Fiji, a country in the South Pacific, is an archipelago that consists of some 300 islands and 540 islets scattered over about 1,000,000 square miles (3,000,000 square km). Fiji is famous for its rugged landscapes, rainforests, palm-tree lined beaches, coral reefs with over 1500 distinct fish species and clear lagoons and fascinating culture. Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain most of Fiji’s population. Viti Levu is home to the capital city, Suva, which has British colonial architecture and is home to the Fiji Museum.
FIJI TOP 5 THINGS TO DO
Explore Vitu Levu
All Fiji travelers pass through Viti Levu en route to a palm-fringed resort. This is Fiji’s largest island and has so much more to offer than just the international airport. Viti Levu is the largest of Fiji’s Islands and home to the capital city of Suva, as well as the majority of Fiji’s residents. Viti Levu’s interior is dominated by mountains, including Mt. Tomanivi, an extinct volcano. From exploring jungles to bustling cities, rafting in river rapids to wandering around exotic gardens, there’s lots to do here.
Explore Fiji, Tonga, Niue and the Cook Islands. Tour a vanilla plantation on Tonga, spot Fiji wood swallows and other birds on the Garden Island of Taveuni and do some snorkeling around Beveridge Reef which is a submerged atoll.
Raft the Upper Navua River
Explore the Upper Navua Gorge on an inflatable raft and admire the black volcanic walls, thrilling rapids, waterfalls and lush forests of Fiji.
Fiji Polynesian Passage
Live out a Robinson Crusoe fantasy by paddling the northern most Yasawa islands, west of the Fiji Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Spend a few nights mingling with the natives in a Fijian village and uninhabited island.
Kula WILD Adventure Park
Kula WILD Adventure Park is Fiji’s biggest Family Fun Park and an ecological preserve in Fiji. It is located on Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu, near Sigatoka. The Kula Wilde Adventure Park is the perfect place for a family day out and this wildlife sanctuary showcases some magnificent wildlife such as Fiji’s only native land mammal, the Fijian flying fox. Don’t miss the splash mountain jungle slide and an awesome zipline.
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FIJI TOP FESTIVALS
Fiji Fire Walking Festival
The Thimithi or fire walking ceremony is a Hindu festival originating in Tamil Nadu
Holi, the Hindu “Festival of Colors,” brings the Indo-Fijian community to life in February or March every year (it’s based on the Hindu calendar). An ancient Hindu festival, Holi heralds the arrival of spring after winter. It signifies the victory of good over evil and is celebrated as a day of spreading happiness and love.
Language: English, Fijian, and Hindi are the three official languages of Fiji. Although the official language of the country is Fijian, English is still a national language and is spoken in most places. Most indigenous Fijians, accounting for about 54% of the population, speak Fijian. About 37% of the population comprising of Fijians of Indian descent speak Hindi or Fiji Hindi.
Currency: Fijian dollar (FJD).
Visa: Travelers do not need a visa to travel to Fiji when staying for less than four months. However, tourists must provide proof of a return ticket from Fiji, as well as evidence of sufficient funds for their stay. Use these free online visa checker and calculator tools so you know if a visa for Fiji is required (which depends on the country you are from) and how long it will take to process your visa and the cost.
Electricity: The current in Fiji is 240 volts, AC 50Hz with three-pin power points which is the same as in Australia and New Zealand. Most hotels and resorts offer universal outlets for 240v or 110v appliances, or 110V adapters. Buy a Universal Travel Adapter so you don’t need to keep buying new adapters for each new country you visit.
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WHAT TO EAT IN FIJI
Kokoda: Fijian Kokoda is very similar to a ceviche and offers a new take on the raw fish salad. Just like the Central and South American dish Ceviche, Kokoda is raw fish that’s ‘cooked’ by marinating the fish in lemon and lime juice. The two dishes share a lot of similarities, but the islands of Fiji have a tropical ingredient advantage… coconuts!
Rourou: This authentic Fijian dish is made with taro leaves which are cooked or stewed in coconut milk. They are heated for at least 10 minutes to be sure they don’t itch the throat. The simple rourou is usually served either as a soup or as a side dish.
Palusami: Palusami is a traditional dish of some of the Pacific islands, especially Fiji and Samoa, made of taro leaves and coconut milk, like Rourou. Fijians stuff the leaves with a mixture of meat and coconut, the vegetarian version with corn and onions, and some Palusami also have seafood inside.
Coconut Bread: The coconut tree in Fiji is called the ‘tree of life’ and coconut is an essential ingredient in most Fijian dishes. Coconut bread has been an integral part of peoples diet in Fiji and you must try some.
Cassava Cake: This traditional cassava (tapioca) cake is semi-
WHERE TO STAY IN FIJI
Fiji is a generally affordable destination to visit. Finding excellent accommodation in Fiji is super easy because there’s so many options whatever your budget.
Hostels and dormitories make travel to Fiji affordable for backpackers and any travelers on a shoe-string budget. Whether you’re a backpacker, flash-packer or a luxury vacationer, Fiji will not disappoint you. A basic hotel room in Fiji can cost less than $100.
If you’re looking for accommodation that includes luxury amenities and comforts then there will be endless options to choose from in the popular tourist hotspots. Whatever month you choose to visit Fiji, it’s wise to book your accommodation in advance. Don’t wait until you arrive to see what’s available or you may be disappointed to find that all the best places to stay have been snapped up already. Fiji is a very popular all-year-round destination with backpackers, vacationers and business travelers alike.
Jetset Bunny recommends using Booking.com for the best accommodation deals in Fiji. However, if you are backpacking in Fiji or traveling on a tight budget then Hostel World is another great option. Staying in hostels makes travel in Fiji very affordable and is also a great way to meet new Fiji travel buddies where ever you go.
PLAN YOUR FIJI TRIP
BEST TIME TO VISIT FIJI
The best time to visit Fiji is from late October to early November. This is when the cost of getting and staying here has not yet reached its peak. During this period, the weather is dry, settled and warm and the beaches and resorts are far less crowded as school is still in. Accommodation is also cheaper during these months. Peak season is between July and September, if you can avoid going then, you’ll save a lot. June to October are the coldest and driest months in Fiji and cyclone season runs from November to April.
FIJI TRAVEL BUDGET
Fiji is generally an affordable destination for travelers on all budgets. The cost of your trip to Fiji really depends on the level of comfort you want. If you are backpacking and planning on staying in dormitories, hostels and eating fast food then budget between $50 to $80 per day. If you prefer to stay in 3-4 star hotel rooms and eat in mid-range restaurants you could spend anywhere between $80 to $150 per day. If you want to enjoy luxury 4-5 star accommodation and gourmet restaurants then budget at least $250 plus per day.
IS FIJI SAFE FOR FEMALE TRAVELERS?
Fiji is a very safe place for travelers and common sense is all you really need to ensure a safe and happy trip. That said, Fiji isn’t immune to crime and occasionally tourists are targeted. Outside of the resorts, it can be dangerous for tourists to walk alone at night, particularly in Nadi or Suva, and so always take a taxi. Based on my own travel experiences I wouldn’t leave home without travel insurance and I recommend checking out the travel insurance plan that World Nomads can offer you a few weeks before your trip to Fiji.
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FIJI PACKING TIPS
Packing for a trip to Fiji, like most other places in Oceania, is a breeze. You really don’t need as much travel gear as you may think for a trip to Fiji.
That said, the gear you do bring on your trip should be the very best option available for you and that doesn’t always mean the most expensive. Jetset Bunnies around the globe are always discovering the latest and the greatest in travel gear for women and this is where we share our awesome finds with you.
Packing for a trip to Fiji, like most places in Oceania is easy, just remember to pack lightweight and breathable clothing for dry season and warm, waterproof clothing for trips during the rainy season. Be prepared for the weather to get extremely hot during the summer so pack a high factor sunscreen and a sun hat.
Other essential items to pack for a trip to Fiji include, most importantly, a good quality travel backpack. Choose the brand carefully and make sure you find the right size backpack for your torso. Believe me, doing this will make all the difference and prevent major backache. Read our related blog post with advice on how to choose the best backpacks for women travelers. Smaller items to pack include a padlock, sleep sheet and a money belt to keep important documents close to you.
So if you’ve found your travel inspiration, figured out the practicalities and got the travel gear it’s time to stuff it all in a bag and go right? Well, no, hold your horses, you see there’s an art to packing which we have (almost) perfected. Hop to our Travel Packing Tips for all of the latest on this topic.