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A tropical island paradise like no other, Fiji’s natural beauty is matched only by the overwhelming friendliness and culture of its people. Pristine beaches, coral atolls, luxurious hotels and resorts on the many islands that make up Fiji offer the visitor countless opportunities to relax.

The capital, Suva, is on the main island of Viti Levu and here the people of the’ friendly isles’ will make you welcome. The descendants of those intrepid sailors who traversed the vast Pacific Ocean in their frail outriggers offer traditional seafood and hospitality. Scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and many other sports are available for the adventurous.

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WEATHER                  Back to top

Fiji enjoys a typical tropical climate, with a trade wind blowing across the islands to cool things down during most of the year. Maximum summer temperatures average 88ºF (31ºC), with the winter average not far different at 84ºF (29ºC). Rain can be expected at any time of year. The driest months are April, May, June and October.

                                                           

GOOD TO KNOW    Back to top

Time:
Local time is GMT +12.

Electricity: Electrical current is 240 volts, 50Hz. Plugs have three oblique flat pins.

Money: The Fijian dollar (FJD) is the unit of currency, with 100 cents to a dollar. Major credit cards are accepted at most hotels, restaurants, shops, rental car agencies and travel agents. Not all ATMs accept the full range of international credit cards, but travellers cheques and cash can be exchanged in banks and currency exchange bureaux throughout the islands.

Approximate Currency Exchange Rates

FJD 1.00 =

USD 0.57

GBP 0.31

CAD 0.64

AUD 0.76

ZAR 4.06

EUR 0.45

NZD 0.93


Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only. Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates.
                                                           

Language: The official languages are Fijian and Hindustani, but English is widely used and understood.

Passport/Visa Note: All visitors require a passport valid for at least three months beyond the intended period of stay, as well as a ticket for return or onward travel, all documents for further travel and sufficient funds to cover the period of stay in Fiji.

Health: There is a risk of waterborne diseases such as Leptospirosis, diarrhoea, dysentery and typhoid. Drink only bottled water, take care not to swim with open cuts or to walk barefoot near open waterways used by farm animals. No vaccination certificates are required for entry to Fiji, but a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers entering Fiji within 10 days of having stayed overnight or longer in infected areas. The mosquito-borne disease, dengue fever, is a serious risk between November and April. Preventive measures include wearing long clothes and using insect repellent at all times. An outbreak of measles occurred in early 2006, mainly in Sigatoka and Rakiraki. Medical facilities are adequate for uncomplicated treatment, but travel insurance with provision for medical evacuation to Australia or New Zealand is advised. There has been an increase in diarrhoeal illness in the Suva area; visitors are advised to take care with food and drink.
 
Tipping: Tipping is not encouraged in Fiji but small tips are appreciated for good service. Some resorts operate a staff Christmas fund where tips are shared, instead of tipping staff daily.

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Safety: Fiji does exhibit some socio-political tension and visitors need to be vigilant and avoid political rallies and public demonstrations. The uncertain political situation, poor economic climate and unemployment mean the crime rate is high and it is unwise to carry large amounts of cash or wear expensive clothes or jewellery. Pickpockets are active at bus stations and taxi ranks and women on their own should be cautious. There has been an increase in the number of violent robberies, which have occurred against foreigners, particularly at night and in urban areas. Natural dangers exist in the form of rip tides along the reefs and river estuaries and care should be taken when swimming or boating. There is also the possibility of shark attacks. On the roads reckless driving is common and animals on the road pose a hazard, particularly after dark. Visitors are advised to avoid all political rallies and large gatherings.

Customs: Visitors to Fiji should be careful not to offend local sensitivities. Wearing bikinis and swimming costumes is fine at the resorts but not when visiting villages or shopping in town. At such times it is easy to take a sulu (a sarong that can be worn by men and women) to use as a wrap-around so no offence is caused. Topless bathing and nudity in public is forbidden. A popular excursion for visitors to Fiji is a visit to one of the traditional villages. Guests in villages should show respect and avoid wearing hats, as they are a sign of disrespect, and remove shoes before entering a house. When visiting a village it is customary to present a gift of yaqona, which is also known as kava and is the national drink. Homosexual acts, even in private, are prohibited and carry jail sentences.

Communications: The international country dialling code for Fiji is +679. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). There are no area codes. Most hotels have direct dialling facilities. Vodaphone Fiji Ltd has active GSM roaming agreements with most international networks. There are a few Internet cafes, but connection times are very slow.

Duty Free: Travellers to Fiji over 17 years do not have to pay duty on 250g of cigars or 250 cigarettes or a combination of tobacco products not exceeding 250g; 2,25 litres of liquor, or 4,4 litres of wine or 4,5 litres of beer or a combination of all these not exceeding the limit; perfume for personal use up to 118ml; and other goods to the value of F$400 per person. Restrictions apply to firearms and ammunition; and meat and dairy products from Tasmania. Travellers who have been on a pilgrimage and return to Fiji with holy water will be checked to ensure it is accompanied by certification declaring it sterile and free from contaminants

                                                           
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