Fiji Travel Tips - with Wired Destinations
principal gateway is the international airport located at Nadi,
(pronounced Nandi). The other international airport is at Nausori, near
Suva. For most countries, entry visas are granted on arrival for a stay
of up to 4 months so long as you have a valid passport for at least six
months beyond the intended period of stay and a ticket for return or
onward travel. Nationals of other countries require prearranged visas,
which can be applied for at the nearest Fiji High Commission in their
respective country. Contact the nearest Fiji High Commission for
detailed information. Visas may be extended on application to the
Department of Immigration in Suva, Lautoka or Nadi. It is necessary to
have an onward or return ticket and sufficient funds. Visitors to Fiji
are required to pay $30.00 departure tax in Fijian currency following
check-in. Children under 12 are exempt.
is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES). Tourists are required to
obtain an export permit and CITES certificate from the Ministry of
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests to enable them to take the following
aquatic products out of the country: coral of any species, turtle
shells of any species, shell of any species of giant clams, whales
climate of Fiji ensures pleasant conditions throughout the year.
However, the best months are from March through to November when
effects of the trade winds are most apparent. Temperatures are normally
between 26C to 31C year round. The wet season is from November to April
and is characterised by heavy, brief local showers. Cyclones are mostly
confined to the period November to April, with greatest frequency in
January and February.
Fijian dollar has denominations between 1 cent and $50. Anything below
$2 is a coin. $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. ATM machines are available in most major
centres. International cards are welcomed by most businesses catering
UTC / GMT (+12 hours) Fiji does not observe daylight savings time.
hours are normally from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday with
an hour lunch usually between 1:00 and 2:00 pm. Most stores, food
markets and handicraft shops are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday
through Friday, and until 1:00 pm on Saturday. Sunday is a day of rest.
Bargaining is quite acceptable among shopkeepers and stallholders, but
not in major department stores, grocery stores, hotels or resorts where
prices are set.Normal banking hours are from 9:30am to 3:00pm Monday to
Thursday and to 4:00pm on Friday. All banks are closed on public
hotels have direct dialling facilities. Check with the operator for
long distance and international charges, which may also be found in the
telephone directory. Please note that the international country IDD
code for Fiji is 679. There are no area codes within the country. If
you have arranged roaming with your mobile service provider before
leaving home, Fiji's Vodafone will give you excellent coverage in most
locations in Fiji. Mobile phone rentals are available through Vodafone
located at Nadi International Airport.
Volts AC, 50 Hz. Plugs are the three-pin type found in Australia and
New Zealand. Leading hotels and resorts offer universal outlets for
240v or 110v appliances, or 110V adapters. Many island resorts generate
their own electricity.
Everybody in Fiji speaks English. Fijian and Hindi are spoken among the ethnic groups.
is casual and informal throughout the islands. Visitors should bring a
light tropical clothing including slacks for evenings. The wraparound
"sulu" (sarong) is Fiji's most distinctive form of dress for women and
men. Businessmen and government employees will often be seen wearing a
tourist in Fiji may drive if in possession of a valid driving license
for the same class of vehicle. The maximum speed limit in built-up
areas is 50 km/h (30 mph) and on the highways it is 80 km/h (50 mph).
Driving is on the left side of the road. Rental cars are available at
international airports and major resorts, and are easily arranged from
all hotels. There is good highway from Rakiraki on the north-eastern
tip of Viti Levu to Suva, via Tavua, Ba, Lautoka, Nadi and the Coral
Coast. Work now in progress will complete major sections of the highway
from Rakiraki to Suva via Korovou, allowing for an easy (and
spectacular) circumnavigation of the island. Rental cars are also
available in Vanua Levu and some outer islands by arrangement.
is regular ferry service scheduled between the major islands. While
Fiji has many luxury cruise ships, inter-island vessels carry freight
as well as passengers. Deck passage is the usual way to go, with a few
cabins available on some of the ships on a first-come, first-served
There are numerous modern,
air-conditioned coaches serving resorts and major towns. Many visitors
prefer the adventure of using the local open-windowed buses so they can
take in the sights and sounds. Canvas flaps are unfurled in the event
of a rain shower. Every town and village has a bus stop, since this is
still the most common form of transportation in the islands. You can
hail a public bus from the roadside by waving to the driver. Taxis are
plentiful and fares are reasonable. For long trips, bargain with the
driver. Often he'll reduce the fare if you allow him to pick up other
passengers going the same way. Some taxis can also be hired by the day
or half day for a fixed price, often the equivalent of a rental car.
travel insurance is highly recommended. Choose a policy also that suits
your needs. Fiji is free from malaria, yellow fever and major tropical
diseases that are endemic to most tropical countries. There is an
effective medical system in place although local people still believe
in the efficacy of age-old herbal remedies. Most pharmacies are open
from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Dial 911 in all main towns and cities for emergency fire, police or ambulance calls.