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If you want to learn even more Fijian words, locals here are very welcoming and love to teach foreigners about their local language! Don’t hesitate to ask around and improve your local vocabulary! Here are a few local words that will be useful for your stay in Fiji.

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This week in Fiji we were lucky to observe sharks very closely. Usually reef sharks hover around the reef, patrolling their territory and don’t usually stay too close to divers or snorkelers.

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This week Fiji was honoured to receive the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who embarked on their three-day Fiji tour. The last time the royal family visited Fiji was in 2006.

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The Fiji Museum is located in a mall 2-storey house in a park near the center of the city. The artifacts and collections presented here are not very huge and overwhelming, but they are all interesting and has played a significant part in the rich culture of Suva.

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How fresh are the fruits and vegetables you buy at home and how far must you travel to find perfectly ripe ingredients for your cooking? Has it been pre-packaged and shipped from afar? Or has it been handpicked almost on your doorstep?

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Until recently, mangroves were considered smelly, muddy, mosquito infested swamps and their removal was seen as a sign of progress. Today, many realize and appreciate the roles mangroves play in sustaining our ecosystem. Mangroves are all types of trees that have adapted to living in the sea. They are found growing in-between land and sea and are regularly inundated by tides.

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Tunicates are also known as ascidians or sea squirts. They have a simple structure where they create a current through their siphons to bring water into their body cavity. There, they collect the little pieces of plankton or detritus – decaying organic matter from the water in a mucus net and push out the left over water.

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Symbiosis is when two organisms live together in a relationship in which at least one of them benefits. Sometimes, such as in the case of mutualism, they will be both benefit from the relationship. In instances of parasitism, one organism will benefit completely while the other is harmed or may even die. Commensalism is a form of symbiosis in which one participant benefits and the other feels no effects at all. Coral Reef ecosystems are teeming with symbiotic relationships.

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Teeming with life and exploding with colour, Fiji’s undersea world is breath taking and fascinating with more than 1500 species of reef fish, molluscs, turtles, anemones, and 390 kinds of coral! Did you know that Fiji is known as the “soft coral capital of the world?”

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The Orchid Island is about 1 kilometer away from the center of the city, but it is still worth a visit when in Suva. This is one of the existing (there are two others on the island of Fiji) traditional Fijian temples that are still in use and preserved on its original grounds.

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