Virtual Vacations: Fiji Islands, Oceania – Part 1
Posted on: October 20, 2020.

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There are a few very beautiful places on Earth, so remotely located, that they are physically difficult to travel to. Such trips are highly challenging, at times logistically, at times financially—at times both.

“Virtual Vacations”, a Yokibu Editorial Special Series, is being introduced to benefit our reading community, and promises to be both entertaining and informative, vividly descriptive, and vibrantly narrative.

This week, the inaugural article is a Virtual Vacation to the Fiji Islands in Oceania, located in the South Pacific Ocean.

What is Oceania?

Australia, together with the islands in the central and South Pacific Ocean, comprise Oceania. Furthermore, Oceania consists of three sub-regions, whose names have been derived from Greek

  • Melanesia “Island of Black”
  • Micronesia “Small Islands”
  • Polynesia “Many Islands”

Oceania is the world’s “eighth continent” comprising of 14 countriesAustralia, Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Where are the Fiji Islands located?

It is about 2,000 kilometers northeast of New Zealand—and over 4,500 kilometers east of Australia—in Melanesia.

Officially named “Republic of Fiji”, the group consists of 330 islands spread over an area of about 3 million km2.

However, only about 100 islands are inhabited. November to January is when Fiji is prone to cyclones. The official national capital—Suva—is on the southeast coast of Fiji’s largest island—Viti Levu “Great Fiji”.

The Beauty of Fiji Islands

This is one among the rarest few places on Earth that can be called “Paradise”. Verdant beaches fringed with graceful palm trees, colorful and lively coral reefs, and friendly faces render Fiji its attractive allure.

Fiji is not only one of the most pampering places to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate, but also for adventure, particularly of the aquatic type—scuba diving and snorkeling.

The Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool is a place of great fun. The mud pool is for putting on the silky soft and smooth mud and then walking round till it dries. A smooth energized feeling is imparted to all parts of the body that the mud covers.

In the cleansing pool, the dried mud can be rinsed off. The Hot Springs is a geologically-warmed thermal pool for soaking up longer.

Established by the late actor Raymond Burr in 1977, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, is an incredible plantation. Visitors wander through the Garden, marveling at over 2000 different types of orchids.

Pure, white sand. Shady trees—many, and much needed. And horses to ride, too—gentle rides for children, and adventure-grade treks for adults! Natadola Beach is certainly one of Fiji’s finest!

Places and Things of Interest in Fiji

Traditional Firewalking at Beqa Island. No gimmicks, and not the type of hot coal fire walking commonly witnessed at hotels or during street performances.

Stones are placed in a fire for many hours, and when they are glowing hot, the men of the village perform the ceremonial walk across them, without their feet getting burned!

This is a tradition passed on from generation to generation. Historically, a Fijian warrior secured this ability from a spirit god who lived inside an eel, who granted the warrior this boon in exchange for freedom.

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