Know Before You Go: Fiji Culture, Customs, & Travel Tips

Fijians are some of the most welcoming hosts anywhere on the planet. So it's always good to do a little preparation to know how to be a great guest as well. And as with visiting any new culture, there are certain customs and ways that visitors should be aware of to make the most of their romantic getaway. These tips on customs, etiquette, and culture in this tropical paradise will make sure your time there is as happy, joyous, and romantic as can be!

With that, here are some cultural tips to make sure you get the full glow from that classic Fijian hospitality.

Smile & Say Bula

Fiji Bula Boys
Photo by Tim Parkinson on Flickr (click image for source)

"Bula" is to Fiji more or less what "aloha" is to Hawaii. It translates literally to "life" and is used as hello, goodbye, welcome, and other uses. People will say it everywhere you go, so smile and say it back to them!

Mind the Head

Fiji Shopping HoneymoonIn Fijian culture, the head is considered to be a very sensitive, almost private area. For that reason, it's important that you don't touch anyone's head without permission. It's considered a violation of personal space.

Dress the Part

When honeymooners think of Fiji, a small bathing suit probably comes to mind. And they're right -- as long as you're on the beach! While out and about in towns and villages, feel free to wear short skirts and sleeveless tops. Keep in mind that unwanted attention is always a possibility. Also, bikinis in town are a no-no, and if you're eating out at nice restaurants, you should have a collared shirt and chinos, or for women, a dress and some sandal flats or something similarly dressy-casual.

Go Kava Crazy

Fiji Kava Ceremony
Kava Ceremony at Turtle Island Fiji

Kava ceremonies are an important part of Fijian culture. And while the drink itself, made from the root of a local tree, is a bit of an acquired taste, the ceremony is an amazing way to get closer to the island's traditions and people. Whether you experience it at a private island resort like Turtle Island Fiji or in a native village, you haven't experienced Fiji until you've been part of a kava ritual.

Public Toilets: A Fijian Rarity

Fijian Travel TipsPublic toilets are practically unheard of in Fiji. There aren't really any places to just pop in for a pee. Thankfully, you're almost always right by the ocean...so bring a bathing suit everywhere you go and use the ocean if you have any emergencies!

Forget About Schedules & Prepare to Slow Down

Fiji Honeymoon TipsBottom line is, things move slowly on Fiji, and "start times" are pretty much always loose. Try to slow down, chill out, and accept that something you planned for 10 a.m. might not happen until 11:30...and that's okay. In Fiji, the days pass by on a different timescale, so embrace and enjoy the low-pressure vibe that comes with it.

He = She = They

Fiji Cultural HoneymoonsIn Fijian, they don't use gender pronouns the way we do. Prepare for natives to use "he" regardless of the gender identity of the person they're addressing. It is surprising if you aren't ready for it, but once you're used to it, it's no big deal.

Final Thoughts

Part of the fun of traveling to a foreign culture is learning to live like the locals. Thankfully, in Fiji, that means in as relaxed a way as possible! Getting the full experience of a honeymoon here means absorbing all the beauty the rich island culture has to offer...do so with an open mind and not only will you have the honeymoon of your dreams and grow as a couple, but you'll grow as citizens of the globe as well.

Content Note: Turtle Island Fiji is a paying Honeymoons.com partner, but this post was written independently by Honeymoons.com editorial staff without input from the resort.

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