One of the world's more exotic destinations, Fiji is a tropical paradise in the South Pacific made up of 322 islands nearly two thousand miles (3,219km) east of Australia. Once feared as the haunt of cannibals and fierce warrior tribes, today Fiji is regarded as being inhabited by supremely friendly and welcoming people who are full of the joy of life and consider it rude to rush. It has been said that Fiji is where people wear flowers in their hair not to impress, but simply because they like to.
Flowers there are aplenty blooming on these scenic, lush islands where the sun shines every day and orchids hang over waterfalls that plunge into jungle pools behind palm-fringed beaches. Visitors here can swim with manta rays, snorkel over coral gardens, scuba dive on the famous Astrolabe Reef, or ride the amazing 20ft (6m) waves known as the 'Cloud Breakers' off Tavarua.
Suva is Fiji's capital, and more than half of the country's residents call it home. It is the most cosmopolitan city in Fiji, with a number of things to do and see, including the Fiji Museum, which has a large collection of historical and cultural artefacts as well as relics from the infamous HMS Bounty. The Suva Municipal Market is worth a visit on Saturdays as most of the city attends anyway, and you'll find a range of other shops, restaurants, parks and events. You can stroll down Victoria Parade for buzzing nightlife, or watch the changing of the guards at the Presidential Palace. Suva also makes a great starting point to explore the wild areas surrounding.
Nadi is one of the largest towns in Fiji, and while not as big or bustling as Suva, it has a number of attractions that make it worth a visit. The Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple is the largest Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere, and the Garden of the Sleeping Giant has impressive orchid collections. Nadi also has several pleasant beaches, including Wailoaloa and Newtown.
The Fiji archipelago is the hub of the South Pacific with more than 85 flights a week landing at Nadi airport on the main island of Viti Levu. From there it is easy to access the offshore island resorts or the other large islands of Vanua Levu or Taveuni. Viti Levu has several large towns and the bustling capital of Suva, which is a shopper's paradise and offers an upbeat nightlife.
The Fijian dollar (FJD) is the unit of currency, with 100 cents
to a dollar. Major credit cards are accepted at most hotels,
restaurants, shops, rental car agencies and travel agents. The best
currencies to carry are Australian, New Zealand or US dollars,
which can be exchanged at all banks. Most ATMs accept the full
range of international credit cards and travellers cheques and cash
can be exchanged in banks and currency exchange bureaux throughout
|FJD 1 =||US$ 0.55||Â£ 0.36||C$ 0.56||A$ 0.54||R 4.67||EUR 0.44||NZ$ 0.70|
Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.
No vaccination certificates are required for entry to Fiji, but a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers entering Fiji within 10 days of having stayed overnight or longer in infected areas. Although they are nor required, vaccinations for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and tetanus-diphtheria may be recommended by your doctor for travel to Fiji. Visitors to Fiji should practice strict food, water and personal hygiene precautions to prevent typhoid as well as other diarrhoeal illness. A typhoid vaccine is recommended for all travellers to Fiji, except short-term visitors who dine only at major restaurants and hotels, such as cruise passengers. Visitors should drink only bottled water; if you can't get bottled water then make sure it is boiled. The mosquito-borne disease, dengue fever, is a serious risk between November and April. Preventive measures include wearing long-sleeved clothes and using insect repellent at all times. The medical facilities in Fiji are adequate for uncomplicated treatment, but travel insurance with provision for medical evacuation to Australia or New Zealand is advised.
All foreign passengers to Fiji must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of their arrival in the country. A return or onward ticket to a country to which passengers have right of entry is required, as are sufficient funds to cover the period of stay in Fiji. Visitor permits are obtainable on arrival, and are valid for up to four months. Visitors can apply for two-month permit extensions (for an aggregate of six months). A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required, if arriving in Fiji within ten days of leaving or transiting through an infected area. NOTE: It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.
Note: Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travellers are advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy or consulate.
Fiji Visitors Bureau, Nadi: +679 330 2433 or www.bulafiji.com
Foreign Embassies in Fiji
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