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Population and language:
Ethnically, the nation is primarily composed of those native to Fiji (57%) but the imported Indians make up 38%. Banabans were transplanted to Fiji and inhabit their own island (Rabi). Their native island, Banaba or Ocean Island, was bought out from under them and they used the money to purchase their current sanctuary. Among other minority populations, you will find Rotumans on Rotuma as well as Chinese and Europeans.
Men and women visiting Fiji should dress modestly. Swimsuits are required. When touring the nation, it is important to ask several people when you have a question. Sometimes Fijians will answer with what they think you want to hear instead of what is correct.
Major cities and tourist destinations:
Lautoka Sugar Mill – This mill is located in Lautoka (population about 50,000). It is the largest sugar mill in the Southern Hemisphere. Although you cannot tour the mill, you can view most of the action from the gate.
Sigatoka – This city, with a population of about 10,000, is located near the Sigatoka Sand Dunes. The dunes frequently shift and uncover human remains, and they also have a mahogany forest to prevent their expansion. You will also find the Tavuni Hill Fort in Sigatoka. The fort was created by natives in the 1700s and destroyed by the British in 1876.
Viseisei Village – Although this village has somewhat modernized, it is relatively easy to find someone to show you around (a traditional necessity). Bring an inexpensive kilo of kava to give as a gift to the chief and remove your hat and sunglasses before entering. Visit the church and note that the chief’s chair is higher than the altar.
Nausori – Nausori has a population of around 50,000. It contains the longest bridge in Fiji – the Rewa River Bridge. You can also find the Syria Monument, commemorating the wreck of the Syria.
Savusavu – With a population of around 3,000, Savusavu is the home of the Handicraft Center (where you can view native folk art), Copra Shed Marina (a tourist hub with a small historical display), and the Waisali Rainforest Reserve (which protects the last of Fiji’s native rainforest).
Levuka – This town was once the capital of Fiji with a population of 1,300. The Marist Convent School is located behind the Church of the Sacred Heart and was built in 1882. The Levuka Community Center has many items on display, including a chance to solve the mystery of the Joyita.
Labasa – Labasa has a population of 30,000. The main places to visit are south of town, where you will find an Indian Firewalking Temple and a Hanging Bridge.
There are more than 3,000 miles (4,800 km) of roads. Although petrol stations close on Sundays, a 4WD will allow you to see even the interior of the islands’ beauty.
Fiji does not have a train system at this time. The buses run between towns, but there are no posted times. The express bus makes few stops so make sure it will let you off where you want to go before buying a ticket. The Via Highway stops everywhere. Expect it to take a long time to get you where you are going. None of the buses have air conditioning, and you cannot make a reservation. At times, they can get a little crowded.
If you choose to take a taxi, make sure the driver turns the meter on when you get in. Taxi drivers will not always turn on their air conditioning even if they are asked to do it. You need to check to see if the volume of music is tolerable before entering the car because this is another adjustment they may not make. Also, expect them to pressure you for repeat business.
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