ABOUT Fiji is in an earthquake zone and suffers from tremors from time to time. These can trigger tsunami alerts. Familiarise yourself with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake, and take note of earthquake and tsunami related instructions e.g. in hotel rooms. For more information on earthquakes and their effects, please visit the USGS website. The tropical cyclone season in Fiji normally runs from November to April. Throughout this period there is a high risk of strong winds and heavy rains with associated flooding, landslides and road closures. Fiji blessed with 333 magnificent Fiji islands some inhabited, most not. It is a land where there is still room to move. Set in the tropical South Pacific. The Fiji islands are surely the essence of a tropical island paradise. White sandy beaches, swaying coconut trees, pristine oceans and waterways and a range of things to do and see that will appeal to the most discerning traveler. Fiji is renowned as “The Soft Coral Capital of the World” and is also home to the “Great Astrolabe Reef”. Feel the goose-bumps as you experience shark feeding or dive the light fantastic and swim with the giant mantas. The moderate water temperature makes for year-round diving and the visibility is a photographers dream. With over 4000 square miles of coral reef, Fiji Islands offer divers unparalleled marine biodiversity. Fiji is ‘Romance’. Fiji has a wedding setting just for you - on the beach, in a rainforest, in a garden of orchids, in a village, on a mountain or in a traditional chapel. All unique in stunning settings creating treasured memories for a lifetime.
A visit to Fiji is not complete without a traditional kava session and the mekes (traditional song and dance SEE note below), are a cultural feast. If you don't have time to travel all around, the city of Nadi offers an outstanding array of Fiji activities. Trek mountain trails culminating in a swim under a waterfall. Visit caves and listen to traditional stories of great chiefs and tribal wars. Backpack the outer Fiji islands or step it up a notch and white water raft our pristine rivers or surf our world famous waves.
Get your adrenalin pumping and let the only hot air balloon flight in the South Pacific take your breath away at the stunning views over Fiji. Get adventurous with parasailing and the hugely popular jet ski safari’s. Or jump on a fast jet boat ride and hold on while it sets you into 360-degree spins. Awesome! The Islands of Fiji have ‘Diving’ experiences extraordinaire. Shore dive, night dive, resort dive, wreck dive or cave dive. Do it yourself or go with the professionals at luxury resorts, eco-friendly outlets, backpackers or fabulous liveaboards.
CLIMATE Fiji’s climate is warm and tropical year-round, even in the islands’ “winter” months. The maximum temperature between the summer and winter months varies very little, with the maximum in the summer being 31.1°C and in the winter being 28.8°C. Fiji usually has the warmest weather between the months of December and April and the coolest between May and November. During the warmer months, the average high temperature is 29.4°C, while the low is at around 23.8°C. The cooler months bring an average high of around 27.2°C and low of around 21.1°C.
BEWARE The level of serious crime is generally low, but incidents of petty theft are fairly common. Be particularly careful with personal possessions and travel documents in cities and other popular tourist destinations. Ensure personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times. Avoid carrying everything in one bag. Do not leave your belongings unattended, including in Fiji’s main International Airports of Nadi and Nausori where tourists have been targeted with the opportunistic theft of passports and luggage. Be alert when you are withdrawing cash from cash machines. Before you travel, make copies of valuable documents such as your passport, travel documents and travellers cheques. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home. Take particular care when walking at night in cities and towns and when visiting isolated locations. Women travelling on their own should exercise caution to ensure their personal security. There have been cases of serious sexual assaults against foreign nationals in Fiji, including against British women. Some roads have been partially washed away leading to diversions and others have become single lane traffic only. You should be aware not all minibuses currently operating in Fiji are licensed by the Land Transport Authority (LTA). As with taxis, those with yellow number plates have been approved by the LTA. Unlicensed minibuses will probably not be insured. Never become involved in drugs of any kind in Fiji. Possession of even small quantities can lead to imprisonment and are likely to carry a hefty fine. Possession of any amount of marijuana carries a mandatory three-month prison sentence.
You may be invited to participate in the local ceremony of drinking kava. Be aware of the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency advice on the effects this can have on the consumer's health. Topless bathing and nudity in public is forbidden. Shoulders and knees should be covered during kava ceremonies and when in rural villages. Homosexuality in Fiji has been decriminalised by the Crime Decree which came into effect in February 2010. However, gay and lesbian travellers should be aware of local sensitivities, particularly when visiting rural communities.