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Expert tip

When planning a daytrip to one of the smaller islands, it’s a good idea to stock up on food before departing. Items tend to be less expensive on the main islands.

ATM access

1/5 stars – It can be difficult to find an ATM outside of major cities, towns and resorts.

Tipping

Generally, tipping is not required nor expected anywhere in Fiji.

Due to the country’s communal attitude, any loose change that is left as a tip will probably be shared by the staff, such as in a workplace fund for having a staff party at Christmas time.

You will not be expected to tip drivers, tour guides, or hotel staff while you are in Fiji, and it may even be confusing for the recipient if you attempt to do so.

Bargaining scale

2/5 stars  bargaining is impolite.

Haggling will be seen as impolite in most Fijian stores.

If prices are displayed, it is usually best not to attempt any negotiation as they will already be at their lowest price.

Card access

Although resorts and major establishments will usually accept card payments, it’s best to have some Fijian dollars handy during your time on the archipelago.

This will help you avoid hefty transaction fees and enable you to pay for things in locations with no ATMs or EFTPOS capability.

If you will be using your debit or credit card during your holiday, be sure to notify your bank in advance so they don’t consider putting a hold on your cards when the foreign transactions start popping up.

Cost of a coffee

FJ $4-$6

Transport

On top of regular taxis and buses, you can also choose to travel via minivan or a small people-carrying truck. The cities of Suva and Nadi present travellers with more transport options than other locations across the island network.

A bus between Nadi and Suva typically costs about FJ$17-$25 one way. When travelling within the city, buses can get you from place to place for as little as 70 cents to FJ$2.50.

Hitchhiking is common in Fiji but is not recommended.

Pickpocket security rating

3/5 stars – theft is possible.

Some opportunistic theft does occur in Fiji, so keep your possessions as secure as possible when travelling. Incidents are more likely to occur at night and in city centres.

Scammers and ripoffs

There are occasionally cases of card skimming at ATMs in Fiji. Cover the keypad when imputing your PIN just in case.

Many taxis don’t have a meter, so make sure to negotiate a fee before departing to avoid being ripped off by your driver.

A specific con artist to be aware of is the swords salesperson. This street merchant will strike up a conversation with you and ask for your name very quickly. If you tell them your name, they may then carve it into one of their wooden swords and demand that you pay an unrealistic price for it. If the situation seems uncertain, stay friendly but withhold your name.

Departure tax

Your departure tax will be included in your plane ticket.

Visa costs

Citizens of Australia and New Zealand don’t require a visa to visit Fiji, so long as they can show proof they will be leaving after their holiday (e.g. an outbound airfare).

Visitor visas for stays of less than four months will be issued upon arrival after the above documentation is provided.

If your visit is for any reason other than tourism then you may need a visa.

You can get further information from the Fiji High Commission in Australia or the Fiji Department of Immigration.

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