There are a surprising amount of things to think about when it comes to planning your Fiji holiday. Although it’s tempting to imagine yourself flying into the airport and flopping straight down on a sunlounge by the pool, cocktail in hand, it’s also important to be prepared. To ensure you have the most enjoyable and relaxing time while on holiday in Fiji, we’ve put together all the things you need to know before you go.
Although Fiji is fantastic to visit year round, the best time to visit Fiji is late October to early November when flights and accommodation are reasonably priced, the weather is warm, dry and settled and the resorts and beaches aren’t crowded with too many visitors.
Fiji is just a 3 to 4 hour flight from the east coast of Australia, making getting to Fiji easy and affordable. All international flights arrive in Nadi, with transfers between the airport and other popular holiday destinations such as Denarau, the Coral Coast and the surrounding islands taking between 25 mins to 2 hours via private car, coach, water taxi, Malolo Cat, launch transfers, seaplane and helicopter.
Fiji enjoys a relatively well-priced and reliable local transport system designed to get you anywhere you need to go. Whether catching a flight between islands, grabbing a taxi, 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.
A 24 hour car hire desk is located at Nadi International Airport, with additional rental locations situated throughout the islands. Minimum age to hire a car is 21 years and Australian travellers don’t require an international driver’s license to hire a car in Fiji.
Fiji is one of the most family friendly destinations for Australian travellers. The friendly Fijian people just love kids and will treat them like royalty. Fiji family holidays offer everything from kids clubs, water sports, daily activities programs and adventure trips as well as nanny and child-minding services, meaning mum and dad get a break too!
Generally speaking, Fiji is an affordable holiday destination with most resorts offering excellent value for money through complimentary breakfasts, activities and more. The food in Fiji is excellent, but much of it is imported, meaning dining out every day can really add up. We recommend purchasing meal plans as part of your holiday package to cut down on costs.
Most resorts accept credit cards for incidentals and onsite services and there are banks and ATMs throughout the island as well as EFTPOS services. ANZ Bank, National Bank, Westpac and Bank of Hawaii are found throughout the island. 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.
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. $1.00 Australian is worth roughly $1.50 Fijian.
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.
As an overseas holiday destination, Fiji does require all visitors to carry a valid passport in order to gain entry to the country and your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after your date of return. Visitors who plan to stay for less than 4 months aren’t required to obtain a visa.
Fiji Customs operates a Duel Channel System for clearance of air travellers. Your baggage may be examined by Customs no matter which channel you take. Red Channel is for travellers with prohibited/restricted goods, or dutiable goods exceeding your duty/VAT free allowance. Green Channel is for travellers without prohibited, restricted or commercial goods, or dutiable goods exceeding your duty/VAT concessions.
Many of the resorts offer WiFi internet access which you can connect to on your own device. You can use your own GSM handset in Fiji, however if you wish to have mobile phone coverage and internet access on your device using your current plan, you will need to check with your network operator for your roaming status before travelling, as roaming must be 'activated' before departure.
Yes. 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.
You should always take out travel insurance on any overseas holiday, even if you are in good health and don’t expect to be participating in any risky activities. Travel insurance doesn’t just cover you for accident, illness or injury – it also covers you in the event you are unable to travel, for acts of nature (such as cyclones or volcano ash) or in the event your luggage is lost or stolen.