Fun Fiji Facts

 

 

  • When did European explorers first visit the Fiji Islands?

Abel Tasman was the first explorer to reach Fiji, in 1643.

  • What is the capital city of the Fiji Islands?

Suva is the capital city and is located on the south east side of Viti Levu. This is the city I live in. It rains a lot here, but it the hub center of the entire South Pacific.

  • What are the official languages of Fiji?

There are three official languages: English, Fijian (there are over 200 different dialects of Fijian though) and a dialect of Hidustani called Fiji-Hindi.

  • Are there poisonous land snakes in Fiji? What kinds of animals does Fiji have?

There are no poisonous snakes. There are some indigenous “harmless” snakes, however, but these now only exist on some outer islands as the introduction of the mongoose in the late 19th century to control rats in the sugar cane plantations on the main islands led to the devastation of land-dwelling birds, snakes and amphibious creatures. There are however the super poisonous sea snakes that hang out in the reefs. Their jaws do not open wide enough to bite humans.

You would think living in the tropics there would be a variety of animals, but there aren’t. Horses and chickens and cows were imported here back in the early 1900s.  Mostly there are just wild pigs and stray dogs.

  • What is Fiji’s main source of income?

Fiji is a very popular tourist destination thus making tourism the main income earner for the county, followed by the sugar industry. However, tourism has dropped off in the last 10-15 years due to political unrest and military coups.

  • What religions are practiced in Fiji?

Most native Fijians are Christians with most being Roman Catholic and Methodists. Thanks to the missionaries. The local Indian Fijians are mostly Hindi or Muslim and the local Chinese also practice Buddhism.

  • What is the population?

The population of the Fiji Islands as of 2004 is 848,000. It’s about the size of New Jersey.

  • What time zone is Fiji located in?

GMT +12, that means I will be 16 hours ahead of you. Fiji is situated on the International Date Line (on the 180 degree meridian), which means that it is one of the first places in the world to see the sunrise. There is a particular spot on Taveuni Island where a person can stand with one foot in the current day and one foot in the day before.

  •      What does the Fiji flag look like?

But not for long, they are in the process of designing a new flag without the union jack on it.

  • How Hot does it get in Fiji? Cold?

It averages around 85 degrees and goes as low as 65 degrees. Always VERY humid though.

  • When is the best time of the year to visit Fiji?

The peak tourist season in Fiji is from June to October. This is the winter season and the weather is dry and warm.

  • When is the rainy season in Fiji?

The rainy season is in the summer months from November to March.  Also called the Humid season, with most days having 100% humidity.

  • How many islands in Fiji are inhabited?

Of the 320 islands 105 are inhabited.

  • Were there cannibals in Fiji?

The last act of cannibalism in Fiji occurred in 1867. Reverend Baker and his colleagues came to the village of Nabutautau to civilize the natives and to convert them to Christianity. The initial interactions between Baker and the Fijian villagers were positive, but then in an attempt to retrieve a comb (or hat), Baker touched the head of the village chief. This was a forbidden act and a gesture that to the villagers was tantamount to declaring war. They cannibalized Baker and his fellow missionaries.

 

  • What sports do they play in Fiji?

RUGBY!! The Fiji national rugby union team is one of the best in the world! It’s like a religion here, everyone watches rugby!

There is also volleyball, soccer, netball, cricket, and rowing. But rugby is the big seller.

Fiji is home to the renowned professional golfer Vijay Singh.

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