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5 Helpful Hints To Navigating Fiji

1. Use tourist companies that are making a difference:

The Fiji that we flew into in late December was a country visibly affected by floods,but it was only after speaking with locals that we learnt the extent of the impact that COVID had on the Fijian economy. While it is true that many countries around the world were hit hard in some way by the global pandemic, 80% of Fiji’s economy is reliant on tourism. With that being said, there are a range of companies doing some wonderful things for their villages and families. For example, Rivers Fiji are an eco-tourism company that offer a range of tours throughout the Upper Navua Conservation Area. We had an incredible day whitewater

rafting, only made better by the extremely knowledgable and entertaining local tour guides, as well as the fact that 20% of proceeds go towards an academic scholarship for al children to attend university. Similarly, my scuba dive with Whitetip Marine Adventures was spent with some of the most knowledgable diving guides that are passionate about conservation and preservation of their underwater office.

2. Supermarkets are expensive:

I’m talking FJI$36 (AUD$25) for a can of whipped cream and some astronomical amount for cheese (among other random selections of goods) so if you have the ability to take certain foods over with you, do it! For example, spreads (Vegemite, peanut butter, etc), dry noodles, tea/coffee, dry biscuits, etc. This will cut down on your food bill like no other.

3. Know your transport options:

While buses are quite accessible and taxis are everywhere, it’s good to have some insight of your travel options before trying to navigate around the island. Around Denarau Island and Nadi, jumping on the public bus is an easy feat and will only set you back a couple of dollars each way. The resorts have their own ‘Bula Bus’ which requires a pass or there are numerous taxis roaming the area. Be sure to use taxis with a meter for no nasty surprises on the fare. Those without a meter can be bartered with, so having a rough idea of what the average fare price is can be handy.

4. Be aware of the seasons:

Between the months of October through to April, Fiji experiences their wet season. This means high temperatures, plus heavy rainfall, which equals offensively high humidity. Be prepared for rain, storms, and unpredictability during this time. We found that activities such as lounging on the beach or reading a book outside was quite difficult due to the large amount of rain; however, once we got used to being wet, we didn’t let it stop us from having a great time on tours and exploring the island.

5. Explore more than the resort:

In and around Nadi/ Denarau Island, we noticed that the beaches weren’t what we imagined for a tropical island. Throughout wet season, the rain and storms disturb the sediment within the water, creating less than ideal conditions. To counter this, the resorts offer everything from lounges, pool bars, activities and more, which makes it ridiculously easy to spend the entire time within the resort. If that is the holiday you’re after, then look no further; however, if you really want to experience more of Fiji than just the resorts, head down the coral coast, jump on a day sail to one of the many islands (we chose The Sabre and it did not disappoint), or venture inland for some great countryside and chase a waterfall or two (see mud baths & zip lining).


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