Fiji Islands image courtsey: robinsoncrusoeislandfiji.com
its people flowers and birds.
A tropical paradise.
“An idyllic and relaxing tropical paradise, a heaven to the about to be weds, newly weds and those who are romantic at heart”
The above statement although are words from
The capital of
Fiji got its independence in 10th October, 1970 ever since democracy has found it hard to get entrenched in this small cluster of islands its politics has seen many upheavals as due to ethnic strife one group never let the other rule whether democratically elected or not. Fiji had gone through two major coups; the first by George Speight who captured power from Mahendra Chaudhry the then Prime Minister, and the second by Sitivani Rebuka who came to power by a military coup in 1987.. At present this island is being ruled by President Ratu Josefa and Josaia Voreque the Prime Minister. The political issues have not much affected Fiji’s position as a major tourism destination; as its people have always been friendly lot and impress the tourists in that aspect. About 43000 tourists visit this archipelago every year adding wealth to the coffers of
Traditional Fijian Houses
In local English language ‘bure’ is the word for house; of late this word is commonly used for a thatched Fijian style-hut in tourist resorts; where as a traditional house in Fijian is known as ‘vale’ or vale ‘vaka vakaviti’. ‘Were’ (inland dwelling houses of western
All locally available components.
In ground plan they can be oblong, square, oval or circular, and the materials used for the walls and the thatch vary largely according to materials which are locally available. While ‘gasau’ (reeds, miscanthus floridulus) and vadra (Pandanus versus) are perhaps the most commonly used, ‘misimisi’ (sedge, scirpodendron), sugarcane, coconut, and sago palms are extensively used. Many traditional houses have sections of a tree-fern trunk protruding out of both ends of the top (this is only mainly for ornamental purpose and it has no function); which is known in Fijian as ibosa or loru. These have become iconic of Fijian architecture. The houses of Village-Chiefs are decorated with sea-shell (cowry).
The thick terrestrial rain forest surrounding mountains ranging up to 1300 meters of this oceanic high islands in Fiji is home to a myriad of color and gaudiest form of more than 1800 native vascular plant species (orchids being most prominent among them) such spectacle is often taken for granted by the locals but never failed to fascinate enthusiasts. They sport astonishingly weird shapes to look like butterflies, bees, a fly and a swan. Botanists flock to this virgin land in search of new species of orchids to be listed in the records. The geographical isolation of this archipelago is the main reason for the evolvement of so many exotic species.
There are 65 orchid genera (major group) in
The Exotic Birds.
The British as well as other colonists have introduced totally 29 types of birds from their homeland as well as from their other colonies to this land and half of them got settled and flourished in this land.
Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer, an aggressive and quarrelsome little bird native of the Indian Sub-Continent with erect crest, black head and red ventral tail), these birds were not imported for any purpose but they probably escaped from captivity to lead a free life and flourish in this beautiful land!
Spotted Dove (Fasoro Streptopelia chinensis) – called as kukuru; black and white spotted half-collar, it is one of the most widespread exotic birds of the island), it is a native of
Australian Magpie (introduced in to Fiji to control coconut stick insect, native of Australia; at present they have cross-bred with indigenous varieties and mostly hybrids), Java –Sparrow (Padda oryzivora - beautiful large finch with light-grey plumage with contrasting black head with white cheek patches. A globally threatened species), Jungle Mynah (Acridotheres fuscus, introduced in to the viti Levu in 1900 for controlling Army-Worm caterpillars –a serious pest to many crops) etc are just some of them. They are found abundantly in
A heaven for earth for tourists!
Island of Fiji image courtsey: usdivetravel.com
The rainy season is from December to February, tourists can avail bicycles available for nominal rent for sight-seeing without any fear as crime-rate is one of the lowest in the world. Room rents are affordable one US$ can fetch two Fijian dollars.