National Museum in Suva
When touring the islands, take the chance to learn more about the country’s rich culture and history. Actually, almost all towns in Fiji have small museums that contain locally handmade items and vital artifacts, but the most popular of all the museums in the country is the National Museum in Suva.
Also called the Fiji Museum or the Museum of Suva, the National Museum started operating in 1904 with its first collections consisting of items given to the Suva Town Board by Sir William Allardyce, a British civil servant who served as governor of Fiji from 1901 to 1902. These items were first displayed in the town hall and were later transferred to various venues until 1972, when they finally came home to Suva’s Botanical Gardens, where the National Museum was eventually erected.
Aside from touring the place and learning a lot from the displayed artifacts, you can also enjoy other events and activities in the National Museum. There are pottery-making demonstrations, book launching, and other events that are scheduled according to the numbers of tourists who flock to the place.
You can also take time to savor the sights and surroundings of the Suva Botanical Gardens. There is also a gift shop where you can find and buy various souvenirs such as carvings, jewelry items, pottery, handicrafts, artworks, and books.
Orchid Island Cultural Center
The Orchid Island Cultural Center is among the country’s main tourist attractions. As you enter the place, you will be greeted by the captivating sight of a pagan temple called the Bure Kalou. It stands at a height of 50 feet, so it’s impossible to miss.
The Bure Kalou is a notable reproduction of the places where ancient Fijians performed human sacrifices and dedication of ancestral spirits in the olden days.
Orchid Island Cultural Center is also often referred to as “Mini Fiji” because it is rich with the country’s culture, which is evident in various handicrafts that can be found here. You can even watch local people creating these handicrafts.
The center also has a collection of Fiji’s endemic flora and fauna.
But aside from sightseeing, you can also take a ride at the dugout canoe from the Cultural Center and take this chance to check out the Fijian villages. This is where you can see locals weaving baskets and creating bark cloth. This trip is also a great chance for you to buy souvenirs and local handicrafts.
Bouma National Park
Situated in the Taveuni Island, the Bouma National Park is another popular tourist destination.
The park, which covers up to 15,000 hectares of land, was created to help protect the rich cover of the rainforest. It houses waterfalls, volcanic peaks, and cliffs. Everything in it is spectacular and breathtaking.
The park’s main attraction is the Tavoro Falls, which actually comprises of three falls. This is an hour’s walk from the main road and is frequented by trekkers, hikers, or sightseers.
There are two hiking routes at the site: the Lavena Coastal Walk and the Bouma Falls Trails. These trails are well maintained, but it is advised that you go hiking with a knowledgeable guide. The same applies if you want to tackle unmarked routes and trails.
Suva Municipal Market
The Suva Municipal Market is the largest market in the entire South Pacific. And it’s not just big, it is also very busy and vibrant at all times, especially during Saturdays. You will miss a good part of your Fiji trip if you fail to stop by at this market.
Aside from buying food, necessities, and souvenirs, you can take this chance to learn more about the nation, the places, and the people of Fiji. You can ask the sellers things about the country, and they will gladly tell you about the details that you would want to know more about, as long as they are not that busy. Most people here are friendly; they will even teach you how to properly pronounce the items in the market.
Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple in Nadi
If you are passionate about great architectural structures, make sure that you include the Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple in Nadi in your itinerary. This is the largest Hindu temple in southern hemisphere. It is said that eight craftsmen from India were brought to the site to start the construction of the temple.
Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple, which was built in dedication to Lord Murugan, is divided into three sections. Its walls have carvings of statues.
A word of caution, though: you have to be mindful of the rules when you are inside or within the vicinity of the temple. This site is very well kept and carefully maintained, so you must do your share in keeping it clean and sacred.