Visitors Guide H
Fiji is free from malaria, yellow fever and other major tropical diseases that are endemic to some tropical countries. It has an effective medical system in place – the local doctors are fine – although local people still believe in age-old herbal remedies and you may get just as good advice asking the resort gardener. Outbreaks of mosquito-transmitted dengue fever do occur from time to time. The simple fact of changing time zones and eating habits (those huge cooked breakfasts and that extra few drinks at night) can cause upset tummies. If you do get diarrhorea, drink plenty of water and head for the dry biscuits. Imodium and the like can quickly remedy this, too. If your body goes the other way, head for the local fruits and tropical juice. A simple first aid kit should be on your packing list – analgesics, antiseptic powder, bandaids etc. Travel insurance isn’t expensive and is highly recommended.
Just a reminder that Fiji is in the tropics and while it never gets really “hot” it can certainly feel it because of the humidity. Temps range pretty much year round between 30°C (86°F) and 23°C (73°F) and the water is always warm. When going on an outing or an activity like a round of golf, take a bottle of water and wear sun protection. While hats should be removed when you visit a village, they should be worn elsewhere. A bit of talcum powder may come in handy for rash relief. (See Climate and Wet Weather)
They aren’t cheap, but they are an efficient and fun way to get from the mainland to your island resort. To justify the cost, think of it as a scenic flight rather than a transfer. Island Hopper Helicopters operates regular transfers to Treasure, Castaway, Mana, Matamanoa and Tokoriki Islands in daylight hours (from Denarau or Nadi Airport). They carry a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 6 with a baggage allowance of 15kg per person.
These flowers are everywhere! They are short-lived but bloom quickly – you’ll find them in various colours wherever you go, on the shrubs, decorating tables, on pillows and in hair. There’s a good chance you’ll end up with a flower behind your ear if you visit – it just seems the thing to do.
Hidden away on the Coral Coast is Hideaway Resort – it’s a friendly place (sort of tautology – it’s hard to find an “unfriendly” resort!). There’s a swimming pool, tennis, golf, snorkelling and scuba diving and the bures are nestled amongst coconut palms and tropical gardens with no one above or below you. Guess that’s why it’s called “Hideaway”…
If you snorkel here, beware of the currents as water is drained out to sea through reef passages. Ask someone to point out the danger zones (this applies all along the Coral Coast).
Hideaway Resort can be a an excellent choice for couples opting to marry in Fiji and invite guests. It’s is not an overly expensive resort, there are lots of activities and, being on the Coral Coast is easy for transfers.
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Because Suva is the centre of government, the High Commissions, Consulates and Embassies are located there.
- The Australian High Commission (which also looks after Canadians) is at 72 Princes Road Tamavua (Suva) – phone 338 2211, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The New Zealand High Commission is in the Reserve Bank of Fiji building in Pratt Street – phone 311 1422, email email@example.com.
- The US Consulate is at 31 Loftus Street – phone 331 4466 (recorded info on 330 3888), email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The British High Commission is at 47 Gladstone Rd – phone 331 1033.
Avis and Thrifty are Fiji’s leading car rental companies with numerous locations around Viti Levu. Their Nadi Airport office operate a 24 hours service. Locations are Nadi, Nadi International Airport, Sheraton Fiji Resort, Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort, Korolevu, Korotogo, Suva and Nausori Airport. The tour desk at your resort will be able to assist.
It’s not illegal in Fiji but I wouldn’t encourage hitchhiking anywhere in the world these days – and especially in the tropics because of the heat. Most of the cars and vans that stop will be collective taxis, which charge fares similar to those of the buses (but without any insurance coverage).
There’s simply nowhere more romantic than the tropics for a honeymoon and most resorts cater brilliantly for couples looking for romance and relaxation. For some suggested honeymoon resorts, visit Tropical Honeymoons.
You can take 4 hour horse riding trips into the Nadi hills. Some resorts offer horse riding – some even as part of the package price. Mind you, with Turtle Island charging around US$15,000 for a week’s stay, you’d expect horse riding to be included (Turtle’s tariff actually includes everything – diving, meals, beverages etc).
The hospitals in Fiji are usually very crowded and your first port of call should be your resort manager to see if they have a doctor who will come to you if needed. Travel insurance is highly recommended in case you do have to cut your trip short due to illness or extend it because of accident. The emergency telephone number is 911.
As mentioned above under “heat”, humidity is part of the tropics. You acclimatise quickly – the most noticeable humidity will be when you arrive at Nadi airport. The most humid months are November to February – pack light cotton clothing (jeans are not recommended) and, in the cooler months, take a thicker top (long sleeves) for evenings, just in case. Carry water with you and throw yourself into a pool or the ocean if you’re feeling a bit sticky.
Coral cuts happen in the tropics and, because of the humidity they can turn nasty. Hydrogen peroxide is the pharmaceutical solution (pardon the pun). Poor onto the cut and, if it fizzes, it’s infected – but you’ve cleaned the wound. The fizzing looks worse than it feels. Throw on some antiseptic powder or ointment and cover (unlike in non-tropical areas where air helps healing). Nature’s answer to hydrogen peroxide is lime or lemon juice.