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Fiji

Capital: Suva (on Viti Levu)

Currency: Fijian Dollar

Electricity: 240v (adapter & converter required)

Time Zone : Local time is GMT + 12

Government : Republican, sometimes military regime

Land size : 322 islands, 18,274 km2

Language : Officially Fijian and Hindustani, but English is widely used and understood

Population : 944,720

Religion : Christian 64.5% (Methodist 34.6%, Roman Catholic 9.1%, Assembly of God 5.7%, Seventh Day Adventist 3.9%, Anglican 0.8%, other 10.4%), Hindu 27.9%, Muslim 6.3%, Sikh 0.3%, & others

Documents

Canadians passports must be valid at least 3 mths beyond the intended period of stay. A free visitor's visa is granted on arrival for a period of 4 months for tourists not travelling on business.

Driver's License

International driver's license is required in Fiji. Car rentals are very expensive and limit the roads that you may drive on. Fuel is expensive and there are areas that are not safe to drive. Traffic drives on the left hand side of the road.

Weather

Fiji's "wet" season is from November to April which is also the time most likely to see tropical cyclones. The best time to visit is during the so-called 'Fijian winter' or 'dry season', from May to October. This time of year is more pleasant with lower rainfall and humidity, milder temperatures and less risk of meteorological hazards such as cyclones. Consequently these six months make up the high season, when airfare and accommodation costs are at their highest. Expect costs to peak in June and July.

Fiji Vacation Tips

ATM machines are available in cities only, so we recommend that you take credit cards and travellers cheques. If you choose to take cash, they prefer Australian Dollars or US Dollars for exchange at banks and currency exchange counters. The local bus circles the island and is very reasonable, but not necessarily reliable. We recommend that you pre-arrange a tour of Fiji, the outer islands or a "Blue Lagoon Cruise". Call West's Travel to help you plan your exotic vacation to Fiji.

Top 5 reasons to visit Fiji

1) Exotic destination with great climate

2) Amazing crystal clear water, white sand beaches

3) Incredible sunsets

4) Mix of friendly people and culture

5) Diving and snorkeling are unmatched