Many people visit Fiji seeking the white sandy beaches, gently swaying palm fronds and swimming in the clear blue water. These are some of the top reasons newlyweds spend their honeymoons in Fiji. Savvy travelers consider Fiji an epicurean’s favorite destination.
Fiji is located just east of the famous Spice Island trade routes famous for spreading the need for exotic spices worldwide. These fertile, tropical islands are diverse in their ability to grow a rich variety of spices along with legumes, rice and a host of exotic tropical fruits and vegetables. Mix fresh spices and an abundance of seafood with an ethnic blend of Fijian, Indian and Southeast Asian cultures. The result is exquisite cuisine.
Fijians have created hundreds of masala blends. Many of these blends have been passed through families originating in India. Specialty blends include spicy masalas for meat and seafood. Masala is added to everything from vegetable and fruit dishes, to desserts and teas. Masala is the common thread that binds famous Fijian dishes by creating spicy curries and delicately flavored entrees. Most Fiji restaurants create their own signature masala or curry.
Visitors will discover that Fiji hotels and Fiji restaurants provide inexpensive dining opportunities to sample Fiji’s rich cuisine. Many Fiji hotels and resorts host well-known chefs that utilize locally grown produce and spices to create unforgettable meals. Vegetarians will also appreciate the many vegetarian Fiji restaurants that provide Indian cuisine for local Hindu residents and tourists. Tourists looking for unique Indian curries and rotis will discover that the tiny, two or three table restaurants provide authentic, tasty dining with personalized charm.
Never turn down a chance to experience a traditional lovo. This is the traditional Fijian cooking method. A large pit is dug into the sand where seafood, pork and vegetables such as dalo (taro) and tavioka (cassava) are cooked underground. The mighty coconut tree is an integral part of traditional Fijian culture and cuisine. It is blended with raw fish and vegetables for classic South Pacific Island dishes. Coconuts, in varying degrees of development, are used to create most Fijian entrees and beverages. While waiting for the lovo, many Fiji hotels bundle cultural dance shows and Fijian fire walking events. Travelers that are able to visit outlying villages may be able to participate in a homespun traditional lovo that may include a formal sevu sevu greeting ceremony with yaqona (kava).
Whether travelers are considering a honeymoon in Fiji or visiting the island group for its cultural diversity, Fiji offers an extraordinary opportunity to sample unique South Pacific Island foods and cuisine found nowhere else in the world.