Everything you Need to Know Before you Go to Fiji

Brooke Underwater aka Mermaid
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Fiji…. a tropical paradise that has been welcoming honeymooners for years to enjoy the pristine waters, sunny skies (most of the time) and unforgettable Fijian hospitality. Here’s everything you need to know before you go to Fiji to help make your stay an enjoyable one!

Before you Go to Fiji…


Greeting the Locals

Bula is the common greeting in Fiji, meaning hello or welcome. It can also be used to say cheers or good health. However almost everyone you encounter will speak English fluently as this is taught throughout primary education and adopted as a common language for Fijians and the large Indian population. For certain everyone in your resort/hotel will speak English, but all will appreciate your efforts to speak a little Fijian.

Other great phrases to know before you go: Vinaka (thank you); Vacava Tiko? (how are you?) La Bula (Pleased to meet you)

Knowing Where to Go

There are 333 islands in Fiji. Thus you are bound to wind up on a boat at some point during your stay, and that’s probably likely to be your means of arriving to your resort. Unless you plan to stay on the main island of Viti Levu, you’re bound to catch a boat transfer immediately on arrival. This usually means a “wet landing” whereby you will wade through knee deep water to shore as many islands don’t have jetties on arrival. For my visit to Fiji, I had an island experience at Royal Davui, followed by a mainland experience at the newly openedΒ Nanuku.


Knowing What you can do

Activities are in abundance in Fiji. You can expect to swim, dive, snorkel, climb, hike, zip-line, cruise, fish, jet-ski, kayak, canoe, paddleboard, surf…. and so much more. Before you go to Fiji be sure to take a look at all the options available to you and book some trips in advance. There’s nothing worse than returning home and hearing in conversation with friends or family who have also visited that you’ve missed something amazing! Tourism Fiji have some great information on their site in relation to the oodles of activities on offer in Fiji.

Β The Food

Before you arrive in Fiji its a good idea to know what to expect in terms of cuisine. Fijian cuisine encompasses lots of seafood and curries, especially due to the strong Indian presence in Fiji. However most of the resorts stick to serving Western-friendly meals and you’ll actually find it harder to find local food than it is to eat typical dishes from back home. One traditional item on the menu that you’re bound to try at some point during your stay is Kava. This is a traditional ceremonial drink that, while worth a try, will most likely not leave you wanting more. It’s also worth mentioning that Kava is neither alcoholic nor narcotic.


As you’re probably already aware, the climate in Fiji is tropical. This can (and most likely will) mean it can rain at any time, however as its so hot and you’re likely to already be in the pool or ocean anyway, it really isn’t likely to hinder your experience! Some days are clear skies, other days are grey… but this can all change in an instant. It’s all part of the island experience!

Β  Fiji

Thanks to Fiji Tourism for arranging my visit to Fiji.

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    September 9, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Hello! I am leaving for Fiji this weekend. What to pack? I planned swim suits, shorts, tank tops….then I read that women do not wear shorts. Really? It seems troublesome to wear dresses,
    As suggested. What did you do? I’m clearly do not want to go against their culture & I want to do the right thing. I would appreciate some feedback.

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    June 8, 2015 at 4:08 pm


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    Julie Syl Kalungi
    May 27, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Wow Keli,

    We would love to hear ore about the Best Vacation of your life too. How about you write a blog about it. I am intrigued. That said. I would definitely love to Visit Fiji and This article has got it firmly on my soon to visit Bucket List! Thank You Brooke. such beautiful clear waters and views, makes one wish to be there πŸ™‚ #isbt

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    Keri Blair
    April 15, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you for bringing me back to the best vacation of my life! I love how everyone is so friendly there. Bula!

    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel
    April 1, 2015 at 9:41 am

    I can’t believe I have lived in Australia for over twenty years and never went to Fiji… my heart hurts every time I see an airfare sale land in my inbox! You have definitely inspired me though… it’s back on the bucket list!

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    March 27, 2015 at 8:13 am

    I would love to go to Fiji! It looks so amazing!

    March 25, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Fiji is on the bucket list for sure! I like that there’s a lot more to do there than stay in the resort and lay on the beach.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

    March 25, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Great post! I’ll put it definitely on my bucket list.

    March 25, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Looks absolutely stunning. This is definitely on my travel list. Check out my blog True Lue. I am at the moment blogging about my recent trip to Northern Ireland!

    March 25, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Good, short overview of such a beautiful place!

    Characters & Carry-ons

    March 25, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Sounds amazing! Mini tropical paradise :]

    Lauren Hughes
    March 25, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Such a great post and everything that you mention is exactly how I remember it! I also used to love the way that you were greeted to each island with a song and a cocktail, typically served in a coconut. For a long time I didn’t realise that alcohol was present inside them either…

    I would love to go back, as I was there not long after a volcano had erupted and there was pumus everywhere alongside the jelly fish! Maybe I can save it for my own honey moon?! (probably need to find a husband first though) xo

    Caroline Achieng Otieno
    March 25, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Cool! Would really love to visit Fiji!

    March 25, 2015 at 1:09 am

    You have me wanting to visit Fiji more than ever now! Thanks for all the great tips!

    March 24, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Fiji is also a backpackers’ paradise for those looking for a more rustic experience, which I loved in my early 20s, but now you’ve inspired me to go back and indulge in the luxury resorts.

    March 24, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Great tips Fiji is definitely somewhere I need to get to. Looks like a relaxing and fun place to be.

    March 24, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    So jealous, I am so excited to check out the islands in the future! I just hope that it hasn’t been too Westernized, because if it has I feel like so much of the experience will end up being lost. But hey, at least Fiji will always stay beautiful πŸ˜€

    March 24, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Great post. I’ve always wanted to visit Fiji! Thank you for the tips!

    Mara Sousa
    March 24, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Seems dreamy! πŸ™‚
    Those type of locations are the ideal for writing and getting inspiration. Xo

    March 24, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Ahhh I need to go to Fiji<3

    Clipping Path Outsource
    March 24, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    I think it is so important to know everything when we go in a trip excepting our home land.

    March 24, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Fiji looks like an absolute bliss! So beachy, relaxing… just wonderful!

    March 24, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    I will most likely not go to Fiji very soon, haha πŸ™‚
    But thanks for the tips. It’s always interesting to hear about different countries. (Well, that’s why I’m here in the end I guess. lol)

    March 24, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Fiji has long been on my bucket list and now that I’m living in Australia it’s finally possible! Hoping to get there next year. Thanks for the advice!

    EmilyAnne (Eat All Over The World)
    March 24, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Fiji needs to be added to the list. Thanks!

    Jennifer Stevens | Adventurous Appetite
    March 24, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Wow, I had no idea there were 333 islands! Interesting.

    March 24, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Ooooh this looks amazing! Eating local Indian-inspired food while soaking in the rays in a tropical paradise sounds like my kind of heaven!

    Susan the farm quilter
    March 24, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Sounds like a fun place to visit! What season is the best, or is the whole year wonderful?

    • Brooke Saward
      March 24, 2015 at 7:35 am

      Its a tropical climate so definitely better times of year to visit than others! Would highly recommend visiting during winter to avoid the cyclone season! April/May and October/November are known as the best times of year to visit πŸ™‚