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Things to do in Viti Levu

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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  • Debasree Das Mall

    This is in my bucket list, i loved the mud pool. Never knew about it

    • It was a wonderful experience Debs, you must try it whenever you get to visit Fiji! <3

  • Niharika Roy Choudhury

    I loved the mud pool pic. you must have enjoyed the whole trip.

    • Thanks Niharika! Yes, we did have a great time! 🙂

  • Grace

    It looks amazing! You must have enjoyed this trip a lot. Need to add this one to the bucketlist.

    • Yes you need to add this. It’s a fabulous place. 🙂

  • Poop Poop

    Wow! Fiji looked so beautiful! I’m sure you must have had a lot of fun I this trip

    • Fiji was fantastic. We really enjoyed our stay there. 🙂

  • Great post, i am still writing my new travel post and getting new ideas from your post. Thank you dear hope you have enjoyed a lot.

    • Oh I hope hope you get plenty of ideas from this post. We indeed had a great time. 🙂

  • Fiji really looks like an exotic and beautiful destination. Fiji has got Indian styled temples too. Garden of sleeping giants is worth visiting and your picture in mud pool is so funny.

    • Hahaha, yes it is funny; who looks pretty covered in mud after all.

  • Ketki Sharangpani

    all great ideas. have heard a lot about Fiji, hoping to go some time soon

    • I hope you get to visit soon. 🙂

  • Evo Joel

    That Kava Ceremony is so interesting, thanks for sharing that.

    • It really is, and tastes even more interesting. 🙂

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra VA

    Fiji would be a great travel destination! Lately I find myself more inclined to visit uncommon places where I can be less of a tourist and enjoy all of nature’s beauty. Fiji is going to go into my travel bucket list. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    • Fiji is a great place to unwind and explore and admire the nature. 🙂

  • Anjali Chawla

    Fiji seems to be beautiful destination. Garden of sleeping giants and mud pool experience look fascinating. Great ideas for first time visitors to Fiji!

  • Cassandra R

    Fiji is so gorgeous, especially this time of year. I’d love to hit the beach and walk those trails.

  • I love the idea of renting a car and visiting the villages themselves and experiencing them as they are.

  • Familyearthtrek

    Fiji is ofcourse on my list but to be honest is not on the top of the list. But then ofcourse when I get there I will think out load “why havent I come here earlier!”.
    The mud thing looks fun!

  • Laura Dove

    Wow what a gorgeous place to visit! I would love to go there and see all of these sights! Lovely photos!

  • ingrid

    The display of sights is beautiful

  • zina

    Unfortunately since I am located in Europe, this is a big trip to make…so at least for now, impossible! That’s why I really enjoyed your post, since I am huge fan of Fiji islands! Thank you for this amazing trip 🙂

  • Renting a car and being able to stroll around the villages and truly soak in their culture would be a wonderful experience! Also I love the idea of island hopping as well that would be so much fun x

  • Laura Dove

    Wow what an amazing destination!! I would love to go island hopping, it sounds like the best way to travel!

  • Jhilmil Bhansali

    Interesting, indulging in mud pool is actually relaxing. I tried once in my life and the effects were really calming. Loved this destination

  • Fiji is definitely on my list. I would love to check out the villages of Viti Levu as well and be friends w/ the locals. 🙂

  • Mayuri Saxena

    Mud pool sounds awesome…I need to try this out. I am going to Pin it so that I can refer to this when I travel to Fiji. Thanks 🙂

  • Chei Pangan

    Wow! This place looks so wonderful. I have never heard this place. I hope i can visit here. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kim Gammage

    I’ve always wanted to visit Fiji, friends of mine were supposed to be there for 3 months but it seems it wasnt for them so instead they’ve spent the time in New Zealand. I don’t understand how, the idea of living on an island isn’t THE most amazing thing ever! I’m so adding the Mudpool to my to do list!

  • Jen S

    I’d love to visit Fiji one day! It looks absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, the cost is always a limiting factor :/ That garden sounds amazing!

  • Helen Clark

    I’d love to visit Fiji one day. I would definitely like to Island hop and explore as many as possible and visit the gardens. I’m not sure how I feel about mud pools though haha!

  • Lana Chunnar

    wow, what a beautiful place to visit!! would really love to visit Fiji, and looks there are so many activities we can do there! great.. Loved this post, thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Calleigh -The Fork Bite

    My family visited Fiji last year and with all the exotic ambiance and the abundance of private islands are the closest most of us will ever get to feeling like a cast away. The very first time we hear “Bula,” the exuberant Fijian greeting, we knew the rest of our stay will be one to remember.

  • David E

    I have seen all the people who do mud face masks and I always wondered about them. But I can only imagine the type of experience that would be a mud pool. I can imagine that it would be very relaxing though as it enveloped you.

  • Um…. Mud pool just made the very top of my list! YES, yes! Sounds like so much fun. I think the kids would love it too.

  • Kallia Manika

    I can only hope and dream to visit Fiji one day!The mud pool seems to be enjoyable and you seem you had fun!

  • Ahhh Fiji looks breathtakingly beautiful! Such a scenic beauty and that mud pool bath feels so rejuvenating! Wish I could travel to Fiji some day 🙂
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