FijiTravel hints



Best time to dive in Fiji
(Last updated April 2017)

Fiji has a tropical South Sea climate with year-round temperatures between 27°-34°C (80°-96°F). Tradewinds from the east southeast bring year long cooling breezes late afternoon and early evening.

The months with less rainfall are from April to October and are widely regarded as a better time to go. The rainy season is from November to March and tropical cyclones may occur during these months.
Visa & Passport requirements
Fiji welcomes visitors! To facilitate easy entry, everything has been done to make the process as pleasant as possible. A valid passport for at least six months beyond the intended period of stay and a ticket for return or onward travel is required. Entry visas are granted on arrival for a stay of up to 4 months for nationals of most countries.

NOTE: As visa requirements can change at any time, we recommend you confirm visa requirements prior to your departure.
Health
Fiji is free from malaria, yellow fever and other major tropical diseases in tropical countries. Outbreaks of mosquito transmitted dengue fever are very limited and spraying the towns to kill the mosquitoes is quickly organised if the threat becomes apparent.

As with all travels you should make sure that your usual immunisations such as polio, tetanus, etc. are current.

Public hospitals and medical facilities in Fiji are generally not as well-equipped as hospitals in Australia. Suva has a DAN approved hyperbaric chamber (chamber is currently not operational).

Medical Kit suggestions
- Analgesic
- Insect repellent
- Anti-seasick medicine
- Sun tan lotion
- Sunburn Cream
- Band aids (some large ones)
- Ear Drops- alcohol / vinegar base. Daily use will prevent outer ear infections.
- Antibiotic ointment for coral cuts. See your physician.
Currency
The Fijian Dollar is the currency of Fiji.

Incidental charges can be paid by Visa, Mastercard or cash local currency with most dive resorts and liveaboards. Operators in more remote locations may only accept cash. Some permit fees may only be paid in cash. For credit card payments, service charges will apply.
Departure taxes
All departure taxes from Fiji are included in your international flight ticket.
Local time
Fiji has only one time zone, which is 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
Language
The official languages of Fiji are English, Fiji Hindi and Fijian. English is widely spoken in all tourist centres and outer islands.
Electricity
The current is 240 volts and outlets take 3 pins (as in Australia and New Zealand). Leading hotels and resorts have universal outlets for 240v or 110v appliances or 110v adapters. Some resorts generate their own electricity.
Certification requirements & dive gear hire
Please remember to bring your certification card with you. All certified divers must present their certification cards in order to dive.

Dive operations in Fiji offer the possibility to hire dive equipment at extra cost. Please email us for advice. Tanks, weights and air fills are included in all pre-purchased packages.

Please note that Fiji has INT tank fittings. If you have DIN fittings on your regulator, make sure you bring an adaptor.
Dive insurance
All dive operators promoted by Diversion Dive Travel adhere to very high standards for safety and equipment. However, due its remote location, dive operators in Fiji insist that all divers have current Diver Evacuation & Accident cover. For a nominal yearly membership fee, the DIVERS ALERT NETWORK (DAN) provides year-round diver evacuation and accident cover. For more details on membership and insurance options, please contact your regional DAN office according to your area of residence:

North America: www.diversalertnetwork.org/
Europe: www.daneurope.org/
South-East Asia/Australia/Pacific: www.danasiapacific.org/
General travel insurance
In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled travel arrangements, Diversion Dive Travel strongly suggest you consider taking out suitable travel insurance at the time of booking. Travel insurance policies are designed to cover losses such as cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances, sudden illness or serious injury whilst abroad, and lost, stolen or damaged baggage and personal items.

Travel Insurance for Australian Residents:
www.diversiondivetravel.com.au/travelinsurance.html
Clothing suggestions
Casual & comfortable clothing including a light jacket is recommended, as evenings can get cool and liveaboards usually keep their air-conditioning high in all indoor areas. Please keep sun protection in mind and be advised to respect local customs by not wearing swimsuits, short shorts, or other inappropriate clothing in towns, villages or public places.
Tipping
This is a very personal decision, tips are your ways of expressing satisfaction. On boats, it is customary to give the tip to the captain or cruise director and ask it be distributed amongst the crew. In resorts, you leave the tip with the manager as they usually run Christmas Clubs and other community collections.
Safety
Fiji is a fascinating country. Like any other place in the world it has its downsides as well. The travel advisories of some countries do warn to take extra caution if you travel to Fiji due to the political unrest that has occurred at times. Crime does exist and occasionally even travellers have fallen victim. However, Fiji is not the dangerous place that it is sometimes painted to be. All that is needed is a bit of common sense and respect for local advice. We say this because we have sent hundreds of travellers to Fiji who have all had a safe and enjoyable experience. As a rule of thumb, you are very safe in your resorts, on your dive boats, in hotels and with your tour guide. Use normal caution around airports and in bigger cities, avoid being out at night alone, especially in bigger towns. No problems in resorts or villages.
Links to more information
The following information is supplied by the foreign affairs section of the relevant country or the tourism authority of the destination. Please check the links for up to date information on visa and safety requirements, embassy and consular contacts, general information:

Australian travel advisory for Fiji
UK travel advisory for Fiji
US travel advisory for Fiji
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