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Want a relaxing day on Fiji without all the hassles of spending money? Enjoy a day out in the sun, as the waves sing to you by washing to and from shore, all free of charge. Not many South Pacific islands have the best beaches due to the coral reefs that sourround the island, so water sports such as surfing, snorkeling, and swimming might be hard to do. Here are some beaches on the island that stand out because you can enjoy the water, the sun, and sand and not have to worry about the coral reefs limiting your fun day. Yasawa Island, Natodola Beach, Vatulele Isalnd Resort Beach, Namenalala Island Beaches, and Horseshoe Bay, all these beaches on Fiji, are breath taking, and some even have the option of having dinner on the beach. Namenalala Island beaches has three other small beaches tucked away in rocky coves, so make sure you bring a map or as the locals where they are, so that you can choose the best beach for you. Horseshoe Bay is the only quality beach on the island that is not open to the entire public, to access this beach you will have to be on a yacht or a guest at Matangi Island resort to enjoy it.

Sigatoka Sand Dunes Sigatoka Sand Dunes
Fiji Museum Fiji Museum
Parliament of Fiji Parliament of Fiji
Suva Municipal Market Suva Municipal Market

Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park

 Admission Admission to the visitors center is free, but you pay F$5 (US$3) to actually visit the dunes. Call ahead for a guided tour, which costs F$3 (US$1.80) per person. (Note: You must go to the visitor’s center before visiting the dunes)

There is no reason why an activity on vacation has to cost anyone tons of money to enjoy. The Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park is a cheap way to enjoy the environment of Fiji, and have a nice quiet day out on the island. At the park you can expect pine forests, and plenty of greenery. The national park is Fiji’s first park that protects its sand hills, which extend for several miles along the coast. The park is home to ancient burial grounds and pieces of pottery dating back from 5 B.C to A. D. 240. Many pieces still can be found among the dunes, but removing them is against the law. These artifacts are said to be the remains of pottery from the Lapita Era, giving important clues to the origin of the early inhabitants of Fiji. Over 50 individual remains have been excavated as part of the ongoing archaeological program. The park is a popular attraction with locals and visitors because so much history and culture from the dunes keeps resurfacing.

 

Fiji Museum

 Address In Thurston Gardens, Ratu Cakobau Rd. off Victoria Parade
 Admission Admission F$7 (US$4.20) adults, F$5 (US$3) for school-age children. Guided tours F$3 (US$1.80)
 Hours Mon-Thurs and Sat 9am-4:30pm, Fri 9am-4pm
 Phone 331 5944
 Website www.fijimuseum.org.fj

For just less than $5 of admission pay, you can enjoy Fiji’s marvelous collection of historical and artistic relics at the Fiji Museum. The collection includes a wide range of war clubs, cannibal forks, tanoa bowls, shell jewelry, and other Fijian ruins from the early development days of the island. Although some artifacts were damaged by Suva's humidity while they were hidden away during World War II, much remains. A must see at the Museum is the Masi Cloth, and Indian art exhibits in an air conditioned gallery on the upper floor levels. Check out the museums gift shop, it is said to carry a rare golden cowrie shell that was selling for F$7,500 (US$4,500). Tired of all the walking and just want a cool drink and bite to eat, take a break at the museums café, it serves drinks, snacks, and local food such as curries.

 

Parliament of Fiji

 Address Battery Road, off Vuya Rd
 Admission Free
 Hours Mon-Fri 8am-1pm and 2-4:30pm
 Phone 330 5811

Fiji is known for its interesting history, and the Parliament of Fiji has played a crucial role in the development of the history as well as the present Fiji we come ot know today. Large masi cloth banners hang in the chamber. Although there are no organized tours, you can watch debates from the visitor’s gallery, or just stroll along the outside walkways and peek through each floor, to see if anything is going on through the windows. The entry is on Battery Road, which runs off Vuya Road, which in turn makes an arc uphill from Ratu Sukuna Road off Queen Elizabeth Drive. It's about 1km (1/2 mile) uphill from Queen Elizabeth Drive, but the easiest way to get here is by taxi. Call the main number or check with the Fiji Visitors Bureau to find out when parliament meets. It isn’t your ideal thriller of an attraction, but just visiting, taking pictures, and standing next to something that played such a significant role in the growth of Fiji is worth the visit.

 

Suva Municipal Market

 Address Usher St. at Rodwell Road
 Admission Free
 Hours Mon-Fri 5am-6pm, Sat 5am-1pm

Many markets exist on the island of Fiji, but the most largest and liveliest market is located in the South Pacific called Suva Municipal Market. An array of tropical produce is offered for sale at the market. If merchants are not to busy, they are friendly enough to give you a little lesson on how the pronunciations and use of various fruits and vegetables are used in everyday living. The market gets very busy on Saturday mornings, but if your tired of processed foods and want a refreshing taste of something fresh and natural, the market is the right place for you. The bus station is behind the market on Rodwell Road.

Another market worth mentioning is the Municipal Curio and Handicraft Centre. Here booths and little shops offer hand crafted items and souvenirs that you can take make home with you. Stalls are operated by Indians so haggling over prices might be an easier task than stalls run by local Fijians. All in all both markets are a great place to visit if you are looking to get away from the beach.

In yet another bit of cultural diversity, you can haggle over the price of handcrafts at stalls run by Indians. (Don't try to haggle at those operated by Fijians.) It's best to wait until you have visited the Government Handicraft Centre, however, before making a purchase.

Located on Parade past Central Street.

 


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