17 Things to know before you go to Fiji

17 Things To Know Before You Visit Fiji

7 January 2020
Read Time: 5.4 mins

English is the official language, however you will hear these two phrases frequently; Bula is ‘hello, welcome, or good day’, and Vinaka is ‘thank you’. 

Fijian family

2. The sun is feisty, so pack ALL the sun protection tools.

These should seem obvious, but here is a reminder: 

  • Wide brimmed sun hat 
  • SPF (we recommend 50+)
  • Sunglasses - polarised if possible so you can admire that turquoise water! 
  • Collared lightweight shirt with sleeves for any boating activities  
  • After sun gel - just in case

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3. The local currency is the Fijian dollar

We recommend heading to Travel Money Oz to exchange some AUD to make your money go further.

4. Bring the Mozzie spray

Pack rid, lots of it. Wear it and reapply regularly.

Local Fijians - the happiest people in the world

5. Fiji is not the place for your Borat bikini

Wear modest swimwear and clothing. Fiji is one of the more traditional and conservative countries in the South Pacific, which is something to be particularly mindful of when outside of the resorts. Public bathing topless is prohibited. 

6. Machetes are a-ok and nothing to be alarmed about

You will probably notice people in villages carrying them around, as they use them to cut down and open coconuts, as well as clear out vegetation around the villages. 

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7. Rugby is bordering on the status of religion in Fiji

The Fijians play it preeeeetty well and if you’re lucky enough you might be able to join in on a game with the locals while you’re there.


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8. Walking around at night is not advisable. 

While the resorts are perfectly safe and usually monitored by security, the streets and villages are not okay for tourists to be wandering through at night - take a taxi after dark. 

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9. Not all airport runways in Fiji are tarmac

If you are a nervous flyer, or not in for a bumpy ride, perhaps check out the airports on your itinerary first - only about 4 of the 28 airports have paved tarmacs. 

10. The majority religion in Fiji is Christian

Followed by Hinduism (due to the large Indian-Fijian population).

17 Things To Know Before You Visit Fiji - Sunday is Church day

11. Sunday is Church day. 

With the majority of residents being Christian, Fijians put on their Sunday best and head off to Church - it is an important custom and therefore most businesses are either closed or open for only limited hours on a Sunday.

12. An eyebrow raise is local lingo for ‘yes’

Tips for Fiji - pack mozzie repellant!

13. Fiji unofficially operates on ‘island time’ 

This translates as not many people wear watches and schedules often don’t operate to the minute. Keep this in mind to avoid frustration on your trip, it’s a holiday after all! 

14. When visiting a traditional village.

It’s important to know that visitors must remove hats and sunglasses when in the presence of the chief. 

Kava - a national drink in Fiji

15. Kava Etiquette.

Kava is a popular traditional drink in Fiji, in fact it is the national drink, so it’s likely you will be offered it at some point during your visit. So it’s handy to know the etiquette before you go: 

  • If you’re offered kava it is considered impolite to refuse, especially for males.
  • If you just want a small taste, request ‘low tide’.
  • If you would like a generous serving, ask for ‘high tide’ however you must make sure you drink it all.

16. Fijians are the happiest people in the world! 

It’s true. They are friendly, welcoming, and genuine. Embrace it; smile and be happy in return. 

17 Things To Know Before You Visit Fiji - it's the happiest place

17. Bonus fun fact: ‘Fiji’ refers to the 330 Fijian islands, of these 110 are inhabited.

However, there is not a single island named ‘Fiji’, the word itself refers to the collective islands.


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Jess Holmes

Jess Holmes refers to herself as a walking contradiction, yearning for life's little (or large) luxuries one minute, eat-drink-treking her way through offbeat destinations another.  She's just as happy exploring the street(food)s of Oaxaca, putting her body through its paces atop Peruvian mountains, and sunning herself on Sri Lanka's secluded beaches as she is wandering through Napa Valley vineyards, indulging in NYC's best spa treatments or sipping Chianti on the Amalfi Coast.