I'm going to Fiji this summer with a graduate student who has received a grant to study there. My costs will be covered the first month that I am there, but I would like to extend my stay a couple of weeks.
I will be on a very tight budget and want to know how to get the most out of my money. I would like to backpack, camp, and travel in less visited places. I am not interested in anything that is highly tourist oriented. I am open to couchsurfing, hostels, or farmstays. I will be in the Lau islands for my studies, should I stay in that area or travel in the Western islands? I have looked into going to Teuvani and Qamea.
Any advice and cost estimates would be GREATLY appreciated!
For a budget/backpacker I would say US$50-100 a day (just to be safe). Things have gotten more expensive.
I would really study the site and see what appeals to you. If you're going to be in Lau there will not be a lot of tourist accommodations but I'm sure you could cut a deal with people in a village for inexpensive accommodations. You will undoubtedly meet people who will invite you to stay with them. That said, you may be more comfortable in your own digs. There are some hostels in Taveuni and a few in the Nadi/Sigatoka areas but those are hardly off the beaten track.