Fiji Travel Tips
It’s cold, it’s rainy, and you’re counting down the days until you embark on that amazing Fiji holiday you have planned. What with the friendly locals, sun, surf, idyllic location and wonderful hospitality, it’s pretty hard not to have a great time in Fiji. Like any holiday destination, however, there are certain things you should keep in mind in order to make it as enjoyable as possible and avoid any potential problems. If you’re heading to Fiji in the near future, here is a list of travel tips to help you out. Enjoy!
The best time to visit Fiji is between May and November, to avoid the tropical rains that can happen during the ‘summer’ between December and April. Humidity is lower during the winter months, and with the temperature sitting between 26-31 degrees Celsius all year round, there’s no need to worry about getting too chilly! Do bring a waterproof rain coat however—wet clothes are no fun, whatever the temperature!
It’s preferable to see a doctor about 4-6 weeks before you leave for your trip to Fiji, to ensure you’re up to date on all the relevant vaccinations. Even though Yellow Fever is not something that is a risk in Fiji, Fijian immigration do require that if you have traveled through a country that is a high risk for Yellow Fever, you travel with proof of vaccination. Being a tropical island, bugs (especially mosquitoes) can be a real annoyance, so make sure you carry adequate insect repellent for those long days by the beach or dinners and cocktails outdoors!
Kava is a root that Fijians brew into a drink. It is a tradition that has been part of the island culture for centuries, but some visitors find it a bit overwhelming when they try it or are worried about the affect it is going to have on them. If you are travelling to a Fijian village, it is good practice to buy and bring some Kava. Buy about half a kilo, and present it to the chief as a sign that you respect the village. The kava ceremony is something special to witness, and if you want to take part, know that they can go well into the next day, so pace yourself! Kava is a narcotic that produces a mild sedative effect, but doesn’t interfere with mental clarity. You shouldn’t drive when affected by kava, but it is very mellow and unless it is taken in large quantities, you should be fine if you want to partake.
Because many of Fiji’s smaller rural villages operate on a tribal system, respect to the chief when you enter one of these villages is essential. The Fijians are happy, friendly and welcoming people, but they are also a people of tradition. Acknowledging the authority of the chief by not wearing hats in his presence and treating the village with respect are part of this tradition.
Whether you’re off on a Fiji cruise or are simply looking to lie on a beach for a week, these tips will help you have an even more amazing time. Enjoy!