Few Things to Know About Fiji – A Luxurious Paradise in the South Pacific
Located 1,7770 km north of New Zealand and known as the friendliest island in South Pacific, Fiji is has 333 tropical islands. Known for its luxurious private islands, all-inclusive resort, culinary destinations and outdoor adventures, Fiji is most widely celebrated for its culture. Visitors love the white sand beaches and pristine, crystal-clear ocean waters offering an ideal vacation destination for divers, honeymooners and families. Voted as one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world by Brides magazine, what really sets Fiji apart are the people, known as the Happiest on Earth.
Like most tropical climates, the wet season in Fiji occurs during summer where high temperatures and increased humidify lead to high level of precipitation and an increased risk of cyclones. The summer wet season runs from November to March. The dry season occurs during the cooler months from May to September.
Fiji is typically a wonderful place to visit year round, so the best time to visit Fiji is really a personal preference. July to August is usually one of the busiest periods as many visitors choose to visit during the school holidays. Along with the Christmas and New Year period, the resorts are often filled with families take a break during the Australian and New Zealand school holidays.
Overall, the best time to visit Fiji is from late October to early November when the cost of getting and staying here has not yet reached its peak, the weather is dry, settled and warm and the beaches and resorts are far less crowded as school is still in at this time of year.
There are many resorts in Fiji and the top family friendly resorts are Naviti ResortNaviti Resort, Outrigger Fiji Beach ResortOutrigger Fiji Beach Resort, Shangri-La Fijian Resort & SpaShangri-La Fijian Resort & Spa, Sheraton Fiji ResortSheraton Fiji Resort and Castaway IslandCastaway Island.
Here are few things to note when visiting Fiji:
- Tipping – Tipping is not encouraged anywhere in Fiji. Tip with a smile and ‘vinaka’, which is Fijian for ‘thank you’.
- Shopping – Offering everything from basic groceries and supermarkets to village markets, boutique shops, large department stores and duty free shopping, tourists can pick up everything from woven goods to clothing, electronics, perfume, jewelry and more while on holiday in Fiji.
- Banking – normal banking hours are 9:30am to 3.00pm Monday to Thursday and to 4.00pm on Friday. All banks are closed on public holidays.
- Communication – Most hotels have direct dialing facilities. Visitors from many countries, and subscribing to various networks, can use their own GSM handsets in Fiji. Mobile customers are advised to check with their network operators for their roaming status before travelling, as roaming capability must be ‘activated’ in your home country.
- Language – Fiji is a country rich in traditional culture and uses a native language that defines happiness. However, most people speak and understand English.
- Currency – The Fijian dollar has standard decimal denominations between 1.5 and $50. Anything below $2 is a coin and $2 and above is a note. There is no limit to the amount of money to be brought in and visitors are allowed to take out currency up to the amount imported.
- Airport – Fiji’s international airport is located in Nadi which is the principle gateway.
- Dressing – Casual dress is perfect for Fiji for both day and night. The weather lends itself to T-shirts, shorts, light cotton dresses, swimwear and sandals.
- Electricity – The current in Fiji is 240 volts AC 50Hz with three-pin power points – the same as in Australia and New Zealand. Leading hotels and resorts offer universal outlets for 240v or 110v appliances, or 110V adapters.
- Passports and Visas – Please ensure your passport is valid for at least six months after your return to your country of origin. Most visitors who intend to stay for less than four months do not require a visa.
- Restaurants – Fiji’s restaurants are renowned as a foodie’s paradise, with much of their local produce caught or grown organically throughout the islands.
- Transportation – Fiji enjoys a relatively well-priced and reliable local transport system designed to get you anywhere you need to go on your Fiji holiday.