Fiji, officially the Republic of Fiji, is an island country located in the Southwestern Pacific Ocean. Fiji is an archipelago of more than 300 islands, of which about 110 are permanently inhabited, and more than 500 islets. It is famous for its rugged landscapes, palm fringed beaches, and coral reefs with crystal clear lagoons. It is located about 2,000 km northeast of New Zealand.
The two main islands are Viti Levu, where sits the capital Suva, and Vanua Levu. They account together for nearly 90% of the Fijian population. 

Best Beaches In Fiji.

Where is Fiji located?

Viti Levu, the main island, is over 2600 km/1600 miles northeast of Brisbane (in the Australian East coast), 1800 km/1100 miles north of New Zeland and 20º south of the Equator.

Which country owns Fiji?

Fiji is independent from the British since 1970.

Mamanuca island, View from the sea of a group of hotel employees, waiting to welcome the arriving customers, behind them the hotel with dry thatched roofs with small sailing boats shaded by the white sand and dense vegetation in the background. Fiji.
Fiji Island.

What is the best time to visit Fiji?

Weather-wise, the best time to visit Fiji is during the dry and cooler season, May to October. Money-wise, better to avoid antipodean school holydays and the subsequent higher prices.

Is Fiji expensive?

Fiji is usually considered expensive. However, it is not out of reach for budget travelers (50 usd/day). You can find accommodation for around 20 usd per night in Viti Levu. Book early. Vuana Levu and the Yasawas are more expensive, about 50% more, and the offer scanter. Beyond them, budget accommodation seems non-existent, at least within our parameters.

Transport:

The islands have a good bus network, take advantage of it. A taxi ride within Suva costs around usd 5, negotiate the fare in advance for out of town rides.

For inter islands travel, 2 options: take a ferry, there are several companies and we found the easiest way to get a schedule is this web: rome2rio.com. Or take a domestic flight – inexpensive – the 2 carriers are northernair and fiji link

Activities (Viti Levu):

surf: You can surf directly from the coast, for example in Sigatoka or Natadola Beach (involves quite a bit of paddling). A day trip to Tavarua from Nadi costs around 70 usd.

hiking: Koroyanitu National Heritage Park, Northwest Viti Levu, awsome treks in the rainforest that can be challenging, like climbing up Castle Rock (4 hours one way) to a superb view of The Yasawas and Mamanucas islands. Or the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, North of Suva, with trails that lead to deliciously refreshing natural pools. The admission fee is usd 5 for each.

snorkeling: Natadola Bay, on the west coast, Rakiraki in the North, or Pacific Harbour due South.

What is the main language in Fiji?

Fiji has three official languages, English, Fijian and Fiji Hindi. English is used in government, business and the school system, being thus the primary language. 54% of the population speak Fijian wether as first or second language while an estimated 37%, descendants of the Indian work force brought by the British during colonial times, speak Fiji Hindi.

Castaway, View from the sea of a beachside restaurant on the island of Qalito, Fiji., Fiji.
Castaway, Qalito Island, Fiji.

Fiji currency

The currency in the Fiji is the Fijian Dollar (FJD). Since 2013 and the intrudction of the ‘Flora & Fauna’ series, the Queen of England doesn’t figure anymore in the Fijian notes. The FJD is pretty stable, exchanging at around 0.4 usd per unit.

Fiji 5 dollar front
Fiji 5 Dollar, Obverse
Fiji 5 Dollar Back
Fiji 5 Dollar, Reverse
Fiji 100 $ Overse
Fiji 100 Dollar, Overse
Fiji 100 $ reverse
Fiji 100 Dollar, Reverse

Are there a lot of sharks in Fiji? Are there sharks near Fiji?

Yes there are sharks in Fiji. Beqa Lagoon, off Dakuimbeqa island, south of Viti Levu, regularly appears in the diving magazines’s best shark diving lists as it’s common to watch tiger, bull and lemon sharks among others there. Fatal shark encounters in Fiji are statistically insignificant and should not be a concern to anybody.

Fiji, Island.

Can you dive with sharks in Fiji?

Yes, as a matter of fact Fiji is famous for its shark dives. Sharks can be seen in many locations in the Fiji, especially the omnipresent and timid reef sharks. Scalloped Hammerheads can be seen in the Somosomo Strait between Taveuni and Vanua Levu and Oceanic Hammerheads sharks in the Great Astrolabe Reef around Ono Island, South of Viti Levu, but a shark dive is not a fortuitus and magnificent oceanic encounter, it’s a date, with dinner and all, usually over a sandy bottom during which the guides feed the squales and monitor closely their behavior dynamics while the divers ponder nervously if they forgot to shut off the stove gas before leaving in the morning. There are two such dives, as far as we know, in Fiji:

Beqa Lagoon:

off Pacific Harbour in South Viti Levu. This world famous site, in a protected marine area, will have you meet the apex sea predators Bull, Tiger (maybe!), Nurse & Lemon sharks along with the much more timid Grey, White Tip, Black Ttip and Silver Tip. Average price: 90 usd/dive.

Kuata Island:

we cover it our post Yasawa Island, When is the best time to dive with Sharks in Yasawa?

Is Fiji a Hindu country?

In Fiji 65% of the population is Christian, 30% Hindu, 6% Muslim.

Is Fiji dangerous?

Fiji is a safe place to travel. If you are staying in the capital Suva, or in Nadi, skip the nightly walk back or from your hotel even in group, take a taxi as the locals do.

Fijian dancers leaping, dressed in their traditional straw skirts.
Traditional Fijian Dance.

What is Fiji Famous for?

Fiji is famous for the happiness of its people, its proud indigenous heritage and the stunning beauty of its more than 300 islands and atolls nested in the all year round warm waters of the South Pacific Ocean.
It is also known as the ‘Soft Coral Capital of the World’, a top holiday resort and scuba diving destination.

Melanesian boys, with dark skin and blond hair.
Melanesian Boys.

Is Fiji in Polynesia or Melanesia?

In Melanesia, to which belong as well the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the West New Guinea region of Indonesia and the french Collectivity of New Caledonia.

The term Melanesia – from the Greek melas ‘black’ and nesoi ‘islands’ – was coined by the French explorer Jules Dumont d’Urville in 1832. He is as well generally credited, incorrectly, with creating the terms Micronesia (micro = small) and Polynesia (poly = multiple), and his redesignation of the islands of the southern Pacific into the three regions has endured to this day, amid growing criticism and debate since the second half of the 20th Century.

Melanesian map
Melanesia Map.

What are the natives of Fiji called?

Fijians (Fijian: iTaukei) originally from Fiji, speak Fijian and share a common history and culture.

The iTaukei are the indigenous people of Fiji, making up 56% of the population. They pass down their history and traditional knowledge (artistic, medicinal, agricultural, culinary, etc…) orally. There are 300 dialects in the country.

Beautiful palm tree on the white sand in front of three floating bungalows on the turquoise blue of the waters of Fiji.
Fiji Paradise.

Is Fiji better than Hawaii?

If you’re a beach fanatic, then head to Fiji. Hawaii’s beaches are very nice but in Fiji they are stunning, and the more you wander off to the outer islands the more stunning they are. If you travel on a budget, Fiji is a bit lighter on your wallet too. Fiji is less developed than Hawaii so its indigenous culture is more apparent – and feels somehow more real – than in Hawaii. If you mainly seek sports and adventure, Hawaii has probably more to offer, for example more dramatic treks (max. elevation in Hawaii, 4.200m/13.800ft vs 1.300m/4.250ft in Fiji), and more surf breaks, with easier access. Scuba divers will prefer Fiji hands down even if the access to the best sites breaks the bank. Last, Fiji’s nightlife or shopping cannot rival those of Hawaii. Our verdict: Fiji wins by points, Bula!

How many days do you need in Fiji?

Between 10 day 2 weeks is enough for a good look at Fiji.

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