Viti Levu Fiji Islands
Viti Levu, the largest of the Fijian islands, squats roundly and self-assuredly in the centre of the islands it governs. It wields considerable power and is the pivotal point about which politics, commerce and industry revolve. It is also where roughly three-quarters of the population resides.
The islands of Fiji abound with everything from tumbling jungle waterfalls to white-sand beaches fringed with coconut palms. But Fiji isn’t just about idyllic South Pacific islandscapes. What makes these islands so enchanting are the people. Establish eye contact for a second and you’ll find yourself downing kava with the local chief and shouting “Bula!” Fiji is truly the friendliest place in the world.
Top 8 Fantasies Attractions in Viti Levu Fiji
Fiji’s largest isle, Vitu Levu, is home to the official capital, Suva (on the east coast), as well as the tourism capital, Nadi, arrival point for international flights via Air Pacific. But don’t hop on that interisland flight right away. Take a taxi ride from Nadi International Airport to the forested foothills of the Sabeto Range where late actor Raymond Burr (of Perry Mason fame) created the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, a botanic sanctuary of vanilla-scented orchids and Zen-like lily ponds. Make the most of it by checking into to the family-run Fiji Orchid resort.
2. The Salad Bowl Cave Tour
Once a fortress for the last of the pagan tribes in Fiji, there are still many reminders of their residence such as the priest’s chamber, a ritual platform and even a cannibal oven. The Salad Bowl Cave Tour offers a special off the beaten track experience; learn about the history and culture of the area from a clan elder, walk through a true Fijian village, sample Fijian fruits during a short break with refreshments and visit the Naihehe Cave.
3. Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple
The largest Hindu Temple in the Southern Hemisphere, Sri Siva Subramaniya is a ‘must-see’ for visitors wanting to experience the cultural diversity for which Fiji is known.
This peaceful Hindu temple is one of the few places outside India where you can see traditional Dravidian architecture. The whole place is painted in colours bright enough to make your eyes ache and looks fantastic against cloudless, blue skies. The wooden carvings of Hindu deities travelled all the way from India, as did the artists who dressed the temple in its colourful coat and impressive ceiling frescos.
4. Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool
For a naturalistic bathing experience north of town, you can take a dip in these underdeveloped thermal bathing and mud pools in the lush Sabeto River Valley. They’re best enjoyed as the air cools later in the day. There are basic changing and shower facilities. Those looking for a Canyon Ranch substitute will be disappointed.
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