Fiji is a popular tourist destination due to its natural environment of white sandy beaches and great coral reef diving opportunities. Being a remote and relatively undeveloped nation means that it can present difficulties you may not find at home. You'll find some more information on things not to miss in Fiji, and also things to watch out for, all here to help you plan your trip.
Fiji is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean and is located approximately 2000km northeast of New Zealand's North Island. Its closest neighbours are Vanuatu, New Caledonia, the Kermadec islands, Tonga and Samoa. The population of Fiji is approximately 896 758. Fiji is famous for its palm-fringed beaches, fish and coral packed reefs and friendly smiling locals. Divers and snorkelers frequent find the underwater scenery captivating with its countless reefs passages and they can come across anything from several types of coral and sponges, over 1000 types of fish, giant Manta Rays (between May & October) hammerheads, white tips and grey rick sharks.
The Fijians have very interesting customs and culture. When visiting a village it is tradition to present a gift of kava and you should ensure you are dressed in modest clothing. If you are wearing a hat you must take it off your hat or you will insult the chief. Fiji is famous for the Lovo, a magnificent feast that is cooked in a hole dug in the earth and is similar to a BBQ, although far more smoked. Music is woven into the fabric of Fiji and the Meke embraces traditional song and dance to tell love stories, history and the spirits of the island. The Yaqona, Fiji's national drink is made from the root of a member of the pepper family and is said to have medicinal qualities, apart from amking you feel mellow. Fiji is multi-racial and multicultural and is a family friendly holiday destination. If you are travelling as a family kids are covered for free in your 1Cover policy. More information on family travel insurance can be found here..
Australians do not need to obtain a visa before entering Fiji but they should ensure their passports have at least 6 months validity, they will need to show their return tickets and have confirmation of their accommodation details with them to enter the country. They also are known to request a copy of your latest bank statement. More information can be found here.
There are many ways to get around Fiji. On the water there is a regular ferry service that link Viti Levu to Vanua Levu and Taveuni and also Viti Levu to Ovaluau. You can hire small local boats across most of the islands or you can charter bigger boats or yachts. Fiji's larger islands have local buses and you can just hail them off the street, and there are many rental places around Fiji to hire cars, though it is relatively expensive to do so. If you are to rent a car in Fiji it is important you have car rental excess.
Fiji is pretty safe country without any significant security concerns. However, tourists should be aware that petty crime such as theft and assaults do happen and muggings being common at night in Nadi or Suva- we recommend you don't walk around at night and do as the locals do - catch taxis. There have been cases of civil unrest and political tension around Fijian elections. Tourists have previously been targeted at the international airports of Nadi and Nausori by touts. There have been causes of sexual assaults against tourists in Fiji. We recommend you take out travel insurance before any travel to Fiji for unlimited medical benefits, to protect your luggage and personal effects and more.
You should always consult with your doctor before any travel overseas. We recommend you get vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid and Tetanus, Pertussis & Diphtheria. Your doctor will be able to advise you on the correct course of action.
Fiji has a warm tropical climate with maximum temperatures from 26 degrees Celsius to 31 all year around. It does have a wet season between November and April however, and sometimes cyclones do occur during this period.
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PO Box 92
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