The island of Fiji images visions of beaches, tropical oceans, and paradise. This huge chain of islands is filled with unspoiled tropical reefs, beaches, lush jungles, and an interesting local population.
The ocean surrounding the islands is clear and warm and there’s no better place to lounge in the sun and have a great tropical vacation. You’ll find a complete island paradise here. Moreover, you can also find a strong culture, a rich Polynesian history, wonderful food, and great people. It’s why people dream of Fiji when they think of paradise and why so many people come to visit the islands here. Fiji has something for everyone.
Cost and Budgeting in Fiji
Fiji is heavily geared to tourism and thus tries to cater to a wide variety of different travelers. Fiji holidays don’t really need to be expensive and you can always find great deals, especially since Fiji is a popular stop on round the world tickets so it sees a lot of budget travelers. If you stay in hostels, eat cheap (and do a little self-catering), and plan your inter-island travel in advice, you’ll get travel on around US$40 – US$60 per day. For those looking for more mid range tropical vacation, you should budget around $150 USD per day. This includes a nice hotel, food, and a few activities, including scuba diving, as well as lots of inter-island travel. For higher a higher end vacation in Fiji, plan to spend at least US$200 per day. After that, the sky is the limit.
Things to Do and See in Fiji
Scuba Dive/Snorkel- Fiji has excellent diving. Kadavu is one of Fiji’s favorite scuba diving sites with the Great Astrolabe Reef running right up the northeastern side of the island. Shark diving is also a popular activity here. If you don’t dive, the snorkeling here is generally fantastic with the clear waters offering fascinating windows into the undersea world.
Hiking- The more energetic can go trekking in the Nausori Highlands overlooking Nadi. Taveuni also offers good hiking in the Bouma National Heritage Parki. Work up a sweat in the dense island jungles and then cool off in a nearby waterfall or stream.
Go Surfing- Fiji has excellent surfing. Many of the islands have some great waves. If you are a surfer, Fiji is an excellent destination to go to. If not, Fiji is an excellent destination to learn this great sport.
Go Sailing- Sailing vessels such as the schooners are a great way to see the protected Mamanuca Group, a group of coral islands that make paradise look even more perfect.
Learn about the Culture- Firewalking and traditional dancing accompany the Fijian feasts at island nights staged at the main resorts and are a great way to enjoy the nights after a quiet day on the beach. Moreover, there are many museums throughout the island where you can learn the history of the Polynesian and local Indian country there.
When to go to Fiji
The temperature on Fiji is very constant throughout the year. Visitors here always find the islands to be hot, humid, and tropical. The best time for visiting the Fiji Islands is between May and November. This is the cooler drier season and the weather is better for traveling. December to April is hotter and wetter with the heavy cyclones occurring between November and January.