Fiji is a blend of fascinating ancient cultures, with tranquil villages nestled off the beaten path. Rituals such as the kava ceremony are enacted as they have been for centuries, and visitors are welcomed as honoured guests.
There are two major islands in the group: Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Shangri-La Yanuca Island, Fiji, is located on the western side of Viti Levu. A short causeway connects our private island to the main island, making for easy day trips to explore this treasure of the South Pacific.
Travellers to Fiji will experience a world of beauty at this tropical garden resort which houses over 2,000 species of orchids covering 20 hectares.
Established in 1977, this extensive garden once belonged to the popular Canadian actor Raymond William Stacey Burr (1917 - 1993). Picturesquely landscaped areas are abundant along with serene ponds speckled with water lilies. The area nestles some of the indigenous species of orchids among other species dancing to the breeze in vibrant colours and various shapes.
One of Fiji’s visited and prominent tourist attractions, the Kula Eco Park is a world-class, award-winning facility. It plays a significant role in breeding and wildlife conservation, and works hand in hand with many local as well as international conservation groups.
Rare and fascinating species of animals and plants have been included in the displays of the Kula Eco Park. The park is also actively participating in preserving native fauna. The Kula Eco Park has won the Excellence in Tourism’ Award for three years as Fiji’s tourist attraction.
Sigatoka Sand Dunes are four miles of large windswept sand dunes along the coast. The area is a protected national park administered by the National Trust of Fiji.
Pottery shards from the Lapita Era (1000 years ago), buried in time by drifting sands, can be found scattered amongst the sand dunes. Several archaeological excavations have even revealed ancient fishing settlements. If you wish to explore the sand dunes, there are official trails which often expose these ancient pottery shards.
The Fiji Museum in Suva, Fiji's capital, has an excellent display of artefacts. Those who wish to learn more about Fiji’s mystical past will find the museum a is a great place to soak up the atmosphere.
Yaqona, the traditional drink of Fiji, serves as a ceremonial and social mediator between parties. The taste of yaqona is quite unusual to the western palette and leaves a slight numbing effect on the tongue.
Yaqona ceremonies are performed at all social and cultural events. Organized day tours to a village should include the yaqona ceremony.
Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa, Yanuca, Fiji, is located on Yanuca Island, which is connected via a short causeway to Viti Levu.
The nation of Fiji consists of over 300 South Pacific islands on the International Date Line. It is a few hours' flying distance from the east coast of Australia.
In the many shops, boutiques and markets in Fiji, visitors will get the opportunity to discover cultural artefacts, boutique fashion and even fascinating gifts and souvenirs.
Look out for local handicrafts such as baskets, wood carvings, mats, pottery, exquisitely carved tanoa bowls, Fijian combs and much more. Special t-shirts designed according to typical Fijian style are good for a gift.
Majority stores here are open for trading from 8am to 6pm. Credit cards are also widely accepted.
Nadi Town is well-known as an ideal place for shopping in Fiji, being home to many recognized shopping outlets and boutiques.
The duty exempted shops in Nadi Town sell designer clothes, perfumes, watches and sunglasses. It is also home to several large scale supermarket chains such as Morris Hedstrom, New World and RB Patel. Renowned boutique stores such as Jack's, Nads and Sogo's can also be located here.