Celebrate Fiji Day in style at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort!

October 10 is one of the most important dates on the calendar year and a day that has great significance for Fijians all over the world. This is more commonly known as Fiji Day.

Find out why this day is so important and what you can expect to do on your stay at our five star Fiji resort.

What is Fiji Day?

Fiji Day commemorates two very important dates in Fijian history. The first signifies the events that occurred on October 10, 1874. On this day, Fiji's nominal king and warlord, Ratu Seru Epenisa Cakobau and fellow Fijian chiefs ceded to Great Britain, and the British took control of the islands as the Colony of Fiji. This life-changing decision was influenced by Cakobau's desire to increase trade within the Commonwealth islands as well as promoting civilisation and Christianity. 

However, nearly 100 years later in 1970, a constitutional conference was held in London. In this meeting, attendees agreed that Fiji should become a fully-fledged sovereign and independent nation, under the Commonwealth of Nations. Later that year on October 10, Fiji's colonial status was removed, and the country became an official democratic state.

While the original signing over of rights may seem strange to celebrate, the event was significant in the fact that it protracted the process that culminated in Fiji's official independence.

Find out how you can celebrate Fiji Day at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. Fiji Day is one of the most important dates in the Fijian calendar. Are you ready to celebrate?

How do people celebrate Fiji day?

As well as the day itself, locals also celebrate Fiji Week. During this time, people immerse themselves in various religious and cultural event that celebrate Fiji's great diversity and fascinating story. Each year, a different theme is chosen by organisers that ties in with Fijian traditions and independence day itself.

Visiting at this time of year is a great way to immerse yourself in Fijian culture and celebrate alongside locals and staff of our five star Fiji resort. Here, expect plenty of dancing, presentations and partaking in the various cultural activities we have to offer. Join in on a visit to the local Nukubulavu village and meet some of the local residents, as well as the village chief himself. Back at the resort, experience a traditional Fijan lovo feast – an underground cooking sensation that the whole resort can get involved with.

Here at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, we're proud of our heritage, and we love sharing it with everyone who chooses who to stay with us. Find out how we can make your Fijian holiday one to remember by getting in touch today.

Uncover the legends of Fiji

We love sharing tales of ancient tradition with guests at our story-telling nights here at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. But where did the inspiration for such fables come from?

Degei – the creator of Fijian life

Where better place to start than with the supreme snake god of Fiji himself – Degei. In the beginning Degei lived alone with his companion Turukawa the hawk. One day, Turukawa went missing and Degei went in search of her. After finding Turukawa, Degei was disappointed to find that the hawk had spurned him after finding a mate. The next day Degei returned to the spot and was shocked to see Turukawa's abandoned nest – inside were two eggs.

Degei rescued the eggs and nurtured them at his own home. After several weeks, the eggs hatched and revealed two tiny human bodies. Over time, Degei raised the humans and taught them how to fend for one another using crops he provided. One of these crops is believed to be kava (yuqona). 

Years passed and the humans learnt to bring new life into the world. Degei then led his people through the oceans to Vuda – the first Fijian settlement. However the God didn't stay, and instead continued his travels further north to the Nakavadra mountain range where he chose to reside. To this day, the snake god is often offered the first bowl of yaqona (kava) as a sign of respect and thanks.

Discover the legends of Fiji at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.Are you aware of Degei the snake god and creator of Fijian life?

Shark god and protector of the oceans

Protecting the ocean is one of our biggest passions here at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. Thankfully, we're not the only ones who want to see this underwater paradise flourish. According to Fijian legend, there's another protector of the reefs and ocean life, and he goes by the name Dakuwaqa. 

Dakuwaqa, the shark god, not only looks after the ocean and all in it. Legend states that he also protects fisherman from the dangers at sea. It's believed that he has the ability to morph into anything, however his true form is that of a half human, half shark. His presence is still celebrated today, with fisherman known to pour a glass of kava into the ocean before venturing out on trips.

Want to learn more about the fascinating tales of the islands? At our story-telling evenings, guests of all ages can enjoy hearing about Fijian culture and legend. Get in touch with the team today to find out how we can make your holiday to Fiji one to remember. 

What is traditional Fijian massage?

No one knows how to relax and unwind better than Fijian locals – they seem perpetually at ease. However, the island nation also has a rich history which has blessed locals with colourful traditions and rituals. 

Traditional Fijian massage effortlessly combines the Fijian knack for relaxation and this culture to create something truly special and unique. 

What are the origins of traditional Fijian massage?

There are over 100 inhabited islands in Fiji spread out over 194,000sq kilometres throughout the Pacific Ocean. In the past many of these islands did not have access to western medicine, instead using their own traditional healing techniques passed down generation after generation. 

Traditional Fijian massage is one such technique. In the past, and even today, work on Fiji's remote islands is hard and physical – watch a local climb a coconut tree and you'll agree! If the muscles ache after a hard day working locals head to their village's masseuse to ease their pain.

While the technique itself is often different from island to island, the end result is the same – complete and utter relaxation. 

What are the benefits of Fijian massage?

Some Fijian massage involves deep tissue massage using the edges of the feet, a technique that's more effective at loosening muscles than most that use hands and elbows. 

Others use locally sourced, natural ingredients such as nut and coconut oil, along with long rhythmic strokes of the hands. Fragrant tropical aromas and deep tissue massage creates a feeling of bliss that has to be felt to be believed. However, a true modern Fijian spa experience combines the best of all of the island nation's techniques to provide a massage unlike any other. The end goal is to ease tension, loosen muscles, detoxify the body and enable relaxation.

To find out more about traditional Fijian massage techniques and to experience ultimate relaxation for yourself, why not book a stay at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort today?