Things to see, do and eat in Sigatoka, Fiji: Expert expat travel tips

Peter Lancaster is a fine art printer specialising in hand lithography, Australian-born Peter Lancaster spent 12 years of his childhood in Fiji while his father set up the obstetrics unit in Suva, which is now bears his name. Peter moved to Sigatoka Town with his wife Diana, where they offer artist residencies on the Coral Coast, lancasterpress.com.au

SEE

Sigatoka Town is about 70 kilometres from Nadi. An amazing sight from all areas of Sigatoka Town is the multi-storey Hare Krishna Temple precariously perched on the hillside. Visitors are welcome and can experience a vegetarian meal by donation. You get a good dahl and a vegetable curry that changes with the season, such as a pumpkin curry.

DO

Visit Hot Glass down the road from us to see glass-blowing demonstrations or to do a group or one-on-one workshop to make a usable piece like a coloured glass vase or bottle. Otherwise, spend a day with us creating woodcut or mono-print at our studio, hand-inking and running it through the press onto masi (handmade Fijian paper) to create an original print and a special memory of Fiji. No experience required, see hotglassfiji.com

EAT

"Fish in lolo" is fish with taro leaves simmered in hand-grated coconut cream. It's a must, and the place to experience this delight is the He-Ni Uwa Restaurant, 100 per cent Fijian-owned and perched on the hillside overlooking the ocean as the sun sets. See facebook.com/HeNiUwa.fj

DRINK

My property has an abundance of coconut trees of various varieties, and one offers the most amazing coconut water which if combined with a dash of local, award-winning Bati white rum gives you a perfect evening drink. If you don't have your own coconut tree, vendors on the streets sell coconuts cut and ready to drink. Put the coconut in the fridge to get it nice and cold first. See rumcooffiji.com

AVOID

Steer clear of using plastic bags at local markets as traders will have your fresh produce in plastic in a blink of an eye. Saying no to plastic will hopefully shift old habits! And avoid getting frustrated if your itinerary doesn't always run on time, it's Fiji time so enjoy the smiling faces offering a welcoming "Bula" at every turn.

See traveller.com.au/fiji

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