There’s no way around it—visiting Fiji in cyclone season can be a bit of a gamble. Since the Southern Pacific cyclone season runs from November through the end of April, any visit between this time could potentially involve a cyclone. In 2012, Cyclone Evan ripped through Fiji and left widespread disaster in its wake, and every year can bring strong storms and potentially heavy rains.
Seeing as Fiji has over 300 islands (about 100 of which are inhabited), it’s common for people to get around by taking ferries in Fiji. While locals often use the ferries for cargo or budget transport, visitors who plan on island hopping in Fiji can use the ferries to experience different islands in the archipelago. The Yasawas, for example, are completely different than Ovalau or the remote shores of Kadavu, and ferries are often more affordable than inter island flights from Nadi.
Because it’s in the southern hemisphere, summer in Fiji refers to the months of December, January, and February. While the word “summer” usually conjures images hordes of people on holiday, the summer months are actually one of the slower seasons in Fiji. Though the temperature in Fiji is always a a tropical 75-85°, the heat in the summer is just a bit more stifling and noticeably more pronounced. The humidity rises during the summer months, and don’t be surprised if you constantly have the urge to splash and cool off in the water.
Even though snorkeling, surfing, scuba diving, and hiking are some of the most popular activities in Fiji, local Fijians who inhabit the islands are completely consumed by rugby.
Rugby is Fiji’s national sport, and despite the nation’s low population, the Fijian team is regularly considered as one of the best rugby groups in the world. Players from every corner of the archipelago—from the lush villages of Taveuni to the shores of rural Kadavu—dream of one day representing Fiji on the international stage. There are over 600 rugby clubs located in Fiji, and the nation has the world’s highest percentage of population that officially competes in rugby.
Palm trees rustling gently in the breeze, a candlelit dinner on a white sand beach, and a thatched-roof bure with room for two—it’s the classic image of South Pacific romance that the Fijian islands are known for. With over 300 islands to choose from, however, doing research for a romantic getaway can start to become overwhelming. Budget—of course—is always a factor, but some island’s ooze romance for their luxury and privacy and others for their natural surroundings. For honeymooners planning a South Pacific getaway, or couples who just needing an alone-time escape, the following are some of the most romantic islands in Fiji for fostering and kindling your love.
At some point, most people who are traveling to Fiji will make a stop in Nadi. The city is the site of the international airport, and if it isn’t your final destination, there is a real good chance you’re swinging through here while en route to someplace else. Nadi itself has somewhat of a reputation […]
The Fijian islands are a tropical paradise where sun, surf, ocean, and heat form the backbone of a South Pacific getaway. Sit in the shade of a rustling palm, snorkel above vibrant and colorful reefs, and work on a tan you’ll bring back home as a temporary souvenir.
On a guided trek into the lush interior, you have a good chance of spotting four species of bird which are endemic to the island of Kadavu, including the colorful Kadavu Musk Parrot which is found nowhere else in the world. Learn the ways that local villagers are working to stave off development, and enjoy the benefits of staying on an island that the rest of the world hasn’t found. Kick back, unplug, and leave modernity behind for a while. You’ll be surprised how much you might like it.
Bula! That’s the cry you’re bound to hear wherever you go in Fiji. More than just being the Fijian word for “Hello”, the word “Bula” has come to symbolize the friendliness of the Fijian people who will always greet you with a big smile and a jovial wave of the hand.
As one of the nation’s principal cities and the site of the international airport, the commerce in Nadi is far superior to anywhere else in the country. In fact, people wondering where to go shopping in Nadi is one of the most oft-asked questions of the city, although there are really only a couple of places where you should head for your retail therapy.