The Fiji Islands are surely the essence of a tropical island paradise.
White sandy beaches, swaying coconut trees, pristine oceans and waterways and a unique relaxed island atmosphere all combine to make the perfect island getaway. Vacations in Fiji are the experience of a lifetime and the chance to escape to a world without stress.
Area: 18,274 square km (7,056 square miles)
Population: 884,887 Census 2017
Parliamentary Representative Democratic Republic
Entry Requirements – Passports & Visas
Visitors to Fiji should visit the Fiji Immigration Service website www.immigration.gov.fj for information about entry regulations, visa exemptions, obtaining a visa and visa waivers.
English is the official language of Fiji, however, indigenous Fijians also speak Fijian and the Indo-Fijians speak Hindustani. Here are some Fijian words to get you started:
Ni sa moce (ni sa mothey)
A warm hello
Fiji enjoys a mild tropical climate averaging 31º Celsius (88º F) during the summer months of November to April and 29º Celsius (84º F) during the winter months of May to October.
The best time to visit is during the so-called ‘Fijian winter’ or ‘dry season’, from May to October. This time of year is more pleasant with lower rainfall and humidity, milder temperatures and less risk of meteorological hazards such as cyclones. Consequently these six months make up the high season, when airfare and accommodation costs are at their highest.
Dress is casual and informal throughout the islands. Light tropical attire such as golf shirts, short-sleeve shirts, summer dresses, T-shirts, shorts and slacks are appropriate for evenings. The wraparound “sulu” (sarong) is Fiji’s most distinctive form of dress for women and men. Modest dress is advised in towns and villages.
The Fiji Dollar (FJD) is divided into 100 cents. The following banks are represented in Fiji: ANZ, Westpac, Colonial, Bank South Pacific and Bank of Baroda. ATMs are common in the main urban areas and most accept the main international debit cards including Cirrus and Maestro.
Restaurants, shops, midrange to top-end hotels, car-rental agencies, tour and travel agents will usually accept all major credit cards. Some resorts charge an additional 5% for payment by credit card. You can change travellers cheques in most banks, exchange bureaus, larger hotels and duty-free shops.
Tipping is not encouraged in Fiji and is left to the individual to determine whether to make a gratuity.
The electrical current in Fiji is 240 volts AC/50 cycles. Fiji has 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.
Yellow fever and Cholera vaccinations are only required if coming from an infected area as designated by the World Health Organisation. Hospitals are located in the major centres and there are health centres in rural areas. Hotels and resorts usually have a qualified nurse on the premises and a doctor on call.
It is strongly recommended that all travellers hold comprehensive travel insurance (including full medical and repatriation) before departing their home country.