Discover Fiji travel guide

Fiji, home to some of the happiest and friendliest people on Earth, is a popular destination for Canadian travellers.

The white sand beaches, clear ocean waters, coconut filled palm trees and private islands attract those wanting adventure and those looking to simply relax. A destination reliant on tourism, Fiji has plenty to offer to keep you coming back.

As an island nation, Fiji’s closest neighbours are Vanuatu, New Caledonia, New Zealand and Tonga. The International Date Line is meant to run through the Fijian island of Taveuni but was adjusted so that the small island didn’t have two different time zones. It’s now set at 12 hours ahead of Universal Coordinated Time (UTC+12).

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Emergency Numbers Policy dial 917
Fire or ambuland dial 911
 
Main Ethnic Groups

56.8% Itaukei
37.5% Indians
1.2% Rotuman

 
Main Religion

34.6% Methodist
27.9% Hindus
9.1% Roman Chatolic

 
Geographic Facts Capital city: Suva (85 thousand people)
Largest city: Nasinu (87 thousand people)
 
  • Fijians are very relaxed and easy-going, but it is still important to respect local customs.

  • When meeting friends and family, Fijians don’t tend to embrace or kiss. A pat on the shoulders, cheeks or head shows closeness.
  • Wearing a hat or cap is reserved for the chief of the village, so if you are visiting a village wear sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun as wearing a hat will be an insult.
  • Clothes that cover your shoulders and knees should be worn when visiting villages as a mark of respect.
  • Bula = Hello
  • Vinaka = Thank you
  • Moce (Mow-they) = Goodbye
  • E vica na kena i-sau? = How much is this?
  • Da kana! = Bon appetit!
April to October is the best as the heat and humidity isn’t at its highest and the rain tends to stay away. It is also said that the water temperature is at its best during these months.
Like most tropical locations Fiji has 2 seasons, dry and wet.
Dry season
May to Oct
19° / 29°
Wet season
Nov to Apr
22° / 31°
Getting around Fiji is cheap and easy, with buses and carriers (trucks/ vans) on the islands and ferries to transport you from island to island. The bigger islands also have taxis available however you will need to negotiate your fare before the trip as most don’t use meters.
Dialing code +679


 
Visa - Canadian travellers don’t need a visa to stay as a tourist for up to 90 days.
The drinking age in Fiji is 18 or over.


Language
English is the official language with Fijian and Hindustani spoken in smaller towns.
 
Electrical / device: 240V. Power plug is Type I.
 
Currency 
Fijian Dollar
(CAD$1 = FJD$1.60)
*average rate, 2015-2020.
Drive on the left side of the road.

 
Tipping is not encouraged in Fiji but if you would like to tip the standard 10% is fine.
  • In 2013, five couples recorded the highest altitude wedding on an aeroplane as they celebrated their wedding on a Fiji Airways flight cruising at 41,000 feet.
  • The national rugby team has the most 'sin bins' in an international game: 5 yellow cards against Italy in 2013.
  • Bill 'Big Bill' Cavubuti is the heaviest player to play Test rugby at 187cm tall and 160kg.
National icons are the Tagimaucia (flower), the outrigger canoe and coconut palm.
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