Fiji Tourist Information
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The following Fiji tourist information facts should help answer any questions you have:
Fiji is one of the cheapest destinations in the South Pacific. Tipping is not encouraged and contrary to local culture. Most credit cards and travellers cheques are readily accepted and there are ATM machines at Westpac and ANZ banks in all major towns. Currency is the Fiji dollar.
Money and Currency
Fiji's climate is hot and sunny all year round (day/night average temperature is Jan 24/30; July 20/27) with higher rainfall and more mosquitoes from Dec to April. The are several peaks in the tourist season, notably from July to September when the package holidays are popular with Australians and New Zealanders escaping their winter. However, hotel rates remain the same throughout the year. Internal flights to the outer islands are often more difficult to get during Christmas when locals return home for their holidays.
Most international flights to Fiji arrive at Nadi Airport on the west coast of Viti Levu.
Fiji is served by several international airlines, the major airlines being Air New Zealand and Air Pacific (code share with Qantas)
Some flights (mostly from neighbouring Pacific Islands and some Australian and New Zealand flights) arrive in Nausori Airport about 20 minutes drive to the north of the capital Suva - the choice usually for business visitors. It is possible to arrive by sea at one of four immigration ports - Suva, Lautoka, Levuka or Savusavu - either by private yacht or aboard large passenger cruises.
Flights to Fiji and Flight Times
Fiji is a collection of over 300 islands in the tropical south west pacific. The island group is mostly compact, with most islands visible from its neighbours, and getting from island to island is generally very easy.
Getting Around Fiji
Deciding which island to visit for your Fiji vacation, and how long to spend there can be hard.
Fiji Travel Guide
Travel Insurance is advisable for any visit to Fiji. Local private doctors are very good but hospitals are generally short staffed and under-funded and can handle basic emergencies only. Mercy flights to Australia or New Zealand are provided in extreme cases.
English is widely spoken although there are numerous Fijian dialects with the Indians speaking a localised form of Urdu.
Crime is unfortunately soaring with bank robberies, rape and even murders hitting the news on a weekly basis. Such is the problem that Tourist Police have been established to help protect the tourist industry.
Electricity is 240 volts.
Other Useful Facts
Festivals and Special Events
Travellers with Disabilities
Fiji has poor facilities for wheelchair access - the streets in towns are uneven with no ramps on the pavements for crossings and there are public buildings such as cinemas, libraries, and toilets have no provisions for wheelchairs. Public buses will also cause a problem for those unable to walk. There are several resorts that offer rooms designed for those with wheelchairs and easily accessible restaurants.
Media and Books
There are three local daily newspapers, two in English. Overseas newspapers are available from some shops, mostly from New Zealand and Australia but also English editions. There are a few free tourist publications and maps in distribution mostly selling tours, restaurants and attractions.
There are several travel guide books dedicated to Fiji. The best of these is undoubtedly the first edition of Rough Guide to Fiji. (2008) It is very informative with an in-depth travel guide for the independent traveller, good maps, sketches and b/w pictures. Fiji - Lonely Planet (2008) offers lots in the way of accommodation but is a rather bland and unimaginative account.
Other Recommended Websites:
South Pacific Resorts
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