The Republic of Fiji is also known as Viti, divers know it as the 'the soft coral capital of the world'. The Fiji Islands are situated on the western side of the South Pacific Ocean, to the northwest lie the Solomon Islands, Tonga lies to the east and New Zealand to the south west.
The Fiji Islands have a seemingly endless amount of world class diving. Above all Fiji is renowned for amazing walls adorned in soft corals and teaming fish life. Topside Fiji offers azure lagoons and secluded white sand beaches fringed with coconut palms . Inland there are lush mountain highlands and rafting on the Upper Navua, Fiji's own Grade III river. Fijians are also proud of their rich culture, which they will happily share with you.
A horseshoe shaped archipelago scattered over 1,290,000 sq. km across the South Pacific Ocean, Fijians inhabit just 100 of the more than 300 Fijian islands. Fiji is known across the globe for charming and friendly locals who welcome visitors to their shores. The sound of Bula, a greeting meaning hello, is almost always accompanied by a relaxed smile and a casual wave whether the greeter is a young child or a village elder. Fiji’s most treasured asset, and the one that lingers in most travellers minds long after their tan has faded, are genuinely friendly locals and smiling faces throughout the Fijian islands.
Straddling latitudes between 12 and 21 degrees South, Fiji basks in a tropical climate that rarely dips below daily maximums of 26 degrees (Celsius). A thriving tourism industry takes full advantage of Fiji’s stunning natural attractions, ensuring there is an endless choice of things to do in Fiji. Your Fiji holiday could be as energetic or as relaxing as you choose. Thrilling or therapeutic, it’s all here.
Fiji scuba diving highlights include a fantastic variety of colourful soft corals, over 1200 species of fish, 12 species of whales and dolphins, lots of specialist scuba diving resorts and live aboard dive charters as well as excellent snorkelling off the beach. Fiji dive sites offer good variety and easy access.
The Mamanucas have shallow lagoons with hollows and bommies with excellent marine life. There are some interesting caves to explore notably Sawa-i-Lau in the Yasawa Group.
World famous Astrolabe Reef on Kadavu in the Southern Islands (45 minutes flight from Nadi) has excellent hard and soft corals and excellent marine life. More soft corals along the north and south coast with some excellent caves and deep drop-off's on the western tip of Kadavu. Good all-round diving centre but south-easterly tradewinds can make diving difficult at times. On calm days, visibility up to 150 metres. Beqa Lagoon to the north of Kadavu includes numerous soft corals, reef bommies and passages. Small secluded dive resorts accessible only by boat. Lush rainforest and tropical beaches. Humid and wet at times. Very traditional Fijian lifestyle and culture. Beqa Lagoon can be accessed by boat (1 hour plus) from Pacific Harbour on the main island of VitiLevu. The famous shark feed with many species of sharks including hammer heads is right off the coast from Pacific Harbour.
World famous Rainbow Reef in Northern Islands (1 hour 20 minutes flight to Taveuni lies between Taveuni and VanuaLevu and has lots of scuba diving experiences including the Great White Wall (all white soft corals) and advanced drift diving through channels. Numerous smaller reefs around VanuaLevu, Taveuni, Qamea, Laucala and Matangi Islands with abundance of soft and hard corals and excellent marine life. The Northern Islands have been developed for ecotouism as well as diving and the regions outstanding mountains, rainforests and waterfalls are all relatively accessible with tours and trails to the major attractions. Humid and wet at times.
Two separate barrier reefs between VitiLevu and VanuaLevu in the north east of Fiji are assessable from Nananu-i-Ra and the Lomaiviti Group. Rich area fed by tradewind currents with excellent marine life including mantas and hammerheads as well as bommies and pinnacles in the lagoons. A handful of small island resorts, some luxurious. Also accessible by charter dive boats that explore some of the unexplored areas of these huge reefs including the up-and-coming E6 reef. Shipwrecks can be explored around the old Colonial capital of Levuka on Ovalau.
Fiji enjoys a mild tropical climate averaging 31ºC (88º F) during the summer months of November to April and 29ºC (84º F) during the winter months of May to October. Sea temperatures are incredibly warm - typically 25C in winter (May to Nov) and up to 30C in summer at depths of 5 meters. Visibility is also excellent with depths of 40 meters not unusual. The best diving conditions are early morning before the winds pick up. Heavy rainfall in the summer can obscure visibility off the main islands with river run-off.
Travel Health For Fiji
Yellow fever and cholera vaccinations are only required if coming from an infected area as designated by the World Health Organisation. Hospitals are located in major centres and there are health centres in rural areas. Hotels and resorts usually have a qualified nurse on the premises and a doctor on call. Water is generally safe to drink from taps at hotels but do check with your hotel on check-in if it is recommended.
Fiji Entry Requirements
Nationals of visa are granted a visitor permit valid for four (4) months on arrival. Extensions may be granted on application with a fee for a maximum of two (2) more months during the initial 4-month period not after.
The visa is issued on arrival on the condition that the bearer holds:
A passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of departure from Fiji
Return or Outbound tickets
Re-entry/entry visa to a country other than their own (for example: permanent residents of Australia must produce a valid re-entry visa for Australia)
Evidence of sufficient funds for your stay in Fiji
Fiji Travel Money
Fiji Dollar - FJD
Banks - ANZ Banking Group, Westpac and Bank of South Pacific.
Tipping is not encouraged in Fiji and is left to the individual to determine whether to
make a gratuity.
English is the official language of Fiji, however indigenous Fijians also speak Fijian while Indo-Fijians speak Hindustani.