on Taveuni Estates
How do I buy food provisions on Taveuni Island?
There are several shops within 15 minutes drive of Taveuni
Estates. The main shopping centre is situated at Naqara.
The shops stock most provisions, catering for Taveuni's
ever expanding ex-pat community. There is a small fruit
and vegetable market that sells local produce very cheaply.
There is also a small fish market and most of the shops
sell fresh fish as and when the local fishermen bring
it in to them.
Due to the strong Indian influence in Fiji there is
also a vast selection of spices and learning to cook
with these is an experience in itself, all of the local
women will be delighted to assist. A small beef butcher
operates on the Southern end of Taveuni, simply place
your order by phone by Thursday midday and the most
succulent fillet steak you have ever tasted will be
delivered first thing Friday morning! Any food item
that cannot be found on Taveuni can easily be ordered
There is a daily (sometimes twice daily) ferry service
from Suva and the shopkeepers on the main island are
all accustomed to using this service to provide their
customers on the outer islands. It is a very simple
process of making a call to place your order and collecting
your box from the boat for a minimal fee of $F3. Be
sure to remember that although provisions are easy to
come by it is also possible (and great fun) to 'live
off the land'.
fruit and vegetables grow on Taveuni Island?
Taveuni is known as Fiji's 'garden island' for the rich
fertility of it's soil - almost anything will grow here!
Tropical fruits are in abundance. Bananas, papayas,
pineapples, lemons, limes and watermelons fruit all
year round and are literally everywhere you look on
Taveuni Estates! Seasonal fruits include passionfruit,
guava, mangos, avocados, grapefruit, mandarins, sour
sop - the list is truly endless. There are always plenty
of vegetables and salad growing as well as a few local
plants. Bele is the local spinach - the Fijians make
a delicious soup mixing this will chillis and tomatoes
- it full of iron and very good for you. Joka (pronounced
Choka) is another local plant - crispy, unique taste,
delicious in a salad with coconut cream and lemons.
If you prefer not to grow your own vegetables a couple
of local men drive around the houses selling their homegrown
vegetables from the back of their truck a couple of
times a week.
A couple of the local supermarkets
sell a good range of alcohol. Some of them have a decent
selection of wines. If you wish to order more than a
couple of bottles it is advisable to do so through one
of the larger wine merchants in Suva who will offer
a much more competitive rate than the local stores are
able to. Wine orders will be delivered via the ferry
is the social activity like on Taveuni Island?
There are an ever increasing number of ex-pats living
and owning property on Taveuni full time. All the resorts
have restaurant/bar facilities and there are a couple
of dedicated restaurants. Taveuni Estates Clubhouse
is open all day every day from 8am till the last person
leaves. Most of the social life revolves around residents
of the Estate and their guests. On Taveuni Estates,
the choice is yours - either you can live a very social
life, or a more reclusive existence.
there schools on Taveuni Island?
Schooling on Taveuni is readily available. The primary
language is English, but Fijian is also taught along with
Fijian cultural classes. There is an old Catholic Mission
School that is not far from the Estate and one of the
oldest in Fiji dating back some 100 years. There are also
a number of state schools.
religion is predominant in Fiji?
Virtually all Christian denominations are represented
in Taveuni. The majority of the population on Taveuni
is Roman Catholic with a beautiful church a 5-minute drive
from the estate. There is also an Indo-Fijians representation
on the island, comprising of Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims.
is the climate on Taveuni?
Taveuni enjoys a tropical climate, the mild and dry season
being May through November.
Average Air Temperatures: 23 - 30°C / 73 - 86°F
Average Water Temperatures: 27 - 29°C / 80 - 84°F
Average Air Temperature: 20 - 26°C / 68 - 79°F
Average Water Temperatures: 25 - 27°C / 77 - 80°F
does the cost of living measure up with other countries?
The cost of living is to that of the US and Australia.
However, appliances and vehicles are considerably more
expensive, as are items of furniture. Most residents opt
to bring those with them which allows tax-free entry.
Domestic help will cost you approximately
FJ$60 per week if you choose to employ on a full time