Fiji Facts and General Information
The Republic of Fiji, straddling the International Date Line, is
often referred to as the crossroads of the Pacific. This hospitable
land of islands, lagoons, lush forests and mountains is home to more
than 700,000 people.
The Fiji archipelago has over 300 islands scattered across 200,000
square miles of ocean. Total land area is about 2,800 square miles.
The Fiji Islands are situated at approximately 180 degrees longitude
and 16 degrees South.
Australia - 4 hours to the West
New Zealand - 2 hours to the South
Los Angeles - 10 hours to the Northeast
Fiji enjoys a warm sunny climate without extremes of heat and cold.
There is a mild, dry season May-October, with a warm, wetter phase
November-April. Temperatures range from 83 degrees to 88 degrees (daytime),
and the evenings are in the high 70's throughout the year.
Although the 180th Meridian passes through the Fiji Group, the International
Date Line is adjusted so that the entire archipelago falls into the
same time zone; 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
English is the official language. Fijian and Hindustani are spoken
The national currency is the Fiji dollar, which is divided into 100
cents and trades independently on the foreign-exchange markets. Overseas
currency is widely accepted in the form of cash or travellers cheques.
Most international credit cards are also accepted at resorts and major
shops. The exchange rate as of 6-30-98 is approximately .50.
All visitors to Fiji must have a current passport valid for more than
three months from the date of entry, return or ongoing air tickets
and adequate funds for their support. Permits are granted at the airport
on arrival for a stay of one month and may be extended for up to six
Fiji is a healthy country, free from most tropical diseases. Inoculations
will not be required unless a traveler is entering from a designated
infected area. Mosquito repellent is highly recommended.
Tipping is not encouraged but visitors may give a gratuity for excellent
service to the employees' Christmas Fund.
Electricity in all resorts is 240 volts, 50 cycles A.C.. Some resorts
and live-aboards may have 110 volt outlets for use as well.
Passengers 16 years and over leaving Fiji must pay a departure tax
of F$20.00 in Fijian currency.
All resorts will have drinkable water systems, but if uncertain ask