Fiji Pre Trip Information
Fiji’s 333 islands and atolls are the epitome of a South Pacific paradise, with sunshine, palm-lined beaches and sparkling lagoons fringed with coral reefs. Fiji’s islands are mainly volcanic, with some smaller coral or limestone atolls. Visitors to the larger islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu will experience the beauty of Fiji’s rugged interior with its rivers, rainforests waterfalls and wildlife. The Coral Coast is well known for its resorts and sandy beaches, while the rugged southern islands of Kadavu and Ono offer the Great Astrolabe Reef with superb fishing and diving. Here visitors will find a more traditional Fiji, with an unhurried pace of life, friendly Fijian hospitality and rich culture.
Suva – Capital/Domestic Airport
Nadi – International & Domestic Airport
Dry Season: May to October; temperatures between 19 and 29°C
Wet Season: November to April; temperatures between 22 and 31°C
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) + 12 hours. Two hours ahead of Australian Eastern Standard Time
Fijian Dollar (FJD) Click here to view latest exchange rates
Are Visa’s Required?
Australian citizens/passport holders do not require a visa for a short stay in Fiji. Make sure your passport has at least six months validity, and carry a copy of a recent passport photo with you in case you need a replacement passport while overseas.
Paying Locally – ATM’s/Credit Card Facilities
ATM access is available throughout Fiji. Money change is available at Nadi airport; Westpac and ANZ banks are located in Suva. Bank hours are 9:30am to 3:00pm Monday to Friday. Cash is required at Ono Island for bar tab, massages, tips (prices are similar to AUD), there are no cash ATM’s or credit card facilities at Oneta resort, please bring Fiji $. Fiji’s Coral Coast has credit facilities and ATM’s.
Fish Handling Policy
Due to the remoteness of this location, logistics involved and release policy for sustainable fishing, it is not possible to take fish out of Fiji. Keeping select fish for eating throughout the trip is at your skipper’s discretion. The seafood you catch makes up a large component of your meals on the island.
Alcohol/Duty Free Limits
The duty free limit for taking alcohol into Fiji is; 2.25 L of spirits, or 4.5L of wine. Bar facilities are available at most resorts and hotels on the Coral Coast. Ono Island has bar facilities with a bar tab system. Bar tab is to be paid in Fiji dollars as cash, no credit card facilities are available.
Tipping is not mandatory in Fiji, but tends to be a common practice on conclusion of a charter; if you wish to pass the hat around between the group, AUD $50 per days fishing (per boat) is a rough guide. Lures, sunglasses and cool t-shirts are also a hit with crews. Please note, all tipping to skippers, deck hands, crew or other service providers is entirely up to the individuals’ discretion.
Electricity/power outlets in accommodation on the Coral Coast are the same as Australia. Power sockets on Ono Island use the US plug. An adaptor will be required for charging cameras, mobile phones, etc, on Ono Island.
International flights direct into Nadi from all major Australian cities, NZ, Asia and USA (LAX). Flights to Kadavu run once per day, and many schedules require an overnight stay and domestic flight the next day. Accommodation and airport transfers will be pre-arranged for the overnight stay in Nadi.
Rod Tubes/Local Luggage Limitations
The Air Pacific / Pacific Sun domestic aircraft service to Ono Island takes rod tubes under the seats & limited check in cargo capacity. Air Pacific International ticket holders receive higher Domestic weight allowance if booked on the same ticket. Please check ticketing for luggage policy, we recommend packing tight and arriving early for check in.
Unforeseen Expenses / Other
Any additional or unforeseen expenses; i.e. lost or damaged tackle, lure purchases, etc…to be paid directly to your skipper.