Dengue Fever

Dengue fever is a virus spread by the bite of a day-biting mosquito. It causes a feverish illness with headache and severe muscle pains similar to those experienced with a bad, prolonged attack of influenza. Another name for the disease is 'break bone fever' and that's what it feels like. Danger signs include prolonged vomiting, blood in the vomit and a blotchy rash. There is no preventive vaccine and mosquito bites should be avoided whenever possible. Self-treatment involves paracetamol,...

Surfing

It is believed that surfing has existed in Fiji for hundreds of years. Surfing reefs over warm, crystal-clear, turquoise-blue water is a very special experience. The majority of Fiji's rideable breaks are on offshore reefs that require boat trips. When choosing accommodation, also consider the price of getting to the surf. The best surf spots are along Viti Levu's south coast and in the Mamanuca Group. There are also breaks at Kadavu and Taveuni. The dry season (May to October) is the best time...

Tours

Fiji has many companies providing tours within the country, including trekking, cycling, kayaking, diving, bus or 4WD tours. Cruises to the outer islands such as the Lonely Planet Publications GETTING AROUND ' Tours 265 Mamanucas (pl49) and Yasawas (pl59) are popular. There is also a sailing safari on the Tui Tai from Savusavu to Taveuni, Kioa and Koro (pi96). Viti Levu has the most tours, including excellent two-, four- or six-day treks with Mount Batilamu Trek (pl43) or Adventure Fiji (p81)....

Airports Airlines

Most visitors to Fiji arrive at Nadi International Airport, situated 9km north of central Nadi. A few international flights land at Nausori airport near Suva. On arrival you will be greeted by a sea of smiling faces and guitar serenading. Most of these people will be representing local accommodation or the many travel agencies in the airport. Nadi International Airport has a 24-hour ANZ bank with currency exchange. There are many travel agencies, airline offices and car-rental offices in the...

Indo Fijian History Culture

An Indo-Fijian, Clement Paligaru came to Australia in 1984. He has reported extensively on the Pacific region forthe Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Today's Indo-Fijians are among some 10 million descendents of indentured Indian labourers who live outside India. It would be hard to imagine Fiji without Indo-Fijians. With enterprise and resilience, they have forged a presence that permeates throughout the country. Despite mostly being the descendants of indentured labourers who arrived in...

European Explorers Traders

The goal of Europeans who sailed the Pacific during the 17th and 18th centuries was to find terra australis incognita, the great 'unknown southern land' later called Australia. Some of them bumped into Fiji on the way. Abel Tasman became the first European to sail past the Fiji islands in 1643, and his descriptions of treacherous reef systems kept mariners away for the next 130 years. The English navigator James Cook visited uneventfully, stopping on Vatoa in the southern Lau Group in 1774....

Consort Shipping Prices And Cabin Fiji

Interisland trips for sightseeing and catamaran transfers are available to the Mamanucas and Yasawas see this section as well as pl50 and pl61 for more details. Regular ferry services link Viti Levu to Vanua Levu and Taveuni, and also Viti Levu to Ovalau. See the map on pp2-3 for ferry routes. The Patterson Brothers, Beachcomber Cruises and Consort Shipping boats are large roll-on, roll-off ferries, carrying passengers, vehicles and cargo. They have canteens where you can buy drinks, snacks and...

Diving Snorkelling

The beauty of Fiji is that, with a dive industry that is well-established, you can have great access to diving and snorkelling regardless of whether your funds extend from budget or luxury. For information on diving see p57 for information on diving insurance, see p271. Snorkelling in Fiji's warm waters is a definite highlight. There are beautiful reefs teeming with amazing life. Snorkelling is often fantastic very close to the coast, making it a relatively inexpensive and easy pastime compared...

When To Go

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. Insect repellent, which is sold in city pharmacies but needed most elsewhere. Plenty to read -...

Types of Accommodation

Don't just set up camp anywhere without permission. Most of Fiji's land, even in seemingly remote areas, is owned by the indigenous population, by mataqali (extended families) or villages. If you are invited to camp in villages, avoid setting up next to someone's bure (traditional dwelling). Doing so can be misinterpreted as implying that you feel the house is not good enough for you to stay in. Ask where the best place to pitch your tent is and provide a sevitsevit (gift). Elsewhere you can...

The Culture

Fijians welcome kaivalagi - foreigners, literally 'people from far away' - by going out of their way to assist visitors, or to chat in shops and caf s, and this makes for comfortable travelling. Not wishing to disappoint, a Fijian 'yes' might mean 'maybe' or 'no' this can be disconcerting for visitors. Despite its recent history of internal conflict, face-to-face confrontation is rare in Fiji and is discouraged. Impersonal forms of dissent and argument are...

Hire

Rental cars are relatively expensive in Fiji. Despite this, it is a good way to explore the larger islands, especially if you can split the cost with others. Some rental agencies will not allow their cars to be driven on unpaved roads, which greatly limits exploration of the highlands. It is possible to take vehicles on roll-on, roll-off ferries to Vanua Levu or Taveuni, but again, some companies do not allow this. The ferry costs are pretty expensive and vehicles are available to rent on both...

Contributing Authors

Jean-Bernard Carillet wrote the Diving chapter. Born with restless feet and fins, his journeys have led him to the best dive destinations in the world, including French Polynesia, New Caledonia, the Red Sea, the Caribbean and, lately, Fiji and Vanuatu. As a dive instructor and incorrigible traveller, Jean-Bernard has written widely for various French publications, including Plongeurs International magazine. He has also coordinated and co-authored two Lonely Planet diving guides Tahiti &...