A valid passport is required for entry. A tourist visa will be issued
upon arrival to visitors having a passport valid for at least three
months beyond the intended period of stay, an outward-bound ticket,
and sufficient funds for the stay.
Due to the prevailing southeast trade winds and the surrounding seas,
Fiji's humid, tropical climate is moderated during most of the year,
eliminating extreme heat and humidity. Rainfall is heaviest from
January to March. Temperatures range from an average of 88 degrees
Farenheit in the summer months (December-March) to 83 degrees
Farenheit in the winter (June-September).
Fiji lies south of
the equator, so seasons are the reverse of those in the Northern
Dress in cool, comfortable and casual. Bathing suits and shorts are
fine at the beach, but be respectful when visiting villages, cover
your arms and legs with a sulus (sarong), suitable for all occasions.
If you plan to trek, bring sturdy walking shoes. Reef walkers or Aqua
shoes are an excellent idea for wading. Good sunscreen is a must.
Fiji is located in a time zone that is 20 hours ahead and four hours
behind U.S. Pacific Standard Time. 10:00 am Tuesday = 2:00 pm Monday
The official language of Fiji is English. Fijian and Hindi are also
spoken. Say it in Fijian:
||ni sa yadra
||ni sah yan-dra
||ni sa moce
||ni sah mothey
The official currency is the Fiji dollar. Banks are located at Nadi's
International Airport and in each main city. Generally a higher rate
of exchange is given for travelers checks than for cash. Hotels also
exchange money but give a less favorable rate than banks. Major credit
cards are accepted by the major hotels, rental agencies, tour
companies, duty free shops and some restaurants.
Tap water in the cities and resorts is safe to drink except during
periods of heavy rain, though we suggest using bottled water sold in
all hotels. A good sunscreen is essential. As in all tropical locales,
there are mosquitoes, so it is wise to pack an insect repellent. Fiji
has no dangerous insects, and the mosquitoes do not carry malaria.
Hotels generally have 240v systems. For appliances such as electric
shavers or hair dryers, a converter/adapter kit will usually be
needed. It's wise to inquire at the hotel desk about the compatibility
of your appliances before you use them.
Casual, lightweight, comfortable clothing is recommended. Moderate
dress is appropriate to respect Fijian culture. Bathing suits should
be worn only at pools and on the beach.
The friendly Fijians love to celebrate their time-honored traditions: kava
ceremonies where the liquid yaqona is shared, lovo feasts
with native foods cooked in underground ovens, and meke singing
Tropical clothing, carved war clubs, woven mats and baskets, face
masks, shell jewelry, straw hats, kava bowls and tapa
cloth can all be purchased in town markets as well as many local
villages. Fiji offers duty free shops in Nadi, on the Coral Coast and
in Suva. Stores in town are generally closed on Saturday afternoon and
Sunday, and some close daily during the lunch hour.
Snorkeling, tennis, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing, kayaking,
horseback riding, biking and hiking are activities available at most
resorts. Game fishing is also available. Golfers will find a
spectacular course near Nadi. Your hotel's tour desk can help.
Fiji is renowned for some of the best scuva diving in the world.
Spectacular corals, caves and grottos, and amazing marine life that
includes large pelagic species such as shark, tuna and turtles. Scuba
diving is available at, or nearby, most resorts, and most offer
introductory lessons as well as dive boat excursions daily.
A wide variety of accommodation is available. You'll find Fijian-style
thatch roofed bures and cottages as well as deluxe five-star
resorts nestled among palm trees and along beaches. There are no
high-rise hotels, and most are no higher than a coconut palm.