Fiji’s Pacific island charm is renowned all over the world. Walk down any street and be greeted by an enthusiastic “Bula!” from the locals, and experience the famous friendly hospitality on offer. This is the ideal destination for those travelling with their family or non-diving friends, because there is so much to do here. Fijians love children, so you will find no shortage of people happy to entertain the kids while you go for a dive. In Fiji you arrive as guests, but you depart as friends.
Fiji is made up of around 300 islands and has several diving areas, with a choice between mainland or island resorts. Every area has its own attractions, and a great diving holiday can be found to suit any budget. The diving in Fiji is coral reefs, with soft corals and gorgonian fans a major feature. The reefs teem with colourful little tropical fish, and you can often see sharks and turtles.
Fijian Pronunciation Guide
“C” is pronounced “th”. So Mamanuca is pronounced “Mammanootha”
“ad” is pronounced “and”. So Nadi is pronounced “Nandi”, and Kadavu is pronounced “Kandavu”
Entry Requirements: Australian passport holders do not require a visa. Your passport must have a validity of at least 6 months beyond your intended stay. For more information and for holders of other passports, please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for the latest travel advice.
Money: The Fijian Dollar (FJD) is the unit of currency. One Australian Dollar is worth approximately 1.7 FJD.
Language: English is the official language. Fijian, Chinese and Hindustani are widely spoken.
Electricity: 220-240V and uses the Australian plug type.
Time Zone: GMT+12 (2 hours ahead of Sydney)
Clothing: Light, casual clothing is recommended. Women should dress modestly in public places.
Climate: The Fijian Islands lie in the tropics and are warm and humid year round. The summer wet season is from December to March.
Water Temperature: Water temperature is usually 24-26°C from May – November, and 27-29°C during summer.
Departure Tax: None at 1 July 2012.
Tipping: Tipping is not customary in Fiji, and individual tipping is discouraged. However, most resorts have a tip box at reception for the Staff Christmas Fund, and all tips are distributed at Christmas between all staff.
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