GREAT NEWS FOR VITI LEVU !!!
Noble Realty [est. 2013] is expanding into the Pacific Harbour and the surrounding area real estate market. This region of Fiji is ideal for those wishing to immerse themselves into a tropical island lifestyle, yet in an area offering ALL the modern conveniences. Numerous restaurants, golf courses, shopping venues, great beaches, medical facilities, etc. are all easily accessible nearby. Noble Realty is proud of its’ outstanding reputation based on performance and personalized customer service. We look forward to being YOUR personal representative. Naturally, we will continue to be fully operational on Taveuni.
Foreigners in Fiji Going Green with Residential Solar Systems
For years international expatriates have been flocking to Fiji to enjoy our weather, beautiful natural landscapes, and laid-back lifestyle. Just like Fijian locals, they struggle to access safe, reliable and affordable energy to power their homes. An expat household in the residential resort development of Pacific Harbour has recently invested in a Vision Energy Solutions (VES) grid-tied solar system. The family would like to encourage other residents to upgrade to renewable energy.
Pacific Harbour is well known as the adventure capital of Fiji. Located on the southeast coast of Viti Levu, only a two-hour drive from Nadi International Airport, it boasts beautiful waterways, a pristine 2km beach, and a golf course. Many agree it’s an ideal location to purchase or build a tropical villa.
Although the location is exquisite, that doesn’t mean luxury communities are free from the typical infrastructure challenges of living in Fiji. Many who settled in Fiji from overseas are accustomed to modern conveniences, especially abundant electricity 24/7 to power all of their appliances and electronics. Fortunately, many expat residents feel a responsibility to not endanger the climate or Fiji’s natural beauty by using dirty fossil fuels to power their lifestyles. In fact, they would like to do their part to provide economic opportunities, improve infrastructure and invest in climate change mitigation efforts. These are some of the reasons the Noble family contacted VES for a free energy assessment on their property to evaluate the feasibility of a grid-tied solar system.
The VES solar technicians concluded the household consumes an average of 955 kWh per month. Based on this usage level, the solar experts recommended a 5.74 kWp (410W x 14 Trina Solar solar panels) rooftop utility connected system. The new system is forecasted to generate approximately 585 kWh of power per month, which will offset approximately 57% of the home’s current monthly energy usage. Investing in a solar system will not only reduce their dependence on the utility grid and reduce their monthly energy bills but also increase the value of their home when it’s time to sell. The client was delighted to discover the investment recovery period was only 5.75 years. After the monthly energy savings equals the original investment cost, the system will continue to produce free green energy for the remaining years of the system’s lifetime, typically over 20 years total.
This project was deemed ideal for a new high tech SolarEdge HD-Wave inverter. The HD-Wave technology brings in a new era for traditional solar PV inverter technologies. This world-class technology won the prestigious 2016 Intersolar Award and the renowned 2018 Edison Award. Designed to work with smart SolarEdge power optimizers to complete the most efficient DC to AC conversion system possible. The record-breaking 99% efficiency of this system results in more energy production per system, which improves customer ROI.
VES Engineer, Ernest Hickes, was excited to recommend this new technology for the Noble household. Mr. Hickes exclaims, “This is the first SolarEdge HD-Wave grid-tied inverter installation in Fiji! This project was ideal for this advanced technology. We hope other Fijian residents, like Mr. Noble, share his level of enthusiasm to go green!”
VES takes safety very seriously. The advanced safety features is another reason VES chooses to install SolarEdge components for all clients. VES Installation Manager, Kinivuwai Koroi, explains, “Similar to our commercial projects, we adhere to all safety and engineering standards very strictly for all domestic projects. Our intention is to raise the bar in Fiji’s residential solar standards for maximum safety and resilience, as it should be.” With Solar Edge’s automatic shut-down features and multiple ways to manually power down the system when needed, the VES clients can rest assured anyone who works around their rooftop solar system will be safe.
VES was honored to install this new SolarEdge HD-Wave inverter technology in Fiji and hopes the desire to invest in green energy spreads across the country. Ask for a free energy assessment for your home or business today!
Budget 2020-2021: Stamp duties abolished
20 July, 2020, 10:41 am
All stamp duties have been abolished.
This was announced in the 2020-2021 national budget by Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum who highlighted the changes to the tax code last Friday.
He said in the COVID-19 Response Budget, stamp duty levied on mortgages for resident taxpayers was reduced from 1.75 per cent to zero, and stamp duty levied for foreign taxpayers was reduced from 5 per cent to zero.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said that reduction that was set to expire on December 31, 2020, was now permanent.
And in this budget, he said the Government was going further and abolished all stamp duties to make transactions faster and cheaper for everyone.
“That broad-based change means there is no longer any stamp duties on any government document – from buying a house, a car or any hire purchases, that financial burden has been eliminated for good,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
He said with customs duties, they were building an entirely new tariff structure – centered around simplicity and liberal trade, with a special focus on cutting costs for the tourism sector and making life more affordable for ordinary people.
“In the past, equipment could be zero-rated on an ad-hoc basis through a bogged down bureaucratic process. No longer. Goods that cannot be manufactured in Fiji are seeing massive duty reductions, with customs duties falling to 5 per cent, and 0 per cent in some cases,” he added.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum announced that the Government was:
- eliminating the duty for all items under the Customs Tariffs Act 1986, which includes machinery, mechanical appliances and mechanical parts;
- reducing fiscal duty to 5 per cent and eliminating import excise tax on a range of white goods, including air conditioners, refrigerators, televisions, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, lawn mowers, hair dryers, toasters, electric stoves and kettles, and smartphones;
- reducing the specific duty by 75 per cent on hybrid cars and non-hybrid cars. In addition, for new, non-hybrid cars we are reducing the fiscal from 15 per cent to 5 per cent. Lastly, on all non-hybrid cars, we are removing the excise duty. There’s no restriction on age for vehicles to qualify for these exemptions, but all non-hybrid cars must meet Euro 4 Fuel standards. The luxury vehicle levy has also been removed and the Accident Compensation Levy has been halved through the next year, and
- new air-bag trailers for trucks – which are much gentler on our roads – are not only duty-free, buyers can access a $20,000 grant towards their purchase. Used air-bag trailers will now only attract a 5 per cent duty. By getting these more agile vehicles on our roads, we actually keep our roads from deteriorating. We’re thankful to those trucking companies which are complying with our road loads.
Mr Sayed-Kbhaiyum also announced that Government was cutting customs duties on more than 1600 items – from toiletries to food stuff.
He said duties for more than 1000 items were falling to 5 per cent or 0 percent, and duty is falling from 32 per cent to 15 per cent for more than 500 items.
JUNE 5, 2020 10:10 AM
PRIME MINISTER VOREQE BAINIMARAMA. [FILE PHOTO]
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has confirmed that Fiji has just cleared the last of our active COVID-19 patient.
Bainimarama shared on his official twitter account that even with Fiji’s testing numbers climbing by the day, it’s now been 45 days since the country recorded its last case of coronavirus.
He adds that there have been no COVID-19 deaths and Fiji has recorded a 100% recovery rate through answered prayers, hard work, and affirmation of science.
The Prime Minister is expected to make an official announcement later today.
Bula vinaka, everyone!
Word in Fiji spreads fast, so you may have already heard the good news: Our final three patients in isolation have all tested negative for the coronavirus and will be released back home.
There are now zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Fiji, and we have not recorded a new case in 45 days; that is over three full incubation periods for the virus –– granting us a high level of confidence that the virus has been wholly eliminated within our borders.
Overcoming this challenge is a defining moment for Fiji, but even as we welcome this victory for our people, we must continue to pray for and support those around the world who are still suffering from this pandemic’s devastation. And there is always a chance new cases will be confirmed as Fijians continue to return from some of these countries to be reunited with their families, but they will be contained by their mandatory, closely-monitored hotel quarantine, eliminating the risk of community transmission.
Over the next week we’re going to be reassessing some of our health protection measures. Like we’ve done from the very start, every step forward will be carefully considered, and every decision will be backed by the best available science. This measured approach is what brought us here, and it is what will bring us forward as we adjust to a new normal.
Because with the virus still raging around the world, we will need your active participation to build on our success. We’re busy preparing for the official launch of careFIJI –– a new mobile application that will speed up contact tracing and, eventually, allow for the secure re-opening of our borders. At that launch, we’ll have more details to announce. That will include plans to reopen our schools and our houses of worship, and safe workplace measures that will help stimulate economic activity without jeopardising the health of our people. So, make sure to tune in.
In the meantime, all of our life-saving safety measures, including our 10pm to 5am curfew, remain in place. And to avoid any risk of a second wave, the healthy habits we’ve picked up over the past months must continue. Wash your hands, wear a face mask if you’re feeling unwell, and maintain a safe physical distance from others as much as possible. And if you do plan to celebrate, don’t share takis, bilos, or cigarettes –– it’s simply not worth risking your life or the life of those you love.
Finally, I want to extend a big, heartfelt “vinaka vakalevu” to our frontline healthcare heroes, our contact tracing team, and our disciplined forces –– all of whom have made extraordinary sacrifices to keep Fiji safe. While their work is far from over, getting us to this milestone is a massive win in itself –– so we all owe them a debt of gratitude.
(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) — Fiji has declared itself free of the coronavirus , after all 18 people who tested positive have recovered.
Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said Friday that the South Pacific island nation had just cleared the last of its active patients.
He wrote on Twitter: “And even with our testing numbers climbing by the day, it’s now been 45 days since we recorded our last case. With no deaths, our recovery rate is 100%”
He added: “Answered prayers, hard work, and affirmation of science!”
Fiji, which has a population of 900,000, imposed a lockdown in certain areas in April and put in place ongoing border restrictions.
“Answered Prayers”: Fiji Declares Itself Coronavirus Free
There was panic among Fiji’s 930,000 population when the first COVID-19 case was reported in mid-March, but strict isolation measures and border controls kept a lid on infections, which peaked at 18 confirmed cases.
WorldAgence France-PresseUpdated: June 05, 2020 10:47 am IST
Suva, Fiji: Fiji announced it was coronavirus free Friday after the island nation’s last known infected patient was given the all-clear, continuing the Pacific’s remarkable record of success against the virus.
There was panic among Fiji’s 930,000 population when the first COVID-19 case was reported in mid-March, but strict isolation measures and border controls kept a lid on infections, which peaked at 18 confirmed cases.
Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama attributed the country’s virus-free status to “answered prayers, hard work, and affirmation of science”.
“Fiji has just cleared the last of our active COVID-19 patients,” he tweeted.
“And even with our testing numbers climbing by the day, it’s now been 45 days since we recorded our last case. With no deaths, our recovery rate is 100 percent.”
The Pacific islands were initially seen as among the world’s most vulnerable to the virus because of under-resourced health infrastructure and high rates of health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
There were also fears geographic isolation could turn the islands into infection incubators, like when a measles epidemic in Samoa late last year killed 83 people, most of them babies and toddlers.
However, nations in the region acted swiftly and made the costly decision to seal borders and shut down the tourism trade that sustains their economies, in order to protect their populations.
‘Lifted the drawbridge’
As a result, many have not recorded a single case of the virus, including Palau, Tonga, the Solomons Islands, Samoa, the Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, the Cook Islands and Micronesia.
“They went beyond the strategy of elimination and aimed for exclusion — they lifted the drawbridge,” epidemiologist Michael Baker from Otago University told AFP.
“In the case of Fiji, they did have cases but they’ve now achieved elimination, so in some ways you could say they’ve done better than New Zealand.”
New Zealand appears on the cusp of eliminating the virus, with health authorities reporting Friday there had been no new infections for two weeks and only one virus case remained active.
Fiji has already expressed interest in joining a quarantine-free travel “bubble” with Australia and New Zealand, two nations that supply the bulk of the tropical idyll’s tourists.
Despite Fiji’s success against COVID-19, officials worried about a possible second wave of the disease and insisted social-distancing restrictions remain in place.
“To avoid of any risk of a second wave, the healthy habits we’ve picked up the past months must continue,” Bainimarama said in a Facebook video on Friday.
“Wash your hands, wear face masks if you’re feeling unwell and maintain a safe physical distance from others as much as possible,” he said.
Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete said a night-time curfew bans on gatherings of more than 20 people would remain for now.
“We cannot drop our guard,” he said.
The Cooks, which was one of the first countries in the world to declare itself virus-free in mid-April, has announced measures to cautiously reopen its borders.
Prime Minister Henry Puna said citizens and those with work permits who had been in New Zealand for 30 days would soon be allowed to return home without going into quarantine.
The Cook Islands News described the move as “the first step in bringing back the tourists”.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
There’s a reason why so many travelers flock to Fiji: It’s pure paradise. From the blue waters and picturesque lagoons to the swaying palm trees and pristine white sand, it doesn’t get any prettier than Fiji. And for plant and animal lovers, there’s so much to see and do. Fiji comprises more than 300 islands and islets (most of which are uninhabited), and the ocean wildlife is extraordinary; in fact, there are more than 1,500 species of fish and other aquatic creatures in the waters.
The Fascinating Plants and Animals of Fiji
Fiji is home to a plethora of native flora and fauna that travelers find fascinating. The country has 76 native land and bird species, 27 of which are found only in Fiji. More than 25 reptile species live here, including various types of iguana and the cane toad. Fiji’s bird species include the golden dove, the orange dove, three types of shining parrots, the red-breasted musk parrot and the Fiji peregrine falcon. But it’s Fiji’s marine life that’s truly amazing: The country is home to whales, dolphins, eels, several turtle species, sea snakes, and an abundance of fish and corals, among many other sea creatures.
The postcard-perfect beaches of Fiji are filled with a variety of trees, flowers and mangroves. Keep an eye out for the country’s most iconic flower, the Tahitian gardenia, a lovely white bloom found in most resorts. And for a real treat, visit The Garden of the Sleeping Giant in Nadi; here, you’ll see 30 to 40 native varieties of Asian orchids and Cattleya hybrids. Don’t skip out on the (free!) tour, so you can learn more about the orchids and the history of the area.
Get a Closer Look at Wildlife
If you’re itching to catch a glimpse of playful dolphins and exotic eels in the wild, look no further than Fiji. Travelers who want an up-close look at sharks should check out Shark Reef Marine Reserve, where you can feed up to eight species of shark at a time; and, if you’re feeling brave, you can even try a shark dive. In addition, the diving and snorkeling in Fiji are some of the best in the world. Take a dip at the Great Astrolabe Reef, one of the world’s largest coral reefs, or head to the Namena Marine Reserve to look at the mind-boggling biodiversity, including over 1,100 fish species, barracuda and blue ribbon eel. No matter where you go in Fiji, you’re bound to see incredible plant and animal life around every corner.
Transportation and Lodging
Flights to Fiji are notoriously pricey, though it’s possible to book a bargain flight if you shop around; several Australian airlines offer direct flights. Many travelers opt to do a multi-day stopover in New Zealand or Australia before heading on to Fiji since the countries are close. You’ll likely be stopping over in Fiji anyway as the majority of flight routes do. Note that airfares tend to peak between December and January and again between April and June.
Fiji may be famous for its rugged landscapes, palm-lined beaches, coral reefs and crystal clear lagoons, but there’s more to this archipelago than what you see in the tourist brochures.
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The 300+ islands were once covered by miles of dry forests and dense tree populations and while centuries of human intervention have encroached somewhat, native and endemic flora and fauna still thrives. For any botanist, biologist, ecologist, naturalist, ornithologist or zoologist, Fiji is an excellent source of discovery, but you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy the wonders that Fiji has to offer.
The Animals of Fiji
Fiji has 76 native land and sea bird species, 27 of which are endemic (only found in Fiji). The Red-throated Lorikeetis a critically endangered lorikeet around 18cm long, and is bright green with red cheeks, throat and thighs. The Fiji Petrel (also known as MacGillivray’s Petrel) is a small, dark gadfly petrel with a short neck and stout black bill. Other birds to look out for include:
- Three species of Shining Parrots (Kaka)
- The Collared Lory (Kula)
Fiji also has four raptors: the Pacific Harrier, the Barn Owl, Peregrine Falcon, and the endemic Fiji Goshawk.
Fiji’s marine life is varied and includes dolphins, whales, sea turtles, eels, sea snakes, corals and an abundance of exotic and colourful fish. Home to five species of sea turtles you can find the Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Green, Pacific Ridley and Leatherback. Three of these species lay eggs on the beaches from November through to March, a site not to be missed.
Another site not to be missed (especially if you’re into sharks) is Shark Reef Marine Reserve off Pacific Harbour on Viti Levu. Here, 8 different species could turn up to feed, including Tawny Nurse, White Tip, Black Tip, Grey Reef, Sicklefin Lemon, Silvertips, Bull and Tiger. And out in the open seas, you’ll see Hammerheads and more.
Fiji is home to six species of bats, including the Fiji Monkey-faced Bat. Endemic to Fiji, it’s restricted to the summit region of Des Voeux Peak on the island of Taveuni (Koroturanga Mountain to the locals). Four of the six species only eat fruit, while the other two – the Polynesian Sheath-tail Bat and the Fijian Mastiff Bat, also eat insects.
Reptiles and amphibians
Fiji is home to two endemic frog species, the Fijian Tree Frog and the Fijian Ground Frog. Both males and females produce a mating call, an unusual characteristic for frogs, and Ground Frogs are a threatened species.
The Fiji Banded Iguana is a spectacularly beautiful and large lizard with emerald green colours. The extremely long tail makes up more than two thirds of its total length and the body presents broad vertical blue and green stripes that give the iguana its name.
The Plants of Fiji
The stunning beaches of Fiji are covered in a variety of pine trees, such as Silver, Fishtail, Fantail, Umbrella and the iconic Coconut Palm. The Coconut Palms provide Fiji with one of its most versatile manufacturing resource – coconut oil – and are believed to have self seeded on the islands. Other common species include the Mallotus tiliifolous, a small deciduous tree with hairy leaves and spiny fruit and the Indian-beech with its aromatic flowers and medicinal bark and roots.
The Tahitian Gardenia is one of Fiji’s most iconic flowering species, offering glossy green leaves and gnarled branches. Prized for their fragrant, tubular white flowers they can be found in almost every resort and produce yellow-green fruits that have medicinal use. Any fans of the Perry Mason TV series should visit The Garden of the Sleeping Giant in Nadi, which was founded in 1985 by the show’s actor Raymond Burr. A lover of orchids, the garden is packed with exotic orchids and native trees and is a real treat.
Mangroves are crucial to Fiji’s geography because they strengthen the coastlines of the islands and protect the beautiful reefs by absorbing much of the force from high ocean waves. Mangroves are particularly vulnerable to climate change and sealevel rise, and there is a strong possibility that they may be lost in the future.
Your Fiji Holiday
Everybody has their own idea of a Fijian holiday and if yours is the opportunity to discover Fiji’s most incredible flora and fauna, it pays to have an idea of what to look for. Create a list of search items and see how you go. The beauty of Fiji is that it’s there for the taking so you might not have to search that hard. With little effort you could tick of a list that includes:
- Manta rays
- Coconut palms
- And more!
Experience the wildlife of Fiji in person!
With the huge assortment of amazing and unique wildlife, why not take a quick down to Fiji and see it for yourself! We pride ourselves on crafting the perfect cruising experience so you can have lasting memories. Check out our small ship cruises to find out more! Alternatively, check out our diving packages for those seeking out the marine life.
Facts About Fiji
Fiji, officially the Republic of Fiji, is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean. It has an area of 18,274 square km. Suva is its capital and largest city. English, Fijian, and Hindi, are the official languages of Fiji. Fijian dollar is its official currency.
The Fiji Republic is actually not just one beautiful island but an archipelago of some333 islands and over 500 islets. Only 110 of them are inhabited and all of them are beautiful combinations of volcanic mountain ranges, rainforests, and gorgeous sandy beaches. Read on to discover some interesting facts about Fiji.
Facts about tourism in Fiji
- Fiji’s main sources of foreign exchangeare sugar exports and its thriving tourist industry, which along with its abundance of minerals, fish, and forests, gives it one of the most developed economies in the Pacific.
- The first word in the native Fijian language you’ll need to learn is Bula, which means “hello”,because you will hear it everywhere. These friendly people will also greet you in English, which almost all of the population speaks as well.
- Those who enjoy outdoor adventureswill find great walks and hikes in the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, the sandy Natadola Beach, or the Lavana Coastal walk from the beach to the waterfall. There are also several zip line opportunities available.
- Hire a boat to spend the day on the water diving in the Great Astrolabe Reef coral reefs and snorkling along the beaches.
- Take the kids to the Big Bula Water Park or hike to one of the waterfalls or caves on the islands.
- Be sure to visit the Kula Eco Park where you can feed young sea turtles and hold iguanas and young snakes.Don’t be afraid to handle them; there are no venomous snakes in the Fiji Islands.
- Accommodations range from luxury hotels on the beach to hostels for backpackers that run an economical $8 to $15 per night.
- Fire walking originated on the islands around 500 yearsago but today the ceremony is usually practiced as cultural shows that appeal to tourists.
- Visit the Garden of the Sleeping Giantto see the orchids or experience the Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool in Nadi.
- Fijian girls learn how to craft potteryas well as weave baskets and mats while boys learn to carve kava bowls, war clubs, spears, and the always-popular wooden forks that are sold to tourists as relics of Fiji’s days of cannibalism.
Historical Facts of Fiji
- 11. The original settlers of Fiji,who came to the islands over 5000 years ago, are now called the Lapita people but were originally Melanesiansand Polynesians.
- Fiji’sfirst settlements were started by voyaging traders and the first Europeans to land and live among the native population were shipwrecked sailors.
- Fijians were formidable warriors who built some of the finest boats in the Pacific in their day and time. They called their home Viti but nearby island Tonga called it Fisi. Captain James Cook was the first to pronounce it as Fijiand his writings promulgated that name.
- Fijians were also fierce cannibals who were known for their practice of eating their enemies and making human sacrifices.The ferocity of their lifestyle deterred European sailors from going anywhere near their coastal waters. Fijians now regard those years as “na gauna ni tevoro” (the time of the devil).
- With the arrival of Christian missionaries, cannibalism began to wane.The last known victim was himself a missionary. Thomas Baker made the mistake of accidentally touching the head of the village chief, an insult tantamount to a declaration of war.
- The Dutch and British began to explore the islands in the 17th and 18th centuries.In 1874 the British subjugated Fiji as a colony and began the large scale cultivation of sugar cane there in the 1880s.
- In order not to interfere with the Fijians’ native way of life, contract labor from India was brought in to work in the sugar plantations.More than 60,000 indented workers arrived before the practice ended in 1920. Later these Indian transplants would lead to conflicts in the islands’ government.
- After 96 years of British rule,Fiji became independent in 1970 but remained part of the British Commonwealth.
- In 1987, a military dictatorship took over the country to prevent an Indian-dominated party from controlling the government. This triggered a larger exodus of Fijians of Indian origin from the country. Today the population is 40 percent Indian.
- Fiji continued to be controlled by one military coup after anotheruntil a democratic election was finally held in September of 2014.
- Village groups own over 80 percent of Fiji’s land,which is called Native Land, and use it for their village site and as a nature reserve.
- Villages are generally self-sustaining.They have a chief as their leader and each has a community center. Tourists may visit them but must bring a gift of kava with them and present it to the chief for the welcoming ceremony, known as the “sevu sevu”.
- Visitors arewelcomed with white talc powder on their faces and leis of flowers and leaves from the villagers. Ladies should leave their jeans at home and wear modest clothing, like a traditional Fijian sarong (a “sulu”) to show respect for the residents and chief.
- Only the village chief is allowed to wear a hat and sunglasses.You must remove yours, please. You may also be required to remove your shoes in order to enter homes or other buildings.
- The village women play a game on New Year’s Eve called “veicaqemoli” (kick the orange). Played by two teams, the winning team must give gifts of new garments to the members of the losing team so there’s really more incentive to lose than to win.
- The Meke is a celebration of culture through traditional storytelling and dancing using songs that is performed at Fijian festivals.It is performed even more frequently during cultural shows at tourist resorts.
- Rugby is a national obsession.The national rugby team used to perform the Cibi (pronounced “thimbi”) before their matches. The Cibi is, appropriately enough, a war dance. It has now been replaced with their “mBolay!” war cry.
- The native Fijians are mostly Christian and the Indo-Fijians are mostly Hindu.The largest Hindu temple in the entire Southern Hemisphere is the Sri Siva Subramanuya Temple. This colorful worship site is in Nadi.
- The Fijians have a gift-giving culture. For a community ceremony one brings a large quantity of food. This food is also accompanied by gifts like bark cloth or whale’s teeth or kava (the national drink.)Ceremonies include village marriages and religious festivals.
- Typically village households contain extended families, including a nuclear family with in-laws and possibly other grown unmarried children. The cultural frowns upon elderly people living alone and uncared for.
Other random and interesting facts
- The 180°meridian, or International Date Line, runs through the island of Taveuni in Fiji. On that island, there is a site where you can stand with one foot in today and the other in yesterday.
- Traditional Fiji meals includerelishes, starches and a beverage. The starches include yams, taro, sweet potatoes and manioc. The relishes include meat, fish, seafood and leafy veggies. Water is the typical beverage of choice although hot tea with lemon leaves is also served.
- The traditional cooking method in Fiji is called lovo.Food is wrapped in palm fronds and banana leaves and roasted in an earthen pit lined with extremely hot stones. Pork, chicken or fish is placed in first on the bottom. Root crops like cassava, wild yams and taro cover the meat then the pit is filled with dirt and left to cook for three hours.
- Many islanders raise their eyebrowsas a non-verbal way of saying “yes”.
- Fiji has a comparatively large armed forceand has been an active participant in numerous major U. N. peacekeeping missions throughout the world.
- One of Fiji’s international sports stars is professional golfer Vijay Singh.He is the winner of three major championships.
- Speaking of the Fijians’ love of gift giving, the most precious giftof all to give on ceremonial occasions is sperm whale teeth, presented with a long and formal speech.
- An interesting Fijian superstition says that coconuts have eyes.Furthermore, they watch for certain people on which they want to fall from the tree. So if a coconut falls on you, you can expect bad luck for several days, because it picked you specifically to fall upon!
- Kava, or Yaqona, is the national and traditional drink. Made from the powdered root of the Yoqona bush,it is mixed with water in a bowl called tanoa. Guests must clap before and after drinking from the dish.
- Kava is believed to have medicinal qualities and is used to treat: headaches, colds, insomnia, and anxiety.It has a bitter, tongue-numbing, unsweetened coffee taste. Visitors to villages are expected to present gifts of kava to the chief upon arrival.
Fiji – country at a glance
Independence10 October 1970 (from the UK)
Table last updatedJuly 1, 2019Capital CitySuva
(18°10′S 178°27′E)Largest CityNasinu
Area18,274 sq kmAgricultural land23.3%Population926,276 (July 2018 est.)CurrencyFijian dollar (FJD)ReligionProtestant 45% (Methodist 34.6%, Assembly of God 5.7%, Seventh Day Adventist 3.9%, and Anglican 0.8%), Hindu 27.9%, other Christian 10.4%, Roman Catholic 9.1%, Muslim 6.3%, Sikh 0.3%, other 0.3%, none 0.8% (2007 est.)Official LanguageEnglish, Fijian, HindiSuffrage18 years of age; universalNational Anthem”God Bless Fiji”National symbolFijian canoeNational colorlight blueNational holidayFiji (Independence) Day, 10 October (1970)Climatetropical marine; only slight seasonal temperature variationTerrainmostly mountains of volcanic originHighest pointTomanivi 1,324 mLowest pointPacific Ocean 0 mLife Expectancy73.2 Years (2018)Industriestourism, sugar, clothing, copra, gold, silver, lumber, small cottage industriesExports$908.2 million (2017 est.)
sugar, garments, gold, timber, fish, molasses, coconut oil, mineral water
Imports$1.911 billion (2017 est.)
manufactured goods, machinery and transport equipment, petroleum products, food, chemicalsGDP – per capita (PPP)$9,800 (2017 est.)Natural resourcestimber, fish, gold, copper, offshore oil potential, hydropowerBirth rate18.2 births/1,000 population (2018 est.)Death rate6.2 deaths/1,000 population (2018 est.)Sex ratio1.03 male(s)/female (2018 est.)Government typeparliamentary republic
PresidentJioji KonrotePrime MinisterFrank BainimaramaTime ZoneFJT (UTC+12)Internet country code.fjCalling Code+679Drives on theLeft
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” ONE OF THE BEST ISLANDS TO LIVE ON ” Island Magazine
Did you know that Taveuni, the Garden Island of Fiji is pure beauty and adventure. Recognized as the jewel of Fiji, the islands are a welcoming paradise for residents and visitors alike.
Our islands have it all coastal walks along sandy beaches, world class diving and snorkeling just offshore, luxurious vegetation, pristine tropical rain forests with exotic birds, colorful Fijian and Indo-Fijian villages, and hidden waterfalls.
Contact Noble Realty to find out more.
Good news for everyone as the roads on the Estate are being resealed and the place is looking very good. Still time to buy a lot on the Estate starting at $20,000.00 Fiji Dollars
Fun had by all as the final day of school for Solo’s Kindergarten ended with a big bang and the final Christmas closing. Children received their diplomas along with commemorative medals and trophies marking this the 10th Anniversary of the School right here in Soqulu Taveuni Estates. Thank you for all those that keep the school going with your donations and kind support. Solos Kindergarten is one of a few stand alone schools in all of Fiji. We look forward again to our next year.
Renowned for its captivating flora and fauna, Taveuni Estates continues to draw stellar interest from property buyers wanting a slice of Fiji’s Garden Island.
Most of Taveuni’s coveted oceanfront and resort lots are listed by Noble Realty, which facilitated a large number of properties late last year, when an amendment to the Land Act in 2014 sped up the sale of vacant foreign-owned lots whose proprietors did not construct dwellings within a 2-year deadline.
A considerable number of these lots were listed at reduced values to meet the December 31 deadline and avoid hefty fines for their foreign owners.
“We sold 98 listed properties for foreign owners and the majority of buyers have been locals,” Noble said.
Buying interest, continues to thrive.
“For those who haven’t grabbed a lot of Taveuni Estates, now is the time to do it.”
I would just like to share with you a little of our coast line on Taveuni Estates. Please contact me for more information.