15 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT FIJI
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If you’re wondering what ‘Bulla’ is,
it’s actually a common greeting
of one of the most amazing destinations in the world.
And we’ll be talking about it today.
It means hello.
And if you happen to visit Fiji,
then it’s a term that you’ll quickly have to learn.
So the cat’s out of the bag,
Fiji is the destination we’re going to be talking about in today’s video.
It’s officially known as the Republic of Fiji,
and it’s an island country
located in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean.
The closest neighbors to this amazing country are
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Tuvalu, Futuna, France Wallis,New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
The largest population of the Fijians lives in urban areas.
The reason why the place stands out is the fact
that it has a well-established tourism industry
that attracts the biggest names in the celebrity world today.
It’s a place full of luxurious private islands,
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culinary adventures, top spas, resorts and loads of adventure.
The other thing that makes this place stand out is the culture
that is so unique that any visitor will be fascinated.
There are, of course, fine white sand beaches and the ocean water
that make it the best location for a vacation, for families, honeymooners and divers.
It’s also quite accessible for most of the world,
so anyone who wants to have a taste of this exotic tropical paradise
has an equal chance of visiting.
Without further ado, let’s look at the 15 things you didn’t know about Fiji.
1. Fijians are the friendliest people on earth.
Fijians are very good natured and friendly.
They are hospitable in nature and also quite welcoming.
This is a place where you’ll receive greetings from total strangers,
you’ll hear “Bulla” everywhere you go.
They talk to you not to sell you something,
but just out of sheer kindness.
You will definitely receive lots of enthusiasm
and smiles in this wonderful, luxury destination.
2. Fiji is a nation made up of many islands.
This is a country that has about 332 islands,
only 110 of which are inhabited.
You should know thatthere isn’t a one single island called Fiji,
rather the group of islands makes up the country.
Around three-quarters of the nation’s population inhabit Viti Levu,
which is the largest of the islands.
It is also here that Suva, the capital city, is located.
Most of the islands are mountainous and they have rain forests,
which is a great plus to the pristine beaches.
The acronym for FIJI is fun in Jungle Island.
3. It was once a colony of Britain.
For some 96 years,this amazing country was under British rule.
Fiji got its independence in the year 1970,
Today, you can still spot remnants ofthe country’s past all over the islands.
You may also notice thatthey still have the British Union Jack
on the flag as well as the coat of arms.
There has been much talk held to discussthe possibility of changing the country’s flag
in order to have a clear identity.
The country’s currency still hasimages of Queen Elizabeth II on them,
showing that there is still a definite connection.
4. About 40% of Fiji’s population
is comprised of Indo-Fijians and Indians.
That’s right. Most of these inhabitants livewithin the main island called Viti Levu.
Laborers came all the way from Indiato work within the sugarcane plantations
when the British were in power.
Most of these people stayed to serve as businessmen and farmers
even after the system had been eliminated.
Most of the Indians there are laborers’ descendants.
5. Laucala is the island to visitif you want luxury to the maximum.
Laucala is the place you want to be
and it has been able to attract rich andfamous figures from all over the world.
It’s a very exclusive resort andmany celebrities have been there.
This is a private island whose owner isDietrich Mateschitz, the Red Bull billionaire.
This is where the super-rich go for vacation.
Some of the guests who have been thereinclude Roxy Jacenko, Jackie O,
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Tony Hawk, Ludacris, Elle Macphersonand Oprah Winfrey among many others.
This place has some 25 luxury villas
that boast infinity poolsas well as private dining pavilions.
There is a residence at the hilltop,
but to stay there you’ll have to part with some real cash,
at least 62,000 dollars for one night.
There’s also the 25 percent tax on top of that.
There is, however, a lush tropical rainforest,
empty beaches and an 18-hole golf course.
You can also take a submarine ride if you’re up for it.
6. Most of Fiji is called native land.
About 80 percent of thecountry’s land is called native land.
And its ownership is in the hands of the village groups.
It is set up as a reserve and used for the village site.
About 10 percent of the native land canbe leased, purchased or transferred.
If you are a non-resident, there is arestriction on the size of land you can own.
Indo-Fijians end up leasing landespecially when they want to farm.
This is one of the things that has broughtabout boycotts and conflicts over the years.
7. Fijians have a national and traditional drink.
The traditional drink serves as a national drink, too.
And it’s called yagona, or kava.
This is a drink that has a precise preparation
where a pepper family root ispowdered and then mixed in water.
This has to be done in a tanoa, the traditional bowl.
The result is a muddy mess, and it isn’t so appealing.
But many people claim that itactually has the medicinal qualities
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that help with a common cold, headaches, insomnia,
anxiety and stress among many other afflictions.
It has a taste that is earthy and tongue numbing,
and many say it’s like coffee that hasn’t been sweetened.
At the kava ceremony, people sit in a circle on the floor
and the tanoa is placed before the leadersto allow them to make the mix,
while the guests have to clap before and after drinking.
8. The greatest culture isexperienced within the villages.
If you want to appreciate how great the culture here is,
then make a date with the villages.
The villages are actually self-sustaining,
and there is a community center aswell as a leader or chief for each one.
You need to remember to bring kavagifts, either in powder or root form,
to make a presentation to thechief in the welcoming ceremony.
If you are a woman, your dressing should be modest,
and you should cover your legs with a Fijian sarong.
You can expect a white health powder on your face
or flowers and leaves presented by the villagers.
9. Visitors are required to remove hats.
If you really love hats and happen tohave one on during your trip to Fiji,
remember to take it off when the chief is around
and when there are ceremonies being carried out.
The other thing you must remember is to
take off your shoes just before you enterbuildings and homes while in the village.
10. The most popular sport here is rugby.
You’ll notice that rugby is a big deal in Fiji.
The team sport has its origins in England.
And you can access more details regardingthe game by clicking on the top right corner.
This is a country that is believed tohave a very high player population ratio
compared to other rugby playing nations.
The team performs a war dance just before each match.
11. They have perfected the art ofwalking on smouldering hot stones.
Fijians have actually perfected the artof walking on smoldering hot stones
while they are wait for it barefoot.
This is a practice that started around 500 years ago
on the Bega island by the Sawau tribe.
This is a firewalking ceremony, andtoday it has been modified in order to
be conducted in cultural shows for tourists.
You may even see such performances at hotels.
They also have a great love for underground ovens
and lovo pits where traditional meals are cooked.
12. They used to be cannibals in the 1800s.
This country was a part of the cannibal isles and
cannibalism was real until Christianitywas introduced by the missionaries.
It is said that the cannibalism began at sea
especially when they were long voyagesand not much to survive on.
Some of these practices found their way to the islands.
The last victim of this cannibalism was
a missionary called Reverend Thomas Baker.
He visited a village and touched the head of the chief,
which was an act that was totally forbidden.
His shoe can be seen at the Fiji Museum.
Here you can also find the tools used in cannibalism,
like the cannibal fork, club and brain picker.
13. Fiji water actually comes from Fiji.
Fiji water is a very popular brandthat is called the finest water on earth.
What you didn’t know is the factthat it actually comes from Fiji.
In other countries, the water is super expensive,
but here it’s actually incredibly cheap.
14.There is a laid-back kind of lifestyle in this country.
One of the things you’ll definitely notice is
the laid-back kind of lifestyle that people here enjoy.
They call it Fiji time.
Things seem to move a little slower here.
And the set times are usually just suggestions.
No one is in a hurry.
15. The country is run by a dictatorship.
Fiji’s political leader, Frank Bainimarama,
rose to power after staging a coup
that was successful in the year 2006.
Since that time, he and the military have been in power,
even though they insist it isn’t a military regime.
However, this fact hasn’t deterred the throngs of tourists from having a good time in Fiji.
Do you agree that Fiji is one of the mostluxurious destinations in the world today
ahead of Tahiti and Maldives?
Let us know in the comments.
If you are still with us,
here is one final bonus fact just for you.
If you ever feel a great desire for some boiled bat,
then you should run to Fiji.
It’s a delicacy here and it’s often eaten by locals
together with various roots and raw fish.
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