If you are in dire need of some relaxation and sunshine, then Fiji is the place to go. Its many islands will provide you with stunning beaches, beautiful ocean life, and much more. However, making those first steps to plan your visit to Fiji can be overwhelming. Here is a guide to help you make planning your dream trip a little easier.
Before ever getting to Fiji, you will want to figure out if you need a visa, and what type of visa you will need. This is all dependent on where you are coming from, and how long you are planning on staying.
In many countries, if you are planning on going on a shorter trip you do not need a visa. You can access a travel permit as long as you have the following:
-A return or outbound flight
-Have a passport from one of these countries
-Have a passport that is valid after 6 months upon arrival to Fiji
If you are planning on staying in Fiji for more than 6 months you may need to look into getting a work visa. You can find more about Fiji visas at the Fiji Department of Immigration.
Fiji may seem far, but it’s not too hard to get to. Thankfully, most big city airports have flights to Fiji. Obviously, depending on where you are coming from, flight times, prices, and airlines will vary. Here is some guidance on what a flight might look like from various...
In the larger cities of Fiji like Lautoka, Nadi and Suva, you will likely find plenty of internet access in cafes or hotels. However, outside of the big city areas it gets harder and harder to find quality internet access, and gets much more expensive.
For travelers planning on spending a little bit of time in Fiji it may be beneficial to create an account with an internet service provider. Cybercafes are also popular in Fiji.
If you decide to use public Wi-Fi while visiting Fiji it is a great idea to create a virtual private network (VPN) on your computer, phone or t.... A VPN helps keep your information secure and safe when using public networks, which is extra important when travelling.
When discussing the languages of Fiji, things start to get a little complex. The language of Fiji goes deep into the culture and history of the .... There are many different varieties of language and dialects within the country that stems from the ancient Fiji ancestors, and more recent immigrants. However, the official three languages of Fiji are English, Fijian, and Hindi. As long as you speak some English, getting around Fiji will be easy.
What to eat
Fijian food is full of diverse flavor, it’s incredibly unique, and of course delicious. Oddly though, there are not many resources out there about Fijian food, but this does not mean you should not try it. Here are a few things you need to eat when you find yourself in Fiji:
Seafood - Surrounded by the beautiful Pacific Ocean, seafood has played a large role in Fiji cuisine. You will often find Mahi-Mahi, snapper, tuna and much more. One of the more unique dishes you need to try in Fiji is Kokoda. It is best described as a kind of ceviche, and consists of raw fish marinated in coconut milk with limes, and a few other veggies like onions, fresh tomatoes, and chilies.
Lovo - This epic feast is cooked underground. It typically consists of fish, chicken, and pork wrapped in taro leaves being cooked under the earth on hot stones. Veggies such as taro and cassava are also roasted underground with the meat. After cooking for several hours, you are left with a delicious feast of smoky meats and vegetables.
Kava - Considered the national drink of Fiji, this drink is known for its sedative and relaxing effects. It has been rumored to have hallucinogenic qualities, but don’t worry. The most this drink will do is make you fall asleep. All around Fiji you will find Kava ceremonies that you can partake in, but be forewarned, it is not very tasty.
What To Do
Firewalking ceremony - The Sawau tribe from Beqa Island started the traditional ceremony of fire walking hundreds of years ago. Today, the tradition is carried on, and you can witness the unique ceremony on the Beqa Island.
Enjoy the islands - In Fiji you will find hundreds of islands. Different islands of Fiji will offer you different experiences. Checking out Suva will give you a unique cultural experience, but, if you are looking for islands that have amazing beaches and are reasonably priced, then the Yasawa Group is where you should go. Figuring out how much time you have and what your interests are can help you decide where to go. You can find out about more of the islands and regions Fiji has to offer here.
Diving - Fiji is known for having some of the best diving in the world. The reef has not been damaged or harmed like many other parts of the world. You will also find an incredibly diverse amount of coral and sea life that is unique and special to Fiji. To find out more information join theFiji Guide Dive Group.
Surfing - Fiji is also incredibly famous for its surfing. It is not necessarily the best place for beginners (but you can definitely still learn in certain parts of Fiji). However, if you are a more experienced surfer, Fiji is a dream come true. Fiji has very famous breaks, such as Cloud Break. If you are coming to Fiji for the surfing, than you may want to stay in one of their surf resorts. However, if surfing isn’t for you, you can still enjoy watching others take on some of the best surfing in the world from the comfort of the warm sandy beaches.
Hopefully by now you feel ready to take on Fiji, and enjoy the trip of your dreams. Whether you are looking for an adventure journey full of surfing and hiking, or just want to relax and enjoy the Fiji cuisine, you will surely find what you are looking for!