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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.
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This is peak season when the climate is dry and the skies are sunny. However, the prices during this time are exorbitant.
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.
Fiji is accessible by flight. The international airports are Nadi and Nausori.
You can enter on boat via Australia shore connection. Alternatively, passenger lines carry throngs of people to Suva and Lautoka islands.
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.
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.
The major tourist attractions in Fiji include:
The Fiji islands are replete with tourist activities and the country is brimming with travel adventures. Some of ‘’the’’ things to do here are:
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!
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.
Many localities drive around in tarpaulin-covered vehicles. Most of these run between Nadi and Suva.
These are another common sight on Fijian roads.
It is always best to be up to date on your routine vaccinations before travelling abroad. However, for Fiji, you will need shots for:
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.
The languages most widely spoken in Fiji are:
Hello-Bula or Ni Sa Bula
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?
The best shopping places in Fiji are listed below:
The famous beaches are listed below:
Fijians enjoy a vivacious nightlife, partying at island bars and clubs across the country.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bora Bora island is 3200 Km away from Fiji. It takes a 4 hour 30 minute flight to reach Bora Bora from here.