There are plenty of things to do in Viti Levu, the largest island in Fiji, for people from all spheres of life. You will find yourself stuck to the beach as soon as you reach one but believe me when I say that you have to pull yourself out of the beach and into this beautiful country. I am a total beach bum, but I also know that Fiji has a very rich island life when it comes to culture, food, adventure, nature and all that you can think of.
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So, after sharing my wisdom on how to plan your trip to Fiji, today I am sharing my list of things to do in Viti Levu, Fiji. On a side note, this is my personal list of things that I'd recommend you to try but I know everyone is different with a different set of likings and interests. This is not the only list of things to do. Hence, go ahead and amend your list respectively by taking ideas from here, the Internet, your friends, etc.
Things to do in Viti Levu, Fiji
Partake in Kava ceremony
Kava ceremony is a Fijian ritual that takes place almost every night in households, villages, etc. The root of kava shrub is used to make kava. The tropical shrub of kava exists in most of the Pacific islands. It tastes really different, you'll either like it or hate it. It has some relaxing properties that calms you down without hindering much of your focus. The ceremony in itself is a celebrated affair; it involves preparing of kava, offering it to the gathering with music and dance afterward. Almost all the resorts will have this ceremony one day (or more) of the week. You can also be a part of this ceremony at a village if you decide to go to one.
Do island hopping
As I mentioned in my previous post, Fiji is a country of islands. Viti Levu is surrounded by multiple islands that gives you so many options of island hopping based on how you like it - same day return or multiple nights' cruise visiting different islands each day. Definitely, a thing that you should include on your trip to Viti Levu, Fiji.
Rent a car and drive your way on the island
As much as I love taking organized tours for crossing things off my list, I love an independent unique way of exploring a place by rental cars. Renting a car gives you so much freedom, you can stop where you like, have your own time, visit places that are not usually covered by tours, etc. It gives you a local insight when you can visit places on your own without a group and a guide. To rent a car in Fiji you must be at least 21 years old (may vary depending on the location and provider) and have a valid license from your country of residence held for two years. You do not need an international driving license to drive in Fiji.
Experience the culture - visit some villages, their schools, try their local food
We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the villages of Viti Levu; meeting the local people and knowing their lifestyle. Fiji, as you would think from your resort/hotel staff, is totally different in these villages. They live by certain rules and regulations and its a delight to experience the rituals they still follow each day. Their schools are also very interesting and luckily some of them allow visitors to visit the school premises and interact with the students during the day. Make sure that you take some gifts in the form of stationery, toys, school supplies, etc. for the kids, they love it. Also, as a polite gesture, taking some gift for the head of the village is recommended.
Take a tour of the Garden of the Sleeping Giants
If you absolutely adore being surrounded by nature, then this is heaven for you. Even if you're not that inclined towards nature (why though) you must visit this for the beautiful views, flowers, a variety of plants, tranquillity, unwinding and all that you can think of in terms of soothing you. This beautiful garden is named such after two giant mountains both located at each end of the garden; one looks like a sleeping giant man and the other like a sleeping giant woman. Hence the name. Make sure you wear your comfortable shoes for this garden, there are stairs, and you'll have to walk a lot. But don't let that scare you, as once you come back from your 'walk' you'll have a delicious and refreshing drink waiting for you at the lounge area.
Indulge in mud pool
Well, well, well. That was my reaction when I heard of it for the first time. Have you ever tried a mud mask on your face? Now, imagine trying natural mud all over your body and then dipping in a pond of natural squishy, gooey, mud. Not trying to scare you at all, but this is how is in the beginning. But, it was so soothing and relaxing. I loved it as an experience so rare that I didn't want to miss it. There are many local and international tour operators that provide you with mud pool experience, you can check with your hotel or look for the same here.
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That is all on my absolute must things to do in Vite Levu, Fiji list. I hope you get to experience these things when you visit Fiji soon (by now I hope I have convinced you enough to visit Fiji). If you have been to Fiji, I'd love to know what were the things that you enjoyed the most.
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