“Bula!” or “Welcome!” is the greeting you will most commonly hear throughout Fiji. It comes as an unreserved invitation to enjoy the hospitality of the Fijian people. Whether staying on one of the country's numerous resort islands or exploring Fiji's towns and cities, the visitor will encounter this legendary hospitality at every turn.
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Head Office - Fiji Islands
Address: Suite 107, Colonial Plaza, Namaka, Nadi, PO Box 9217, Nadi Airport
Phone: +679 672 2433
Fiji's 332 islands are scattered over a vast area of the Pacific Ocean, some are 1,290,000 sq km in extent. Viti Levu, which is the main island of Fuji, is about 10,400 sq km in area, with high rainfall in the east and much lower rainfall in the west. The country’s first and third biggest cities respectively – Suva and Nadi – are located at opposite ends of Viti Levu, like sentinels guarding against enemy invasion – only these days, the invaders are friendly, coming as tourists rather than cannibal-warriors.
Because of the consistently bad weather conditions, Fiji's main international airport was moved to Nadi in 1982. As a result, most of Fiji’s tourist development and facilities are concentrated around Nadi and the southern “Coral Coast” of Viti Levu. Nadi also makes a great base for exploring the Mamanuca and Yasawa island groups, the southern island of Kadavu, and the “garden island” of Taveuni, with easy access also to the laid-back port of Savusavu on Vanua Levu Island.
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Less than 10 kilometres from Nadi, Denarau is an upscale resort island accessed via a causeway from the main island of Viti Levu. Built on former mangrove swamps, Denarau is a man-made sanctuary comprising eight integrated hotel resorts, including six world-class resorts.
Nestled between Nadi and Suva, Fiji’s Coral Coast is an 80 km expanse of beaches and bays dotted along the Ocean Road. Fringing the South Pacific Ocean, the coastal views are very picturesque. The long stretches of exposed reef and wide banks of coral are breath-taking in their own right.
With various resorts all offering perfect swimming pools, a variety of decent dining establishments and plenty of activities keep visitors of every age entertained, it's a fantastic base for exploring Fiji's treasures.
Welcome to paradise! This is the perfect place to go for thrilling activities such as zip-lining, snorkeling or diving or why not enjoying the tribe culture on this amazing island. Trying cursing is also a great way to explore Fiji. Whatever you decide to do, you will go back home well rested with a lovely tan.
With nearly 50 percent of the population being of Indian origin, curries feature strongly on the menus of many local restaurants. Native Fijian dishes include fish, pork, chicken and/or vegetables all wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in an underground lovo oven. Drinking kava or yaqona (pronounced: “yanggona”) is the common Fijian way of relaxing after work much as Westerners go to the pub.
Fiji is really a shoppers' delight, a place where you can get anything from brand name items to the most personal and exceptional native handcrafts. There are various villages and marketplaces to stroll around. Perhaps the best place to start the shopping adventure is in the main cities. Nadi for example is one of the most favorite shopping cities in Fiji since there are plenty of fantastic bargains and the items are duty free too. Suva and Lautoka are also great shopping towns.
If you like to shop cloths, check out the incredible fabrics and the lovely silks. Why not buy something that will remind you of your time in Fiji? A Sulu, for example, is a traditional Fijian sarong or dress.
Passport / Visa
A free tourist visa for four months is granted on arrival to citizens of more than 100 countries, including all of the European Union countries, United States, Japan and many others.
Nationals from countries excluded from the list will have to apply for visas through a Fijian embassy abroad prior to arrival. More information can be found on the website of the Department of Immigration.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Fiji is from late October to early November when the weather is dry, warm and settled. The beaches and resorts are far less crowded as school is still in at this time of year and the cost of getting and staying here has not yet reached its peak.
Nadi International Airport, which is located 9 km north of downtown Nadi, is the gateway to Fiji. There are plenty of modern air-conditioned coaches serving between the airport, the resorts and major towns. Bus company that operates from the airport are:
Pacific Transport Bus
Taxis at Nadi International Airport are operated by individual companies with the approval of Airports Fiji Limited. It is obligatory for taxi meters to be used for all journeys.
Address: Nadi International Airport, Fiji
Phone: +679 672 5777
Europcar is the preferred car rental partner of Virgin Blue & Pacific Blue. Select your car from a wide range of vehicle types and reserve online or call +61 1300 13 67 37 for a special rate. If you need a car at last minute, just present your boarding pass to the Europcar counter at the airport for a fantastic deal, subject to availability.
Getting around Fiji is cheap and easy due to the good network of buses, carriers (small trucks) and ferries. Local buses also allow the visitor a chance to mingle with the people of Fiji, who by choice and tradition, treat strangers with gracious hospitality. Every town and village has its own bus stop since the bus is the most common form of transportation. You can also hail any public bus from the roadside just by waving to the driver.
Travelling to and from Nadi
Only the West Bus (small yellow bus) is allowed into Denarau. Running every fifteen minutes, the drop-off is right in the middle of the Port Denarau shops. You pay $1.00 to the driver when disembarking, not on entry.
Taxis are required to have the meter running when hired but the drivers do not always turn them on, establish the price first before getting in. Fares are reasonably priced. Taxis can also be booked through your resort.
Health First Pharmacy offers prescription services, cold and flu products, oral care, baby care, personal care, diagnostic services, vitamins, first aid products and much more.
Address: No.40 Lodhia Street, Nadi Town, Fiji
Phone: +679 670 1888
The main post office in Suva is the General Post Office on:
No.10 Thomson Street, Suva, Fiji
+679 3302 022
Nadi Post Office:
Koroivolu Lane, Nadi, Fiji
+679 6700 001
There is also a post office in Nausori, Lautoka, Sigatoka and Labasa and about 280 smaller towns.
Country code: +679
There are no area codes.