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How Much Money Do I Need To Travel Fiji

9th October 2019

Bula Vinaka! Are you craving a slow paced getaway in the sun with nothing to do but lay by the pool and enjoy a cheeky fruity cocktail? Of course you are.

Aussies are lucky to have hundreds of Fijian Islands to choose from just a few hours flight from home. Since you’re not going to be forking out nearly $2000 on 24 hours worth of flights, chances are you’ve got some money in the kitty to enjoy some awesome experiences that won’t send you broke in the process.

What goes into a travel budget?

Depending on your trip style and what you want to do in Fiji, your travel budget is going to vary. But there are a few inescapable items that find their way into pretty much every travel budget.

Transport costs

This one’s easy – because Australia isn’t Fiji, you’re going to need to transport yourself there. Plane is the best way.  If you want to island hop to Fiji’s outer islands or cruise around the coastlines Fiji is an expensive country to travel around and budgeting these costs before you get over there is going to make life a lot easier.

Accommodation

Whether it’s over water bungalows or a 10 bed dorm, accommodation is another big chunk of your holiday budget. Make sure you do plenty of research on the best places to stay and compare and book before you go. Fiji is one of those places that has become very popular over the years and places can book out/get expensive quickly.

Food

Unless you’re on an ultra fasting diet, chances are you’re going to be enjoying some delicious food on your trip. If some of your hotel options are self-contained you can save yourself a few bucks by turning Masterchef for the night and most hotels offer complimentary breakfast to get you off to a good start to the day.

Activities

Lying on the beach, surfing and paddle boarding, hiking in the hills of the amazing Bouma National Heritage Park – there are a huge number of free or cheap things to do in Fiji. There are also plenty of cultural activities and fun adventures that do cost money, so make sure you write them all down!

Pre-departure expenses

Don’t forget things like getting your immunisations up to date, renewing your passport if you have to, and the big one – Travel Insurance!

Holiday Budget Calculator 

If you want the benefit of having an accurately planned out budget, but don’t know the cost of things in Fiji and don’t have the time to check, then we’ve got your back there with our radical holiday budget planning tool. I wish I had this on my last trip.

Using super complex algorithms combining Numbeo data and our AUD to FJD exchange rate, we can translate your budget into any currency with the click of a button so you can get back to planning the more exciting aspects of your trip.

How does this Holiday Budget Calculator work?

It couldn’t get much easier, we promise. We’ve broken it down into 5 easy planning steps.

Step 1

  • Enter in your destination
  • Pick your travel style
  • Let the planner know how long you’re travelling for
  • Choose your currency AUD/FJD


Step 2

Is pretty easy as well, because the budget planner already knows the cost of everything, just plug in things like how many coffees, alcoholic beverages and meals you plan on having out and voila, the computer does all the hard stuff and you get to enjoy your Kava.

Step 3

Os going to come in handy I assure you. As if you could go to Fiji and not do at least a little bit of cheeky shopping, those Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts are pretty comfy. Make sure to add in some additional spending to give yourself a bit of a buffer if you feel like buying (yourself) someone else some souvenirs from the myriad of markets you’ll be wandering through.

Step 4

Is for you to put in a bit more information about your transport. Chances are you might need to take a taxi or 2 to get you to where you need to be in a hurry if Island time is catching up with you and that can add up pretty quickly if not factored in. If you’re doing some island hopping that can also add a few dollars to your budget as well, so don’t under estimate.

Step 5

Isn’t really a step, it’s where you get to take a look at the total cost of your trip after the magic travel robots have done their calculations. Think you can trim a bit off the top, go through again, same if you’ve forgotten something. A budget is a work in progress right up until you land back in Australia.

Fiji holiday budget example

After a little bit of study, a rough budget for the big ticket items for you Japan trip could look like one of these bad boys:

The lovey dovey couple’s retreat

Transport $1200 for couple Return flights to Nadi with airport transfers
Accommodation From $1300 for 8 nights 3 star hotel with hotel
Food $100 per day Mixture of market goodies and hotel restaurant
Activities $500 for 2 Full day island cruise adventure
Total $3900 total  

 

The family getaway

Budgeting an exact amount for family trips is notoriously difficult and your exact budget will likely look very different to the below.

Transport $2500 for 2 adults, 2 kids Return flights to Nadi
Accommodation $2100 for 8 nights Modest family friendly
Food $1000  
Activities Lots of free activities included at resort  
Total $5600 total  
 

The solo traveller's trip

With a little bit more flexibility to choose the cheapest flights, the solo traveller can save a bit of money initially, but accommodation expenses rack up pretty quickly when you’re solo. If you’re short on time and want to look at having more inclusions in your trip, don’t forget about group tours. They’re a great way to make new friends and most of the time they’ll include accommodation, breakfast and transport.

Transport $550 pp Return flights to Nadi
Accommodation $1360 For a day island hopping package visiting 3 islands in simple accommodation
Food Included with the package!  
Activities $300 For the extra activities like reef
Total $2210  

 

Don't forget
  • Budgeting doesn’t have to be a dirty word. It might not be the most fun part of your holiday, but it is one of the most important parts.
  • Research your ‘per day’ budget and include the things you really want to do. Once you know the costs, you have a goal to save for and some flexibility to work with
  • Most things are cheaper to book in advance (especially if you’re going near peak times) but some things can be cheaper to purchase in the US
  • Don’t forget to factor in your pre-travel costs (e.g. travel insurance, immunisations and visas).
  • Budget for cheap eats some days so you can treat yourself on others.
  • Don’t forget other cheeky costs like airport transfers, tours and tipping

 

Flight costs based on search from www.flightcentre.com.au and are indicative costs only, based on prices available on 04 August 2019. ^Accommodation costs are based on an average per night price for budget, moderate or luxury hotels, as indicated in the table. ~Food based on the average cost of 1 coffee, 1 fast food meal and 1restaurant meal per person, per day. 
COST COMPARISON TABLE: All costs are based on estimated approximate costs from major metropolitan cities. “From” costs indicate costs that start from the indicated price and may be higher than shown. Average prices indicate a typical estimated cost you would pay for the indicated item. Prices may vary from time to time, and in different cities and towns within Fiji.
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