Fiji; every beach bum's nirvana. Located in the South Pacific, Fiji is a tropical paradise that is pure heaven. To us, Fiji is as exotic as it gets. It’s a thousand miles from anywhere filled with waterfalls, rainforests, and white sandy beaches. It’s a place where you are greeted with huge smiles and welcoming words. As you enter any establishment, hotel, or restaurant, people will yell Bula Vinaka and offer up Kava to welcome you. If you want a winter escape, Fiji is the place to be. So turn off your brain, sit back and relax, this Fiji travel guide will help you plan your next vacation.
Fiji Travel Guide: Fast Facts
- Fijian power voltage is 240 V 50 Hz; Power sockets I
- The Fijian currency is the Fijian Dollar (FJD) and is around 2 FJD for 1 USD
- Things are much cheaper on the main island, so if you plan on heading out to the outer islands, make sure to bring as much as possible, including water, snacks and alcohol.
- The municipal water in Suva, Nadi and other large towns is potable, but avoid drinking water elsewhere. Buy bottled water or boil the water before you drink it.
- There has been a recent increase in confirmed cases of Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika virus infection in many Pacific Islands including Fiji. All these diseases are spread by the bite of an infected mosquito so make sure to protect yourself!
- Be prepared to adopt Fiji time! Fijians are never in a hurry as everything goes a little slowly here. So take a deep breathe and go with the flow.
Top Packing Tips for Fiji Travel
Fiji has a warm tropical climate all year round. The best months for holidaying in regards to Fiji weather is late March through to early December. The wet season is normally from November to April; although rare, cyclones do, at times, hit the area during the wet season.
- Reef shoes. Most islands are surrounded by coral and reefs. Sandy shallows also have sinkholes that will suck off flimsy footwear, like flip flops. Make sure to have some well-fitted and sturdy reef shoes and remember to always walk where the locals walk!
- Snorkel, mask, and underwater camera. Fiji is a tropical paradise with uncounted underwater wonders. Avoid the fees and the possibility of not being able to rent snorkel gear by bringing your own well-fitted gear.
- Swimming suits (plural!) – Fiji is all about frolicking under the sun, lazing at the beach or diving head first in its turquoise waters. Make sure to bring more than one swimsuit as no one likes putting on a damp suit!
- A tropical wardrobe. This should include—for both men and women—shorts, T-shirts, breathable rain gear, a warm jacket or fleece, sturdy footwear, and a wrap.
- The protection basics – Travellers should stock up on the essentials: sun block, mosquito/insect repellant containing DEET or a pyrethroid insecticide, sunglasses and a hat.
Top Things to do in Fiji
- Go on a White Water adventure in Fiji – for an out of this world experience in Fiji, you really cannot miss the white water rafting adventure with Rivers Fiji.
- Go Paintballing – you hear right! Go on a paintballing adventure at Sonaisali Island Resort Fiji
- Jet Boat the Sigatoka river – For a special day in Fiji, the Sigatoka Jet Boat Safari is highly recommended. With thrills and spills, culture and education it is the most well rounded trip on the main island.
- Zipline! – The only canopy zip line in the South Pacific, Zip Fiji’s zip lines were developed with the same technology as the lines that we have all heard so much about in Costa Rica.
- Take part in a Kava Ceremony – When visiting any village in Fiji it is customary to present a gift of Yaqona (Kava root) to present to the executive head of the village. It is an elaborate ceremony that takes a little bit of knowledge before taking part.