One of my favorite places in the world is Fiji. This is absolutely a tropical paradise. Are you in need for some relaxation, beach time, or some time for yourself? Then Fiji is highly recommended. Fiji is blessed with many islands, each one is unique. There are those with sandy beaches, with turquoise water where you can see the fishes swimming around you so you don’t have to wear your snorkel gear. But if you do decide to grab you snorkel gear, then you will be mesmerized by fishes that are in different bright colors and coral that is so colorful and big. The people in Fiji are so friendly and kind. Fijians love to eat and like to feed their guests. When the Fijians organize a Fijian feast, they make sure that they serve an enormous amount of food. Here are some of Fiji’s best foods and drinks.

Cassava

A fish burger served with cassava. (Photo Credit: Soraya Lemmens)

Cassava is a root vegetable and is served with most meals, like potatoes are served with most meals in Western countries. There is also another root vegetable called taro, which is similar to cassava. While I was in Fiji, I remember that I always looked forward to eating the cassava. During my stay in Fiji, most of the cassava I ate was fried. I also ate boiled cassava which was really delicious too. Fried cassava looks similar to French fries, although the cassava is somewhat thicker. The outside of the cassava is crunchy and a bit lighter compared to the color of French fries. These days you can find cassava in international supermarkets. It’s easy to cook or fry them yourself. Although I must say that the taste of the cassava in Fiji is a lot better than the ones I tried at home. The freshness of the root vegetable and the atmosphere of Fiji may be the reasons that the cassava tastes a lot better. I guess that’s a good excuse to plan a trip to Fiji again some time soon!

Kava

Kava in a wooden bowl served in coconut shells. (Photo Credit: Soraya Lemmens)

A traditional drink in Fiji is called kava. This is certainly something worth trying while you are visiting Fiji! The whole tradition behind the kava ceremony is fun and so different from traditional drinks from all the other countries. Most resorts and hotels organize kava ceremonies for their guests. It’s a tradition where people come together, sit in a circle around the wooden bowl where Fijian music is played on guitars and drums. I remember my first kava ceremony when I was drawn by the music and the people who were laughing and singing.

 Coconut

A pile of coconuts collected by the Fijians which will be used for eating and drinking. (Photo Credit: Soraya Lemmens)

When you think of Fiji, these things probably come to mind: white beaches, crystal clear water with lots of fishes and coral, and of course palm trees. In Fiji, there are many palm trees and most of them have coconuts. There are different kind of coconuts – green and yellow ones. There are a lot of green coconuts in Fiji but the yellow ones can be found there as well. These coconuts are used for drinking, cooking, and eating. Fijians love to use coconuts in their dishes. Seeing so many coconuts on these islands, I can understand why coconuts are used so often.

Tropical Fruits

One thing I like the most when traveling to tropical countries is the tropical fruits. You can find fresh fruit everywhere on the islands. There are many pineapples and bananas in Fiji. These are served as breakfast, snacks, or dessert. You can taste the freshness and sweetness of the bananas and pineapples. Did I get sick and tired of eating fresh fruit every day? Not at all! The taste of fruit never gets boring. It’s a luxury to have these locally grown. During the wet season, there are heavy but short showers. These showers are beneficial for growing banana trees and so on.

You can find banana trees everywhere on the islands of Fiji. (Photo Credit: Soraya Lemmens)

Pack Your Bags

Fiji has a variety of islands which are ideal as holiday destinations. There are numerous luxurious private islands with all-inclusive resorts where you can enjoy the wonderful beaches and breathtaking view, and feel like a tropical prince or princess. There are also other islands which are perfect destinations for children, party animals, or budget travelers.

The best time to visit Fiji is during late March through early December. From November to April, it is the wet season in Fiji. During this time of the year, there are heavy but brief showers.

Getting There

The International Airport of Fiji is located in Nadi, which is on the main island. You can get there by Fiji Airways, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Pacific Blue, Air Niugini, Air Vanuatu, Air Caledonia, or Korean Air. There are regular direct flights from many international airports which are located in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Hawaii, and Los Angeles.

Fiji has 333 tropical islands. From the main land, you can reach these islands by ferry. Awsome Fiji departs every morning towards the islands. When you want to return from the islands, this same ferry takes you back to the main land. The return ferry departs in the afternoon.

Don’t Miss

There is so much to do and to see in Fiji. It’s a great place to visit if you are a diver, surfer, nature lover, beach seeker, fisher, and the list goes on and on. Fiji’s landscape is breathtaking! If you are a nature lover, you’ll like your stay in Fiji.

Fiji is also known for its luxury vacations and weddings. While you are in Fiji, there is no need to worry about any language barrier. In Fiji, they speak English, even though their mother tongue is Fijian.

Further Information

If you want more information about Fiji, this website might give you further information: Fiji tourism.

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Soraya loves to travel and is always up for an adventure. One of the best things she loves about traveling is meeting new people and trying new things. With her camera she captures the moment and shares her travel stories.

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One Response to "Best Food and Drinks in Fiji"

  1. Fiji Times  12/09/2017

    You must try Kava in Fiji -usually drink it before a meal.

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