Fiji Islands: where they are, when to go and what to see

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Joel Fulleda
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Located in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, Fiji is 333 tropical islands. Known for luxurious private islands, exclusive all-inclusive resorts, beaches, Fiji is widely appreciated for its unique culture and hospitality as well.
Le white beaches of these islands and the crystal clear and uncontaminated sea they are the ideal setting for a truly relaxing holiday, but they also offer various possibilities for entertainment to the more adventurous travelers.

Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where is Fiji located?
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. Which island to choose?
  5. How much does a Fiji vacation cost?
  6. What to do and what to see
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: about 920.000
  • Capital: Suva
  • Languages: English, Fijian
  • Local currency: Fijian dollar (1 euro = 2,41 FJD)
  • Time and time zone: UTC / GMT +13 hours compared to Italy
  • Weather: tropical, average temperatures of 24-25 °, with a hot, humid and rainy season from December to April, and a cool season from June to October.
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required (yellow fever vaccine is mandatory only if you come from African and South American countries).
  • Entry requirements: passport with at least 6 months of validity
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where is Fiji located?

    The Fiji Islands are located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a 4 hour flight from Australia, 11 from Hong Kong or Los Angeles. More precisely, the archipelago is located west of Tonga and east of Vanuatu, as well as south of Tuvalu.





    How to reach us

    To reach them, a total of 32 to 36 hours of flight are required from Italy, making at least one stopover in Dubai, Los Angeles, Sydney, Singapore or Hong Kong. The airports of reference are those of Nadi and Suva.
    The advice is to stop for at least a couple of days in one of the cities of stopover (Los Angeles, Sydney, ...).

    • Rome / Milan - Singapore - Fiji: Flights from € 1.107,55 -
      Min.36 hours of flight (12 hours Rome / Milan - Singapore, 10 hours Singapore - Nadi + 14 hours of stopover)
    • Rome - Dubai - Sydney - Fiji: Flights from € 1.628,00 -
      Min.32 hours flight (5 hours Rome - Dubai, 14 hours Dubai Sydney, 4 hours Sydney - Fiji + 10 hours stopovers)
    • Rome / Milan - Hong Kong - Fiji: Flights from € 1.770,67 -
      Min.36 hours of flight (12 hours Rome / Milan - Hong Kong, 11 hours Hong Kong - Fiji + 11 hours of layover)
    • Rome - London - Los Angeles - Fiji: Flights from € 1.971,68 -
      Min.32 hours flight (3 hours Rome - London, 12 hours London - Los Angeles, 12 hours Los Angeles - Fiji + 6 hours of layover)

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: Tropical. The winds that come from the south-east are responsible for mitigating the temperatures. Hot, humid and rainy season from December to April, cool season from June to October.
    • Best time: from May to October, when the minimum temperatures never go below 20 degrees and the climate is drier and sunnier - see more info on climate and best time
    • Period to avoid: from November to April. In these months the archipelago is subject to tropical cyclones and frequent rains - see more info on cyclones and periods to avoid
    • Advice: On the main island of Viti Levu, the western side (Nadi) compared to the eastern one (Suva) is warmer and less rainy. Avoid the island of Rotuma, which although it is the hottest, it is also the wettest and therefore humid.

    Which island to choose?

    We assume that of the 333 islands that make up the archipelago, only 116 are inhabited. This data inevitably raises the question: which island to choose?
    The two main islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. In the first there are the capital Suva and the Nadi airport. The second is the favorite for diving and trekking, and the most important centers are Labasa and Savusavu.
    However, the most beautiful beaches are found on the smaller islands, which we can divide into two groups: the Mamanuca Islands and Yasawa Islands.



    The Mamanuca Islands

    There are about 25, of volcanic origin, with a dry and windy climate and perfect temperatures. They are in fact the most popular for honeymooners, and offer the classic postcard scenery with pristine beaches surrounded by coconut palms.

    The islands of the Mamanuca group are: Castaway, Tokoriki, Malolo, Malolo Lailai, Kadavulailai, Beachcomer, Matamanoa, Mana, Treasure and Yanuya.

    The Yasawa Islands

    There are 20, also of volcanic origin but a little less touristy than the Mamanuca and, if possible, even more pristine and authentic.

    The main Yasawa Islands are: Nanuya Levu (also called Turtle Island), Nanuya Lailai, Waya, Waya Lailai, Kuata, Naviti, Tavewa, Nacula, Yaqeta and Yasawa.

    How much does a Fiji vacation cost?

    As we have already mentioned, this destination is a favorite for honeymooners, which is why tourist agencies offer complete packages which include not only the islands but also a stop in Australia. By choosing one of these solutions, the cost of flight and 15-day stay for two people can cost over € 7.000.

    If, on the other hand, the trip is organized independently and if you are not interested in luxurious resorts but are satisfied with much more modest accommodations, you can save a little. The higher cost will be that of the flight, which starts at well over one thousand euros round trip per person.



    • starting from € 1.026,00 -
    • Resort, b & b and hostels from € 27,00 per night -
    • Flight + Hotel Package: 12 nights with flight from Rome from € 2.059,00 per person

    What to do and what to see

    If you are looking for some ideas to make your Fiji holiday even more exciting, here are some ideas on what to do or see on these islands.

    1. Visit the capital Suva. Located on the main island of Viti Levu, it is known for its nightlife and restaurants but also for its beautiful temples and mosques.
    2. Bouma National Heritage Park excursion. It is located in the northern part of Taveuni Island and is famous for its natural pools, waterfalls and trails (admission around 12 FJD - € 5,00).
    3. Visit the Fiji Museum. Located in the capital Suva, it tells the country's history through relics of indigenous art, the HMS Bounty, artifacts that illustrate traditional life.
    4. Drink kava. It is the typical drink of the Pacific islands, obtained from the homonymous plant. It has a relaxing effect but without any "side effect" typical of alcoholic beverages. It is usually sipped at the end of the day. If it is offered to you, do not refuse, it is considered a very rude gesture!
    5. Visit Lautoka. Also known as "Sugar City", it is the second largest city in the archipelago and boasts the largest sugar refinery in the entire Southern Hemisphere.
    6. White water rafting. The Upper Navua River runs through the Viti Levu highlands, creating waterfalls and all kinds of rapids that are perfect for both beginners and professionals, but also for a more peaceful kayaking trip through the mangroves.
    7. Diving. Visibility is fantastic, the most famous drop points include Astrolabe Reef, Beqa Lagoon and Rainbow Reef. The cost of the Open Water certification (the diving course) is approximately € 300,00.
    8. Visit the old capital Levuka. Located on the island of Ovalau, Levuka was the first capital of Fiji. Today much less frequented by tourists, it is ideal for spending a relaxing afternoon, immersing yourself in the atmosphere of the city.
    9. To surf. Fiji offers the best surfing opportunities in the world, with countless famous spots like Cloudbreak and Lighthouse Rights, and windsurfing and kitesurfing are also available at the Mamanuca Islands (cost of one lesson around € 20,00 per hour).

    Here are some interesting tours can be purchased online:


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