Fiji's islands are located next to the international dateline in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean. Local Time is GMT +12. Depending on your origin of travel there are several international gateways to Fiji:
From Australia/New Zealand
Direct flights to Nadi are offered from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne on a regular basis by Qantas, Fiji Airways and Virgin Australia. Jetstar also operates direct services out of Sydney. Flight times are between 3 and 5 hours.
There are also direct flights from Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand.
From North America
Fiji Airways's direct flights from Los Angeles to Nadi are the main connection for travellers from North America. Flights arrive usually early in the morning in Nadi (2 calendar days after a late-night departure in LAX due to the crossing of the international dateline). This allows same day connections to most outlying islands. Returning flights depart Nadi in the late evening and arrive Los Angeles in the early afternoon on the same day (before they left Nadi!).
Nadi has limited direct flights to and from Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific codesharing with Fiji Airways), Singapore (Fiji Airways) or Seoul (Korean Air). Air Niugini also operates 3 weekly flights between Port Moresby and Nadi.
Fiji is almost equidistant from Europe for travel via the USA or Asia/Australia.
Cathay Pacific's direct flight from Hong Kong to Nadi is very well connected with flights from Europe. Air New Zealand offers regular flights from Europe to Nadi via Los Angeles.
As part of your travel plan we will happily assist you in finding the most suitable flight connections to your dive destination. In many cases we can issue the tickets on your behalf.
Air taxes are subject to strong fluctuations and can change daily or until your flight ticket has been purchased. Taxes generally include local airport/security fees, departure taxes, ground handling fees and fuel surcharges.
Should the most convenient route involve instant purchase airfares we can still issue them with your authorisation. All airfares issued by us will attract a small service fee and might be slightly more expensive then the cheapest offers online.
In general, airfares available for purchase online depend on day of departure and time of travel. Those instant purchase airfares require full payment at time of booking. If you choose to arrange your own flights online, we won't be able to provide any services for seat reservations, schedule or itinerary changes.
Please note that baggage rules and regulations are subject to change at any time.
For most carriers operating between the US and Fiji, the 2 piece system still applies. You are allowed to check in 2 pieces at 23kg (50lbs) per piece.
Coming from Australia, Qantas and Virgin Australia are very strict in enforcing a 23kg (50lbs) checked baggage allowance and can charge excess baggage fees for dive gear.
For domestic air travel in Fiji, divers coming from the US will be allowed to check in their 2 pieces at 23kg (50lbs) per piece. For all passengers connecting from other international gateways are entitled to check in 20kg (44lbs) per person.
If you need to connect within Australia to join your Fiji Airways or Virgin Australia flights, a strict baggage limit of 20-23kg (44-50lbs) applies with all domestic carriers.
Airlines are strictly enforcing their checked baggage limit and can charge excess baggage fees for additional checked pieces and dive gear.
Fragile items such as camera, regulator, dive computer etc., should be packed in a small bag and taken as carry-on luggage. Batteries from dive torches, strobes, cameras and other devices should be removed prior to check-in. Be sure your baggage is properly tagged.
International airport information
Nadi (pronounced: Nandi) Airport is your entry into Fiji. The domestic and international terminals are within walking distance. It has some coffee shops and basic duty free shopping. An ATM machine is available. The airport is 10-20 minutes away from transit hotels and Nadi town.