Fiji has an air of romance and is a honeymooner's dream, with white-sand beaches and heavenly resorts on the Mamanuca and Denarau islands.
It's a place that kids love too, with plenty of family-friendly resorts that have safe (and spectacular) swimming beaches perfect for a sandcastle competition.
Backpackers will love the remote Yasawa Islands where the natural beauty blows your mind but not your budget. You can really kick back here and enjoy the beaches, sailing and hanging with the locals, as there's not a shop in sight. Perfect for those looking for a digital detox too!
The Great Astrolabe Reef surrounds Kadavu and Ono islands and makes for superb snorkelling and diving. In the sparkling blue water, you'll experience the richest marine life on the planet, including turtles, sharks, manta rays and whales.
If you're going on a surfing holiday, Cloudbreak off Namotu Island is one of the most challenging barrel breaks in the world – this is not one for beginners. Sailing, on the other hand, can be enjoyed by all, and is a great way to explore the islands.
Back on land, Fiji itself is simply stunning. The forest trails on the Garden Island of Taveuni offer exceptional bird watching, where you might spot the elusive Orange Dove. At Colo-i-Suva Forest Park on Viti Levu, there are idyllic walks with picturesque swimming holes you can cool off in. If you love flowers, you'll squeal in delight at the native plants and exotic orchids in the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, just outside Nadi.
Famous for its friendly hospitality, Fiji is a laidback destination, so it's easy to forget you'll need a travel insurance policy that covers your activities – even if all you plan to do is lounge around on a beach towel watching the sun set over a cocktail umbrella!
The locals are likely to help you on your visit, so be sure to return their kindness. Here are a few other tips for your trip:
Kava (to the locals, yaqona) is an important ceremonial drink and enjoyed on a daily basis – this might explain the slower pace of life in Fiji. Be mindful as it will make your lips and tongue numb and you'll feel drowsy if you drink too much.
Drink bottled water
The tap water is of poor quality in Fiji and likely to make you ill. Don't drink it and avoid ice cubes too. If you feel sickly, see a doctor.
Preparing for Fiji's weather
Fiji is great to visit year round, being busiest during the Aussie school holidays. The dry season runs from May to October, and the wet, November to April. Cyclones can hit during the wet season, so keep an eye on the radar at that time and be prepared for flight delays or cancellations.
Before you head off, check the government's Smart Traveller website for current travel warnings for Fiji. If you plan on doing any adventurous sports like diving, snorkelling or surfing, check your travel insurance policy to understand what you’re covered for.
A few months before you head off on your dream holiday, check in with your doctor to get the vaccinations you need for Fiji.
There's only one decompression chamber in Fiji and it's back at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in the capital Suva. Dive sites are remote so if you need emergency decompression treatment, medical evacuation will be required.
Malaria and Dengue fever have both been reported in Fiji. Make sure you cover up with loose clothing, have a decent insect repellent and ask your doctor if the areas you're visiting require you to take antimalarial medication. Visit a doctor immediately if you start to feel fluey on your trip.
As recently as 2016, there have been cyclones that have caused extensive damage on Fiji. It's a good idea to make sure the resort you choose isn't a building site – it happens! Travel insurance covers you if your flight is delayed or cancelled because of unexpected bad weather, but we can't help you if there's a forklift outside your window.
The main cities of Suva and Nadi see the usual opportunistic crimes take place and the occasional scam that’s seen the world over. A favourite is a taxi driver charging more for 'commentary' or a local hooking up with you to help you out with your shopping, then asking for payment.
Choose CGU travel insurance for your trip to Fiji
Taking out travel insurance for your trip to Fiji will give you peace of mind to relax while you're away. At CGU, we can help you find the right level of protection, so your luggage, medical bills, and cancellation costs are covered. If you are unsure about the best insurance to buy for Fiji, then give us a call on 13 24 80.
Get your travel insurance sorted before you go, so you can relax and enjoy yourself on holiday.