is the weather like?
Fiji enjoys an ideal South Sea tropical climate and can get hot in the summer
but seldom reaches above 35°C (96°F). Trade winds from the east-southeast
bring year long cooling breezes late afternoon and early evening.
When is the rainy season?
The season for our tropical rains is from December through February coinciding
with our warmest summer months.
clothing should I bring?
Dress is casual and informal throughout the islands. Visitors should bring a
light tropical wardrobe including golf shirts, shirtsleeve shirts, T-shirts,
shorts and slacks for evenings. For women, summer dresses and lightweight skirts,
slacks and blouses. The wraparound "sulu" (sarong) is Fiji’s
most distinctive form of dress for women and men.
is a bure?
A bure is a thatched roof resort villa reflecting the style of a traditional
Fijian village accommodation.
Are the accommodations primitive?
No, accommodations range from budget to luxury and 5-star with the amenities
you would expect for a room costing anywhere from F$65.00 to F$500 twin share.
Is there air conditioning?
Yes, office buildings, banks, major retail outlets, boutiques, restaurants and
major hotels offer air conditioning. Smaller mainland resorts and private island
resorts offer either air conditioning or ceiling fans or a combination of both.
What language do the locals speak?
Fiji is an English speaking country.
Is tipping required?
No. Actually, tipping is not encouraged in Fiji and it is left to the individual
to determine whether to make a gratuity. In lieu of daily tipping, some resorts
operate a staff Christmas fund where "tips" are shared.
Is the water safe to drink?
Yes, fresh water reticulated in Nadi, Suva, Lautoka and other major towns has
been treated and is safe to drink from the tap. It tastes good too!
What documents do we need?
A valid passport for at least three months beyond the intended period of stay,
plus a ticket for return or onward travel is required. Anyone travelling from
Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, USA, Europe and many other countries
is granted an entry visa on arrival for a stay of four months.
What "shots" do we need?
Yellow fever and cholera vaccinations are only required if coming from an infected
area as designated by the World Health Organisation. Fiji is free from malaria
and other major tropical diseases that are endemic to most tropical countries.
Is Fiji safe?
Yes, Fiji has one of the world’s lowest crime rates, but prudence dictates
that if carrying valuables, you check them in hotel/resort room safes or safe
How long is the flight?
Coming west from Canada and Europe, you’ll stop in Los Angeles, and some
flights out of Los Angeles and Canada stop in Honolulu. Air Pacific has four
non-stops and Air New Zealand has one out of Los Angeles. Flight time from LA
to Fiji is 10 hrs, Auckland to Fiji 3hrs, Sydney to Fiji 3hrs 50min.
Isn’t Fiji really expensive?
Actually, Fiji is not expensive, particularly for Americans and Europeans since
the 1998 devaluation of the Fijian dollar. The following are selected items
in Fijian dollars: full American buffet breakfast ($12.00-$18.00), lunch (up
to $16.00), dinner (up to $35.00), bottle of wine ($20.00), bottle of beer ($3.50),
and cocktails from $4.00 at hotels and resorts. At restaurants and pubs, dinner
ranges from $6.00 to $20.00 and a glass of beer from $3.00 to $5.00.
What is the exchange rate of USD to FJD?
Approximately two Fiji dollars equals one US Dollar.