Fiji is made up of about 330 islands and about 500 more tiny atolls, islets, and reefs. The island of Viti Levu covers about half of Fiji’s area, and Vanua Levu about a third. Many of Fiji’s other islands are merely piles of sand on coral reefs. Suva is the capital and largest city.
There’s more to Fiji than sunbathing. It’s got some of the best scuba diving territory in the world, but less well known is that there’s also superb surfing to be found here too. Rainforest hikes; river rafting and sea kayaking are other adventures also on offer.
To the west, the volcanic islands of the Yasawas group have some of the country’s finest beaches, as well as excellent, sheltered snorkelling.
Cool winds make Fiji’s tropical climate relatively comfortable. Temperatures range from about 60 °F (16 °C) to 90 °F (32 °C). Heavy rains and tropical storms occur frequently between November and April.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
LANGUAGE: English, Fijian and Hindi
CURRENCY: Fiji Dollar
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 240V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a three pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: FJ
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +679
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +12
There remains a potential for civil unrest following the military coup in December 2006. You should exercise caution when travelling in Fiji, particularly in urban areas, such as the capital, Suva and avoid all military or political rallies and large gatherings of people, and avoid openly discussing political issues.
The penalty for possession of any amount of marijuana is a mandatory prison sentence.
Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk