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What You Should Know More About Fiji

  • Travel Advice

    • If you are visiting a local village, dress conservatively and ensure to cover your back and shoulders.
    • Carry along with your mosquito repellent, sunscreen, shades, resort wear, cameras, and light clothes.
    • Do not offer candy to the children of the locals or provide them with any of the school supplies.
    • People of Fiji are warm and friendly. Always smile when you greet someone.
    • Reefs are great for snorkeling and diving. You can take an underwater camera to capture these delights.
    • Make sure you visit even remote islands than the ones which are listed on most of the popular sites.
    • Watch the village events of songs, dance, and storytelling performance.
    • Dress modestly. Do not wear shorts, halter tops, or bare your shoulders when visiting this island.
    • Wearing hats on this island is marked as a sign of disrespect, so avoid wearing it.
    • Remove your shoes when entering homes or buildings.
    • It is a custom of the people in Fiji to invite you to their homes and eat what they offer.
    • Speak in a soft voice. In Fiji, a raised voice is considered a sign of expressing anger.
    • Do not praise anything too much, as the locals of Fijis will give it to you as a gift even if they cannot afford it. Show respect but be cautious about praising anything too much.
    • Always give the host a gift, if you plan to spend the night in the village.
    • Most of the locals in Fiji are traditional. Make sure you respect their customs when you visit them. 

  • Drinking Law

    The legal drinking age in Fiji islands is 18 year and above. Unlike U.S, they will not check your documents to see if you are 18 years old or not unless and until you visit clubs or bars. 

  • Recommended reads for destination

    Website: Official Website

    Forum: Fiji travel tips

    Books: Lonely Planet Fiji (Travel Guide) 

  • When is the best time to visit Fiji?

    July-September

    This is peak season when the climate is dry and the skies are sunny. However, the prices during this time are exorbitant.


    November-April

    It’s the wet season but travelling during this period will save you a lot of money.

    Fiji has a pretty constant temperature spectrum the year round and you may visit in the shoulder seasons as well. Beware, November-April may have thunderstorms.

  • How to reach Fiji?

    By Air

    Fiji is accessible by flight. The international airports are Nadi and Nausori.

     

    By Sea

    You can enter on boat via Australia shore connection. Alternatively, passenger lines carry throngs of people to Suva and Lautoka islands.

  • Do I need a visa for Fiji? How does one get a Fiji visa?

    Fiji allows visa on arrival (VOA) for Indian citizens upto a maximum period of 4 months.

     

    You will need to show all the required travel documents, a secure bank balance and show proof of sufficient funds.  

     

  • What is the currency of Fiji and where can I get my money exchanged?

    The official currency is the Fijian dollar. 1 Fijian dollar=31.86 INR.

     

    It is sensible to carry either American or Australian dollars. You can have your money exchanged at the Nadi Airport. The rate at the airport may not be the best in town but it will save you a lot of work. You can exchange money at the bank in Port Denarau, which offers a better rate. There is also a currency exchange booth near Hard Rock Cafe.

     

    Alternatively, you can use traveller’s cheques.   

  • Which are the major tourist attractions in Fiji?

    The major tourist attractions in Fiji include:

    1. The expansive Mamanuca Islands
    2. The Kula Eco Park
    3. Bouma National Heritage Park, Taveuni Island
    4. Beqa Lagoon, Viti Levu
    5. Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple
    6. Navua River, Viti Levu
    7. Garden of The Sleeping Giant and Sabeto Hot Springs, Viti Levu
    8. Great Astrolabe Reef, Kadavu
    9. Sawa-i-Lau Caves, Yasawa Islands
    10. Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, Viti Levu
    11. Fiji Museum, Viti Levu
    12. The Levuka UNESCO World Heritage Site
    13. Thurston Gardens, Viti Levu

  • What are the things to do in Fiji?

    The Fiji islands are replete with tourist activities and the country is brimming with travel adventures. Some of ‘’the’’ things to do here are:

     

    1. Jet-skiing and tow-boarding the precarious waves of Cloudbreak, which lies in a cloistered reef at the Mamanuca Islands.
    2. Taking the plush Blue Lagoon Cruise which offers a glimpse at the various islands here. Activities include swimming, diving, snorkelling, languid island picnics.
    3. Exploring the Sawa-i-Lau caves, Yasawa Islands, famous from the Brooke Shields’ starrer Blue Lagoon.  The caves are believed to be the final resting place of the Yasawas and the inner cave is accessible by a secret underwater tunnel.
    4. Visiting the sand dune conservation site of Sigatoka National Park. Salient features of a tour here comprise an archaeological expedition to see ancient Lapita artefacts, stoneware, pottery.
    5. Sigatoka National Park is also a famous site for birding and birdwatching.
    6. Learning about Fiji’s indigenous flora and fauna at the Iguana-inhabited Kula Eco-Park, home to a diversity of tropical fish, sea turtles, lizards, snakes and birds.
    7. Idyllic swinging and listless-resting in a hammock at the beautiful orchid garden of The Sleeping Giant.
    8. Enjoying a therapeutic mud bath at the Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool.
    9. Kayaking, canoeing, white-water rafting and boating along the length of River Navua and admiring the surrounding wildlife and tropical forests.
    10. Marvelling at the lush Tavoro Waterfalls at the Bouma National Heritage Park, watching the rare Tagimaucia flower in bloom near Lake Tagimaucia and rejoicing at the sweeping views from De Voeux Peak, a summit 1195 mts above sea-level, all located in this nature park.
  • What is the local food of Fiji? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    The local food of Fiji draws inspiration from the ocean. It is heavily influenced by the tropical eco-culture and tribal heritage here.

     

    Taro, which is eaten either fried or steamed, is their staple food. Kokoda, a dish centered around the Mahi-Mahi fish; Rourou, a gravy based in coconut milk; asparagus-like Daruka; the medicinal beverage of Kava and ordinary Coconut water, are some examples of a typical Fijian menu.

    Some of the best restaurants and eateries here include Nadina Authentic, Bonefish Seafood Restaurant, Eco Cafe and Taste Fiji!

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Fiji?

    Express and Local Buses

    These are cheap and available in abundance. The Denarau 1$ Westbus is a popular bus service.

     

    Yellow Cabs and Taxis

    A slightly expensive but comfortable alternative. You will find taxis in Viti Levu, Vanua Levu and Ovalau. Most taxi drivers are chatty and friendly.

     

    Local Carriers

    Many localities drive around in tarpaulin-covered vehicles. Most of these run between Nadi and Suva.

     

    Minivans

    These are another common sight on Fijian roads.  

  • Do I need to have any vaccinations before the trip to Fiji?

    It is always best to be up to date on your routine vaccinations before travelling abroad. However, for Fiji, you will need shots for:

    -Hepatitis A

    -Typhoid

    Furthermore, pregnant women are advised not to visit as Zika (neonatal virus) is rampant in Fiji.

    Alternatively, some travellers may require vaccination against Hepatitis B and Yellow virus, only if the country you are travelling from is at risk for Yellow Virus, which is not the case in India.

  • What is the local language in Fiji and which are the most commonly used greetings? (mention at least 4) (Hello, Thank you, Good morning/night, What is the price of ____?, How far is _____?)

    The languages most widely spoken in Fiji are:

    1. Fijian
    2. Fijian Hindi
    3. English

     

    Hello-Bula or Ni Sa Bula

    Thank you-Vinaka

    Good morning-Yadra, Ni Sa Yadra

    Good night-Moce, Ni Sa Moce

    How are you?-Vacava tiko?

    What is the price of?-E vica na kenu i-sau?

     

  • Which are the best shopping places in Fiji and what are they famous for?

    The best shopping places in Fiji are listed below:

     

    1. The Suva Municipal Market is one of the best flea markets in Fiji.
    2. TappooCity is in Suva is a shopping mall which has many local brands and cosmetic stores in Fiji.
    3. Suva Curio & Handicraft Market has endless craft stalls and can offer some fantastic deals.
    4. The stalls at the ROC market feature homemade food and arts and crafts at reasonable prices and there’s usually some live music which adds a pleasant touch to the atmosphere.
    5. There are other markets too like the Port Denarau Shopping Center and Ben’s Shop in Rewa. These are inexpensive and have clothes for casual occasions.
  • Which are some famous beaches in Fiji?

    The famous beaches are listed below:

     

    1. The sublime beaches of Yasawa Island are among the finest anywhere in Fiji. There’s a small island resort too which caters to about 17 couples at a time delivering a relaxed and private holiday experience.
    2. The Liku beach that can be found on the western end of Tokoriki Island is a long pearl white sandy beach. It has divine coral gardens and also known as Sunset Beach.
    3. Pacific Harbour has resort facilities there that are ideal for a spot of surfing, shark watching and swimming.
    4. Honeymoon Beach is one of the most picturesque in the country and is quite secluded. Couples often have the entire beach to themselves.
    5. For a luxurious stay and stunning coral colonies, Vatulele Beach is a must-visit.
    6. Matana Beach is known for being a beautiful secret. Its clean waters, scenic surroundings and pretty resorts make it bucket-list worthy.
    7. Natadola Beach, Viti Levu has some splendid spots for water-sports. It’s also stunning and possibly the best beach on Viti Levu.
  • How is the nightlife of Fiji? Where do all the parties happen?

    Fijians enjoy a vivacious nightlife, partying at island bars and clubs across the country.

     

    1. Cloud 9, Ro Ro Reef, Mamanuca Islands, is known for its open-aired, cabana-like interiors.
    2. Beachcomber Island Resorts, Vuca Rd, is a popular spot for hen parties, stag parties and in house fests.
    3. Ed’s Bar and Ice-Bar are known for their tub thumping music.
    4. Trap’s Bar attracts students and is famous for its laid back, indie spirit.

  • Which are the best islands to visit in Fiji?

    Viti Levu is the international gateway to the Fijian Islands. You can dive with the tiger sharks in Beqa Lagoon, raft across the Navua River or take an evening stroll in the dazzling white sands of the Coral Coast. Kadavu is one of Fiji’s best offbeat islands. It’s a remote island yet easily accessible by a plane or ship from Viti Levu.

  • What are best places to for scuba diving and snorkelling in Fiji?

     

    Fiji is brimming with a diverse variety of sites for water-sports.

     

    Beqa Shark Dive

    Located in the Shark Reef Marine Reserve, this is quite a precarious adventure but a thrill for adventure tourists. You might encounter sea predators on your dive!

     

    Bligh Passage

    The deep waters here are teeming with a rich marine life and boasts an excellent coral preservation.

     

    Great Astrolabe Reef, near Kadavu Island

    Known for its labyrinth of underground tunnels and caves, this is one of the world’s longest barrier reef. Popular dive sites include Eagle Rock and Broken Stone.

     

    Vatu-i-Ra Channel

    The waters are best accessed via a liveaboard dive boat. The glorious E6 diving site is located at the centre of this channel. There’s a massive swim-through here called the Cathedral, passing through which is an enchanting experience.

     

    Other snorkelling and scuba-diving spots include Manta Ray Island and Namena Marine Reserve.

     

  • What are the famous cruising destinations in Fiji? Which are the best cruising options available?

    The Yasawa Islands cruise is the most famous cruising destination in Fiji. A reasonable three night Yasawa cruise will include a trip to a traditional Fijian Village and a visit to the Modriki Island. All meals and cruise activities are a lot of fun as you get to enjoy some of the delicious local dishes while there are Fijian songs played as the crew entertains the passengers.

  • Which are the best things to do for couples in Fiji?

    Fiji, the beautiful archipelago, splashed with white lands, dotted by blue skies and embellished with emerald forests, spells romance with a clandestine charm.  Some of the best things for couples to do on these islands are:

     

    Exploring The Waters

    There’s nothing more poetic than the abyssal waters. Enjoy a snorkelling trip together, diving through the turquoise pools into a magically vibrant world of fish, sea turtles, barracudas and what not. A picture right out of The Little Mermaid!

     

    A Romantic Escape

    Fiji is a collection of many islands, many of which remain undiscovered. Hop over to an untainted Fijian island and tell no one about your whereabouts. One such place is the Honeymoon Beach. A great way of spending some quality alone time with your sweetie.

     

    Sawa-i-Lau Caves

    According to legend, a young Fijian chief fell in love with a girl from a different village. She had already been spoken for. The chief whisked her away and hid her in the caves but visited her daily, bringing her food, water, treasures from the sea and his company. Unearthing these caves hand in hand with your beloved, with such a fable playing through your head, is sure to make for an experience written straight out of a romance novel.

     

    On A (Low) High

    Take a low-flying tour of the islands and watch the beauty of Fiji from a comfortable height. Turtle Airways offers a thoroughly picturesque tour above the Yasawa Islands.

     

    La Vie Douce

    Taste the good life on the luxe Blue Lagoon Cruise with your significant other.

  • Where is the Bouma National Heritage park? What is so special about it?

    The Bouma National Heritage Park is located on Taveuni Island.

     

    It’s known for its self-sustaining ecosystem, rich in thick rainforests and a phenomenal variety of animal species. The park is a world by itself, offering tourist activities on a platter. It is home to Tavoro Waterfalls, with three sets of the falls maintained by the nearby Korovou Village. You can swim in the cool streams at the end of the cascades, with the water gushing down rocks. Bouma also boasts the Tagimaucia Lake, where the Tagimaucia flower blooms! Additionally, the de Voeux Peak here is known for its panoramic views. You can hike through the rainforest here and snorkel in the marine park at Waitabu.

  • Which are the best surfing beaches in Fiji?

    • Cloudbreak, Mamanuca Islands, known for its angry waters curving at every end.
    • Namotu Lefts, Namotu Island, a more forgiving surfing competitor and
    • Desperations, beyond the Wilkes Pass are some of the best surfing experiences in Fiji.

  • Where can I do white water rafting and mangrove kayaking in Fiji?

    River Navua presents an excellent stream for white-water rafting. Additionally, it is known as a kayaking destination, with swaying mangroves lining its surroundings.  

    Kadavu Island is known for kayaking. Kayaking here includes a host of other activities especially a trip to nearby villages.

  • Which are the most beautiful waterfalls in Fiji?

    The Tavoro Waterfalls are a spectacular series of three waterfalls nestled within the Bouma National Heritage Park. The first waterfall is called the Lower Bouma Falls is about 24 meters tall and is the most popular since it allows swimming. The Middle Bouma Falls is said to be 15 meters tall. The double-barrelled Upper Bouma Falls has the shortest drop at 10 meters but it has a serene setting and it seems to be a much more secluded place for a swim to beat the tropical heat. The thick rainforests treating your senses with fresh air possess some waterfalls which provide breath-taking views.

     

    Additionally there are the elegant Vuadomo Waterfalls; Waitavala Waterfalls which slide down natural rock formations; the atmospheric and thunderous Nakawaga Waterfalls and the Biausevu Waterfalls.  

  • How far is Bora Bora island from Fiji?

    Bora Bora island is 3200 Km away from Fiji. It takes a 4 hour 30 minute flight to reach Bora Bora from here.

  • Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Fiji.

    • Fiji time is a casual way of referencing Fiji’s laidback attitude towards punctuality. Expect delays and postponements while you’re here.
    • Fiji is postcard perfect and it is advisable to carry an SLR to capture its exotic beauty.
    • The temperatures are usually high and it’s a warm country. Fiji doesn’t know the concept of winter and we suggest you carry clothes appropriate to the sultry weather.
    • It’s sensible to book tickets well in advance because flights from India to Fiji are often unavailable and rather expensive.
    • Tipping restaurant staff is not encouraged in Fiji.
    • Do your research on the islands here. There are many that are off the beaten path that you might like to visit.
    • Sit back, relax and enjoy your vacation to Fiji! The people here are very friendly and most of them seem to adore children!

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