In the heart of the enchanting South Pacific, Fiji’s 333 sun-kissed islands of palm-fringed golden beaches, thunderous waterfalls and jungle-clad mountains beckon. Happiness lives here.
Nadi is the gateway to Fiji and is home to Fiji's main international airport for flights from North America. There are several domestic airports throughout the country. Travel between the two main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu is by air and sea. The major ports are Suva, Lautoka, Levuka, and Malau (off Vanua Levu).
Fiji Airways is the sole provider for connection between North America and Fiji. Daily non-stop flights on the new airbus A330 from Los Angeles to Nadi, Fiji, 3 flights out of Honolulu to Fiji (one direct, one via Apia, Samoa and another via Christmas Island) and seasonal flights from San Francisco.
Casual, informal dress with golf and t-shirts, shorts and slacks for men; lightweight summer dresses, skirts, slacks and blouses for women. Modest clothing is recommended for village visits.
Visitors can change travelers' checks and foreign currency at banks and larger hotels/resorts. Credit cards are widely accepted. Banking hours in Fiji are from 9:30am to 3:00pm Mondays to Thursdays and until 4pm on Fridays, and 9:30am to 12noon on Saturdays at selected areas. There is an Westpac currency exchange service at the arrivals concourse at Nadi Airport, which is open 24 hours. ATM machines are located around the country and larger resorts and hotels for convenience.
English is the official language with Fijian and Hindustani also spoken.
Fiji is free from malaria, yellow fever and major tropical diseases. Inoculations are only required if travelling from an infected area. There is an effective medical system in place with government and privately run hospitals, clinics, surgical centres, dental service and pharmacies.
Tipping is not expected or required in Fiji, basically because of its communal society. Because its citizens share almost everything, they consider tipping to be either unnecessary or shared as well. However, even though tipping is not expected or required, it is always greatly appreciated.
Fiji's local transport network is quite good and offers a number of options to tourists ranging from flights to taxis, buses and passenger ferries.
Visas are not required for USA and Canadian citizens.
Fiji welcomes visitors and to facilitate easy entry, everything has been done to make the process as pleasant as possible. A valid passport for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay and a ticket for return or onward travel to another country, which he/she is authorized to enter, is required.
Drier winter season: May - November: 22°-31°C or 66°-88°F (days are fine and warm). Wetter summer season: December - April: 19°-29°C or 72°-96°F (humidity is higher and nights and days are warmer).