Currency: FJD – Fijian dollar. The approximate rate is 1.9-1.8 FJD = 1USD, but recently there has been a trend towards an increase in the Fijian dollar.
Credit cards of major international payment systems are accepted in all major resorts, shops, restaurants.
Time: GMT +12 h. From November to January, time moves by 1 hour, so the difference with Moscow increases by another + 1 hour.
Official language: English, but locals speak Fijian and Hindi among themselves.
Population: As of January 1, 2016, 895 thousand people live in Fiji, approximately 50% on the main island. Nationalities 60% Fijian, 30% Indian, 10% Chinese and European
Clothing: Loose resort wear and natural materials. In cities, it is advisable to avoid mini.
Sulu, a colorful wraparound fabric also known as pareo, is the perfect substitute for a skirt and is easy to find here. When visiting the village, you must wear a modest long dress or tie a sula over shorts. The sun is very intense in Fiji, so you should not forget about a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Tipping: Resorts are asked not to tip at island resorts, but to leave the total amount in a ‘Christmas celebration’ box. Tips are welcome for private transfer drivers, guides. Usually the driver is $10-20, the guide is $20-50
Internet and cellular communication: on the main island it catches perfectly, the Internet is included in 5 * star resorts, 4 * is included in some, but usually for an extra charge. fee. There is Internet on the islands, but not always and not everywhere it catches well. The same goes for cellular communications.
Souvenirs: buy cannibal paraphernalia, Pure Fiji cosmetics.
Religion: Fiji is a multiethnic country, but most of the population is Christian, there are also Muslims, Sikhs, Catholics, Buddhists and Hindus.
Driving: left-hand traffic. Tourists with a valid international driving license are allowed to drive cars.
Electricity: Fiji 240V electrical power (same as UK, Australia, New Zealand). The sockets here have three holes, the two upper flat ones are located at an angle to each other, the lower flat one is located perpendicular to the floor. Adapters are required for equipment brought with you. Adapters are sold in all major supermarkets and hardware stores in Fiji.
Requirements for entering the country
You must have a passport with an expiration date of at least 6 months at the time of departure from Fiji, as well as a return ticket to your country of residence.
Yellow fever and cholera vaccinations are only required if you are coming from an infected area declared by the World Health Organization. Fiji is free from malaria and other major tropical diseases that are common in most other tropical countries.
Climate: Tropical south ocean climate. Wet summers with tropical rains and warm dry winters.
Summer from December to March average temperature 30 C. Winter from April to November. The average temperature is 26.2 Co.
Words in Fijian that would be good to know:
- Bula (Bula) – Hello, bless you,
- Kerekere (Kerekere) – please (before asking for something)
- Vinaka (Vinaka) – thank you
- Bure (bure) – house / villa
- Yadra (Yandra) – good morning
- Moce (Mose) – goodbye, good night
- Lo (yo) – yes
- Sega (senga) – no
What you need to know before coming to Fiji:
Fiji laws require that every traveler declares that he/she is in possession of all biosecurity risk items, including food, plants, plant products, animal products, leather, timber. All of the above may contain harmful microorganisms, insect larvae and bacteria alien to the local flora and fauna, which can damage, alter and destroy the unique environment and nature of the Fiji Islands.
Upon arrival in Fiji, passengers receive a “FIJI PASSENGER ARRIVAL CARD” This is a legal document and the person completing it is legally liable under the laws of Fiji. It is very important that guests of Fiji understand, correctly and truthfully fill out this card. If anything is found in the baggage that is not specified in the declaration, but is subject to declaration, then penalties will be applied (fine from 400FJD to 20,000FJD and / or imprisonment up to 6 months).
The following are subject to declaration:food, plants, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, fresh or dried flowers, leaves, mushrooms, grass, bamboo, cane, all types of wood, as well as handmade wood products and other wood products (including souvenir products). All equipment that is used with animals, fish, including picnic and hiking equipment (including awnings, tents, bicycles, previously used sports shoes), golf equipment, animals, cold-blooded reptiles, fish (live, frozen, dry ), poultry, animal products, including meat, dairy products, leather and leather products, feathers and bones, eggs, shells and bee products, including honey, stones and minerals, soil samples, tools applicable to work in agriculture, all types of biological samples, including vaccines, silkworm samples, blood,
Everything that passengers of international flights forgot to indicate in the declaration, from prohibited goods, or subject to mandatory declaration, must be thrown into special bins.
Coral Coast, Viti Levu
Coral Cost is located below the city of Nandi, and stretches from the coast of Natadola beach (just above Sigatoka) to Pacific Harbor – here the beach and swimming area is fenced off from the open ocean by a wall of coral reefs, which makes the ocean safe. Sand from yellow to light beige. Separately, I would like to pay attention to Natadola beach – this is one of the best beaches in the world, white sand and clear blue water.