The Fiji Islands are what you expect from them, tropical beaches with clean and transparent waters, with fish of all colors swimming around the coral, white sands shaded by palm trees full of coconuts … yes, this is Fiji.
Fijians are also famous for the kindness of the Fijians who have been voted by several travel magazines as the friendliest people in the world. I do not usually like this kind of voting, although in this case, I could not say otherwise. They are really nice people, smiling and waiting for you on their island playing the guitar and singing and not just for your money because they are like that.
During the midday, it is so hot that most people take a rest. So many tourists join the tradition, those who do not want to sleep read or just swing in a hammock under the shade of a palm tree.
Boring? Maybe the first day, to which you connect with the Fiji Time. Fiji Time is like a different time vision. Watches? for what? When you ask the time a Fijian answer you without taking into account the minutes. So if it is 4:45 they will simply tell you that it is 4 or 5. In short, Fiji time means no-time, time is not very important. And it is that Einstein was right with that of the relativity of time.
General information about the Fiji Islands
- Capital: Suva
- Population: 850,000 capita
- Area: 18,250 km2 (similar to Slovenia)
- Currency: Fijian Dolar (1 € is $ 2.44 FJD in 2019)
- Economy: 4350 $ of GDP per capita
- 35% of the population has Indian roots, descendants of Indians brought by the British to work.
- Most Fijians are Methodist Catholics.
- They are recognized among the kindest people in the world but the European navigators of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries called Fiji the Cannibal Islands for the cannibalism of the Fijis. It is said that a chief of a tribe of Fiji ate 872 people !!!
- They love to drink Cava, a traditional drink made with roots of a plant that leaves you a little anesthetized.
- The Republic of the Fiji Islands consists of 2 large islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, 322 islands (106 uninhabited) and 522 islets.
- VISAS: The 100 nationalities are guaranteed free visa upon entering the country for 4 months of stay.
Prices in the Fiji Islands
- Sleeping: On the main island, Viti Levu, you can sleep in bedrooms, Guest Houses, for about 20 FJD (approx 8 EUR). On the Yasawa Islands, a bed in a bedroom, lunch, and dinner costs about 65 FJD (approx 24 EUR), a double room with the same meals 100-130 FJD (approx 40-50 EUR) between the two.
- Eating: Eating at a restaurant costs around 10 FJD (4 EUR). But in the Yasawa Islands, there are no restaurants, you eat in hostels or resorts.
- Transportation: The buses on the two large islands are quite cheap. The 4-hour drive from Suva to Nadi costs 11 FJD (4.5 EUR). Each trip to one of the Yasawa Islands costs around 100 FJD (approx 40 EUR), there is a pass of a week or two that goes into account if you want to visit several islands.
Places to visit – Things to do in the Fiji Islands
- Nadi: 10 minutes from Nadi airport is the gateway to Fiji. There are many hotels, hostels, resorts, luxury hotels up to very cheap prices. Almost everyone should spend one or two nights in this city on the way to the Yasawa, to the Mamanucas Islands or waiting for their flight. You can book the hotel at the airport or not. The prices will be similar.
- Suva: The capital of the Fiji Islands is a good place to go shopping, to eat in restaurants or markets or go out for drinks.
- Coral Coast: If you explore the main island, Viti Levu, do not forget the Coral Coast, in the southwest of the island. You can do various water sports, there are also good markets, towns, and jungle.
- Mamanucas Islands: Only one hour by boat from Viti Levu, from Denarau (near Nadi), in the same area as the Yasawa Islands, the Mamanucas Islands are known as the islands to go on a spree. Many backpackers and students go to drink and socialize in these small islands.
- Yasawa Islands: Cool, highly recommended! These approximately twelve volcanic islands are owned by the people who live there, as well as the resorts or hostels that are, so what you spend you leave in the local economy. They are quite virgin and do not receive many tourists so they are still quite calm. There are small towns that you can visit and know about the life of its people. A good place to relax, enjoy the beaches or do diving courses.
Most resorts give you room or bed in the bedroom with lunch, dinner, and dinner. Almost all have the same prices but the quality varies.
If you go less than a week I recommend you choose an island, buy a boat ticket and stay there. From there you will have the opportunity to make excursions to other islands. In this case, I recommend an island that I liked a lot, Waya Lai Lai, has beautiful beaches, excursions and a great hostel or resort in quality-price! If you go a week or two, consider buying a Bula Pass that will allow you to change the island as much as you want. At www.awesomefiji.com you can find more details about the Bula Pass.
- Activities: Snorkeling or lung diving is required in the Fiji Islands! You can bring your own glasses or rent them at all resorts. You have the option of diving, there are very good prices for the basic course, the Open Water Diver (550 FJD, 215 EUR, with four dives). Also, You can make trips to some of the larger islands, rent kayaks, surf in certain areas, etc.
THE BULA PASS: Almost essential
If you want to spend little, explore the main island, Viti Levu, or go to a single island and stay there. What is mostly spent in Fiji is with the boats to go from one island to another. But since you’ve come this far, consider yourself if it’s not worth spending a bit!
If you come for a week or two, buy the Bula Pass (only the transport option, not the pack with resorts included) and you can explore many islands! Well, this ticket allows you to take as many boats as you want to jump from island to island for one or two weeks.
The Bula Pass, like any boat ticket to an island, you can buy it at the same airport, in the Nadi hostels, in the same port of Denarau Island (where ships leave for the Yasawa Island) or online at www.awesomefiji.com (where you can also check more details about it).