Fiji

Fiji is a nation of 333 islands in the central South Pacific, blessed with blues skies, abundant sunshine, lush forested landscape, alabaster beaches and colourful coral reefs.

Fiji is a nation of 333 islands in the central South Pacific, blessed with blues skies, abundant sunshine, lush forested landscape, alabaster beaches and colourful coral reefs.

The group lies in the central Pacific; just 4hrs east of Australia and 3 hours north of New Zealand.

The largest of Fiji’s islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.  Most major urban centres are found on Viti Levu – including the international airport in Nadi and Suva, the capital city. About a third of Fiji’s 850,000 citizens live in and around Suva – the capital city.

Fiji is a melting pot of Pacific, Asian and European culture; a legacy of our British colonial past and central Pacific location.  This diversity is reflected in all aspects of Fijian life including our language, customs, religion, language, cuisine and architecture.  

When to go

March to October marks Fiji’s dry season while November through February sees the onset of warmer and wetter conditions.  Fiji’s ‘winter’ temperatures average 19°-31°C, while the ‘summer’ season sees temperatures soar to an average 22°-35°C.

If you’re visiting Fiji and want to discover Fiji’s lush marine life home to over 1,500 species of fish, then between July to December is ideal as visibility tends to peak during those months, when plankton and rainfall runoff are low.  Although, Bligh Water's excellent visibility is seldom reduced significantly even during wet season. 

Visa requirements

Singapore passport holders are granted visas upon arrival in Fiji which are valid for four months.  The visas can be extended up until six months provided that you also possess:

  • a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry into Fiji.
  • a return or outbound ticket
  • confirmation of accommodation for duration of your visit
  • copy of latest bank statement to ensure that you can support yourself during your holiday.
Money

The Fijian dollar is the basic unit of currency, available in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Coins are 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2. There is a 24 hour currency exchange service at the arrivals concourse at Nadi Airport. Normal banking hours are 9:30am to 4:00pm, Monday – Friday. ATMs are located around the country and at larger resorts and hotels.

Exchange Rates: US$1 = FJ$2.05

Transport

Fiji is home to 333 islands and resorts are scattered throughout the island group so knowing where you are going and how to get around is essential.

Viti Levu

Viti Levu is fairly easy to explore. Private transfers organized air or sea charter, or by an inbound operator or the resort is the quickest way to get from the airport to your hotel.  Private chartered transfer, airport taxis, public metered taxis, and public buses are also easily available to track anywhere on Viti Levu.

Drive times to popular tourism hubs from the airport (NAN) are:

  • Denarau Private Island (within Nadi):20-minutes
  • Natadola, Coral Coast and Pacific Harbour (South of Nadi): 1-2.5 hrs
  • The Sun Coast (North of Nadi): 45 minutes - 2 hrs
  • Suva (Fiji’s capital Cisty): 3.5 hours by Queens highway or a 30 minute domestic flight from Nadi.

Mamanucas & Yasawas

These islands are easily accessible from Denarau Private Island which is 20 minutes from NAN:

  1. Ferries – There are 3 scheduled departures to the Mamanuca Islands and one daily departure to the Yasawa Islands.
  2. Chartered Sea Transfers – Water Taxis are also available to service resort connections and day cruises. Day cruises to the islands are also available if you reside on the ‘mainland’, as well as small luxury options.
  3. Chartered Air Transfers –private air charter takes about 15-30 minutes and can depart from Denarau. You can also book through Island Hoppers, Pacific Island Air and Turtle Airways.

Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Ovalau

These islands host quaint airports that can be reached by Fiji’s domestic carriers that operate scheduled services such as Fiji Link and Northern Air. Charter services are also available.  Ensure to book early as there are limited seats available.

Visit fiji.travel for a more comprehensive list of transportation options.

Health and safety tips

Fiji is free from most diseases but we strongly encourage carrying insect repellent – especially during the warmer, wetter months makes for a bite-free holiday.

We encourage a ‘Look but Don’t Touch’ policy when snorkeling or diving our coral reefs for the safety of both you and the marine life. Spiny fish, crustaceans, jellyfish and some brightly coloured marine life can cause painful injuries if you get too close.

Like most destinations in the world, it is advisable to be cautious with your valuables and personal safety.  Query about price before undertaking any service – even those offered in friendship.  It is also good practice to ask your resort about trusted operators before undertaking any tour and be sure to give the resort a heads up before leaving for the tour.

You might find some over-enthusiastic shop assistants and handicraft sellers in touristy areas who are eager to make a sale and prices can be inflated. This is common at any other destination in the world and Fiji is not immune to it. 

Emergency details

Hospitals

Your resort will offer the best advice for hospitals, clinics or private doctors in their vicinity. Most major towns have their own hospitals.  The largest and best equipped of these are in Suva and Lautoka.

The emergency ambulance hotline is: 911.

Police

Police stations are located in the major towns and police posts in more remote areas.  The police hotline is: 917.

Basic geetings

Fijians are notoriously friendly and visitors are often welcomed with giant smiles and a heartfelt ‘Bula’ greeting wherever they go.  Unsurprisingly, Fijians consistently rank as some of the “Happiest People in the World” by the annual Gallup/Pew poll.  

As a former British colony, English is widely spoken in Fiji but other common languages include Fijian and Hindi.  Fijians will appreciate the effort to communicate in their language – so here’s a few phrases to get you speaking like a local.

English Fijian
Hello Bula   (Boo-la)
Goodbye Moce (Mor-theh)
Please Kerekere (Khe-rhe-khe-rhe)
Thank you Vinaka (Vee-nah-kah)
Where is ....? i vei….  (eee-vay)
See You Again Sota tale (sohtah tah-leh)
Wonderful Wananavu (wah-nah-nah-voo)

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Cruising Fiji

An island-hopping cruise is one of the best ways to explore the multi-faceted charms of the islands.  South Sea Cruises offers day and multi-day trips to the scenic Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands.  If you have time, Captain Cook Cruises conduct extended themed overnight cruises to the Mamanuca and Yasawa group of islands and remoter Vanua Levu and the Lau Group. 

Private charters are also available.

River Rafting with Rivers Fiji

This multi-award winning river rafting trip explores the Wainikoroiluva and the Upper Navua rivers just outside Pacific Harbour on Viti Levu. The kayak and raft adventures promise an abundance of whitewater thrills and waterfalls.  Rivers Fiji works with community and conservation groups to preserve the severe beauty of Viti-Levu’s wild interior. 

Diving Fiji

Fiji is home to one of the largest coral reefs in the world and is often dubbed the “Soft Coral Capital” of the world.  Our waters teem also with thousands of marine species, several hundred corals and sponges, schooling pelagics and migrating cetaceans.

Average water temperatures here can get as low as 24°C and reach 30°C.

There are two ways to dive Fiji – either resort based or on a live-a-board dive expedition boat like the Nai’a or The Fiji Siren.  Live-aboards allow enthusiatic divers to island hop and explore a different reef each day.

Shark Dives (Pacific Harbour and Yasawas) and seasonal Manta Swims (Yasawas) are not to be missed.

Sigatoka River Safari

This thrilling jetboat safari takes you upriver into the heart of Viti Levu.  The safari combines a scenery, adventure and cultural immersion in one package, visiting villages along the river for an authentic Fijian slice of life. The Off Road Cave Safari is also an extension to the River Safari where you will be taken on a journey of discovery that includes crossing the mighty Sigatoka River via a "push push punt” and then heading deep inland on board your guided off-road vehicle. The half day experience enables you to get a glimpse of Fiji as it was and now is.

Shop

Jacks of Fiji

A family run business, Jacks provides some of the best shopping for ethnic Fijian handicraft.  Outlets can be found in all the major towns, Port Denarau and in selected hotels.


Pure Fiji

This local skincare company is gaining international acclaim with its range of intensive hydrating body oils, creamy nut lotions and naturally scented handmade soaps to nourish, moisturise and beautify skin and hair.

Pure Fiji holds regular Saturday sales at their factory in Suva; a great place to pick up holiday gifts for friends and family.  The Pure Fiji Range can also be found at selected retail outlets.


Port Denarau Marina

This bustling shopping centre on Denarau Island is a hive of activity with its collection of small retail shops specializing in holiday essentials, nightly cultural entertainment and great restaurants with a multitude of dining options.

You can also book day cruises, tours, and excursions to the stunning Mamanuca and Yasawa islands at Port Denarau Marina. 


Pearls

Pearls like those cultivated by JHunter Pearls are highly prized for their rare multi-hued lustre.  These can be purchased from major local retail outlets like Prouds, a selection of resort shops or custom-made pieces or at the JHunter hatchery in Savusavu. 


Food Markets

The best place to pick up fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood at shockingly low prices.  Fridays and Saturdays are the busiest with farmers travelling from further away to sell their ware. The largest markets are located in Suva and Lautoka.

Most shops are closed on Sundays in observance of the Christian Sabbath.



Dine

Outside the major urban centres, dining is mostly resort-based with great dining options and themed cuisine nights to keep palates piqued.  It may be the only option in some remote areas.  Five-star dining is confined to luxury resorts.

Fiji’s urban eateries range from quaint coffee shops, local hangouts and familiar fast food franchises to restaurants that serve up a variety of tasty international cuisine (Indian, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese dishes).  Some popular urban restaurants are listed below    

Suva

Daikoku

Maya Dhaba

Saffron

China Club


Pacific Harbour

Baka Blues

The Pearl Resort Restaurants

Uprising Beach Resort 


Coral Coast

Eco-café

Wicked Walu

Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa Restaurants 


Nadi

Taste Fiji

Tu’s Place

Bulaccino

Zest Café

Daikoku

Ocean Seafood Restaurant




Stay

Nadi & Denarau

This bustling multi-cultural town is the main hub for international travellers because of the international airport.  Main Street centre of action with great souvenir options.

Denarau Island, a 20min drive from the international airport, is one of Fiji’s most exclusive resort enclaves boasting eight large resorts, an 18-hole championship course and a busting marina and shopping centre.

You’ll find an excellent range of accommodation, with the resorts offering designer suites, stunning swimming pools and a wide range of restaurants


Coral Coast

The Coral Coast is an 80km (50 mile) stretch of beaches and bays along the Ocean Road between Nadi and Suva.

As a well-established tourist destination, the Coast offers both the full resort experience and a chance to visit the real Fiji in the many villages along the way. Golf, beach life and diving are there for the taking, but for travellers who seek a more authentic experience, many villages operate home stays. From a fisherman selling his day’s catch on the roadside, to bargaining with a local at the Sigatoka Market, true island life is here.


Pacific Harbour &Suva

Less than an hour’s drive from Suva is Fiji’s adventure capital, the Pacific Harbour.

The area offers a wide variety of activities to get your heart racing, from surfing and shark feeding to four-wheel-drive tours and white water rafting. For a more laid-back experience try a round of golf on the championship course, or enjoy a spot of fishing. There’s a good range of accommodation types, from budget offerings to some of Fiji’s finest hotels.

Suva – Fiji’s capital city - has everything you’d expect – from trendy shopping malls and farmers markets, restaurants, entertainment, and a huge range of cultural activities. With its collection of modern high-rises and colonial architecture, Suva is also offers parks, gardens, museums, outdoor activities and a vibrant nightlife.


Mamanucas and Yasawas

The Mamanuca Islands to the west of Viti Levu, beckons with a stunning array of activities for all types of travelers.

These offer parasailing, windsurfing, dolphin-watching, famous dives such as the Big W and Gotham City, some of the best surf breaks in the world, and just about any other activity you can do on or under water.

The rugged Yasawa Island Group make up Fiji’s western border.  The group’s statuesque islands are mostly high, grass-covered islands, with brilliant porcelain beaches and water painted in a palette of blues.

You won’t find any shops or banks here, but with so much natural beauty you’ll enjoy the break from civilisation. With gorgeous beaches, abundant sunshine and a range of resorts, this is the place to come for an affordable retreat in paradise.


Vanua Levu and Taveuni

Vanua Levu – Fiji’s second largest island –is relatively underdeveloped in comparison to Viti Levu.

Picturesque Savusavu was once a bustling copra and sandalwood trading post but is the now the island’s tourism centre.  The town has a deep water port for visiting cruise ships and inter-island ferries and a small airstrip outside town for light aircraft. Marinas located along the town’s waterfront offer a berth from which the yachts can repair, refuel, and restock their food and water supplies.  The Copra Shed Marina houses some of the town’s better restaurants as well as an art gallery.  The town is also famous for geothermal hot springs.

Taveuni’s nature reserves harbor an abundance of native plants and wildlife.  Also known for dive sites such as Eel Reef and the Great White Wall, an amazing drop-off covered in white soft coral, a Marine Park was established at Waitabu in 1990 which teems with fish and coral. Hikers and nature fans are equally well served with the Bouma National Heritage Park offering hiking trails and world-class birdwatching, with Kula Lorikeets, Silktails and Orange Doves and 100 other species of bird calling Taveuni home.  It’s also possible to straddle both yesterday and today along the 180th Meridian Line which passes through Taveuni.



Fiji Surf Pro

The World Surfing League annual Dream Tour pits surfing’s elite in competition on some of the world’s most remote and exotic waves.  The ‘Fiji Pro’ leg surfs two world-class lefthanders – ‘Cloudbreak’ and ‘Restaurants’ - in the Mamanuca Group. 


Fiji International

The Fiji International is the newest tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia and

OneAsia Tours.  The event is held annually at the picturesque Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course – less than an hour’s drive from the International Airport in Nadi on Viti Levu.  This par-72 course combines four Par 3 holes, ten Par 4 holes and four Par 5 holes across an undulating landscape with sweeping views of the offshore coral reef.