Fiji is located in the South Pacific and comprises of 333 islands, many uninhabited. Fiji enjoys a tropical climate making it the perfect getaway year round! The Fijian people are renown for their friendly smiles and will greet you with a welcoming BULA! Settle into "Fiji Time" and enjoy all that Fiji has to offer.
Where is Fiji?
Fiji is located in the South Pacific region, approximately 3,200km North East of Sydney, Australia and 2,100km North of Auckland, New Zealand.
How long does it take to fly to Fiji?
Direct flights from Sydney to Nadi take approximately 4 hours. Direct flights from Nadi to Sydney take approximately 5 hours.
How early should I arrive at the Airport prior to departure?
3 hours prior to departure. Better to have more time than not enough, especially when travelling with children.
Is there a time difference in Fiji?
Yes. Fiji Time (FJT) is two hours ahead of Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). Fiji observes Daylight Savings, which will see the clock roll forward by one hour on 4th November 2018.
Are vaccinations required for travel to Fiji?
We recommend you schedule a visit to your GP or Travel Doctor well in advance to discuss your specific medical situation and receive tailored advice.
What is the standard of healthcare available in Fiji?
Health care in Fiji is generally not of the same standard you would find in Australia. If you have any pre-existing conditions which may impact on your trip to Fiji, we recommend you discuss this further with your Doctor prior to travel.
Western style Medical Centres are located in Denarau as well as in Nadi and Suva, and are suitable for diagnosis and treatment of common ailments. Most Resorts will also offer an on call, in house doctor service, if required. Remember, travel insurance is a MUST!
Where should I stay while visiting Fiji?
Many visitors, especially first-timers, choose to visit the popular Denarau, Coral Coast or Mamanuca Island regions. We strongly suggest returning visitors have a look at some of the other regions ie. The Yasawas, Taveuni, Savusavu, Kadavu, Rakiraki - all offering unique experiences.
View our Fiji Accommodation directory featuring all regions here: https://www.holidayinginfiji.com/stayinfiji
View our current Fiji Specials here: https://www.holidayinginfiji.com/fijispecials
How do we get around in Fiji?
Getting around Fiji is simple and relatively affordable. Visitors can choose from private/group transfers, Taxi’s, bus services and self-drive car rentals. Marine providers also offer private/group transfers if you are travelling to an island destination. Fiji Airways offers domestic air transfers to key regional areas. Private air transfers are also available and can be a time efficient and scenic way to arrive to your destination in style, be it on the mainland or an island.
Is it safe to travel to Fiji?
Fiji is considered a generally safe tourist destination. We recommend tourists take the usual, common sense precautions associated with international travel, particularly when visiting Nadi and Suva city centres. For the latest travel advice, visit the Australian Government Smart Traveller website here: https://smartraveller.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx
Where can I store my valuables?
Most Resorts/Hotels provide an in-room safe for storage of valuables. We recommend important documents ie. passports and excess cash are securely stored in the safe when not required.
What currency is accepted in Fiji?
The Fijian Dollar (FJD) is the official currency of Fiji. In August 2018, AUD$1.00 was worth approximately FJD$1.50.
How much spending money will I need?
If you have breakfasts included in your package and some money set aside for the tours you're interested in doing, a good rule of thumb is AUD$150.00 per adult per day.
Where is the best place to change my money?
It is always cheaper to exchange your money upon arrival in Fiji.
Will my Resort require a deposit for incidentals on check in?
Some Resorts require a credit card pre-authorisation or cash deposit on check in for incidentals incurred during the course of your stay. These may include, but are not limited to, food and beverages, spa treatments, movies, phone and internet charges and water sports etc. Credit card is the preferred method, but if you do not have a credit card, you will be required to pay a cash deposit. The amount for the pre-authorisation or cash deposit varies from Resort to Resort and is not limited to travel in Fiji. This is common practise in Resorts all around the world! Please confirm if a deposit is applicable prior to your arrival so you are prepared.
My Resort is cash free. What does this mean?
A large number of Fijian Resorts and Hotels are now ‘cash free’. This simply means any expenses incurred during your stay are charged back to your room and finalised upon checkout.
Do the Resorts charge credit card fees?
A 3% credit card surcharge is generally added to all accounts settled by credit card. The fee may vary slightly from Resort to Resort. It is important to note that the credit card surcharge is on top of your own banks fees and charges.
Do I need to carry cash with me?
Whilst credit cards are readily accepted by most Retailers and Restaurants, it is useful to carry a small amount of cash for incidental purchases, particularly if you are travelling further off the ‘beaten track’.
Can we go shopping in Fiji?
Fiji is not considered a shopping destination; however, souvenirs and local handicrafts are readily available in regional centres, Resorts and most tourist destinations. Be sure to check out the local fresh food markets!
Can we easily buy snack food in Fiji?
Yes! Fiji supermarkets are well stocked and offer the same or similar products that you would find at home, at comparable prices. Unless you have specific dietary requirements or allergies, there is no need to bring snack foods with you.
What kind of cuisine can I expect to find in Fiji?
Dining options in Fiji are varied, offering many international favourites as well as traditional Fijian cuisine. Most resorts will have sample menus available to view on their respective websites. If you are travelling to Denarau, make sure you read our exclusive guide to dining in Denarau here: https://www.holidayinginfiji.com/fijiblog/copy-of-denarau-island-dining
Will my resort cater to my dietary requirements?
Most Resorts are able to cater for food allergies and intolerances. We recommend you contact your chosen Resort prior to travel to confirm your individual requirements. This is particularly important when travelling to the islands!
Is it safe to drink the tap water in Fiji?
Tap water in most major resorts is treated on site and safe to drink, however many visitors choose to drink bottled water, which is cheap and readily available in supermarkets across the country.
Can we bring food with us into Fiji?
Most food items, which remain sealed by the manufacturer and display a list of ingredients on the packaging can be bought into Fiji, although must be declared. For further information including a list of restricted items, visit the Biosecurity Authority Fiji here: http://www.baf.com.fj/services
Is alcohol readily available in Fiji?
Alcohol is readily available at most supermarkets, bottle shops, restaurants and resorts. Local beer and spirits are affordable and are generally of good quality. Wine, Champagne and imported spirits are generally more expensive.
Keep your eyes open for the daily ‘Happy hour’ available at most resorts, restaurants and bars, where you can take advantage of discounted beverages.
What is the climate like in Fiji?
Fiji enjoys a warm tropical climate year-round, with daytime highs ranging from around 28c to 34c.
When is the best time to visit?
During the cooler months May - November, you can expect temperatures averaging max 29 degrees. Summer months December - April, you can expect temperatures averaging max 33 degrees, higher humidity and an increased level of rainfall.
Help! The weather forecasts states rain for my entire trip!
Forecasts of rain may only mean a brief shower, on an otherwise fine day. For local predictions, follow NaDraki Weather here: https://www.facebook.com/NaDrakiFiji/
What should I pack?
Check out our packing list here: https://www.holidayinginfiji.com/fiji-packing-list
Is there much to do in Fiji?
There are many varied experiences available in Fiji, definitely something for everyone! Scenic walks and nature tours, snorkelling and diving, cruising and sailing, golf and surfing, cultural tours, visit heritage sites, Fijian cooking classes, pamper sessions in the day spa, shopping and much more! Keep an eye out for our "Play" section, coming soon.
Is there any nightlife in Fiji?
Check out the following options all located in Nadi.
Ice bar: https://www.facebook.com/icebar.fj/
The Whitehouse Night Club (no webpage available)
Can we go fishing in Fiji?
Yes! A number of tour providers offer popular fishing trips usually departing from Nadi/Denarau or the Coral Coast. Private charters are also available, and most providers will work with you to help design your perfect day on the water.
Visitors should be aware that fishing is prohibited in many areas without the prior approval from the Village Chief. Spear fishing is also prohibited across many parts of Fiji, however it is offered by Beqa Adventure Divers or Free Dive Fiji, both located in Beqa.
Can I go surfing in Fiji?
Yes! Fiji is home to the world famous ‘Cloudbreak’ and 'Restaurants' located off Tavarua Island. There are a number of other locations popular with surfers of all skill levels. Day trips, as well as longer private charters can take you directly to the hottest breaks in Fiji. For more info, get in touch with Fiji Surf Co here: http://fijisurfco.com/about.php
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes. We strongly recommended you purchase appropriate travel insurance prior to any overseas travel. If you cannot afford travel insurance, you cannot afford to travel!
Need more info?
Find more general visitor information here: https://www.holidayinginfiji.com/fiji-visitor-information