Fiji Fun Facts
- Fiji is made up of approximately 333 islands, but only about a third of those have people living on them. We’re staying on Malolo Island.
- There are two main seasons in Fiji: Wet and Dry. We’re here at the end of the wet season, which goes from November – April.
- Fiji isn’t too far from Australia (about a 4.5-hour flight (ours from San Francisco was 11 hours!)), so a lot of Australians vacation here. Fiona’s been hanging out with some of them, including Alfie (3), Daisy (5) and Jack (7).
There are two important words we’ve learned for our stay here:
- Bula: hello/welcome/life (everywhere we go, people say, “Bula!” or “Bula bula!” or “Bula, Fiona!”)
- Vinaka: thank you!
An Interview With Fiona About Fiji
What’s the weather like in Fiji?
It is very hot. But at night it can be very stormy and rainy. The rain usually rains in the evening or near to nighttime. What’s interesting about it is that it’s very warm no matter what happens! It’s warm rain!
Tell us about the place you’re staying.
I like the restaurants here because they make really good food. There’s a grown-up pool that kids aren’t allowed in, but I like the kids’ pool.
What’s the food like?
The food at the breakfast place is really good. I’ve tried it twice already. There’s pineapple and papaya (which is kind of like watermelon). There’s also apple juice. Apples here are so delicious! We usually eat lunch and dinner at the beach bar. You can see the sunset there and you can see the ocean and sometimes there’s a golden pathway across the ocean that fairies can dance along up to your window and grant you a wish.
Tell us about the people who work here.
They help you. They show you where your house is, and sometimes they light torches! They’re little holders for fire, and you light fire on them so you can see your way home. They help you with kayaking, with hiking. They all say “Princess Fiona!” when they see me.
Tell us about Kids’ Club!
Kids can go to the kids club and there’s lots of fun stuff for you to do. I made shell bracelets and necklaces and a grass skirt.
What have been your favorite things?
I’ve been liking doing swimming class in the pool and lying in the hammock with daddy. I like it when daddy reads me a bedtime story. And I also like looking at the [hotel] logo. The name of the [island] is Malolo! I like how the logo shows that it’s always sunny, and how it has a smile on its face so that it shows that it likes being out.
Is there anything you don’t like about Fiji?
Basically the only thing is the mosquitos—they’re always biting me! And I’m worried about sunburn.
Have you tried anything new in Fiji?
I tried snorkeling and kayaking and a stand up paddle board and I tried drinking out of a coconut.