Fiji Islands, a tropical paradise known as the ‘Soft Coral Capital’ of the world and is a thalossophiles dream.
Comprising of some 333 islands, of which just over 100 are permanently inhabited, it is surrounded by the magnificent waters of the Koro Sea.
Regularly voted as one of the top holiday destinations globally, each of Fiji’s islands boasts a spectacular landscape. Ranging from rugged pine and tropical vegetation, which features throughout the interior lands, to the immaculate white sandy beaches that frame the coastline.
Fiji is famous for possessing one of the world’s longest continuous barrier reef systems. Running for over 200km from the northeastern tip of Udu Point in Vanua Levu to Bua at the northwest edge of Vanua Levu. The Great Sea Reef runs across the Vatuira passage. It is home to hundreds of species of amazing colourful fish and coral.
For many people, Fiji is indeed the ultimate beach destination. An aquatic paradise featuring idyllic stretches of sand lined with majestic palm trees boasts many perfect spots for scuba diving and snorkelling.
When you arrive in Fiji, the first thing you can expect is a very warm welcome! Fijians are among the friendliest people you can ever hope to meet, and as the country is reliant on tourism, locals go out of their way to give you a hospitable reception.
Fiji is a place where you can leave behind the pressures of your daily working life; you can immerse yourself in a world of exquisite beaches, pristine waters, remote private islands, and luxury resorts with spas, swimming pools and bars.
Some of our fondest memories have been born out of swimming with hundreds of tropical fish in a clear lagoon or simply relaxing under swaying palm trees. Fiji is a place that is very dear to our hearts.
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time to visit Fiji, for clear blue skies is from May through to September, while October through to April make up the wet season which is also the time of year the island is most at risk of a cyclone.
High Season – June to September, December and January
December to January is generally the hottest season and brings cyclones and humidity. Average temperatures reach between 30-32 degrees celsius.
Shoulder Season – May and October
May is the start of the dry season, and July and August tend to be the coldest months but is quite pleasant, with average temperatures between 20-24 degrees celsius.
Low Season – November to April
Usually considered the wet season and Fiji’s “summer”, where the temperatures are higher, but there are more downpours.
WHAT TO EXPECT
There are three official languages in Fiji. They are English, Fijian and Hindi.
The Fijian language is the native Fijians’ first language and Hindi is the Indo-Fijian’s first language, but both groups speak English as their second language.
You are sure to be greeted with a ‘Bula‘, which is the Fijian word for Hello. If you say that word every time you meet a local and ‘Vinaka‘, which means Thank you, you will be very much appreciated.
Currency: Fijian dollar (FJD)
Banks & ATMs:
There are five commercial banks in Fiji: ANZ (Australia), Westpac (Australia), Bank of Baroda (India), BSP (Papua New Guinea), and Asset Management Bank (Fiji).
ATMs are available in most major hotels and airports.
Plugs and Sockets:
Power plugs and sockets are of type I.
The standard voltage is 240 V, and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Always advisable to carry an international adapter.
Overall, Fiji is a fairly safe place to travel, but it is not uncommon for visitors to be the victims of petty crimes like theft or ATM skimming.
It’s also best to avoid walking alone at night in urban areas, especially around downtown Suva. It would also be best to consider not wearing flashy or expensive jewellery.
The major international airport is Nadi or in Suva, called Nausori Airport.
Fiji Airways, Qantas, American Airlines, British Airways and Air New Zealand are major airlines that fly into Fiji.
Fiji’s domestic airlines include Fiji Link and Northern Air.