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8 Things to buy in Fiji

8 Things to buy in Fiji

Well-known for its friendly people, crystal clear waters, pristine beaches, heavenly tropical islands, Fiji is a popular holiday destination. If you’re visiting Fiji and looking for some meaningful souvenirs, Fiji has a great selection of hand-made handicrafts and mementos. 

Below are some of the best things to buy while you’re shopping in Fiji!

1. Sulu (Sarong)

You can find the traditional Fijian sulu across the country in most gift shops and handicraft markets. You’ll be spoilt for choice as the sulu comes in different motifs and colours. It’s highly recommended to purchase one for yourself especially if you are interested in visiting a local village. It’s customary to cover your legs when visiting a traditional Fijian village. Otherwise, the sulu also makes an ideal gift for friends and family back home. 

2. Carved Wooden Masks

Hand carved masks are interesting gifts and decors from Fiji. The masks are usually hand carved and depict local deities or legendary creatures. The Tiki masks are said to infuse the wearer with the characteristics of the face carved into it. There are also some that didn’t represent any deities but other shapes such as turtles, which is significant in Fiji. Tiki masks can be easily found throughout Fiji islands. 

3. Lali Drums

Lali drums were traditionally made from resonant hardwood timbers and are an important part of traditional Fijian culture. They were used as a form of communication to announce births, deaths and wars. Portable war drums had two or three resonating chambers and sent complicated signals over the battlefield. Smaller Lali drums are used in music. You will see them in use in multiple ceremonies such as the Meke Ceremony or to announce church services during village stays. 

4. Tapa Cloth

A popular art form in Fiji is the creation of the Fijian masi, also known as tapa cloth. The bark cloth commonly known as tapa was named by early explorers who derived the term from Tahiti, Samoa and Tonga where the word was used to refer to the white unpainted borders of the finished product. Masi is made from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree (Broussonetia papyrifera). Masi can be used as a ceremonial dress, garments, wall décor, table mat or blanket. In the past, Fijian masi was used for men’s clothing, bedding, house partitions and mosquito curtains. Fijians display and present them as ceremonial gifts during important ceremonies such as weddings, births and funerals. 

5. Black Pearls

One of the world’s rarest pearls is being cultured in Fiji. Unlike other well-known pearls which are black or silvery white, Fiji’s pearls that are being cultured in Savusavu have a dash of rainbow colours blending with its silvery white coating, giving it an unmatched beauty. The pearls have different grades depending on their colouration and shape. You can even take an educational tour of the pearl farms to learn about the history of pearling in Fiji and there is even a snorkelling tour if you bring your own gear.  

6. Woven Mat or Basket

Handcrafted products are widely available in Fiji. There are many different types of woven baskets that are specific to different uses and are still used for day-to-day activities such as fishing, collecting crops and serving food. Kato (basket) for personal uses display more elaborate and fine weaving techniques today. Most of the products are intricately woven by artisan women from the rural villages. Thus, you can support the livelihood and income of these locals. 

7. Cannibal Fork

Fiji’s cannibalistic past is no secret – in fact, there are mementos of this morbid history in nearly every souvenir shop in Fiji. Handcrafted wooden cannibal forks with four prongs on the end come in all sorts of sizes and tiny cannibal figures made from polished coconut shells adorn the shop shelves. Traditionally, forks of this pattern were reserved for the use of chiefs at cannibal feasts. Cannibal forks are called ai cula ni bokola by the locals. 

8. Traditional Fijian Pottery

Pottery is a craft that dates from the original settlement of Fiji around 1290 BC. Although pottery styles and decoration have changed over time, the art of pottery-making has persisted in the Fiji islands to the present day. Almost all the women have pottery skills and all pottery is handcrafted with a lot of time and effort. The village of Nalotu on the island of Kadavu and the provinces of Rewa and Nadroga are famous for their pottery, much of which is still made in accordance with the rules and methods that were used hundreds of years ago.

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Best time to visit Fiji

When is the best time to visit Fiji?

Congratulations, you made the right decision in choosing Fiji as your next travel destination! Now comes the fun part — planning. 

What’s the best time to visit Fiji? Here are some guidelines to help you decide.

Weather in Fiji

There are two main seasons in Fiji: wet and humid (November – April) and dry and pleasant (May – October).

Note that the southeastern part of Viti Levu (the main island) has higher rainfall than the rest of the island during the rainy season. Just something to keep in mind.

Mid-October to mid-November is when prices are lower, there are less crowds, and the weather is dry. Thus it is an ideal time to visit.

Take note of the antipodean school holidays (around April, July, September/October, and December), because that’s when hotel and airline rates are sky high.

When is the best time to visit Fiji?

You’ll definitely want to experience a festival while you’re there. Here are 10 of Fiji’s most important festivals so you may adjust your visit accordingly. The exact dates sometimes vary from year to year.

1. Festival of the Friendly North - Celebration of Culture

Celebration happens in August.

This celebration takes place in Labasa (an agricultural town on the Vanua Levu island) and is one of the most notable festivals in the country. It is a charitable event that started forty odd years ago. The proceeds go to a cause in Labasa, for example, better health services in the town. 

During the festival, the people of Labasa gather on the streets and at the famous Subrail Park. Be entertained by the beauty pageant. Don’t forget to congratulate the winner of the title!

2. Diwali - Festival of Lights

Celebration happens in October.

Fiji is home to a large population of Indians, thus Diwali is a major celebration on the archipelago. Traditionally, South East Asian countries like India celebrate the festival by lighting diyas. In Fiji, there are light-shows, firecrackers, parties, and lots of fun. All the locals regardless of religion or ethnicity come together to celebrate the festival.

3. Bula Festival - Popular Fiji Festival

Celebration happens in August.

“Bula” means “hello”, thus as you might imagine, the annual Bula Festival is an introduction to Fiji and her people. It lasts an entire week with food, music, and other exciting events. The celebration is held at both Koroivolu Park and Prince Charles Park. Just like the Festival of the Friendly North, all proceeds of the event go to charity.

4. Holi - Festival of Colours

Celebration happens in March.

Holi is another festival brought over by the ethnic Indians, known as the “Festival of Colours”, owing to its vibrant and vivid colours. Although it is celebrated primarily by the Hindus, people of different communities come together and throw colourful powder on each other. The simple ritual represents forgetting old grudges and forging new relationships, which is why it’s celebrated during spring time, the season of new beginnings.

5. Fiji Day - Celebration of Independence of the Island

Celebration happens in October.

Fiji gained independence from British colonial rule in the 70s, a major event in history. The people of Fiji celebrate their independence annually on the 10th of October; the festivities may last up to a week in the main cities. There are parades, parties, and performances in every corner of the country. You bet it’s a big deal to the Fijians!

6. Lautoka Sugar Festival - A Fun Festival

Celebration happens in September.

Fiji is synonymous with the sugar trade, and the city of Lautoka in Fiji is a star player in sugar production. Every year, the people of Lautoka celebrate the Sugar Festival. As usual, there is music, dancing, food, and a beauty pageant, where the participants contest for the title of “Lady Sugar”, “Miss Sugar Princess”, and “Mr Sugar King”.

7. Hibiscus Festival - A Beauty Pageant Festival

Celebration happens in August.

Hibiscus Festival is the oldest, biggest, most awaited celebration on the island of Fiji. The beauty pageant is the main event of the festival — you’ll see Miss Hibiscus get crowned! — but there is also a celebration of Fijian culture. The festival is Fiji in a nutshell. It’s the one you don’t want to miss.

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Important Things to Note When Traveling to Fiji

Important things to note when travelling to Fiji


Fiji has a warm tropical climate perfect for beachside holidays all year round. The temperatures in Fiji range from 26°C to 31°C on average.

The wet season is normally from November to April with heavy, brief local showers and contributes to most of Fiji’s annual rainfall. The best months to visit Fiji are from late March to early December.


Fiji has a warm tropical climate perfect for beachside holidays all year round. The temperatures in Fiji range from 26°C to 31°C on average.

The wet season is normally from November to April with heavy, brief local showers and contributes to most of Fiji’s annual rainfall. The best months to visit Fiji are from late March to early December.


Fijian culture is vibrant and friendly, and you can expect a warm welcome at any of the villages you visit. It’s important to be respectful at all times when visiting a Fijian village. 

Fijian villages are generally not open to the public and visits are by organised tours. When visiting a village it’s customary to bring a gift of yaqona (kava) with you. This is for your sevusevu ceremony during which guests request permission from the turaga-ni-koro (village chief) to visit the village. Therefore, when visiting a Fijian village, the visiting party’s spokesman will have to present their i-sevusevu to the village chief to communicate the purpose of their visit and to seek the necessary permission to carry out their activities. The visiting party’s spokesman is responsible for all formal communications between them and the village chief. 


A Yaqona or Kava ceremony involves certain protocols that include seating arrangements and roles during the ceremony. As a visitor, you must sit at the designated spot provided by your village host. Everyone sits on the floor, as it is considered disrespectful to sit on a chair. Exceptions can be made if the individual has mobility issues and can be seated at a distance away from the crowd.

  1. When drinking yaqona, you must clap once before receiving the yaqona bilo (bowl) and prior to drinking must greet the villagers and their chief. Consume the yaqona in one gulp. After drinking, return the bilo (bowl) to the bearer and clap three times.
  2. It’s polite to ask permission if you’d like to take photos of the kava ceremony or people.
  3. Remember to dress conservatively when you visit a local village. Ladies should wear a sulu (sarong) over their shorts or trousers.
  4. Don’t wear anything on your head, including caps/hats/sunglasses.
  5. In Fiji, Sunday is a special day for families. Fijian usually reserve this day to relax and spend time with loved ones. Don’t be surprised that most establishments and traditional villages are closed on Sundays. Thus, make the most out of your Sunday roaming around town instead.
  6. If you are visiting a Fijian household, observe proper etiquette. Before you enter, leave your shoes outside and wait for your host to let you in. Slightly crouch when passing by the door as a show of respect.
  7. It is customary to sit on the floor.
  8. Keep the tone of your voice moderate (avoid yelling or acting overly excited).
  9. When visiting a village, and if you’re offered food, you’ll need to wait for the food to be blessed before digging in. After everyone has gathered around the table, the head of the house will say masu (grace) for the meal. After the blessing, you can start your meal. 
  10. Fijians consider the head the most sacred part of the human body. That’s why touching someone’s head, even the heads of young kids, is a gesture you should avoid when in Fiji. Instead of patting someone’s head, you can ask for a high-five or hug.
  11. Don’t place your hands on your hips.


Power plug

Fiji uses power plugs type I, which is the plug that has three flat pins in a triangular pattern. Fiji operates on a 240V supply voltage and 50Hz.



Fiji has strict no-smoking laws. You are strongly encouraged to only smoke in designated areas. Smoking in public places may result in a steep fine.




While always appreciated, tipping is not customary in Fiji. At some resorts, you may find a communal tip jar where guests can contribute funds that are split amongst the staff.  

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