Facts About Fiji
Helpful facts about Fiji to make your Fiji holiday even more enjoyable.
There are three official languages in Fiji, they are Fijian, English and Hindustani. There are two main dialects, Eastern and Western, and many sub dialects. Fijian is actually the Bau dialect which originates from the island of Bau in Fiji’s east. The Bauan were politically very strong at the time of colonisation hence their dialect was adapted as the official Fijian language. Most people in Fiji speak several languages and most speak English.
There is very little change in the temperature in Fiji throughout the year, 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 to as low as 18 to 20°C with daily highs around 30°C to 32°C.
There are two distinct seasons in Fiji. The wet season, from November until April, and the dry season from May until October. There are also two 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 and 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, even as long as four months. During this time the western regions, location of Mantaray Island Resort, may receive little if any rain.
Handy things to know Travelling to Fiji
Power supply in Fiji
Fiji operates on 220-240 V and uses a three pin plug the same as in Australia and New Zealand.
International Dialling Code
No special vaccines are required for Fiji however many travel vaccination companies recommend vaccinations for Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Tetanus.
Fiji produces some of the finest water in the world. In fact Fiji water is one the world’s leading producers of bottled water secondly 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.
There is no malaria in Fiji.
Small cuts and scrapes can easily become infected, particularly if the cut has be caused by making contact with coral. It’s always a good idea to carry an antiseptic cream, ensure wounds are properly cleaned and treated as soon as possible.
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 condition that they 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.
What countries are 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
Please check information regarding visas with your local consulate or visit: www.Fiji.gov.fj