Aside from its obvious tourist appeal thanks to its stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches, lush tropical gardens, glorious weather, crystal waters and fantastic array of land adventures and water sports, Fiji is also host to a great range of events each year which are a spectacle in themselves.
Fiji holds its annual Tennis Invitation Classic during February and as the South Pacific's newest women's action sport event it is continuing to draw crowds. The invitation only event brings together some of the rising stars of the professional tennis circuit from all over the world as well as WTA ranked players for an exclusive event on Denarau Island in Fiji's south.
May also sees the annual Fijian International Jazz and Blues Festival come to town in Port Denarau. The three day festival sees musicians from around the globe, including Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the United States as well as talented local artists converge on Fiji for a non-stop Jazz and Blues explosion.
First established in 1960 and held in Nadi, Fiji's annual Bula Festival is held in July and aims to raise funds for charitable work while providing entertainment for the people. Locals and visitors alike are treated to live entertainment, marching bands, a Pacific dancing contest, Bollywood nights and even a beauty pageant.
Given that much of Fiji's population is a fusion of Melanesian, East Indian, Polynesian, Micronesian, Chinese and European cultures, Diwali is quite a big deal. Known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is held in October and is celebrated with ornate nights, candles, clay lamps and firecrackers which create a beautiful night time spectacle which is said to signify the triumph of good over evil.
Although a natural phenomenon, the Rising of the Balolo generally occurs between October and November and is an important part of the Fijian way of life. The Balolo, or sea worms, rise to the surface of the water to spawn only once a year. Known as the 'Caviar of the Pacific' these sea worms are a delicacy for the Fijian people so each year canoes sail with nets and torches to scoop up, eat and take home millions of these writhing creatures.
With so much to see and do, there is always something happening in Fiji so check with local guides prior to departing on your holiday to see what else is happening during your visit.