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Fiji Facts

Fiji is home to people who have been called the friendliest on earth. It is made up of over 300 islands scattered across 200,000 square miles of ocean and home to more than 700,000 residents and is a cosmopolitan cocktail of culture, race and religion. Bula!, a word you hear many times a day in Fiji, means "hello" and is always pronounced with a smile. Set in the tropical South Pacific, Fiji is surely the essence of a tropical island paradise. White sandy beaches, swaying coconut trees, pristine oceans and waterways and a range of things to do and see that will appeal to the most discerning traveler.

Revel in our 5-star resorts, stroll on our glimmering white beaches hand-in-hand at sunset, snorkel, dive, surf or kayak our pristine oceans, whitewater raft our clear and clean waterways, cruise the ocean around our mainland and outer islands, trek our rainforests, backpack the outer islands, visit our welcoming villages and experience sustainable living or immerse yourself in our unique culture and history.

And then there’s our most precious asset - smiling, generous, relaxed Fijians who greet you and everyone they meet with our famous and welcoming ‘Bula’.

FIJI FACTS

International Travel: Fiji Airways is Fiji’s international carrier that has direct flights from Auckland, Christchurch, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Narita (Japan). Fiji Airways is a full partner of the Qantas Frequent Flyer programme and has code-share arrangements. Other airlines that fly into Fiji are Qantas, Air New Zealand, Korean Air, V Australia and Pacific Blue.

Please visit their websites for special flight packages to Fiji: Nadi International Airport is the main international gateway and Nausori near Suva, is also used as an international airport in Fiji. There are several domestic airports throughout the country of Fiji.

Entry & Visa Requirements: Most visitors may obtain an entry visa on arrival for stays of up to 4 months. Please check the latest entry requirements with the appropriate authorities.

Medical & Health Requirements
Pacific Harbour has a private doctor in town and the closest hospital is in Navua, 12km east of Freedive Fiji headquarters. Hospitals are located throughout Fiji with a private hospital in Suva. Fiji is free from most tropical diseases, however vaccinations against Hepatitis, Tetanus and Typhoid are recommended. Remember that some medications can make you sun sensitive, so extra care must be taken to ensure that skin is protected from sun burn. Please check with your physician for the best precautions to be taken.

Currency: Local currency is the Fijian Dollar. Major international credit cards are accepted at most tourist facilities. Foreign exchange rates can be found at www.xe.com

Weather: The Fijian islands enjoy a year-round warm tropical climate .The Summer wet season is from December through to March with an average temperature of 30°C, while April to November is the drier cooler season with an average temperature of 26ºC. Water temperature averages 75 F year round. The sunshine in the tropics can be extremely deceptive. Even on overcast days you run the risk of being burned by the sun's ultra violet rays. We recommend using a good sunscreen and bringing plenty of it!

Banking: Trading banks are ANZ, Westpac, National Bank of Fiji and Bank of Hawaii. ATM services are throughout Fiji including ANZ and Colonial service in Pacific Harbour. Services may be limited on outer islands. Banking hours are 9.30am to 3.00pm Monday to Thursday and to 4pm on Fridays.

Language: There are three main languages in Fiji. English is the official language used for government, commerce and education. Fijian and Hindustani are widely spoken by the locals.

Religion: Fiji is a multi cultural country with around 50% of the population Fijian, 47% Indians and 3% other races. The primary religions are Methodist and Hinduism with Roman Catholic and Muslim minorities.

Electricity: 240 volts AC/50 cycles, Plug I (which is the same as Australia).

Telephone: Country code for Fiji is 679

Water: Tap water is safe to drink in hotel, resorts and main towns. Bottled water is sold everywhere. In the tropics it is important to drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids to avoid dehydration.

Tipping: Although tipping is not necessary in Fiji, special services can be rewarded with small amounts.
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