1. Before going to Fiji, read this travel Asia blog advice and decide on what you would prefer – dry heat or warm humidity? The rainy, humid season in Fiji lasts from November through to April.
Prices during this season are lower, but you might face cyclones and some heavy rain as well. On the positive side, the temperatures are lower, which is better for those who don’t like the heat.
2. Pack light; Fijians are very open and tolerant, and light, summer clothes (T-shirts, shorts, etc.) are perfectly suitable. Nevertheless, remember, that you need to cover your shoulders and legs when visiting a village or entering a church. In both cases, remember to remove your hat.
3. Pack a lot of sunscreen lotion, sunglasses and beach shoes to protect your feet.
4. You will hear the words “bula” (welcome), “vinaka” (thank you!), and “moce” (goodbye) a lot, so it is a good idea to try to remember these words from this travel Asia blog post before you leave for Fiji.
5. If you want to see the real Fiji, do not settle for just the main Viti Levu Island. Visit smaller islands as well.
6. If you stay on an island that is further away, do not plan a return to the main island on the same day as your international departure flight. The weather might provide you with some surprises; your seaplane flight might be delayed or canceled.
7. The notion of time is very flexible in Fiji, so take it easy – you are on vacation! You will often hear, “Relax, it is Fiji time!”
8. It is essential to negotiate the price with taxi drivers before taking a taxi, as they often do not use meters. Nevertheless, they speak English, so you can at least bargain!
9. You will be taken to numerous shell markets in small villages. Prices will be higher than in city shops, but remember that you will be supporting local families by buying from them.
My main tip – you need to be careful not to purchase certain types of shells (most hotels will have information on this), as you might have problems leaving Fiji with them.
10. Village and school visits are usually part of sightseeing programs. When visiting Fijian schools, you will be asked for a donation for the children’s education.
11. Tips in Fiji are not expected, but appreciated.
12. It is advisable to savor local food, which is always tasty – Fiji is rich in fresh, local seafood, smoothies, and the fresh fruit juices are delicious. Try local ceviche in coconut milk!
13. You will be asked to drink a lot of kava – a local drink that is extremely important to locals, and which has quite a unique taste. You can always request a “low tide” – to be on the safe side.
14. Try to visit the Garden of the Sleeping Giant near Nadi.
15. You do not need any specific vaccinations to visit Fiji.
16. Alcohol is quite expensive in the resorts, so it might be a good idea to bring some from home or buy at a duty-free shop. Be sure to check the quantity you are allowed to bring into Fiji. To my knowledge, it is about 2.2 liters per person, but you need to double-check.
17. I exchanged cash in China before leaving for Fiji, and I used my Visa card in hotels. I had some Fiji dollars at the end of my trip, which I exchanged at Nadi airport.
18. On Sundays, everyone is in church. So if you want to have a look at this part of Fijian life, you can join them there. The locals dress up for church and go for long services. Singing in the church is heartfelt.
19. Rugby is also a religion. Fijians are very proud of their achievements in rugby, and everyone watches their team play international games. Shops even close. Women, men and children often gather in one place. If there is a victory, they celebrate proudly.
20. Fijians give you a clear sign if they are married or free. A flower is tucked behind the right ear if they are married and behind the left ear if they are unattached.
I hope that the advice you found on my travel Asia blog post will help you better prepare for you trip to Fiji !