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World Travels: Fiji Islands

March 20, 2013
Fijian Beach

Fijian Beach

Last stop on my round the world tour brings me to beautiful Fiji. Fiji is an island nation in the South Pacific ocean.

Map of Fiji

Map of Fiji

It is about 1,300 miles (2,000 km) north of New Zealand’s North Island. The country of Fiji is made up of more than 332 islands and only 110 of them are permanently inhabited.

Beautiful waterfall in Fiji

Beautiful waterfall in Fiji

The two major islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu and they account for 85% of the total population of Fiji which is at almost 885,000 people. Suva, which is on the island of Viti Levu, is the largest city and the capital of Fiji.

Flag of Fiji

Flag of Fiji

Due to the fact that Fiji has an abundance of forests, minerals, and fish resources, it is also one of the most developed economies in the Pacific Island realm. Its economy is mostly run by the tourist industry and its sugar exports.

Fijian warrior

Fijian warrior

Fiji’s culture is made up of a mixture of Indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian, and European traditions. Indigenous Fijian culture is very vibrant and very ingrained in every day life in Fiji.

Kokoda which is a traditional Fiji raw fish salad with coconut and lime.

Kokoda which is a traditional Fiji raw fish salad with coconut and lime.

The food, just like the culture, in Fiji is influenced not only by the native resources of fish, coconut, lime, and spices but also by Indo-Fijians that have blended into the native population. So you can expect lots of fish, taro root, yams, fresh fruit and a lot of it cooked with lime, coconut, and coconut milk.

The Point, Fiji

The Point, Fiji

While in Fiji I went to this nice restaurant on the grounds of the Radisson Blu Hotel Resort I was staying at called “Cross”. It has won several awards as well.

Cross Restaurant, Fiji

Cross Restaurant, Fiji

I had their signature dinner which was a crayfish (which is basically a warm water lobster – it’s not as high end as the cold water lobsters from Maine but nevertheless, it was lovely) on a bed of bok-choy with mashed potatoes and lemon-aioli battered onion rings. I had a Nautilus Pinot Gris from Marlborough County to start with which was nice and crisp and then I had an Ogawa Pinot Noir from the same region to pair with my bottom feeder.

Crayfish on bok-choy with mashed potatoes and lemon-aoili battered onion rings!

Crayfish on bok-choy with mashed potatoes and lemon-aioli battered onion rings!

Just to give you a taste of what Fiji is like take a look at this short little video:

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