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Made up of 333 tropical islands that are set in the centre of the beautiful South Pacific, Fiji is the perfect holiday destination for Aussies seeking relaxation or adventure.

Famous for its soft coral diving, white sand beaches and immaculate natural setting, Fiji is a dominant leader is eco-tourism. It is perfect for unforgettable dives or opportunities to unwind on cruises to peaceful, secluded beaches.

Fiji offers accommodation from affordable through to exclusive five-star resorts. With the option to bunk down in a hostel or reserve your own personal island, this makes it a suitable holiday destination for all. Now what’s holding you back from booking that flight?

What to know before you go

Is Fiji expensive?

  • Accommodation: Hostel prices start at around FJD15 ($9.50) per night. For a private room, you can expect to pay approximately FJD100 per night ($63.40). Budget hotels start somewhere in the region of FJD60 ($38) per night for a twin or double room. Fancier resorts start at approximately FJD250 ($158) per night. In general, prices increase the further out you get from the main island. Shop around and book in advance to save!
  • Food: The average cost in a basic restaurant is FJD10 ($6.30) for a meal. Mid-range restaurants charge in the region of 30 FJD ($19). Beer in a bar will be in the region of FJD5 ($3.20).
  • Transportation: Buses and taxis are readily available and inexpensive in Fiji. Travelling between the islands is usually run by small boats offered by accommodation.

In conclusion, as with most holiday destinations, the price you pay will depend on the level of luxury you wish to experience. You can holiday relatively well on a shoestring budget, but if you’re planning extravagance, you’ll need more spending money.

Is Fiji a country?

Yes. Fiji is an independent country as recognised by the United Nations. Officially known as the Republic of Fiji, it is an island country in Melanesia situated in the South Pacific Ocean.

Does Fiji have daylight saving?

Yes. Despite it having a relatively small variation in daylight length, Fiji implemented daylight saving time in 1998–99 but ended it after that. Fiji recommenced observing DST in 2009 starting on 29 November and ending on 26 April 2010. The decision to recommence the practice was due to a productive activity report detailing the implementation of daylight saving in 1998 and 1999, which received a very encouraging response from the people and the business community.

When is Fiji’s wet season?

Fiji’s wet season runs from November to April and as a result it experiences a much larger amount of rainfall during that time than in May to October.

Is Fiji Polynesian?

No. Fiji is a part of Melanesia, not Polynesia. Fijians are not Polynesian, they are Melanesian. However, their native language has more in common with Polynesian than Melanesian.

How does Fiji celebrate Christmas?

Christmas in Fiji means warm and sunny weather, sand rather than snow and cold meats and seafood much like Christmas at home here in Australia. However, Fijians prefer family get-togethers, church masses and carolling rather than lavish decorations and trees.

About two weeks before Christmas Day, everyone gathers at the community's largest house and celebrates there in unity until two weeks after New Year's Day. They sing, dance and perform the traditional “Meke” dance which is an important part of any celebration in Fiji.

Lamps and candles are used to illuminate homes and the trees are adorned with colourful ribbons.

Their food is just like any other day in Fiji, cooked in the “lovo” underground hot stone “oven” which is placed outside the home. A huge feast is planned for either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day that includes some of the most popular dishes of garlic spiced chicken, beef, pork, fish, cassava and Dalo. Another special dish often served at Christmas time is Palusami, spiced mutton wrapped in leaves and cooked in coconut cream.

Fiji – what to pack?

Here’s a recommended list of everything you should take with you when holidaying in Fiji:

Passports and any required travel documents including copies of your travel insurance.

  • Clothing: the climate is probably warmer than you’re used to. Pack lightweight cotton clothing to keep you cool, but also pack something to wear when you’re dressing to impress!
  • Sunscreen: choose a high factor UV protection.
  • Insect repellant: to keep those pesky blood suckers away.
  • Camera: and extra batteries, charger and/or memory cards. There are photo opportunities in abundance.
  • Sturdy shoes: if you’re planning to trek through the island rainforests, sandals won’t cut it.

Is Fiji gay friendly?

Homosexuality was only legalised in Fiji in 2010, which may lead to public displays of affection being frowned upon. Although having said that, the Fijians are largely a friendly and welcoming population so you shouldn’t encounter any discriminatory behaviour.

There are some Fiji resorts that cater specifically to gay couples so if you’re in any sort of dilemma, this is always an option.

Health and safety

Is Fiji safe?

There are no significant issues concerning safety in Fiji. We do advise that Aussies express the same due diligence with their personal safety and belongings as they would anywhere.

Theft from hotel rooms has been known, as has bag snatching, and thus we recommend safeguarding your valuables and especially your passports.

Does Fiji have Zika virus?

Public health officials have reported that mosquitoes in Fiji are infected with Zika and have been spreading it to people. Many of those infected with Zika virus do not get sick or only experience mild symptoms. However, infection during pregnancy can cause severe birth defects.

Because there is no vaccine or medicine for Zika, travellers should take steps to prevent getting Zika during travel and to prevent spreading the virus on their return home. Due to the impact of contracting Zika on pregnancy, we highly recommend avoiding Fiji if you are pregnant or trying to conceive until public health officials have confirmed the danger has passed.

Does Fiji have volcanoes?

Yes. Fiji’s remaining volcanoes are scattered around the country and still experience thermal activity. Some of these volcanoes have not erupted for several hundred years. Koro is a cinder cone volcano that rises approximately 1,713 feet high between Vanua Levu and Viti Levu islands. Nabukelevu is a complex of lava domes that is located on Kadavu island.

Getting around and things to do

Which Fiji island is best for couples?

Couples considering honeymooning in Fiji may want to consider Likuliku. It is a unique luxury escape for couples that’s located on Fiji’s Malolo Island in the Mamanuca archipelago. This award-winning resort offers couples a five-star experience in a beautiful and extravagant Fijian location.

But with so many islands to choose from and a variety of adult-only resorts, the possibilities and options are almost endless. Do shop around and read reviews.

Which Fiji island is best for families?

Again, for families, there are so many different resorts on the different islands of Fiji to choose from. Some of our recommended options are:

  • Castaway Island: Castaway’s Kid’s Club focuses on natural activities like constructing elaborate sandcastles on the beautiful beaches, building boats out of coconut husks and leaves, and swimming races in the resort’s super-safe kids pool.
  • Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Island Resort: Home to The Bula Club which is largely considered the best kids club in the South Pacific; it’s free for children under 13 and has two daily programs of activities based on age: 0–5 years and 6–12 years.
  • Malolo Island Resort: At this resort, there are two pools – one for families which is connected by waterfall to an adults-only pool. Malolo also has a complimentary and funtastic kids club, Tia's Treehouse. It is regarded as one of the best designed and run kids clubs in Fiji.

Does Fiji have Uber?

No. Uber has not reached as far out as Fiji just yet. Not to worry though – local taxis are convenient, trustworthy and inexpensive.

Does Fiji have a casino?

Gambling in the islands of Fiji is restricted to sporting bets and the local lottery. It does not have any casinos.

In 2012, an exclusive casino gambling licence was granted to One Hundred Sands Limited for a period of 15 years. The casino was planned to be built on Denarau Island; however, the construction of the resort suffered delays, resulting in the withdrawal of investors.

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