Fiji

Fiji

Soak up the sun with fellow singles travellers in the world's friendliest holiday paradise, Fiji. Open up your schedule book to the months of April through October if you want to enjoy the sand under a more forgiving sun than in other months.

Getting around Fiji is fairly easy. Besides a few key Fijian terms like bula (hello), yadra (good morning), and vinaka (thank you), travellers can get by with English, as this is the nation's official language.

Though fairly small in terms of landmass, there's no shortage of activities to be done in Fiji. Water sports are an obvious choice, with options ranging from snorkeling to surfing and kayaking to diving. Those who prefer to sit back and relax can get a glimpse of Fijian culture by attending a traditional ceremony or by interacting with locals in authentic Fijian villages.

Location: Fiji, South Pacific, Oceania
Size: 18,274 km2
Capital: Suva
Largest Cities: Suva, Nadi, Labsa, Lautoka
Climate: Temperatures are milder from April to October. November through March tends to be hot and rainy.
Population: Around 900,000 people

Language: English (official), Fijian, Hindi

Religion: Christianity, Hinduism, Islam

Literacy Rate: 94.4%

Government Type: Democratic Republic

Head of State: President

Land Borders: Bordered only by sea.
Currency: Fijian dollar
Natural Resources: Timber, fish, gold, copper, offshore oil, hydropower
Main Agriculture: Sugar, coconut, pine, mahogany, tuna
Main Industry: Processing of agricultural products (sugarcane and coconut), mining (gold and silver), garments
Electricity: 240V AC
Time Zone: GMT +12

Country Tel. Code: + 679
Visa/Passport: Australian passport holders are granted an entry visa upon arrival, valid for four months.
Airport: Nadi International Airport (NAN) is a mere 4 kilometres away from the Nadi town centre. The Coral Coast (Shangri-La Resort) is about 50 minutes from the airport and Denarau is about 15 minutes from the airport.
Departure Tax: Included with international airfare at time of purchase
Getting Around: Travellers can choose from buses, bicycles, share taxis, and private taxis. Inter-island ferries also allow tourists to venture out onto other islands.
Credit Cards: Accepted at tourist hotels and tourist shops.
Shopping: There’s Jack’s of Fiji, a one-stop souvenir shop with fixed prices. Local handicrafts include a carved tanoa (kava) bowl, woven baskets and mats and also hand-made jewellery. Negotiating a price with local sellers is acceptable.
Tipping: Tipping is not customary in the country but is a nice gesture to offer for services such as airport transfers.