Fiji

Capital City: Suva
Timezone: FJT (UTC+1
Country Calling Code: +679
Currency: FJ$

1 CNY = 0.30 FJ$

1 USD = 1.88 FJ$

1 EUR = 2.31 FJ$

1 GBP = 2.73 FJ$

1 AUD = 1.88 FJ$

These rates were valid at time of writing.
Please check www.xe.com for exact exchange rates.

Weather & When to Visit

 

Fiji's climate is warm and tropical year-round, even in the islands’ “winter” months. The average temperature in Fiji is 25°C, but it can reach 40°C in summer (December and January) and sink to 18°C in winter (July and August). Many people consider the Fijian winter, which is the dry season from May to October, to be the best time to visit the islands. This is when it is drier, less humid and a bit cooler, so outside activities are more pleasant. However, this is also Fiji's peak tourist season so the prices for airfare and accommodation peak as well, especially in June and July.

Events & Festivals

 

Fijians are a soft-spoken people (raising one’s voice for any reason is considered extremely rude in Fiji) and the culture is considered by many to be rather sober. The annual festivals, however, are a time to unwind and cut loose. Because of the large Christian, Hindu and Muslim populations in Fiji, there are many religious festivals of a diverse nature. In addition to the religious holidays celebrated such as Christmas, Diwali, and the Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday, there are also many secular festivals and fund-raising carnivals held annually.

There are three main city festivals held annually in Fiji. The Bula Festival is celebrated in Nadi each July, the Hibiscus Festival is held in Suva in November and the Sugar Festival is held in Lautoka. These festivals include parades with marching bands and beauty pageants, and are a joyous time for the citizens of the cities to celebrate the unique identities of their cities. Nadi is known for it’s horseracing, Lautoka is known as the sugar city for all the sugar it produces and Suva is the capital of Fiji.

Visas

 

Visas are not required for visitors from 101 countries, such as North America, Western Europe, Japan, Israel and most Commonwealth countries. Check the complete list visa-exempt countries here: http://www.go-fiji.com/passportandvisa.html Visitors from visa-exempt countries may stay up to four months. A two-month extension is possible, but one has to apply for it before the initial four months are up and there is a fee. Visitors are required to have a valid returning airline ticket with them when entering the country.

Airports

 

Nadi International Airport (NAN or NFFN) is the main international gateway for the Republic of Fiji as well as an important regional hub for the South Pacific islands, located by the coast on the western side of the main island Viti Levu. It is the main hub of Fiji Airways and its domestic and regional subsidiary Pacific Sun. The airport is located 10 km from the city of Nadi and 20km from the city of Lautoka.

Nadi is located on the western side of the main island of Viti Levu - the tourism hub of Fiji. Today, the largest concentration of hotels in Fiji has grown up in and around Nadi, and as tourism took off in the 1960s, the nearby resorts under construction in the nearby Mamanuca Islands cemented Nadi as the centre of Fiji's tourism industry.

Things to Consider

 

The dress code in Fiji is quite strict and conservative. Wearing bathing suits, short shorts and tank tops in public is seen as a lack of respect. Revealing too much skin in Fijian villages is considered offensive. Men should always wear shirts in town, and women should wear skirts or dresses that cover at least the upper legs while seated.

On the beach near the resort hotels it's ok to wear beach wear. However, keep in mind that in Fijian society, bathing suits are considered risky wear for local women, and public nudity and topless sunbathing for women is illegal.

Tipping is not customary in Fiji, so leaving a tip is up to the customer. Bargaining is common in smaller shops. Once an item is purchased, it cannot be returned. Sales are final.

In Fiji, driving is on the left side of the road, with the maximum speed limit being 80 km/h (50 mph), though it is only 50km/h (30 mph) in residential areas.

 

Important Note:
Whilst Classic Travel does our best to keep information updated, it is always advisable for you to double-check details for your specific trip as information can change without notice, particularly in regards to arrival & departure airport terminals, visa requirements and airport/port fees.