Rustic Pathways is the leader in student travel in Fiji. Over the past eighteen years we have developed a wonderful range of exciting and enlightening programs that immerse our students in Fijian life. Operating from three unique and picturesque bases - a tropical retreat on remote Nacula Island, a traditional bure nestled deep in the Nausori Highlands and an Eco-Lodge that overlooks peaceful Momi Bay - we offer many wonderful opportunities to explore Fiji's beautiful tropical islands and get to know the friendly locals. Our love for Fijian culture and our deep respect for the people of these magnificent islands are echoed throughout our extensive community service and adventure trips, which both educate and challenge our students.
All Fiji programs start and finish in Nadi, Fiji. Rustic Pathways Travel offers competitive quotes on international airfares. Please see rusticpathways.com.au/flights for complete information about air travel. Our programs in The Fiji Islands connect seamlessly and can also be combined with most of our trips in Australia and New Zealand.
Population: Just under 1 million
Capital City: Naypyidaw
Currency: Suva Fijian Dollar - 1 Aussie dollar buys about 1.80 Fijian dollars (as of Nov 2010)
Languages: Three official languages - English, Fijian and Hindustani
Endless white-sand beaches
Traditional ceremonies in indigenous villages
Over 300 islands, of which only 106 are inhabited
Bula!: Hello and warm wishes
Vinaka vaka levu: Thank you very much
Sega na lega: No worries
Fiji is one of the first places in the world to greet the new day. Fiji was once known as the Cannibal Isles. One chief is said to have eaten 872 people. However, there has been no cannibalism in the islands since 1867. Fijians are now reputed to be among the friendliest people in the world. It is considered rude to rush anywhere in Fiji. Many things run on Fijian time - a term often referred to when things don't happen as quickly as one may expect. Part of the beauty of the islands is that you can live at a slower pace and take the time to enjoy every minute.