Bula! Fiji is in the heart of the South Pacific and consists of 333 islands! Viti Levu is the largest island
and Nadi the main international gateway for tourists is located here. Fiji is very relaxed and laid back, a point to note is some of the locals run on ‘Fiji time’ meaning – not everyone uses a clock to tell the time instead they go when they’re ready to, so I’d recommended booking taxi’s etc a little early just in case this happens to you, to ensure you’re not late. The Fijians are very hospitable people and will do their utmost to make sure you have an enjoyable stay!
Taxi’s from the airport are usually metered, just check with the driver before getting in. The Denarau resorts have their own taxi service which will take you anywhere from the resort but charge a very high rate. If you can, arrange for an “outside” taxi to take you to wherever you need to go (call a local taxi company) these taxis are about half the price of the resort ones.
Local currently is the Fijian Dollar.
Tipping is not encouraged in Fiji but it is at your own discretion if you wish to tip for good service.
There is a VAT refund scheme available for tourists – Take a look at the Revenue & Customs site for more information.
Fiji has a tropical climate the whole year round, the maximum temperate ranges from 25°C to 31°C. The dry season is considered to be May to October and the wet season from November to April. We went in June which is considered to be dry but we had heavy downpours over a couple of days while we were in Denarau which meant we watched a few movies in our room!
The rain didn’t stop everyone though 🙂
When you’re not at the beach or at your hotel, it’s important to dress modestly as a mark of respect, especially when visiting a Fijian village.
Kava is a traditional ceremonial drink, there are many stories that drinking it causes hallucinogenic effects but this isn’t the case. It is non alcoholic and has mild effects if you drink too much. Be warned it doesn’t taste good though! (Here’s a photo of Sanjay trying some)
Fiji has something that will appeal to all, make sure you venture off the mainland and travel to the islands, it’s well worth it. Vinaka Vaka Levu!
Happy travels, Priti x