Fiji offers a wide range of accommodation, from 5-star luxury resorts to budget hotels and backpacker hostels. Many resorts feature bure, thatched roof villas constructed in the style of a traditional Fijian village
The Mamanuca Group of islands is the country’s largest resort area, and parts of the South Coast also host a series of larger hotels. The Yasawa Islands mainly offer either affordable backpacker/flashpacker resorts or a number of 5-star deluxe/luxury properties.
The currency in Fiji is the Fijian dollar. The Fiji dollar is available in denominations of $5, 7, 10, 20, 50, 100 notes. Coins are 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, F$1.00 & F$2.00. All banks and most hotels exchange foreign notes and travellers cheques. Hotels, restaurants, shops, rental car agencies, cruises and travel agents welcome major credit cards. American Express, Diners Club, Visa, JCB International, Mastercard, and Union Pay are represented in Suva, Nadi, Lautoka.
The electrical current in Fiji is 240 volts with three pin power outlets identical to Australia and New Zealand. Leading hotels and resorts offer universal outlets for 240v or 110v shavers, hair dryers, etc.
Fiji’s country code is +679. A lot of hotels and resorts have direct dialling facilities (IDD). Card phones are available in many shops and stores that have the Telecom call card signage. Fiji is well serviced by cell phone networks. Vodafone Fiji Limited, Digicel and Inkk Mobile operate GPRS and Vodafone has 3G/4G mobile services. You should check with your own network operator for roaming status before travelling to Fiji. Alternatively, roaming arrangements can be made upon arrival at Nadi International Airport or at any mobile phone outlet in Fiji. Cell phones and/or sim cards can be easily acquired locally.
Fiji is well wired for the Internet. Access is readily available on many islands and at hotels and resorts.
Each passenger of 17 years or more may also bring the following goods into Fiji, duty and VAT free, provided they are accompanied and are not for sale:
Dress is casual and informal throughout the islands. Visitors should bring a light tropical wardrobe including golf shirts, short sleeve shirts, T-shirts, shorts and slacks for evenings. For women, summer dresses and lightweight skirts, slacks and blouses are appropriate. The wrap around sulu (sarong) is Fiji’s most distinctive form of dress for women and men.
Fiji’s two international airports are Nadi, on the western side and Nausori on the east coast of Viti Levu near Suva.
Fiji’s international carrier is Fiji Airways. This is a fully-fledged, well-equipped international airline, serving our guests through extensive overseas schedules. It has direct flights from Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Singapore, Narita, Villa, Honiara, Nukua’lofa, Vavau, Apia, Tarawa and Funafuti. Fiji Airways is a full partner in a Qantas frequent flyer programme and has seat-sharing arrangements. Qantas, Air New Zealand, Korean Air, Jetstar Airways,, VAustralia, Air Niugini, Our Airlines, Solomon Airlines, Air Calin, Air Vanuatu and private charters also fly into Fiji.
Fiji is free from malaria, yellow fever, and major tropical diseases that are endemic to most tropical countries. Yellow fever and cholera vaccinations are required only for those arriving from infected areas. Hospitals are located in the major centers and there are health centers in rural areas. Hotels and resorts have a qualified nurse on the premises and a doctor on call.
Fiji is an English speaking country, besides our mother tongue Fijian, Hindi, Chinese, Rotuman and others.
VAT is at 9%.
Service Turnover Tax is at 10%
Environment Tax: 6%
Fiscal duty and VAT are levied on all goods in excess of concessions. Fiscal duty rates vary depending on the goods, whereas VAT is uniformly applied at 9%. VAT is applied on a base which includes the value of the goods plus any fiscal duty payable. Visitors staying in hotels and resorts are subject to 10% Hotel Turnover Tax (HTT) and an Environment Levy fee of 6%.
When it is 9am in Fiji, it is:
9pm in London previous day, 10pm Frankfurt previous day, 4pm New York previous day, 1pm Los Angles previous day, 6am Tokyo same day, 9am Auckland same day, 7am Sydney same day.
Tipping is not encouraged in Fiji and it is left to the individual to determine whether to leave a gratuity.
Fiji has bus services, metered taxis, ferries, catamaran, speed boat charters, sea plane and helicopter services, rental cars/scooters are
available, and two domestic airlines (Fiji Link and Northern Air) which provide efficient services and make getting around Fiji a breeze.
There are several domestic airports throughout the country. Travel between the two main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, is by air and sea.
To get around economically by bus, visitors are required to register and purchase e-bus cards and top up from the Vodafone outlet at Nadi International Airport upon arrival or purchase from the Vodafone shop or the designated agencies throughout Fiji.
Visitors must have a passport valid for at least three more months beyond the intended period of stay and a valid return ticket. Entry visas are granted on arrival for a stay of 4 months or less for nationals of United States and Canada.
Visitors to Fiji are required to pay $200 departure tax in Fijian currency following check-in.
Fiji enjoys an ideal South Sea tropical climate. It is thus a perfect holiday destination, especially for those trying to escape the severe
Northern Hemisphere winters average 31 degrees Celsius (88 F)
Maximum summer temperatures and the mean minimum is 22 Degrees Celsius (72 F)
The winter average maximum is 29 C (84 F) and the mean minimum is 19 C (66 F).
These are much cooler in the uplands of the interior of the large islands. A cooling trade winds blows from the east south-east of most of the year. It usually drops to a whisper in the evening and picks up again by mid-morning. Fiji has a climate ideally suited for the outdoors, the beach and surf, for light cotton dresses, barbecues and water sports.