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Fiji is a Melanesian country in the South Pacific Ocean. It lies about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand and consists of an archipelago that includes 332 islands, a handful of which make up most of the land area, and approximately 110 of which are inhabited.  


 

Getting there


 Plane

 

Most flights arrive at Nadi International Airport.

 

Flights arrive from Australia, NZ, US, Canada, Japan, South Korea.

 


 

Getting around


Take care if you are driving as the roads can be dark in areas, have potholes and there are lots of wild animals wandering onto the roads.

 

 Taxis


Make sure you use the official taxis with yellow license plates.

 


 

Safety/security


Personal property theft can be a problem. Keep your passport safe, there have been cases of stolen passports at the airport as well as out of people’s hotel rooms. If there is a safe in the room, make sure to use it.

 

If people on the street ask your name, don’t tell them. One trick that is used is they carve your name onto ceremonial sticks or masks then try and get you to buy them. They can be pushy and intimidating.

 

Fijian police and military have been given extensive powers since 2012 so don’t do anything that could see you on their wrong side.

 

Call 911 or 919 for emergencies.

 

For more tips on staying safe, visit our security section. 


 

Health


Mosquitoes in Fiji can carry Dengue Fever so use an insect repellent that includes DEET. Wear long and light coloured clothes if you can. Make sure the room you are staying in is mosquito proof. Symptoms include headache, fever, joint pains and rash so get yourself to a doctor if you suspect you may have it.

 

Be careful when entering the sea as there are very dangerous rip tides in certain areas. There are also sharks. Although nowhere near the volume of shark attacks in places such as the United States and Florida you should be aware that the risk is there. 

 

For travel tips on packing, camping, flying and much more, visit our travel tips section. 


Passports/ Visas

 

You’ll need an onward ticket and a valid passport for at least three months. You will be granted a free visa for four months on arrival.

Check www.fiji.gov.fj/publish/fiji_faqs.shtml for a full list.

 

A valid passport for at least 6 months beyond the date of arrival and a return ticket is required.

 

It can be very difficult to get a job in Fiji. Most jobs will be based in Suva, Nadi or one of the island resorts. Education and tourism would be the most common jobs. If you want to start a business you must have a Fijian partner.

 

Weather


The wet season in Fiji is from November to April (this is also cyclone season). Summer is December and January. Winter is July and August.

The best time to visit Fiji would be from May to October


Fiji was colonised by the British in 1874 and remained under British rule until 1970.

 

English is the official language.

 

The Fijians used to be cannibals.

 

Around 40% of the population are Indian descendants that were brought over by the British to work the sugarcane plantations.

 

There are 333 islands, 106 are inhabited.

 

Tom Hanks Castaway was filmed on Monuriki, a small island which is part of the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji.

 

Rugby is the most popular sport in Fiji. 

Population: 250000
Climate: Tropical
Currency: Fijian Dollar
Language: English,Fijian,Fiji Hindi
Religion: Christian,Hindu
Sport: Rugby,Soccer
Capital city: Suva
Drives on: Left
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