Facts About Fiji
Helpful facts and answers to common questions about Fiji to make your Fiji holiday even more enjoyable.
Where is Fiji located?
Fiji is located in the South Pacific Ocean, around 2000km north-east of the North Island of New Zealand and around 3200km from Sydney, Australia. It is an archipelago made up of more than 330 islands.
Getting to Fiji
Flights from Auckland to Fiji take around 3 hours and flights from Sydney to Fiji take around 4 hours non-stop.
The capital of Fiji is Suva, but most guests to Mantaray Island fly directly to Nadi on the west coast of the main island of Viti Levu.
What is the weather in Fiji like?
There is very little change in the average temperature in Fiji throughout the year, with summer and winter temperatures varying by only between 2°C and 4°C. The coolest months are July and August and the warmest months are January and February. Night time temperatures can drop down to 18°C to 20°C with daily highs around 30°C to 32°C.
There are two distinct seasons in Fiji – the wet season between November and April, and the dry season between May and October. There are also two distinct rainfall regions in Fiji – the dry zone and the wet zone. The dry zone in Fiji’s west, where Mantaray Island resort is located, receives less than 1700 mm of rain. In the wet zone in Fiji’s east, rainfall can vary from 3000mm around the coast up to 6000mm in the mountainous areas.
Much of Fiji’s rain comes in the form of brief heavy localised showers. It does not rain all day every day during the wet season as many people mistakenly believe! Fiji is also exposed to long spells of very dry weather of up to four months. During this time the western regions, such as the Yasawa Islands archipelago where Mantaray Island Resort is located, may receive little if any rain.
When is the best time to visit Fiji?
Anytime! Fiji has warm air and water temperatures year-round. Peak season coincides with school holidays in New Zealand and Australia, with visitor numbers highest in June and July, when Fiji is the perfect escape from the Southern Hemisphere winter.
Which languages are spoken in Fiji?
There are three official languages in Fiji – Fijian, English and Hindustani. There are two main dialects – Eastern and Western – and many sub-dialects. Fijian is actually the Bau dialect which originated on the island of Bau in Fiji’s east. The Bauan were politically very strong at the time of colonisation explaining why their dialect was adapted as the official Fijian language. Most people in Fiji speak several languages, including English.
What should I pack for my Fiji Holiday?
The following is a list of some things you may find useful to pack for your holiday in Fiji:
- A camera with underwater housing or Go Pro
- Snorkelling gear (if you prefer to use your own)
- A rash shirt for some extra reef-friendly sun protection
- An aftersun product
- Insect repellent
- Two sets of bathers (you’ll probably be wearing them a lot!)
- A hat
- A set of long-sleeved lightweight clothing in case you want some extra insect or sun protection
- A light-weight rain jacket
- Clothing that covers the shoulders and knees – for ladies, if you plan on visiting a village (a sarong and t.shirt work well)
- Hiking shoes, if you plan on doing some exploring on land
- Reef shoes
- A sufficient supply of your usual medications along with photocopies of your scripts
- A small First Aid kit containing antiseptic or antibiotic cream, anti-itch cream, pain medication, Savlon liquid or similar for cleaning cuts, and waterproof plasters.
- Your chargers, and any power converters needed (USA and Canada in particular)
- Copies of your travel documents and confirmations
- A book or Kindle
- If you plan a village visit, you many also decide to bring some small donations for the local school. Educational supplies such as flashcards, Atlases or books about your country, blow-up globes or other supplies are always greatly appreciated.
What else is there to do in Fiji?
While Mantaray Island provides the perfect place to stay in Fiji, if you do decide you’d like to see some more there are many options which will complement your stay with us perfectly. High-speed ferry, helicopter or seaplane transfers offer an incredibly scenic way to arrive at the resort and explore other islands in the Yasawa and Mamanuca groups.
And if you decide to spend a portion of your holiday on the main island, Viti Levu, you may choose to relax in the resort atmosphere of Denerau Island (the perfect jumping off point for your Mantaray Island holiday!), explore the temples, markets and gardens in Nadi or take a drive along the Coral Coast.
Fiji offers something for everyone, including snorkelling and diving, hiking, cultural experiences, relaxation, and of course, incredible animal encounters with the manta rays here at the resort.
Do I need any vaccinations when visiting Fiji?
No special vaccines are required for Fiji, however many travel doctors recommend vaccinations for Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Tetanus. Your travel doctor will also be able to advise you on any extra inclusions for your First Aid kit.
Is there Malaria in Fiji?
No, there is not. However, tropical areas can at times experience other mosquito-borne illnesses so it is advised that visitors use insect repellent and take precautions to avoid being bitten.
Is the water in Fiji safe to drink?
Fiji produces some of the finest water in the world. In fact, Fiji water is one the world’s leading producers of bottled water, second only to Evian. It is safe to drink water in most resorts and main towns however boiling is recommended in rural areas. Many small islands rely on bore water which is not suitable for drinking. Bottled water is inexpensive and widely available.
Small cuts and scrapes can easily become infected, particularly if the cut has been caused by making contact with coral. It’s always a good idea to carry an antiseptic cream and ensure wounds are properly cleaned and treated as soon as possible.
Will I need a visa to visit Fiji?
Holders of passports from visa-exempt countries are granted Visitors visas valid for 4 months on arrival. Extensions can be made up to 6 months on the condition that applicants hold a valid passport (valid for 3 months beyond the intended period of stay in Fiji), outward ticket and sufficient funds to facilitate duration of stay.
Which countries are currently exempt from acquiring visas for entry into Fiji?
Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Estonia, Germany, Micronesia, Finland, France, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pacific Islands, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, South Korea, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay, Venezuela, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Source Fiji.gov.fj
It is advisable to check for up-to-date information regarding visas with your local consulate, or visit: www.Fiji.gov.fj
Which currency is used in Fiji?
The currency of Fiji is the Fijian Dollar. It is usually recommended that travellers carry a combination of cash and debit/credit cards when travelling overseas.
Power supply in Fiji
Fiji operates on 220-240 V and uses a three pin plug the same as in Australia and New Zealand.
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