How do you greet someone in Fiji?

18 Fijian Phrases You Need To Know Before You Travel

If you’re traveling to Fiji, it’s helpful to know a few local phrases in addition to English. Knowing some Fijian phrases can show that you respect their culture and help you connect with the locals. Here are some useful phrases to know:


The most common Fijian greeting, which means “hello” or “life.”

Ni sa bula/Ni sa bula vinaka:

A formal greeting, wishing good health and happiness.


“Thank you” – a must-use word to express your gratitude for any service provided.

Vinaka vaka levu:

To say “thank you very much.”


“Goodbye” – pronounced as “mothay.”


The official Fijian greeting for the morning.


“Please” – important to use proper manners.

Vacava tiko?:

“How are you?” – Tiko can be the answer to it.

Au domoni iko:

“I love you” – for romantic settings.





Sega na leqa:

Fijian version of “hakuna matata” which means “no worries.”

Sota tale:

It means “see you later” and is not a formal goodbye.

Dabe ira:

“Sit down” while “tucake” means “stand up.”

Lako mai ke:

Someone is calling you over – it means “come here.”

Mai kana:

“Come and eat” – usually used when you are being called for a meal.


Use this to ask “why?”

Vainui vinaka e nomu volau:

A farewell wish for travelers to have a safe journey.

While English is widely spoken in Fiji, showing some knowledge of Fijian phrases is a respectful way to engage with the locals. It’s best to greet them with “Bula” and thank them with “Vinaka” as often as you can to show your appreciation.

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