This is a destination that lives up to all of the hype. White sandy beaches, sparkling aquamarine water, palm trees blowing in the warm breeze…this truly is paradise. Fiji is comprised of multiple islands, all offering something just a little bit different. Go surfing, go snorkeling, go diving, go paddle boarding, or go hiking…there are numerous ways to stay active. Or, lounge in a hammock suspended between two palm trees, sipping a tropical drink from a coconut, while watching the sunset. If you are a beach lover, put Fiji high on your list.
Things To Know
English is the official language.
240V 50Hz Adaptor Type I
Fijian dollar. $1 USD roughly equals 2 Fijian dollars
106 countries are visa exempt for a four month stay in Fiji, including the United States, Canada, the EU, Australia, and New Zealand, just to name a few.
You will hear this everywhere. “Bula!” is a general greeting and “Vinaka” means “please” or “thank you.”
Fiji is free of yellow fever and malaria. However, you can get dengue fever and other major tropical diseases. For more information about recommended vaccines, visit the CDC website.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Fiji is between late April and October, when the weather is cooler and dryer. July is the coolest month of the year with temperatures averaging 83° F. During the hot, rainy season between November and April, temperatures can reach the mid-90’s with late afternoon showers.
Viti Levu is the largest island of Fiji. It is home to Nadi International Airport, the arrival point into Fiji. The best of Fiji can be found on the smaller islands which require transport via ferry or airplane.
Surfing. Grab your surf board! The waves in Fiji are awesome. Surf the legendary waves at Cloudbreak, labeled as some of the most challenging in the world. Or, take a lesson, a great activity for families and newcomers to the sport.
Snorkeling. Fiji is known as the “Soft Coral Capital of the World” and makes the list as one of the best snorkeling spots in the world.
Mamanuca Islands. Located near the Viti Levu, the Mamanucas are one of the most popular destinations within Fiji. Filled with resorts and snorkeling and surfing sites, this island group is a convenient destination for families and for those with limited time.
Yasawa Islands. These remote islands are popular with backpackers and flashpackers. Activities here include snorkeling, swimming, and village visits.
Taveuni. This is the spot in Fiji for eco-tourism. Hike to the top of a volcano or go on a horse trek through the jungle.
Modriki Island. Also known as Monuriki Island, this was the filming site for the movie “Cast Away,” starring Tom Hanks. This island is gorgeous and makes an unforgettable day trip from the Mamanuca Islands.
Dive with Tiger Sharks. Off the coast of the island of Beqa is a Shark Marine Life Reserve, giving those daring enough the chance to swim with Tiger sharks.
Cloud 9. Want to visit a floating bar with barely another island in sight? If so, this is the place for you. Order drinks, dine on surprisingly good pizza, and jump from the top deck into the aquamarine water below.
Firewalking. On Beqa island, watch as members of the Sawau tribe walk over burning embers.