There are three official languages in Fiji: English, Fijian and Hidustani.
Learn About Fiji
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the official languages of Fiji? [click to view]
What religions are practiced in Fiji? [click to view]
Native Fijians are mostly Christians with most being Roman Catholic and Methodists. The local Indian Fijians are mostly Hindi or Muslim and the local Chinese also practice Buddhism.
What is the electricity voltage in Fiji? [click to view]
Throughout Fiji it is 240 volts with AC/50 cycles.
What time zone is Fiji located in? [click to view]
Can I use my Cell Phone in Fiji? [click to view]
Most likely yes. You will need to communicate with your provider for specific use while in Fiji. Or you can pick up a disposable cell phone when you arrive for use while you are in Fiji. If you are interested in this option please ask your Bula Vacations representative.
What is Fiji's international dialing code? [click to view]
The international country dialing code for the Fiji Islands is +679.
What is the emergency phone number in Fiji? [click to view]
911 is the number called to contact the Fiji's Emergency services.
When is the best time of the year to visit Fiji? [click to view]
The peak tourist season in Fiji is from June to October. This is the winter season and the weather is dry and warm.
Is it always hot in Fiji? [click to view]
The Fiji Islands enjoy a tropical climate, with warm dry winters and hot wet summers. In the 'winter' temperatures are still very warm during the day (even up to 30°C). However, the evening breezes can be cool, so if you are visiting Fiji it is best to bring a light wrap for the evening.
When is the rainy season in Fiji? [click to view]
The rainy season is in the summer months from November to March.
What is the average temperature in the summer months? [click to view]
The summer month’s maximum temperatures average about 31°C (88°F).
What is the average temperature in the winter months? [click to view]
The winter month’s maximum temperatures average about 29°C (84°F).
Are there poisonous land snakes in Fiji? [click to view]
There are no poisonous snakes. There are some indigenous "harmless" snakes, however, but these now only exist on some outer islands as the introduction of the mongoose in the late 19th century to control rats in the sugar cane plantations on the main islands led to the devastation of land-dwelling birds, snakes and amphibious creatures.
Is the water in Fiji safe to drink from the tap? [click to view]
Yes, in the major cities such as Suva, Nadi, Lautoka, Savusavu etc. have water treatment plants and the water is safe to drink.
Is it customary to tip in the Fiji Islands? [click to view]
Tipping in Fiji is not encouraged in most resorts, hotels or tourist establishments. Please note that most resorts have a "Staff Christmas Fund" were staff share donations given by customers over the year.
Fijians are known as the friendliest people in the world. Your respect for their fiji customs and traditions will not only make you a welcome guest in their villages and homes, but add another dimension to your Fijian holiday.
What is a Meke? [click to view]
Meke is a traditional Fijian dance that is used to welcome visitors, or celebrate social or religious occasions. Women preform fan dances and men perform spear and club dances. It is now a very popular form of entertainment at tourist resorts through the country.
What is a sevusevu? [click to view]
A ' sevusevu ' is a Fijian ritual ceremony of great importance in the Fijian culture. The cultural significance is quite complex and one can find detailed explanations that outline the subtleties. Simply put, it is a courteous introduction of newcomers (guests) to an existing community (host). Typically the guest(s) should offer waka (kava root) to the host. The acceptance of the waka is a way of welcoming the newcomer. The drinking of yaqona (kava) is common at a sevusevu.
What is a lovo? [click to view]
This is a traditional Fijian feast that where the meal is cooked in the earth. Traditionally the Fijians cook cassava, sweet potatoes, yams and meat such as pork, lamb or chicken. Many resorts offer a 'lovo' as one of their special nightly meals.
Ecology of Fiji
Nearly half of the total landmass of Fiji is covered in natural forests, including many large stands of Sandalwood and Kauri hardwood trees. Rainforest covers much of the larger islands while cane fields and coconut groves are found in abundance along the coastline. Home to more than 3,000 plant species, nearly one-third are indigenous.
On Land [click to view]
Found along the shore of Fiji’s many island coastal regions are an estimated 20,000 hectares of Mangroves forest. Growing in the salty waters of tidal estuaries or in muddy, oxygen-rich waters these forests are rich in bird and sea-life and also provide plentiful fishing grounds for the local peoples.
Fiji has only one native mammal… the bat. Of the six species of bat found in Fiji are three species of fruit bat including the large Polynesian Flying Fox (pteropus tonganus). Other common non-native mammals introduced by modern visitors including: rats, dogs, pigs, goats, mongooses, horses and sheep.
Greater variety exists in the reptile and amphibian populations. The rare Fijian Crested Iguana (Brachylophus vitiensis) is one of two species of Iguana that call Fiji home. Additionally are multiple species of skink, gecko and snake none of which are venomous.
The Fijian archipelago is best known, however, as a paradise for bird lovers with over 100 species of birds 25 of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Visitors will see many types of parrots and lorikeets such as the Collared Lori, the national bird, in wooded areas or near the resorts. Seabirds such as Albatross, terns, petrel, pelicans and boobies live in abundance along the shore. Other birds include a variety of raptors, doves, ducks, warblers and fantails to name a few.