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Welcome to Fiji

If someone were to ask you to describe your idea of paradise your reply would probably include white sand beaches, clear blue waters, constant sunshine, stunning scenery and welcoming people. Well, you have just described Fiji.

If someone were to ask you to describe your idea of paradise your reply would probably include white sand beaches, clear blue waters, constant sunshine, stunning scenery and welcoming people. Well, you have just described Fiji.

For many Fiji is a paradise on earth. The Fiji archipelago comprises of 300 volcanic and coral islands in the South Pacific about 2000 miles east of Australia.

The largest of the islands is Viti Levu, home to the capital Sevu and the resort town of Nadi. As one of the world’s best snorkelling and dive sites, Fiji attracts visitors from all over the world. Once thought of as the playground for the rich, today Fiji caters for all budgets.

Many people’s impression of Fiji is the exclusive Turtle Island (in the Yasawa group) which was the famous location for the movie “The Blue Lagoon”. But that impression is one that is replicated throughout the islands.

Whether you just want to relax on the palm fringed white sand beaches, snorkel the coral reefs and explore the colourful world of tropical fish, or surf the “Cloud Breaker” 20ft waves at Tavarua Island, Fiji has it all. Coupled with the warm welcome you will receive from the Fijians, why would you want to holiday anywhere else?

The currency in Fiji is the Fijian Dollar. Currency can be exchanged at the airport, trading banks, private exchange offices and most hotels. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted at a number of establishments and most major credit cards are accepted in the ATMs located in Nadi, Suva and Savusavu. If you are using traveller’s cheques they can be exchanged at banks and private exchange offices. 

Weather

Fiji enjoys a tropical climate that is typical of the South Seas.  

The period between December and April is when there is a possibility of typhoons so it is a good idea to avoid the islands at this time of year. Rainfall is also high at this time with temperatures constantly in the 30s.

The high season for tourism is from May to October when the climate is cooler and drier.  The cool winter begins in July and lasts through to September – if you can call it winter as the temperature normally hovers around the mid 20°C. From October the temperatures begin to rise again to the comfortable high 20s.

The average monthly temperatures are:

 

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Shopping

Shopping

If you want to do some serious ‘mall’ shopping you’ll need to head for Suva. Here you’ll find the Mid City Mall, the first western-style mall in Fiji. Other shops can be found along Victoria Parade which is the main shopping street in the city. Here you’ll find stores selling jewellery, audio equipment, cameras, clothes, handicrafts, artefacts and souvenirs. The downside is that you can’t haggle in the stores but you can at the Suva market.

Nadia Town also offers a range of shops, boutiques and internet cafes as well as a regular market.

Popular mementos are the multi coloured bula shirts, grass skirts, ceremonial forks (relics of the island’s cannibal history), hand painted jewellery and traditional pottery. There are many markets dotted around the islands but you should be wary of over priced “genuine” artefacts. The many small craft shops tend to, in general, guarantee quality but you can’t haggle over price.

Food & Drink

  • Le Cafe

  • Ocean Terrace Restaurant

  • Wicked Walu

  • Great Wall Seafood Restaurant

  • The Bounty Restaurant and Bar

  • Daikoku Restaurant

  • Hamacho Restaurant

  • Lagoon Restaurant

  • Mama’s Pizza

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entertainment

Most of Fiji’s entertainment is centred in and round the capital, Suva. There are a few bars in Nadi which offer music and dancing such as Ed’s bar, but for those who want to party late into the night, Suva is the place to go. Below are just a few places you might like to try.

 


  • Holiday Inn
  • Traps Bar
  • O’Rielly’s and Wolfhound
  • Birdland R&B Cub
  • Purple Haze Night Club
  • Signals Night Club

excursions

Fiji’s numerous islands offer a wealth of opportunities to the explorer. If you can tear yourself away from the beauty of the beaches, why not take a cruise over to one of the other islands (such as Turtle Island) or explore the lush green mountainous interior of the islands.

 

Your hotel will be able to provide you with details of the tours available. 

Health & Safety

At present there are no recommended vaccinations that are required but you should check with your GP before travel for up to date information.

 

Avoid drinking the tap water, having ice in your drinks and dairy produce. There is no malaria on the islands but there are plenty of mosquitoes so make sure you pack plenty of repellent.

 

The only poisonous land animal is a very timid and rare species of snake. Take care in the water as Stonefish and Jellyfish will give you a nasty sting if you stand on them. If this does occur seek medical treatment immediately.

 

Healthcare provisions are adequate with the largest hospitals being on the main island. You are strongly advised to take out full medical insurance prior to travelling.

 

Fiji is a very safe environment but instances of petty theft can occur therefore you should take the usual precautions with your valuables and never leave your belongings unattended on the beach.

 

Passport & Visa

Before travelling to Fiji you should check the Visa and Passport requirements at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice