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The Beginner’s Guide to Fiji: Everything You Need to Know

Fiji is a tropical paradise nestled in the heart of the South Pacific and home to pristine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters, making it one of the most famous dive spots in the world. But there’s a lot more to Fiji to be discovered, so here’s everything you need to know as a Fiji first timer.

What to Expect from Fiji: Before You Go

First time visitors will be welcomed by its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage that create an inviting atmosphere where you can immerse yourself in the traditions of the friendly Fijian people. Whatever your purpose, relaxation, adventure, or a combination of both, Fiji offers a treasure trove of experiences from water sports to cultural discovery, you’ll embark on an unforgettable journey.

How to get there

The best way to get to Fiji is via plane. Travellers from Australia have three choices for a direct flight to Nadi Airport: Fiji Airways, Virgin Australia and Jetstar. Local flights usually take 4 to 6 hours. 

Best time to go

Fiji has a tropical climate with two main seasons, dry season (May to October) and wet season with heavy rains and high humidity (November to April). The dry season is the best time to visit Fiji for most visitors. The weather is generally calm and sunny and the temperatures range between 22°C and 25°C.

Entry requirements

But before you can enter the islands, you need to check the entry requirements from your region. Depending on your home nation, you may also need to secure a visa. And when it comes to COVID protocols, you’ll be happy to know that vaccination requirements have been lifted for all travellers.

Learn more about Fiji’s travel restrictions here.

Local currency and getting around

Getting around Fiji is easy since public transportation is efficient. You can take the bus, minivans, or ferries. You can also opt to hire a car if that’s what you prefer. The local currency is the Fijian dollar and it’s easy to exchange currencies at the airport or in the local banks.

Where to stay in Fiji

Fiji has more than 300 islands, almost all of which are unspoiled by modern development. This tropical paradise has more than 1,000 km of coastline and is a popular destination for weddings, honeymooners, or those who simply want to relax and disconnect.

You’ll never run out of accommodation options in Fiji whether you’re a family, group, or honeymooners. You’ll find everything from luxury high-end hotels to family resorts, beach front villas and more authentic bures. 

Here are some of the best types of accommodations you can consider when visiting Fiji:

Luxury Resorts

Fiji is renowned for its luxurious resorts that offer stunning beachfront villas, private plunge pools, exceptional service, and world-class amenities. A perfect example would be the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa which has stunning tropical gardens, and act as a beautiful backdrop for luxury weddings.

Private Villas and Islands

If you prefer a more intimate and personalised experience, you’ll also find a variety of private villas and islands, particularly in the areas of Denarau Island and the Coral Coast. These accommodations provide a more independent and secluded experience that’s ideal for families, groups, and those who want privacy. Read more about how to choose the right private island for you here.

Budget and Mid-Range Hotels

Looking to be more frugal? Fiji also offers a range of budget and mid-range hotels, especially in major towns like Nadi and Suva. These accommodations provide comfortable and affordable options for travelers on a tighter budget, backpackers, or those who want a more traditional Fijian experience.

View the top 8 family-friendly resorts in Fiji here.

Image courtesy of InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa
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Image courtesy of Warwick Fiji

What to do in Fiji

In Fiji, you’ll never run out activities and experiences and there are activities available for everyone. Here’s just a few:


  • Exploring the Islands: Take the opportunity to explore different islands and discover secluded beaches, hike to breathtaking viewpoints, and immerse yourself in Fiji’s natural beauty.


  • Snorkeling and Diving: Fiji is renowned as an incredible undersea paradise. Grab your snorkel or dive gear and explore vibrant coral reefs teeming with colorful fish, turtles, and other marine life.


  • Visit Traditional Villages: Engage in the rich Fijian culture by visiting traditional villages. Take part in a Kava ceremony, learn about Fijian customs, arts, and interact with locals to gain insights into their way of life. You can also get to experience traditional Fijian cuisines like Kokoda, Lovo, and Rourou. Find 10 cultural activities to do in Fiji here.


Image courtesy of Plantation Island Resort
Image courtesy o Namale Resort & Spa
Image courtesy of Yasawa Island Resort & Spa

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