As a South Pacific island that's just a hop, skip and a jump away from Australia, a Fiji holiday may seem straightforward but there are a few things you need to know before you go. Here, we break down the details that will help make planning your holiday a breeze.
As it currently stands, Australian passport holders do not require a visa to visit Fiji. On arrival, Aussies are granted visitor permits that are valid for 4 months. Always make sure your passport has at least 6 months' validity before your date of return to Australia. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Fiji.
The currency used in Fiji is the Fijian Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Fijian Dollar can change regularly so in order to get the best exchange rate, aim to monitor the rate in the lead up to your trip.
Though you may feel guilty simply laying around all day on the beach, at least your guilt won't follow you to the dinner table. On a Fiji holiday you can kiss goodbye to greasy takeaway and packaged food with fresh produce proving far more tempting. For a snack, take your pick from the ample range of fresh fruit, spanning almost every colour of the rainbow, or quench your thirst with fresh coconut juice drank straight from the source. Come mealtime, you'll be faced with the choice of fresh seafood or lovo, a traditional cooking pit or earth oven used for celebratory meals of meat or seafood and vegetables like taro that have been wrapped in leaves. Try kokoda - a raw fish dish marinated in coconut, cream, lime and tomatoes. A staple of the Fijian diet is taro, eaten many different ways, plus there's a great variety of Indian food, thanks to the huge Indo-Fijian population. If you are visiting local villages, you may be invited to partake in a yaqona or kava ceremony where you'll get to sample the sedative and sediment-like drink.
Fiji isn't exactly known for its nightlife, but with so many resorts, hotels, pool bars and tropical cocktails, it does have its partying moments. Nightclubs and pubs can found within the main business areas of Nadi and Suva, although returning home after a few too many can be tricky with few taxis to be found, not to mention ferries if you're staying on an island resort. If you're up for a big night, you might want to arrange for your resort to pick you up at a nominated venue. Otherwise, keep to the resort's bar, get amongst the night-time activities on offer or enjoy your own party by the pool. The Suva nightclub district is Victoria Parade in the CBD and consists of Traps - a pub/club complex with 6 bars catering to different age-groups, Shenanigan's and O'Reilly's - popular with party hard locals, and Golden Dragon Nightclub - Fiji's first club that's still a popular spot with live music and DJs.