The Fiji islands are an inviting paradise with some of the friendliest locals in the world. From the moment you arrive in Fiji you will be struck by the natural beauty of the islands but equally moved by the genuine and kind-hearted Fijian people. Any stress just melts away as you explore the stunning beaches, warm climate and relaxed island atmosphere. This Fiji travel guide includes all the relevant information needed for visiting Fiji and the best time to visit.
Fiji's art and craft culture is popular as both a traditional means of producing artefacts as well as for a large proportion of tourist trade. The most common arts and crafts are woven mats, baskets, hats and bags made from pandanus and coconut palm leaves as well as hand carved wooden figurines, taa and tapa cloth. Read More
Normal banking hours are from 9.30am to 3.00pm Monday to Thursday and to 4.00pm on Friday. All banks are closed on public holidays.
ANZ operates a 24 hour service at Nadi International Airport's Arrival Concourse. Bank of Hawaii offers Automated Teller (ATM) services in Suva, Nadi, Lautoka. ANZ offers ATM services in Suva, Nausori, Nadi, Nadi Airport, Lautoka, and Labasa, while National Bank and Westpac offer EFTPOS services in Suva, Nausori, Sigatoka, Nadi, and Lautoka.
The central bank and bank of issue is the Reserve Bank of Fiji, and The National Bank is a government owned commercial bank.
|Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited||Victoria Parade, Suva||Ph: (679) 302144|
|Bank of Baroda||Marks Street, Suva||Ph: (679) 311400|
|National Bank of Fiji||Victoria Parade, Suva||Ph: (679) 311999|
|Westpac Banking Corporation Ltd||Thomson Street, Suva||Ph: (679) 300666|
|Habib Bank Ltd||Suva||Ph: (679) 304011|
|Bank of Hawaii||Victoria Parade, Suva||Ph: (679) 312144|
Most hotels have direct dialling facilities. For inbound calls, the international IDD country code for Fiji is 679 and there are no area codes. Outbound international calls from Fiji use a dial out code of 05 followed by the country code and telephone number for the number being dialled.
Vodafone Fiji Ltd, a subsidiary of Telecom Fiji Ltd, operates a GSM digital mobile communications service.
Visitors from many countries, and subscribing to various networks, can use their own GSM handsets in Fiji. Mobile customers are advised to check with their network operators for their roaming status before travelling, as roaming capability must be 'activated' in your home country. Some areas do not have reception but recently, during the making of the Tom Hanks' movie, Castaway, Steven Spielberg paid to have receivers put in the Mamanucas so the reception now for mobiles is quite extensive.
Fiji is a country rich in traditional culture and uses a native language that defines happiness. Their religious and cultural ceremonies are unlike any other that you may have experienced. Read more Fiji culture and religion
The Fijian dollar has standard decimal denominations between 1.5 and $50. Anything below $2 is a coin and $2 and above is a note. There is no limit to the amount of money to be brought in and visitors are allowed to take out currency up to the amount imported.
Fiji has two international airports - Nadi, the principle gateway and Nausori, near Suva. Fiji Customs operates a Duel Channel System - the Red and Green Channels - for clearance of air travellers.
Note: Your baggage may be examined by Customs whether you take the Red or Green Channels.
Casual dress is perfect for Fiji for both day and night. The weather lends itself to T-shirts, shorts, light cotton dresses, swimwear and thongs (flip flops that is - not the other kind!!). Jeans will be too hot and uncomfortable so leave them at home. A jacket however, is a wise addition to your wardrobe and will be particularly handy for the cooler evening, especially if you are out on the water.
Sunscreen and hats are a must as Fiji days are bright and sunny. Joggers and sandals will provide good protection for walking and swimming around coral. If you do happen to cut yourself on coral, lemon or lime juice will relieve the pain - as will hydrogen peroxide.
Sarongs (known throughout the Pacific as sulu's, pareau or lavalava) are a must for both man and women. The wrap around sulu is Fiji's most distinctive dress and keeps you both cool and comfortable. For women, there are 10 different ways it can be used including evening wear. Ask resort staff for hints on tying and wearing your sulu.
Visitors should be mindful of the local customs and careful not to offend. Bikinis and ultra-brief swimming costumes are fine at resorts but not when visiting villages or shopping in town. This is where sulu's come in particularly handy.
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The current in Fiji is 240 volts AC 50Hz with three-pin power points - the same as in Australia and New Zealand. Leading hotels and resorts offer universal outlets for 240v or 110v appliances, or 110V adapters. Many island resorts generate their own electricity, and sometimes when the generators kick in and out, the bedside digital clocks will reset back to 12.00. If you think you'll need a reliable timepiece to make connections etc, it may be wise to pack a travel alarm clock.
Fiji is a land of many attractions, from its picturesque landscapes and crystal waters to its friendly people, beautiful weather and tropical activities. However it is also home to a wide range of annual events held throughout the year including the Tennis Invitation Classic, International Jazz and Blues Festival, Blua Festival, Diwali, the Rising of the Balolo and much more - Fiji Events
Just 1,770 km north of New Zealand, Fiji is a group of 322 islands and 522 islets in the South Pacific. Renowned for its picturesque landscapes, lush rainforests, expansive stretches of pure white sand beaches and volcanic terrain, Fiji's two main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, comprise 85% of the nation's total land mass and more than 50% of the population. Read more - Fiji Geography
Please ensure your passport is valid for at least six months after your return to your country of origin. Most visitors who intend to stay for less than four months do not require a visa. It is a travellers responsibility to have all documentation in order prior to departure.
The following items must be declared -
Fiji's restaurants are renowned as a foodies paradise, with much of their local produce caught or grown organically throughout the islands. With their remaining ingredients regularly imported from Australia and New Zealand, their traditional Fijian, Western, Asian and Italian cuisine is enjoyed made to order, al fresco, as a buffet or a la carte. Read more Fiji Restaurants
Shopping is one of Fiji's most popular activities and there are a range of options available. Offering everything from basic groceries and supermarkets to village markets, boutique shops, large department stores and duty free shopping, tourists can pick up everything from woven goods to clothing, electronics, perfume, jewellery and more while on holiday in Fiji. Reda more - Fiji Shopping
Fiji is fast becoming a surfing holiday destination as its outer lying islands and surrounding coral reefs give rise to a range of fantastic surf breaks and hot spots. All easily accessed by boat transfers, Fiji's most sought after surf attractions include the iconic Hideaways, Frigates, Typhoon Alley, Swimming Pools and Cloudbreak. Read more - Fiji Surf
Tipping is not encouraged anywhere in Fiji. Tip with a smile and 'vinaka', which is Fijian for 'thank you'. Though tipping is not local custom, you may see examples of what looks like tipping. Fijians ritually exchange gifts of food, clothing, kerosene, and even money during important social occasions but it's more an act of sharing.
Fiji enjoys a relatively well-priced and reliable local transport system designed to get you anywhere you need to go on your Fiji holiday. Whether catching a flight between the islands, grabbing a taxi to get around with ease, enjoying the scenic route of the affordable buses or navigating the waters on an inter-island passenger ferry, getting where you need to go is simple, safe and affordable with Fiji transport.
We highly recommend comprehensive travel insurance for health and property. As they say, if you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel.
Choose a policy that suits your needs. For example, you may wish to cover a pre-existing health condition or you may want extra cover if you're planning on trying new sports like scuba diving or bungee jumping. Travel insurance is fairly inexpensive and guarantees a worry-free holiday.
Visit our Travel Insurance site for more details.