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10 Interesting Things you didn't know about Fiji

We have compiled a list of the most interesting and intriguing facts about the stunning country of Fiji! Check them out!

1. Fiji is an archipelago of thousands of islands, 333 that are large enough to be inhabited, however only about one third of these are. Two thirds of the country is made up of deserted islands.

2.The Island of Taveuni is home to the International Date Line, meaning you can stand with one foot in today and one in yesterday. If you visited Taveuni on your birthday you could really extend the celebrations. Taveuni Island, ‘Where a new day begins … and everyday ends’. 

3. Fiji was once well known for the prominence of cannibalism. In some museums you can still buy replica ‘human eating devices’, such as the ‘cannibal fork’ - that’s a nice souvenir to remember your time in Fiji. 

4. Fiji was a British colony for 96 years, and the Union Jack still currently sits very proudly on the flag of Fiji and the Queen of England features on banknotes. 

5. If you are looking for a local delicacy for dinner in Fiji you may find yourself eating ‘boiled beka’ - boiled fruit bats. Mmmmmmmmm. 

6. Rather confusingly for us, local Fijian people raise their eyebrows as a non verbal communication of saying yes. This is a good tip to get ahead of time to avoid a lot of potential confusion. 

7. Fiji has 28 airports, however, only 4 of these have paved runways. The other 24 probably have a fairly bumpy landing…

8. In villages in Fiji, only the chief of the village is allowed to wear a hat and sunglasses. And whatever you do, do not touch anybody on the head, especially the chief … somebody was once eaten for doing this. 

9. If you have a spare £9000 you can book a room for the week in the Poseidon underwater resort in Fiji. You will need to take a lift down 40 feet to get to your bedroom where you can sleep among an abundance of sea life. 

10. Ladies in Fijian villages celebrate New Year with a game of veicaqe moli (‘kick the orange’) - traditionally the winning team presents the losing team with gifts of clothing. 

Get out and explore Fiji yourself with a Changing Worlds trip today. Click here to see the fantastic projects we offer in Fiji.

Also, check out Fiji Flexi Travel, the great new way to travel, combine multiple projects and decide your route as you travel. 


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