Useful Information

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Time Zones

When it is 9am in Fiji, it is:
5am in Singapore same day  (Fiji is 4 hours ahead of Singapore)

Geography

Latitude: 12 degrees South - 21 degrees South

Longitude: 176 degrees East - 178 degrees West

Land area: 18,333 square kilometers

Population: 837,271 (as at December 2007)

The population of close to 837,271 is multi-racial, composed of indigenous Fijians, Indians, Europeans, Part Europeans and Chinese. Of these,  56.8% are Fijian, and 37.5% are Indians, Others 5.7%

Food and Restaurants

Fiji features four man styles if cuisine: Continental, spicy Indian, native Fijian and Asian which includes Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Each of the above has many variations. Fijian, Indian and Chinese food is very much a part of everyday life and reflects the cultural and ethnic background of the people of Fiji Islands. The food is available not only in the hotels and resorts but also in local restaurants. Fijian cuisine is often featured on "Island Nights" at hotels, where food is cooked in an earth oven and presented buffet style, complete with traditional entertainment.

Etiquette In A Fijian Village

Village life is central to Fijian culture. When visiting a village, it is customary to present a gift of 'yaqona', which is also known as "kava". The gift, called a sevusevu, is not expensive - a half kilo costs approximately $15 - $25. It is presented to the "Turaga Ni Koro", the traditional head of a village. It is usually done in the person's house and will be attended by whoever is on hand. Pounded into powder it will be mixed with water and served. Be prepared to shake hands and answer personal questions as to where you are from, whether married and if so how many children, boys, girls, etc.

It is important to dress modestly when away from the hotel and especially visiting a village. Always carry a "sulu" (wrap-around also known as a sarong, lavalava, pareu) to cover bathing suits, shorts, dresses or halter tops. Do not wear a hat in the village.

This is considered an insult to the chief. Do not wear shoes in people's house. It is also insulting to touch someone's head. Fijians are the friendliest people in the world. Your respect for their customs and traditions will not only make you a welcome guest in their villages and homes, but add another dimension to your Fijian holiday

Currency / Credit Cards

The devaluation of the Fiji dollar, our basic unit of currency, means you get a favourable exchange rate when you convert your own currency into local dollars. This is a major advantage for our visitors. The Fiji dollar is available in denominations of $5, 10, 20, 20, 200 notes. Coins are 5x, 10x, 20x, 50x, F$1, & F$2.00. You can change travelers' cheques and foreign currencies in commercial banks, larger hotels and resorts, and at foreign currency bureaus. Credit cards are widely accepted.

Banking

Fiji is well represented by banking groups. These include: The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), Bank of Baroda, Bank of South Pacific, Westpac Banking Corporation and Bred Bank (Fiji).

All group have head offices in Suva with branches and agencies throughout Fiji.

Banking hours in Fiji are from 9am to 4pm Mondays to Fridays and 9am to 1am on Saturdays at selected areas. Westpac is now operating a 24-hour currency exchange service at the arrivals concourse at Nadi Airport. ANZ's ATM is now operating from the Domestic Lounge at Nadi Airport. ATM machines are located around the country and at larger resorts and hotels.

Typical Expenses

Here is an idea of the average cost of goods and services. The values stated in Fijian dollars.

MOTORCOACH SIGHTSEEING TOUR

Half day $138.00
Full day $169.00
Day Cruise to an island $99.00
Movie ticket $6.50
Hotel "Island Night" $48.00
Sports Event $20.00

HOTEL ROOMS (PER DAY)

 Budget Accommodation  $30.00 - $100.00
 Resort Accommodation  $100.00 - $800.00

FOOD & DRINKS (PER PERSON)
At Hotels and Resorts from:

Breakfast $12.00
Lunch $18.00
Dinner $30.00
Bottle of Wine $28.00
Glass of beer $6.00
Cocktails from  $8.00

At Restaurants and Pubs from:

 Dinner  $6.00 to $75.00
 Glass of beer  $3.50 to $8.00

Attire

Visitors to Fiji should bring a light tropical wardrobe. Bathing suits, shorts, T-shirts and as they will soon discover “sulus” (known also throughout the Pacific as pareau, lavalava or sarong) are a must for both men and women.

Visitors are asked to be careful not to offend local sensibilities. Weating bikinis and ultra-brief, swimming costumes is fine at the resort but not when visiting villages or shopping in town. At such times it is easy to take a sulu to use as a wrap-around so no offense is caused. Both men and women are encouraged and should be careful to respect local feelings

Religion

A multiracial, multi-cultural nation, Fiji is represented by major religions of the world. Visitors will see Christian churches, Mosques, Sikh and Hindu temples in the towns and the countryside. The majority of Fijians are of the Wesleyan persuasion, but all the other Christian denominations are represented. Visitors are welcome at Sunday worship throughout the Fiji islands.

Tipping

Tipping is not encouraged in Fiji and it is left to the individual to determined whether to make a gratuity

Communications

Fiji's country code is +679. A lot of hotels and resorts have direct dialing facilities (IDD). Card phones are available in many shops and stores that have the Telecom call card signage. Fiji is well serviced by cell phone networks. Vodafone Fiji Limited, Digicel and Inkk Mobile operate GPRS and Vodafone has 4G mobile services. You should check with your own network operator for roaming status before travelling to Fiji. Alternatively, roaming arrangements can be made here. Cell phones and/or sim cards can be easily acquired locally.

Mobile Communications

Vodafone Fiji Limited, a subsidiary of Telecom Fiji Ltd, operates a GSM digital mobile communication service. It has roaming areements with Australian (GSM) operators namely Telstra, OPTUS and Vodafone Pty, and New Zealand operator - BellSouth plus UK operator Vodafone Ltd UK.

Digicel "Be Extra Ordinary with Digicel" offers a comprehensive range of mobile networks, Telecom services, Cable TV and Wi-Max Broadbank, etc operates a 900 MHz GSM to 31 markets across the Caribbean, Central America and the Oceania Regions.

Digicel offers HSPA+ or long-term evolution (LTE) mobile technology (4G) in 30 markets and holds the number one mobile market position in 21 markets, with a mobile subscribe market share of more than 50% in 20 markets, as determined by internal company data. All mobile custoemrs are advised to check with their network operators for their roaming status before travelling to Fiji.

To date visitors from Singapore and certain countries can bring in their GSM handsets and use it in Fiji.

Climate

Fiji enjoys an ideal South Sea tropical climate. Maximum summer temperatures average 31 degrees Celsius and the mean minimum is degrees Celsius. The winter average maximum is 29 degrees Celsius and the mean minimum is 19 degrees Celsius.

These are much cooler in the uplands of the interior of the large islands. Cooling trade wins blow from the east south-east for most of the year. It usually drops to a whisper in the evening and picks up again by mid-morning. Fiji has a climate ideally suited for the outdoors, the beach and surf, for light cotton dresses, barbecues and water sports