While only about a four-hour flight from the east coast of Australia, this destination can feel like a completely different world – so you may need some Fiji travel tips to help you feel prepared.
The locals aren't as time-sensitive as people back home, so be prepared to go with the flow. Fijian people are also known for their warmth and generosity. If you’re courteous and friendly, they’ll most likely be more than happy to help you with any queries and assist with directions. If you find yourself visiting a native village, always make sure you’re dressed modestly and remove your shoes when entering a home.
As an Australian citizen, you’re exempt from needing a visa to enter Fiji as a visitor. However, you’ll need a valid passport, proof that you can afford to look after yourself during your holiday, and evidence of your plans to leave again (e.g. a return airfare).
The Fijian dollar is the primary unit of currency used across the archipelago. There’s no limit to the amount of Fijian cash you can bring with you on your travels. Just ensure that the amount you have when you are leaving does not exceed the amount you brought in. Australian dollars can be exchanged for Fijian dollars at most hotels, while major bank and credit cards are widely accepted. For more on currency, visit the currency page.
Fijian cuisine is abundant with seafood, fresh fruit, and root vegetables. If you have any special dietary requirements, it’s always best to let a waiter or member of staff know. If you’re not dining in a restaurant setting, then it’s advisable to carefully check your meals and ingredients before eating.
In Fiji, tripping isn’t customary. If you do feel a need or desire to tip, then do so at your own discretion. Workers here may either be delighted or embarrassed by the gesture. Fiji is a communal society, which means any tips received in restaurants and hotels will most likely go towards a staff fund to be shared equally.
The electrical plugs and voltage in Fiji are identical to those we use in Australia. So generally you will have no need to purchase an adapter for your travels. This means charging your phone, laptop, camera, and other gadgets won’t be a problem.
Almost everyone in Fiji speaks English and this is the official language. Native Fijian is also widely spoken – it’s a good idea to brush up on key terms, as many are integrated into the everyday vernacular. Hindi Fijian is also spoken across the territory but to a lesser extent. Hopefully you’ll enjoy Fiji so much that you won't want to say Moce Ni sa moce (goodbye)!
Nadi International Airport (NAN) is the primary airport servicing Fiji. Located on the western coast of the main island, Viti Levu, the airport is also an important hub for the greater South Pacific area. Fiji is very protective of its beautiful borders. Any items deemed to be a threat to the health of the islands’ precious ecosystems will be checked and quarantined.