacific, Suva is also home to lush parks, grand British colonial buildings, fresh markets, and museums.

The Fiji Museum, for instance, is set within the Victorian-era Thurston Gardens, and is known for its remarkable collection which dates back 3700 years. Here, you can see artefacts such as traditional canoes, war clubs, and tattooing tools, offering a great journey into Fiji’s historical and cultural evolution.

Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple.

Another highlight on Suva are the Mariamma and Sri Siva Subramaniya Temples, resplendent homages to the Hindu gods and goddesses. The latter is a massive monument and one of the few places outside of India where you can see traditional Dravidian architecture. The structure features wood-carved deities all painstakingly hand-carved and shipped from India.


Fijian cuisine, incorporating influences from both India and Southeast Asia, is truly diverse and fascinating — boasting elements of colourful curries and spices that its neighbouring Pacific countries do not. The basic elements used are sweet potatoes, taro, rice, cassava, coconut and fish, cooked either over an open fire or using underground cooking methods. Many dishes also use coconut milk, which adds a delicious, rich tropical flavour.

Some of the archipelago’s main dishes include Kokoda (a raw fish marinated in lime, and served in a fresh coconut milk concoction), or Palusami, consisting of taro leaves boiled and then mashed into a fine, rich vegetable curry.


If you want to indulge in traditional Fijian cuisine, Suva’s coast is dotted with authentic restaurants serving the best curries or fresh seafood. Otherwise, take a visit to the local markets such as Curio and Handicraft Market in Suva, which offers handcrafted art and unique local keepsakes as souvenirs.

Where to stay

Six Senses Fiji 

Six Senses, a hospitality brand dedicated to sustainability with resorts all around the world, finds its home on Malolo Island, part of the Mamanuca Islands archipelago (just 25 kilometres from Nadi International Airport). Accommodation at the resort comes in the form of 24 private pool villas, alongside an additional inventory of residences offering two to five bedrooms.

Six Senses Fiji.

At Six Senses Fiji, you can experience everything the archipelago has to offer — from its crystal clear waters and white sand beaches to authentic Fijian cuisine at its restaurants, such as Tovolea or TeiTei Pizzeria. The in-house restaurants pride themselves in using fresh organic, locally produced and sourced ingredients from the resort’s herb garden and farm.

Laucala Island Resort 

Another option is Laucala Island Resort, one of the world’s most exclusive private islands. Set on 3,500 acres of land amidst coconut plantations, sandy beaches, rich green mountains and breathtaking natural beauty, the resort is owned by Dietrich Mateschitz, co-founder of Red Bull.

The resort’s 25 beautiful villas are widely spread on the northern tip of the island, boasting complete privacy. Guests can also choose to dine in the villas or visit one of the resort’s five restaurants and bars, with dishes based on the freshest produce. Here, sustainability reigns, with the resort offering products and ingredients raised and grown on the island. Activities here include going diving, embarking on a rainforest tour, horseback riding, surfing or golf, or simply dipping in the 25-metre beachfront infinity pool.

Laucala Island Resort.

When to visit 

The best time to visit is from May to October, which marks the dry season in Fiji, the peak season for travellers in search of a tropical getaway. During these months, the waters surrounding the archipelago are clearer (perfect for divers) and temperatures are cooler.

How to get there

Fiji Airways fly from Singapore to Nadi International Airport, the main international airport for the Republic of Fiji, as well as a regional hub for the South Pacific islands.

Check out: Fiji, an island paradise home to rich indigenous culture

Dewi Nurjuwita

Senior Writer

Dewi Nurjuwita is a travel and design writer who can be found exploring the streets of foreign cities with passport in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.


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