According to Calculatorinc, the largest island in Fiji is Viti Levu. In addition to being the largest island in the country, it is also the highest. About 70% of all Fiji residents live on Viti Levu. The largest cities of the state are located on the island, as well as the international airport in the city of Nadi. In the southeast of the island is the capital of Fiji – Suva. At the moment, Suva is the administrative and political center of the country, as well as the oldest city in the archipelago. Initially, Suva was a small city with many buildings in the Victorian style, but when it became the main port of the country, it quickly turned into one of the busiest cities in the central Pacific. The visiting card of the capital is the Fiji Museum located in the center of Thruston Gardens. The museum has the richest collection of historical and anthropological exhibits of the archipelago to date. An equally breathtaking sight is the Church of St. Francis Xavier High, located on a picturesque hill through which the “Road of the Kings” stretches. The main asset of Suva is the numerous parks of various types and sizes. In total, there are more than 80 parks in the capital of Fiji, each free piece of land is planted with greenery. Ten kilometers from Suva lies the cultural center of Fiji – Orchid Island. This site houses the Polynesian Cultural Center, which exhibits a huge collection of local flora and fauna. Beach holidays in Suva are quite well developed, but many people prefer to relax not on the city beach, but in Pacific Harbor Bay, which is a 20-minute drive from the city. The small town of Sigatoka is located on the banks of the Sigatoka River and is a quiet agricultural town whose main business is serving the many resorts of the Coral Coast. Those who plan to go to Sigatoka should definitely visit the central city market, where for relatively little money you can not only buy interesting souvenirs and try local cuisine, but also get to know the local culture and ordinary people of Fiji. Within the city is also the Great Mosque, which is considered the main attraction of this small and quiet town. For lovers of history and archeology, it will be interesting to visit the area of the dunes, which are quite rare on the islands of this region. At the moment, this area is the main archaeological center of the country. During the excavations at this place, more than 60 ancient burials and the sacred caves of Naihere were found. In general, more than two hundred archaeological sites have been discovered within Sigatoku, among which are the fortifications of the Togans and the famous Tavuni Fort, which once belonged to the leader of the Tongans. On the shores of Nadi Bay, is the third largest city in Fiji – Nadi. At the moment, the economy of Nadi is almost completely dependent on tourism. Despite the fact that this city is not very attractive for tourists, it is still considered a good starting point for traveling to the resorts of Coral Coast and the Mamanuca island group. At the southern end of the main street of the city is the main property of Nadi – the temple of Swami-Shiva-Shri-Subramania. The temple is a huge multi-colored pyramid, which is decorated on all sides with various religious elements, in addition, this temple is the largest Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere. Conventionally, the temple is divided into three separate buildings, each of which is dedicated to a particular deity. A 30-minute drive from Nadi is the most beautiful beach in Fiji – Natadola Beach, where a variety of excursions to mountain villages, cultural attractions, as well as orchid gardens are constantly held. In addition, entertainment quite rare for this region is available here – a trip along the rivers to remote villages, where tourists are told about the life of the people and their traditions. At the time when Fiji was a colony of Britain, the capital of Fiji was the small town of Levuka, lying on the island of Ovalau. The city was founded relatively recently (in the 18th century), and by the 19th century it had become one of the main centers of whaling and trade. Since due to its location (between the mountains and the sea), Levuka could not accommodate all the necessary administrative institutions, so the capital was moved to Suva. The architectural basis of the city are buildings in the colonial style, thanks to which Levuka resembles the city of the “Wild West”, and most of the inhabitants of the town are engaged in fishing. The basis of local attractions is Seishen Site, where the protectorate pact was signed with Great Britain, as well as the school at the convent Marist Convention. Within the city there are excellent beaches for diving.
National cuisine of Fiji
Traditionally, the local cuisine is not diverse. The main products on which Fiji cuisine is formed are coconut, root vegetables and seafood. However, as in many countries, today Japanese, Latin American and Western cuisines have a fairly strong influence, which are gradually replacing local traditions. In large cities, it is difficult to find a restaurant where you can try Fijian cuisine, for this you will have to go to remote islands, where the influence of the West is not felt so strongly. In small villages remote from civilization, cassava, yams, and taro root are still very popular. In Chinese communities, rice is the most popular, from which almost all dishes are made.