Gaia Tree Sanctuary on the northwestern coast of Taveuni is an eco-tourism destination where visitors can take a ‘Spice of Life’ tour of the organic farm and spice gardens. Explore lush hilltops and experience ocean views before enjoying a vegetarian farm-to-table lunch as well as herbal tonics and smoothies. Eat your way through the likes of crispy coconut and cassava croquettes with carrot-top chimichurri, golden tomato and mint salsa, or steamed gaiatree oyster mushroom rice paper rolls. Guides will convey their knowledge on edible native greens, Fiji’s medicinal herbs and exotic spice leaves during this full-day experience.
Food is an increasingly important and attractive part of any Fiji itinerary. Hotels and resorts across the nation have been emphasising sustainable food and drink with on-site farms and herb gardens and practises such as sourcing their seafood locally. Resorts are also developing their own products including craft beers, rum, honey and cheeses, while a rise in organic farm tours enables visitors to engage with food cultivation practises on a deeper level. Here are five ways visitors and locals can explore the food and drink of Fiji.