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Fiji Islands Information you need to know!
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Accommodation
We are able to offer a full range of properties for your holiday enjoyment. Accommodation in Fiji varies from basic backpacker right up to 5 star standard resorts. Please see our accommodation listings from the Menu at Left. Gradings are based upon an arbitrary system of reference and is subject to change without notice..
 
Climate
Fiji enjoys a Tropical climate, meaning it is a great escape from cold winters and very hot summers. Average maximum temperature in Summer is 31deg with an average minimum at night in winter of 18deg.  Average summer temperatures during days are 25-31deg, nights 23-26deg. Winter average temperatures during the days are 22-28deg and nights 18-23deg. Fiji has an average rainfall of 1800mm per annum, with the majority being over the summer months from January to March. For more information on Fiji's weather please use the "Time / Weather" link from the Menu at right.
 
Communications
Fiji has direct dial access to and from the rest of the world. Many Accommodation establishments have IDD available from your room. Some of the smaller properties and outlying properties don't have phones in the rooms, please check if this is important to you. 24hour Card phones are available. Facsimile and internet facilities are available throughout Fiji. GSM Mobile/Cellular phones are available on the Vodafone Fiji Network (opens website in new window) & Digicel Fiji Network (opens website in new window) networks, most operators have agreements to allow roaming on this network with your phone from home, please check with your mobile phone supplier to see if your network can roam in Fiji, also check coverage at your chosen area you will be staying in Fiji.
 
Customs & Quarantine
Imports of fruit, vegetables, flowers and seeds are prohibited. The duty-free allowance (as at date of publication) is 2 x 1.125 litres of alcohol and 250 cigarettes per adult, the duty free stores from your point of departure should be able to advise current limitations on duty free allowances at time of departure. For specific information check the Fiji customs website (opens website in new window) goto Employees & Travellers > Travellers > Arriving in Fiji
 
Departure Fees
All International departure fees are now incorporated into most packages and will normally be prepaid in your air ticket.
 
Dining
Fiji has a diverse range of restaurants and cafe's along with the facilities at many of the resorts. The full range of casual, buffet, a la carte and fine dining is catered for. Some of the optional tours offer meals as part of the tours for something different. If staying in self contained accommodation you have the opportunity of dining out or looking after yourself at home.
 
Dress
Casual clothing is suitable in Fiji, as it is a warm temperate climate, especially in the hotter humid summer months of November through to March, you will only need lightweight clothes, you may wish to pack a light jacket or jumper for the evenings during winter. When outside the resorts visiting towns and villages, you should where modest clothing (no brief clothing such as swimsuits etc) to avoid embarrassing the local Fijian people. You should pack a good pair of walking shoes, and a Torch as there are few street lights at night. A Hat and Sunscreen are essential as in Fiji's clean air the Sun is not filtered by pollution.
 
Electricity
Fiji's power is supplied by diesel generator and is 240V 50Hz the same as Australia and New Zealand with the same plug. Some properties have facilities for 110v shavers, please check if this is a requirement.
 
Flights
Regular Jet services operate from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Christchurch, Japan, USA and many other pacific islands. See "Flights - (Getting here)" from the Menu at right. Airfares are generally cheaper if included as part of a holiday package including accommodation. Meals are served on the flight appropriate to your scheduled departure and arrival times, either Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or a Snack. Some of the low cost airlines may require you to purchase drinks, snacks & drinks.
 
Getting Around
There are a number of tour operators in Fiji, transfers to your accommodation from the airport are normally part of your package. Taxis and Hire Cars (with driver) are available which can be used for short trips or hourly/daily hire and many organised tours are also available. Rental cars are readily available within Fiji and a current licence, valid for a motor car in your country of residence is all that is required for short term use, operators may require credit details to be provided when you collect your vehicle as security. Quite often you will find it is cheaper to arrange a taxi/hire car for half a day which includes a driver and petrol than it is to drive your own rental car. It is not recommended you drive rental cars at night, due to the standard of the roads.
 
G.S.T./VAT
a 12.5% VAT (a VAT or Value added tax is basically the same as GST-Goods & Services Tax) is applicable to the prices of goods and services in Fiji, most advertised prices include the VAT, a 5% Hotel tax is additionally applicable on cost in accommodation houses this will be included in packages and quotes by us, but you should check to make sure when being quoted elsewhere. When traveling from Australia or New Zealand, GST is not applicable in your home country as it is international travel.
 
Health
Fiji has quite good medical, hospital and pharmacy facilities in most populated areas. It is essential that you arrange travel insurance prior to departing on your holiday. Please ask your travel consultant about travel insurance.
 
Immigration
Holiday visitors traveling on an Australian or New Zealand Passport are granted an automatic 30 day visitors visa upon arrival. Persons traveling on other than these may require an entry visa. Please confirm with your consultant if this applies.
 
Language
English is the official language used in Fiji. However "Fijian" language is widely spoken by the Fijians and "Hindustani" language is spoken by the Indian-Fijians.
 
Liquor
Liquor is available from most accommodation properties, most clubs, and restaurants are licensed as well as a number of liquor outlets in towns. Kava, which is the local drink is available in many villages and places in Fiji. Alcohol is available from the duty free store at the international airports on departure from Fiji and is generally competitive with mainland duty free prices.
 
Location
Fiji is 3hrs-20mins north-east of Brisbane, 3hrs-45mins north-east of Sydney and 3hrs north of Auckland. Fiji consists of 333 islands with a total land area of 18,000 sq km, approximately one third of the islands are inhabited. The largest island, Viti Levu, is where Nadi (South/West coast) and Suva, the capital of Fiji (South/East coast) are located .
 
Money
Fiji uses Fijian Dollars (1 Fijian dollar = 100 Fijian cents) conversion ratio is approx (rates as at 12jun10) $FJD 1.00  =  $AUD 0.58 ,   $FJD 1.00  =  $NZD 0.72,  $FJD 1.00  =  $USD 0.50,  $FJD 1.00  =  Euro 0.41, Full branches of Westpac, ANZ, Colonial, National Bank of Fiji, Bank of Hawaii, Bank of Baroda and Habib banks are located in Fiji. Many of the branches have Automatic Teller Machine which will accept international credit cards. Visa & MasterCard and travelers cheques acceptance are available in most establishments. Amex, Diners & JCB international cards can be used at some establishments. Many stores will also accept foreign currency and foreign currency can be readily exchanged at banks throughout Fiji and most hotel receptions.
 
People
Fiji has a resident population of approx 880,000 with 51% being of Melanesian-Fijian descent, 46% being of Indian-Fijian descent, and the balance being made up mainly of Australian, New Zealand, and other Pacific Islands and Asia.
 
Radio & Television
Fiji has a number of broadcasts on both AM and FM, along with satellite relay broadcasts of overseas radio programs. Fiji has it's own station, Fiji 1, along with ABC Asia-Pacific and satellite broadcasts from overseas.
 
Shopping
A range of quality products from around the world are available in Fiji, Items which are good value include much of the locally manufactured clothing & Manchester, many of the souvenir type items also represent good value. Duty free items are available from duty free shops operating at the international airports at Nadi & Suva. Supermarkets are available in most main & regional towns. A good range of products, many sourced from Australia & New Zealand is available.   Most shops are open Monday to Saturday. Some also open Sunday and longer hours. For more information, please see the "Shopping in Fiji" link from the Menu at right.
 
Time Difference
Fiji has it's own time zone (FJT) it is 12:00 ahead of GMT, 2:00 ahead of Eastern Standard Time in Australia and the same as standard New Zealand time. There is no daylight saving in Fiji. so when daylight saving is in effect in NSW and Victoria then Fiji is 1:00 ahead of these states and when New Zealand is in Daylight saving Fiji is 1:00 behind New Zealand. To check the current time in Fiji please use the "Time / Weather" link from the Menu at right.
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