Fiji is the world’s natural splendour in the southwest Pacific. Thrill-seeking globetrotters escape to Fiji to experience its tropical opulence and exotic lifestyle. Soak in the sun at a five-star resort, relax in tropical seclusion in a garden bure (bungalow), explore the gorgeous rainforest on a day-long hike and scuba dive among rainbow-coloured reefs—Fiji has all this and more.
What does the Fijian traveller need to have and know beforehand? Along with a valid passport, adequate travel insurance and an adventurous spirit, here’s what to know and love about travelling to Fiji.
Etiquette & Customs: When visiting a village, it’s customary to present a drink called yaqona (also known as kava; it costs about $10) to the head of the village (the turaga ni koro). The presentation of this gift is called a sevusevu. So as to not insult the chief, avoid wearing hats in a village. Remove shoes before entering someone’s house and never touch someone’s head. Speak softly and without an angry tone. Dress modestly outside of the resort or hotel (sulus and tapa clothes are Fiji’s modern national dress.) Don’t wear shorts or halter tops and make sure shoulders are covered.
Ecotourism: The island of Taveuni is Fiji’s eco-tourism destination, abounding with nature reserves. In Taveuni, eco-tourists can visit Waitabu Marine Park, Bouma National Heritage Park, Vatuwiri Plantation (a farm and wildlife preserve) and the village Baudua.
Transportation: Local transport in Fiji includes taxis and buses, as well as passenger ferries, boats and catamarans in areas with limited road systems. Buses are preferred for tourists because of the roads’ poor and dangerous conditions. Buses are also more affordable. Domestic flights connect travellers between towns and islands. Minibus and complimentary shuttles are available to and from certain airports.
Temperature & Weather: Temperatures typically remain the same throughout the year, usually in the high 20s. Peak season is between the dry and sunny months of July and September, but keep in mind prices skyrocket. November through April brings tropical storms.
Laying beachside isn’t the only way to get lost in Fiji’s magnificent beauty. Fiji offers aquatic activities and land adventures for any type of traveller, from the sightseeing kayaker to the shark-diving adrenaline junkie. These spots make itinerary highlights:
Soak in the Sea
Fiji is a destination for any type of water activity imaginable: surfing, parasailing, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, windsurfing, dolphin-watching, fishing and more.
Explore the Land
Dry off to experience the lush jungle lands of Fiji:
Wasali Nature Reserve’s hiking trails, four-wheel drive tours, incredible bird-watching in Taveuni and Denarau Island’s 18-hole championship golf course all make up some of Fiji’s greatest outdoor activities.
Discover Island Life
Travellers have ample opportunity to experience island life in these cities and villages:
The smart and savvy traveller will be prepared for anything while in Fiji. No adventurer should travel overseas without considering the following:
Health & Medical Precautions: At least eight weeks before you travel, schedule a checkup with your doctor. Discuss necessary vaccinations, prescriptions and any existing medical conditions. Also, keep in mind public hospitals and medical facilities lack specialized equipment, pharmaceuticals and the level of service you receive in Australia. Facilities typically require a deposit or payment confirmation before admitting a patient. Thus, in the event of a serious illness, injury or emergency, a medical evacuation back to Australia may be necessary.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance can cover the cost of an emergency medical evacuation in Fiji, as well as any other steep expenses incurred from an unexpected situation. Thousands of kilometres from home, suffering a serious injury during a jungle excursion or getting food poisoning from undercooked food without comprehensive travel insurance could be devastating (and quite costly). An insurance policy serves as a safety measure, especially in a foreign place where mosquito-borne illnesses (e.g. Dengue Fever and Filariasis) and water or food-borne infectious diseases (e.g. typhoid and hepatitis) are common. Request a quote for a policy today to ensure your Fiji trip will be the vacation of your dreams.
Fiji is a tropical paradise for every type of vacationer, no matter what time of year. From the jungle canopies and mountainous islands to the depths of the ocean, Fiji is a place for epic land and water adventures. Solo backpackers trek through jungle waterfalls and along mountain cliffs to high peaks. Tourists visit Fijian villages to learn rich island history and mingle with locals.
Of course, dream vacations require more than wanderlust and a sense of adventure. The most successful travellers research, budget, plan for the best and prepare for the worst. Safeguard your excursion with the proper vaccinations and reliable insurance coverage. Once your travel plans are in place, you are free to fully experience this wondrous destination.
Annual rainfall and average temperatures representative of statistics gathered from World Bank for the host country or a continental sample; temperatures and rainfall gathered from a 20-year period between 1980 and 1999. Clock time does not take into account DST for other countries.