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YOU CAN'T BEAT FIJI !!!
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
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 - 31°C [73 - 88°F]
Average Water Temperatures: 27 - 29°C [80 - 85°F]
Winter [May - Oct]
Average Air Temperature: 22 - 28°C [72 - 82°F]
Average Water Temperatures: 25 - 27°C [77 - 80°F]
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.
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.
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
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)
ni sa moce (ni sa mothey)
please excuse me -
tulou (too low)
thank you - vinaka
no - seqa
eat - kana
lady - marama
turaga (tu rang ah)
vaka lailai (vaka lie lie)
vaka levu (vaka ley vu)
quickly - vaka
totolo (vaka toe toe lo)
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)
two - rua
what is this -
na cava oqo (na thava on go)
gunu (goo noo)
coconut - niu
I want - au
vinakata (aoo vina kahta)
church - vale
ni lotu (vahle nee lohtoo)