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What can I expect from Fiji?

Fiji’s cluster of ravishing islands, scattered across 12,90,000 sq. km. of ocean, is situated in the middle of South Pacific, with Australia to its west and New Zealand in its North.

It’s a tropical paradise, with exquisite beaches, lush rain-forest, dazzling white sand, coral reefs and time zone, ahead of the rest of the world. Along with the beauty of the place, you can enjoy various activities like, diving and snorkeling in its crystalline water, National Parks and an insight to the Eco-system prevalent here in the Rain-forest

Suva, capital of Fiji is located on the western side, is amongst the 300 islands that are inhabited and is amongst top international getaways.

You’ll be amazed to find both, Fiji’s climate and Fijian people warm and overwhelmingly friendly. The tropical climate is usually warm with little or no winter chills; temperature ranging from 19 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius, from May to November and 21 degrees Celsius to 33 degrees Celsius, from December to April.

Things to See and Do in Fiji

Fiji Museum, Suva, to become conversant with the country’s historical and cultural evolutions.
Colo-i -Suva Forest Park, to check-out the unique and exquisite species, present in the eco system.
Snorkel the Fijian Coral reefs and get a close look at the marine life in Crystalline waters of Oceania.
Tavuni Hill Fort, built in 18th Century, is a defensive site, showcasing an excellent fortification through its strategic location.
Cloudbreak, Mamanuca Islands, with some of the world’s most challenging waves, is a surfer’s delight.
Paddle the Upper Navua River in canoes, bamboo raft or in inflatable rafts, through the rugged canyons and magnificent Rainforest in the back drop.
Sawa-i-Lau caves, in Northern Yasawa Islands, a limestone cave, formed over thousands of years by the winds and waves.
Great Astrolabe Reef in Kadavu is 100 Km. long and fourth largest barrier reef in the World.
Levuku, Ovalau; a UNESCO Heritage site.

Typical Costs When Travelling

Accommodation – It provides a variety, when it comes to accommodation options, from luxurious resorts to standard and budget hotels and a few shared dorm, hostels; especially on the main islands, like Vanua, Leva and Viti Levu.

If you’re on a limited budget, you can get a bed in dorm starting at $23 in Viti Levu’s Coral Coast and $ 20 in Nadi per person & night.

If you want privacy and are a private person, with budget constraints, you can get a non-shared room for $60 to $80 per night (for two people) in Nadi. However, if you choose to stay in Vanua Levu, the same room will cost you around $40 to $50 per night with double occupancy.

If you’re willing to enjoy your Fijian experience luxuriously, living in fancy beach resorts with exotic view and exquisite facilities, starting budget would be, $185 per night and upwards there on, if you’re staying in Viti Levu and $140 on the Yasawa Islands.

Food – Eating economically in Fiji can be rare if you’re staying at Island resort with little options to eating outside the hotel, as there are not many or no local shops.

However, if you’re staying on Main Island and not on exotic Island resorts, you can manage your food expenses by choosing from various local shops and roadside stands, serving cheap and local delicacies of the place.

Many resorts have fabulous meal plans to choose from at comparatively convenient and reasonable deals as to a – la- cart. They even have alcohol and other beverages included in the meal plans, helping you cut down on alcohol, which acts as a budget inflator.

Your budgeted food spending would amount to something between stated below, as per your travelling budget options per person and day.

  • Budget options- $10 to $15
  • Moderate/ Economical options- $20 to $35
  • Luxurious options- $35 onwards

Transportation – Fiji’s local transport is very sturdy, helping tourists to get around the Island country, including bus, trains, flights and ferries (to travel from one island to another).

Taxis are cheap and convenient means of transport, whether, shared or private. There are numerous shared taxis available from Nadi to Suva, costing $8 and from Nadi Airport to city centre, around $4 to $5 per trip. However, private taxis from Suva to Sigatoa cost round about $ 40 per trip.

Domestic flights connect you to various parts of the country operating on continuous basis, with regular flight every 35 minutes, between Nadi and Suva, priced from $230 per person and trip.

Passenger ferry service operating between Nadi and Mamanuca group, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Some of the others places connected through ferry services include, Yasawa Group, Vanua Levu and Ovalau, on daily basis, at an approximate cost of $175 per person & trip.

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Suggested daily budget

  • Just for reference, when you’re in Fiji, you’ll require around $150 to $170 per person and day on a Backpacker’s Budget, requiring you to stay in shared rooms and hostel dorms, eating cheat at local shops and spending very little on beverages. You’ll need to travel using local and cheap means of transportation and visit places with zero or low entry fees.
  • If you’re on Moderate Budget, you can survive with $180 to $200 per person & day, with little luxury of staying in non-shared rooms, eating at decent outlets, but still travelling cheap.
  • If you’re a Luxury Seeker, aim for at least $370 and upwards, where you can enjoy staying in island resorts, eat at lavish restaurants and travel luxuriously.

Money Saving Tips

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Advance booking of Flight Tickets Book tickets in advance to save you from last minute price hikes. The sooner you book your flights, the more you benefit from it.
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Stay in Veti Levu You can save a lot of money staying on the Main Island and utilise the public transport here, travelling by bus and eat at local outlets it is comparatively cheaper than remote Islands.
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Yasawa, a place for backpackers If you’re on a backpacker’s budget, this place is perfect letting you island-hop, with budget accommodation facility.
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Use ‘Share Taxis’ and buses Shared transport will help you save, letting you split the cost on each trip.
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