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BULA AND WELCOME TO FIJI!

Fiji is a day dream turned to life. This tropical paradise is like a postcard come to life, filled with sandy white beaches, ridiculously clear, aqua blue waters and palm trees swaying in the breeze. Take a step onto any one of the 333 islands that Fiji calls home and you will quickly realise it’s no dream, just your ultimate tropical getaway.

About Fiji

Fiji is made up of 333 islands and 500 islets (small islands). Rich in tradition, culture and friendly locals, the Pacific nation of Fiji offers a beauty unsurpassed anywhere in the world.
Fiji is the perfect location for every type of traveller. Whether it’s a romantic getaway, a child-friendly family trip or a relaxing, solo adventure you’re after, Fiji offers something for everyone.
Population
902,102

Language

The traditional languages in Fiji consist of Fijian and Hindi, with English also spoken across the island. Remember, a smile and a “Bula” go a long way!
Language Tip – Words with a ’d’ in them have a silent 'n' in front of it. So Nadi is really pronounced 'Nandi' and so on.
 
Key Phrases;
 
Bula = Hello
Vinaka = Thank you
Yadra, Ni sa yadra = Good Morning
Seganaleqa, Marau = No worries, be happy

Currency

The Fiji Dollar ($FJD) is used across all the islands of Fiji.
This includes note denominations of $100, $50, $20, $10, $5 and coins of $2, $1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.
Tipping is not expected in Fiji, however, if the service is exemplary and/or staff have gone beyond their necessary duties, it will be appreciated.

Food and Drink

Fijian cuisine falls into two broad categories, Fijian and Indo-Fijian.
If you’re a fan of Indian flavours and spices then Indo-Fijian food is for you, it consists of rice dishes, chili additives and robust flavours. The more traditional Fijian fare uses fresh local produce, combining various seafood’s including; prawn, crab and lobster that are offset with the sweetness of local fruits such as mango, papaya and pineapple.
For a truly unique experience you will never forget, try sampling food that is prepared using the ‘Lovo’, a traditional form of cooking where food is prepared in an underground oven, using hot rocks.
Local drinks: Kava (non-alcoholic traditional drink made from root of the Kava plant) and Fiji Bitter.
Local food: Fresh local seafood and tropical fruits are available in abundance.
 
Electricity Info:
When travelling to Fiji you may need two devices to ensure you’re able to recharge your portable electronic devices.
A voltage converter may be required to transform the voltage from the power outlet to your device. Fiji uses a 240V 50 Hz.
You may also need a power adaptor to allow you to plug your device into an Fijian power outlet. The plugs in Fiji have two flat metal pins shaped like a "V" and some may contain a third flat pin in the centre.
*Note: Same power outlet is used in Australia

Topography

Fiji has a similar topography to many of the surrounding South Pacific islands that make up a large part of its natural beauty.
Most of the islands that make up beautiful Fiji have a volcanic origin with some smaller islands based on coral deposits. Fiji is dominated by mountainous terrain of mostly dormant volcanos, with Mount Tomanivi at 1,324 metres, the highest peak.

Climate:
Fiji is one of the world’s most desired holiday destinations in part due to the incredible weather. Minimum temperatures rarely fall below 26 degrees celsius all year-round and water temperatures average between 25 – 28 degrees celsius.
Peak (dry season): May – October
Min 20     Max 28
Off – Peak (wet season): November – April
Min 23     Max 31

Note: November – April is the wet season, however these brief and localised showers only make the following rainbows shimmer brighter.

International Airports

Nadi International Airport; is Fiji’s main international airport and handles 96% of the country's total passengers each year with 30 scheduled international flights daily.
Nausori Airport; is Fiji's second International Airport and is located on the eastern side of Viti Levu. A short 30 minutes from the Fijian capital of Suva.

Flight Times to Fiji

Australia to Fiji – 4 hours 30 minutes
New Zealand to Fiji – 3 hours 10 minutes
USA to Fiji – 14 hours
Canada to Fiji – 15 hours
Hong   Kong to Fiji – 7 hours 44 minutes
Pacific Islands to Fiji – 7 hours
Singapore to Fiji – 11 hours

Customs

When entering Fiji you will need to have a valid passport and fill out an incoming passenger card (provided at the airport).
Certain foods, plants, animal items as well as large sums of currency may need to be declared. Please consult your local embassy for further details.
Carry-on:

Each passenger is permitted one small item of baggage as carry on. Which means if you’re looking to bring a surfboard over for practice you will have to check it in. Smaller items though are more than welcome.

Duty Free:

Duty free goods purchased overseas or from an inward board duty free shop may be brought into Fiji tax free.
Whether you’re wishing to purchase tax free brands of liquor, tobacco, fragrance, cosmetics, jewellery or electrical goods, Fiji’s world-class international airports have you covered.

Passport and Visa Requirements:

A valid passport with at least 6 months before expiry is required in order to travel to Fiji.
A return ticket is also required.
Visas are not required beforehand for Australian, British, Canadian, European or American nationals barring some minor exemptions.

Best times to visit:
Its unique location in the picturesque South Pacific means the weather is always incredible and Fiji is great to visit year round.
July – August is generally the peak season as it matches with holiday periods in nearby Australia and New Zealand while October – March are off peak and are best for romantic getaways with cheaper deals and empty beaches waiting for you.
Key Tourist Hotspots:
A trip to Fiji offers sights, scents and sounds that will stay with you long after your trip. If you’re looking for inspiration, try these incredible activities;
-    Explore the open air market at Nadi. Shop until you drop among hand crafted artefacts that show the unique cultural influence of both the Fijian and Indian heritage.
-    Explore Fiji’s ‘Garden of Eden’ on Taveuni Island. With more than 80% protected as national park this 60-foot-high waterfall is worth the trip in alone.
-    Learn about the incredible history of your Island home at Suva’s Fiji Museum. Start 3,700 years ago with Fiji’s inception and work your way forward. The adjacent botanical garden site makes for a romantic afternoon.
-    Cloud 9 – Fiji’s only two level floating bar and Italian wood-fired pizzeria, located in the middle of the Mamanuca Islands. A short 40-minute boat ride from Denarau will take you to this unique floating paradise.

Key Events
Fiji Open Tennis Championship - 27th to 31st May
Fijian International Jazz and Blues Festival – 1st to 4th May
Fiji International Triathlon Festival – 26th to 29th May
Bula Festival – 18th to 25th July
Fiji International Golf – 15th to 18th October


Beaches

Fiji is home to some of the most idyllic and beautiful beaches in the world. With so many beaches to choose from it’s hard to pick only a few. The most notable beaches include;
- Natadola Beach – (Viti Levu Island)
Just 30 minutes outside of Nadi is Viti Levu’s best beach. With an incredible natural beauty, it is the ultimate place to relax and recharge. The consistent waves and stable water depth also make this a fantastic beach for swimming and snorkelling.
- Matana Beach – (Kadavu Island)
Picture an unspoilt slice of tropical paradise where crisp, white sand stretches as far as the eye can see. It’s not a fantasy anymore, it’s Matana Beach. With rich, turquoise blue water and a gorgeous backdrop of swaying palm trees and mountains, this is heaven on earth.
- Matamanoa Beach – (Mamanuca Islands)
The word ‘Matamanoa’ translates to ‘feast for the eyes’ and that makes sense for this secluded gem of a beach. Shaped like a horseshoe and with white sand underfoot, you will lie under a towering cone-shaped peak made of volcanic rock and wonder how you will ever go home.
*Safety Advice – Some beaches have strong underwater currents that run across shallow reefs, so be aware before swimming out.

Getting Around:

While it may look small on a map, Fiji is actually spread over 1.3 million square kilometres and 333 islands. This can make island hopping a challenge, so it’s important to know the best routes and modes of transport.
The major cities of Nadi and Suva have an established public transport system that makes exploring the island easy and cost effective. Alternatively, they can also be used as gateways to remote destinations or popular beaches like the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, which are best reached by boat or catamaran.

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