Loungers on the Fijian beach at sunset

Do As The Locals Do In Fiji

12 April 2011

A holiday to Fiji is often all about snorkelling, sunbaking, water activities, sunset cocktails and relaxing in gorgeous hotels, and considering its location why wouldn't it be? When you travel to Fiji consider the below back to basics, often missed, well worth doing, Fijian style activities to add to your itinerary for a local's touch on your holiday. They may sound a little unusual but they are all very worthwhile!

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Get wet and muddy

There is no other feeling that comes close to that of being covered from head to toe in warm mud, nor can you possibly make yourself look more entertaining any other way. Head to the Sabeto hot springs and mud baths to immerse yourself in warm, therapeutic mud. Once you are covered in mud and it starts to dry, jump into one of the hot springs. Just check the temperature as they can get very hot! The springs and baths are not often found on the travellers menu so don't be deceived about how visit worthy they are. You will know when you are close to the site thanks to the not so charming smell of sulphur in the air. The site is not at all commercial, but chances are you will run in to some other happy go lucky travellers or families on your mission. The locals will ask for a small entry fee to assist in maintaining the site. Take a towel, change of clothes and swimmers. There is a shower onsite.

Eat some Fijian Kokoda

Fijian Kokoda is a fresh, health and tasty Fijian favourite, it is absolutely delicious! Kokoda is white fish cooked by marinating in the natural acidic juices from fresh limes and lemons. Coconut cream, chilli, onion, tomato and capsicum are usually in the mix too. Eat it straight off the banana leaf with the locals who made it for you for a memorable moment and an enjoyable meal.

Volunteer for a day

Before your eyes glaze over and you start thinking 'I thought this was supposed to be a holiday', It's worth pointing out that this day will probably see you enjoy the rest of your holiday so much more. Reason being, you will get a close and realistic insight to Fijian life and see how much your help is appreciated. It's a great way to mingle with the locals and learn about their rich culture. You can volunteer in a variety of ways from helping to teach children to repairing shelters or assisting in creating means for sustainable water supplies. And hey, they may even teach you how to make Fijian Kokoda at the end of the day!

These suggestions will help you enjoy a local's twist to your time in Fiji. They must be enjoyed alongside the activities that we all love and know Fiji for like snorkelling, sunbaking, water activities, cocktails and relaxation.

Sam Locke

Sam is a social media specialist who, after travelling and living overseas, set her sights on a career in travel. Although relaxing, wining and dining in a five star property is of great appeal, Sam equally enjoys exploring the world armed with a backpack, sampling street food and experiencing foreign culture.