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Fiji has an unspoiled, unique environment of extreme beauty and tranquility, it is a nature lovers delight. Adrift for millennia in splendid isolation in the South Pacific it has escaped the evils of industrial progress, the incursions of dangerous animals, poisonous snakes and spiders and pestilential diseases such as malaria.

Fiji is a blend of fascinating native cultures Fiji is for honeymooners, romantics and those seeking paradise.

Fiji is countless miles of virgin coral reefs and breathtaking underwater experiences.

It awaits your discovery...

Fiji enjoys an ideal South Sea tropical climate. A cooling trade wind blows from the east southeast of most of the year. It usually drops to a whisper in the evening and picks up again by midmorning. Rainy periods can occur during almost any month, however are usually only in the form of brief showers lasting less than an hour. Should an inclement weather front move in, these normally last 2-3 days at most.

Summer [Nov - Apr]
Average Air Temperatures: 23 - 31C [73 - 88F]
Average Water Temperatures: 27 - 29C [80 - 85F]
Winter [May - Oct]
Average Air Temperature: 22 - 28C [72 - 82F]
Average Water Temperatures: 25 - 27C [77 - 80F]

English is the official language and is taught in the schools. Fijian, Hindi and Chinese are widely spoken. In Fiji, almost everyone is bilingual.

Fiji Money Exchange
All commerce is in Fiji dollars - there are approximately 1.8 FJD to 1 USD. The best way [by far] to handle money exchange is as follows: Just outside the Customs area is a 24 hours bank. Best rate given is for Travelers Checks [cash receives a lower exchange rate]. When you depart Fiji you can return to the airport bank and exchange your excess Fiji Dollars back into your local currency. You will lose very little on the exchange. Be advised that on Taveuni only a few places accept credit cards. There is one ATM machine on Taveuni. The Bottom line --- exchange Travelers Checks at Nadi airport and get more money than you think you will need. Remember you can always exchange back into your own currency prior to departing Fiji.

Duty-Free Store
Upon arrival in Nadi, in the baggage claim and Customs area there are two duty-free stores. These are BY FAR the best places to purchase hard liquor, wine, cigarettes, etc. as they offer the widest selection and absolutely the lowest prices.

Medical Services
Fiji is free of most tropical diseases, including Malaria. Drinking water on Taveuni is regularly tested and safe. There is a hospital on Taveuni.

Say it in Fijiian!
Although almost everyone in Fiji speaks English it's always appreciated if you know a few words of their local language. Here are a few phrases to get you started!
Pronunciation "a" is "ah" as in father, but shorter. The correct pronunciation of Nadi, is closer to "Nahn-di" than "Nan-di". "b" is "mb" as in bamboo. you'll hear "bula" or "hello" many times. You may notice the slight humming "m", almost silent at the beginning. When something precedes the "b", then the "m" sound becomes more pronounced. The formal "hello", Ni Sa Bula, is pronounced "ni sahm" boola". "c" is "th" as in "this". So "moce" meaning goodbye is pronounced "moe-they". "d" is "nd" as in candy. "g" is "ng" as in singer. "i" is"i" as in sit or "ee" as in routine. "o" is "ngg" as in finger. The island of Beqa is pronounced "Mbeng-gah". "u" is"oo" as in bamboo or "u" as in put.

good morning     -       ni sa yadra (ni sah yan dra)
hello!     -       bula (mbula)
goodbye     -       ni sa moce (ni sa mothey)
please excuse me     -       tulou (too low)
yes     -       io(ee-o)
thank you      -      vinaka (vee naka)
no      -      seqa (senga)
eat      -      kana (kana)
village     -       koro
lady      -      marama
mister     -       turaga (tu rang ah)
little     -       vaka lailai (vaka lie lie)
plenty     -       vaka levu (vaka ley vu)
quickly      -      vaka totolo (vaka toe toe lo)
house     -       vale/bure (valey/mburey)
toilet     -       vale lailai (vale lie lie)
come      -      lako mai (la ko my)
go      -      lako tani (la ko tanee)
bring      -      kauta mai (ka ou tah my)
one more      -      dua tale (ndua ta lay)
one     -       dua (ndua)
two      -      rua
what is this     -       na cava oqo (na thava on go)
drink     -       gunu (goo noo)
coconut      -      niu (new)
I want      -      au vinakata (aoo vina kahta)
church      -      vale ni lotu (vahle nee lohtoo)
shop     -       sitoa (seetoah)


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