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Fiji

Fiji
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The Republic of Fiji is an island state in the Pacific Ocean located 3.000 kilometres to East of the Australian Continent. The capital city is Suva. The state makes up over 300 islands and 500 reefs.

The climate in Fiji is marine tropical. We recommend travelling to the islands from May to October when it is not raining much and air humidity is comfortable.

The official languages are English, Hindustani and Fijian. The official religion is the Christianity but the Hinduism also gained popularity.

The climate and the nature in Fiji call for beach holidays which you will surely enjoy on the Mamanuca Islands and Beck Islands. On the Viti Levu Islands, Taveuni Islands, and Kadavu Islands there are all the facilities for diving and snorkelling.

Lush tropical landscapes and unique sea world attract all the lover of the out-of-town holidays. We recommend visiting Vanua Levu Islands and the Big Reef Marine near it.

Those who love extreme tourism will not get bored in Fiji. The tourists can have a swim with sharks and only an oxygen wall separates them from the sharks. Rafting gained a great popularity on Fiji. The tourists can go down the river on bamboo bilibili-rafts. During a short boat trip, the tourists can enjoy the beauty of the waterfalls and exotic landscapes.

Get in

By Plane

There are no direct flights between Russia and CIS countries and Fiji.

The tourists should choose transit flights with a transfer in Asian hub airports. The most convenient route for Russian and CIS tourists is a flight with the stops in Seoul, Hong Kong or Tokyo.

The routes with a stop in Australia and New Zealand are less convenient as they include several transfers and require a transit visa.

Visa

The authorities of Fiji put all the efforts to make the holidays on the islands as comfortable as possible. CIS and EU citizens must not spend a lot of time to obtain a visa. They can take advantage of the simplified visa regime and submit the documents right on the border.

The Russians and CIS citizens can stay on the islands for 4 months.

If they want to extend their stay, they can apply for a permit at the Department of Immigration.

Customs

The import of foreign and national currency is not restricted by the Customs legislation. Any sums taking across the border must be declared.

If you have dollars which you have not spent during your stay in Fiji, you can convert them into any currency. The sum is limited to the sum you indicated in the declaration form.

The travellers can import duty-free a small amount of alcohol and tobacco and perfume. The total cost of personal belongings must not exceed 400 Fijian dollars per one person.

It is not allowed to import in Fiji the samples of biological materials, meat and meat products, dairy from Tasmania.

It is prohibited to export items made of animals bones, corals and birds feathers.

Cuisine

The national cuisine of Fiji has been developing under conditions of scarce vegetables so the staple food here is seafood, sweet root plants, and coconuts.

The tourists who came to Fiji should try a hot curry with goat meat or mutton and the dish Lovo, different types of meat roasted with root plants in the ground oven.

The popular dishes among the Fijians are miniature dumplings ldli, Masala dosa (rice pancakes with coconut sauce), and Roti (wheat flour grilled pancakes).

Caconde (fish marinated in lime juice) and Ika (fish with coconut meat) will make your mouth water.

Side dishes in Fiji are very unusual. You will be offered Cassava (mashed tapioca with coconut water and bananas) or yucca pudding.

If you strive for more exotic food, try a local delicacy Bulolo (marine worms prepared in the ground water).

Discover the taste of local Fijian alcoholic beverages such as Yangon, Kawa, Meridan Moselle, and Suvanna Moselle.

Money

The national currency is the Fijian Dollar (FJD).

The tourists can pay with Australian and New Zealand currency and US dollars.

You can exchange foreign currency at banks, in exchange offices, at the airport and in hotels.

Almost all restaurants, stores, hotels and car rentals accept international credit cards.

The ATMs in Suva, Nadi, and Savusavu do not accept the cards issued by a foreign bank.

The tourists can cash traveller’s checks at banks and in large hotels. Take the checks in Australian dollars or sterling pounds.

Details of interest

Sightseeing in Fiji

The government of Fiji takes care of the nature of the islands. On many of the islands, there are reserves where one can learn more about the flora and fauna of Fiji.

  • The Bouma National Heritage Park on the Taveuni island will impress the tourists with the beauty of its Tavoro Falls and Tagimuchiya lake.
  • On the Viti Levu island, there are three Hot Springs Sabet. Besides, the tourists can take part in individual and group tours to the ecological reserve ZIP Fiji.
  • On the Beck and Vakaya islands, there are all the facilities for a beach and active holidays. The tourists can try different sports activities such as water skiing, personal watercrafts, snorkelling, diving, and windsurfing. Anyone can go to sport and deep underwater fishing and catch barracuda, Black Marlin, and Spanish mackerel.
  • Amazing sandy beaches, mysterious caves with the underground lakes and rocks with ancient petroglyphs are on the Vatulele Island.
  • The Dolphin Island is believed to be one of the best places in the world for diving. This island is surrounded by the tropical landscape and beautiful sandy beaches which make it an ideal place for romantic holidays.
  • The untouched nature of the Yasawa Island and the Yanuca Island will impress anyone. People who search privacy and romantic atmosphere choose this island.

Souvenirs in Fiji

You just cannot come back from Fiji without souvenirs. A traditional souvenir on the islands is a vessel for making a drink Kava. The vessel is typically made of the Black tree. Souvenir vessels are covered with mother of pearl.

Sandalwood essential oil and coconut soap are wonderful gifts from Fiji. These cute things can be found on any island.

In craft shops, you can buy unusual Fijian beads and bracelets.