Wherever you go, locals will holler Bula in welcome.
Its literal meaning is "life," and means anything from hello, goodbye, welcome, love and more.
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In many destinations, understandably, this would be incredibly disconcerting, but in Fiji there's no need to feel threatened or scared.
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Likewise, some words spelt with a 'c' are pronounced as 'th'. If a Fijian indicates it's "that side", it means vaguely in that direction with no clue to the actual distance.
For example, moce (goodbye) is pronounced "mo-they". "That side" could mean 50 metres away, or 10 kilometres away.
We know of its superb white sand beaches, reputation as the soft coral capital of the world, friendly locals and swaying palm trees, but first time visitors will find Fiji packs plenty of surprises – especially if you venture beyond the resort confines.1 Fiji time is a thing Things happen in Fiji, but with no particular urgency. Your snorkel trip was meant to leave at 10, but it's now closer to 11? To westerners, Fiji time can be frustrating and baffling. Before you know it, you'll have slowed down a notch or two, will leave your watch on your bedside table, and will see what the day brings.
Fiji time is used to explain away everything from unexpected delays, to when things don't quite go as planned. As the Fijians say, "no hurry, no worries".2 You'll never feel so welcomed at an airport anywhere in the world How many airports in the world employ a band of smiling locals in floral shirts to serenade you on guitar and ukulele as you pass through immigration, or as you sadly depart for home? 3 You'll say Bula a lot Bula (pronounced Boo-lah) is the national greeting.