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How much spending money do I need for Fiji?

Budget $90 per day for a low-cost getaway or $450 per day for something more luxurious.

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With 330 islands that lily-pad their way across the South Pacific Ocean, Fiji is one of the world's most photogenic countries. But being a resort-island destination, holidays here don't always come cheap.

How much spending money do I need for Fiji?

Outside of flights and hotels, we recommend bringing the following in Australian dollars:

$90 per person per day for backpackers

$200 per person per day for a mid-range holiday

$450 per person per day for luxury seekers

How much spending money do I need for a week in Fiji?

Ideally, to enjoy the country's food, sundowner culture and heavenly islands, we suggest you budget around $1,400 per person to last you the week.

If you're keen to drop your budget, you can get this as low as $700 for a week by eating locally and going on DIY tours.

On a more generous budget, start yourself at around $3,150 per person to see you through the week.

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What are the average daily costs for a Fiji holiday?

To give you an idea of what to expect, here's a breakdown of average costs for your everyday holiday spends, including dining and activities, in the tourist city Nadi.




Bus from Nadi Airport: $1Taxi from Nadi Airport: $10–$13Private transfer from Nadi Airport: $24–$55
Meal at an inexpensive restaurant or street vendor, including local beer: $10–$15 per person2–3 course meal in a mid-range restaurant, including imported beer: $32 per person5-star restaurant: $30 per dish, plus $20 for a bottle of wine
Visit the local food market or hit the beach: Free (minus transport costs)Half-day tour of the hot spring mud pool, Garden of the Sleeping Giant and village: $95 per personHeli-Quad bike tour with views of the Mamanuca Islands: $515 per person

How much is transport in Fiji?

Public transport is inexpensive across Fiji. However, as it is limited to buses, your trip may be long. For example, if you're flying into Suva Airport, the bus journey is 40 minutes. A taxi can get you there in almost half the time (24 minutes).


This is your next cheapest option after public transport.

There are yellow airport taxis and local taxis, both of which charge slightly different amounts in Fiji. The flagfall is FJ$1.50 ($0.98) for a local taxi and FJ$5 ($3.25) for a yellow taxi.

After that, the cost of a taxi journey is about FJ$1 ($0.65) per kilometre.

Drivers in more rural areas don't always use a meter, so you may have to negotiate the cost of a trip before you travel.

Private transfer

Hiring a private driver for a single trip or your entire stay is common in Fiji. Prices vary, but for an idea, a 10-minute transfer from the Nadi Airport to Nadi city centre starts at $20.

Private car charter for 6-8 hours from $122.69
Private car charter for 6-8 hours from $122.69

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Hire car

You can hire a car from major airports, including Suva Airport and Nadi Airport, as well as main city centres. Prices average $615 for a week and you'll find big brands such as Avis and Hertz on the island.


Scooters cost around $125 per day to rent. You will need a valid motorbike licence to hire and ride a scooter in Fiji. This can be an international licence, though depending on where it is from, you may need to have it translated.

It's advised that only proficient drivers explore Fiji on 2 wheels as traffic, particularly in the main city centres, can be dangerous.

How much is food and drink in Fiji?

Fiji may be known as a luxury travel destination, but it can be as cheap or expensive as your wallet desires.

On a small budget, you can grab an inexpensive breakfast or lunch at a bakery. For example, Hot Bread Kitchen in Nadi has takeaway pies that cost as little as $3.25.

There are also plenty of family-run cafes dotted around the country where you can get a simple lunch without breaking the bank.

If your budget is bigger, the country is your oyster. A seafood meal at a fine dining restaurant, such as Bonefish Seafood Restaurant, will set you back about $25–$27 per person.

On the subject of alcohol, popular local beers include Fiji Gold and Fiji Bitter, and these cost between $2 and $4, depending on where you buy them.

Fiji doesn't produce its own wine, so all bottles available on the island have to be imported. This nudges the price up to at least $20 a bottle.

How much is sightseeing in Fiji?

Fiji tourist attractions and activities can cost upwards of $100 per person, especially if you're interested in watersports or sailing activities.

For example, full-day snorkeling cruises and packages to secluded islands such as South Sea Island or Nadi Tivua Island, cost around $150 per person.

The iconic Cloud 9 experience, which is a floating 2-level pontoon with a bar and restaurant surrounded by turquoise waters, is similarly priced at about $140 per person.

Keen to cut down costs? Skip the organised water activities (you can always hit the beaches for free) and opt to explore by land.

Get a taste of local life and visit villages on a cultural tour. These can be organised for less than $75 per trip, including transportation.

For those into bushwalking, entry fees to the Tavoro Waterfalls on Taveuni Island and the Sabeto Hot Springs on Nadi are $20–$25.

Tivua Island Day Cruise with BBQ Lunch
Tivua Island Day Cruise with BBQ Lunch

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Nadi Historical and Cultural Tours in Fiji
Nadi Historical and Cultural Tours in Fiji

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Cloud 9 from Denarau Day Trip with FJ$60 Bar Tab in Fiji
Cloud 9 from Denarau Day Trip with FJ$60 Bar Tab in Fiji

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How much for a SIM card in Fiji?

Vodafone and Digicel are the 2 major telco providers in Fiji. SIM cards with both can be picked up in the arrivals halls at Fiji's main airports.

You should budget about $43 for a SIM that's preloaded with 8GB of data and lasts for 15 days.

Current exchange rate

The average annual exchange rate from Australian dollars (AUD) to Fiji dollars (FJD) is AUD1 = FJD1.53. Check out today's Australian to Fiji Dollar exchange rate here.

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What payment options are available in Fiji?

Credit, debit and cash are the most widely accepted forms of payment in Fiji. No travel money cards currently support the Fijian dollar.

  • Debit card: ATMs are widely available throughout the country, particularly in major cities and towns. Many stores and restaurants have EFTPOS terminals.
  • Credit card: Most stores and restaurants have EFTPOS to accept credit card purposes.
  • Cash: Widely accepted and best when travelling to rural towns or small islands.

Buying Fijian currency in Australia

Generally, you'll get a better rate if you purchase foreign currency when you arrive in Fiji.

Some Australian debit cards let you withdraw money from an international ATM for free, though bear in mind they often charge a conversion fee. They will also convert your funds a touch above the market rate.

While it may be tempting to take your card and go, it's a good idea to bring a combination of card and cash payments with you. This gives you flexibility in case your card doesn't work, the ATM is broken or you arrive too late or early for the foreign exchange office to be open.

You can purchase Fijian currency in Australia at Australia Post, Travelex and from major banks.

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