Fact File for Fiji
Over 300 islands create a boating mecca, destined to be cruised and explored. Just over 100 of these are uninhabited. Be amazed by beautiful white sandy beaches and coconut trees, pristine coral and a plethora of underwater tropical fish. Ashore be privileged by an introduction to traditional village life.
COORDINATES: 18º00S, 179º00E
LANGUAGE: Fijian and Hindustrani; English widely spoken
BIGGEST ISLAND: Viti Levu
WEATHER: Climate is tropical marine and warm year-round with minimal extremes. The warm season is from November to April and cooler from May to October. Temperature in the cool season averages 22C (72F). Rainfall is more expected in the warm season and light and moderate trade winds are from E to SE.
BEST TIME TO CHARTER: May-October
AIRPORTS: There are two international airports, the bigger one being Nadi International Airport (NAN) in Viti Levu.
CURRENCY: Fijian Dollar (FJD); American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted in a number of establishments and can be used in resorts on most islands. ATMs are found in Nadi, Suva and Savusavu and are growing rather slowly throughout the islands.
ELECTRICITY: 240 V, 50 Hz; Australian-style plugs used
- 1 Jan - New Year's Day
- Jan - Prophet Muhammad's birthday
- Mar/Apr - Good Friday, Easter Monday
- 2nd Mon in Jun - Queen's Birthday
- 10 Oct - Fiji Day
- Oct/Nov - Diwali (Festival of Lights)
- 25 Dec - Christmas Day
- 26 Dec - Boxing Day
MAIN PORTS AND MARINAS: Royal Suva Yacht Club, The Copra Shed Marina, Musket Cove Marina, Port Denarau Marina (all on Viti Levu)
RECOMMENDED BEACHES: All but a few islands in Fiji are surrounded by coral reefs and have bathtub-like lagoons lapping on coral sands rimmed with coconut palm trees. Most lagoons in Fiji are shallow at low tide.
CULTURAL: Fijians are very welcoming people and visitors often experience local hospitality. Informal casual wear is generally acceptable.