- Airport – Nadi International Airport (NAN)
- Languages – English, Fijian, Fiji Hindi
- Population – 897,000
- Currency – Fijian Dollar (FJD)
- GDP – $4.5 billion (107th Overall)
With miles of white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and warm salty breezes, the Fiji Islands are truly paradise. Fiji is an archipelago meaning it is comprised of multiple islands, 333 to be exact, with Viti Levu being the main island. Each island is a paradise within itself offering visitors majestic views of waterfalls and plunging mountains. Whether you love to stay active through surfing, snorkeling and hiking, or just enjoy relaxing on a hammock sipping a tropical drink, be sure to put Fiji at the top of your list!
Entering Fiji is quite simple. First, you’ll need a valid passport and a booked flight. Fiji Airways is the official international carrier of the Pacific island nation and offers direct flights from Los Angeles, New York, and other major cities to Nadi International Airport on Viti Levu. You can travel to other islands via domestic flights as well as ferries.
Upon arrival, a free tourist visa is granted to citizens of 106 countries, including most of Europe, the United Kingdom, North America, much of South America, and several Middle Eastern and Asian countries. However, if your citizenship is not in any of the countries on the list then you will have to apply for a visa through a Fijian embassy prior to your arrival.
Currency & Cost
The local currency is the Fiji Dollar (FJD). Over the years, the relative value of the Fiji Dollar has stayed fairly stable relative to the Australian and New Zealand dollars due to the growing tourism industry that has helped boost their economy. When traveling, it is a good idea to have a few different options for accessing money. It’s recommended to take a credit card, debit card, and a small amount of foreign currency. Always be sure to check if you will be able to access money before heading out to remote parts of Fiji.
Language & Electronics
Most Fijians are able to speak and understand English due to the fact that the country was under British rule until 1970. This also means that they have a fun British accent as well! Over the years, many other languages have become more widely used, such as Fiji Hindi, which is a mix of Hindi and Urdu.
An important tip for all travelers is to be sure to bring the correct plug adapter. For the Fiji Islands, this would be an Adaptor Type I that has a voltage of 240v.
To be honest, the best time to visit Fiji is whenever you get a chance! The temperature stays pretty constant at 80 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. However, their storm season runs from November to April. If you are looking for clear sunny skies then the perfect time to visit would be from July to September.
The Yasawas Islands
If you’re looking for an adventure, then you’ll definitely want to explore these islands. Twenty islands in all, this large archipelago is famous for its lush landscapes, breathtaking volcanic peaks, beautiful blue lagoons and bright sunshine. From hiking to just laying out on the beach, the number of things to do is infinite. The Yasawas Islands can be reached by a seaplane or by catching a ferry from Denarau Port.
Known as the “soft coral capital of the world,” Fiji has unbelievably gorgeous and diverse coral reefs. If you are looking for a snorkeling or scuba diving exploration, be sure to check out the Rainbow Reef and the Vuna Reef both looked at Taveuni. However, if water activities aren’t really your thing there is also the Lavena Coastal Walk and the Vidawa Rainforest Trail to help burn off some of those calories from the Fijian Bitter Beer.
Originating from the people of the Beqa Island, the Firewalking Ceremony is something you will not want to miss! The amazing thing about this ceremony isn’t the actual walking across the fire part, but rather walking across without getting burned is what astonishes many viewers. You can now watch the Firewalking Ceremony at many resorts across Fiji.
Are you a history fanatic? If so, this museum is perfect for you as it tells the history of the Fiji archipelago over that last 3,700 years. On display, you will also be able to see cannibal forks, shell jewelry, Indian artwork, and much more! You’ll find the museum in the town of Suva with admission being only about 7 FJD.
Garden of the Sleeping Giant
First planted in 1977 by actor Raymond Burr, the vibrant orchids have adapted to Fiji’s tropical climate to create a garden that covers over 50 acres of land along with a native rainforest and lily pond. Located in the foothills of the Nausori Highlands on the island of Viti Levu this famous natural attraction is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday.
Known for its warm climate there are many different kinds of natural fruits that can be found in Fiji. Depending on the season, visitors are able to enjoy fruits such as watermelons, coconuts, cantaloupes, bananas, pineapples, and much more! Along with fruits be sure to get your hands on some Fiji water!
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
A staple food for most rural Fijians is their homemade buns, roti, and Topoi. Topped with butter or jam these breads are usually eaten with a cup of warm tea made with fresh lemon leaves.
Most Fijians spend their days working in the village so to satisfy their hunger most they pair dalo leaves with boiled Tapioca or even some fresh fish soup with taro.
Stews, curries, and soups made from meat, fish, or chicken is a must have in the Fijian diet. Eaten almost every day for dinner, the Fijians know the importance of eating healthy.
Be sure to check these everyday foods out at one of the many resorts on the Fiji Islands!
A drink made from the powdered roots of the yagona plants, the local Fijians partake in drinking almost each and every day. This homemade drink causes the lips, mouth, and tongue to feel a numbing sensation. While it may sound strange, it’s definitely worth trying!
Living on small islands with limited resources can be very difficult at times and that’s why Fiji has taken steps towards more sustainable tourism practices. Most villages are already almost completely self-sustainable! Resorts have also started programs for self-sufficiency and many tourism companies practice responsible tourism as well.