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Travel Tips

Travel Tips

Airport
Nadi International Airport (NAN) is located 9km north of Nadi town. From the airport you will take the Yasawa Flyer boat transfer to Botiara.

Average Temperatures
Yasawa has a tropical climate, and two main seasons. The dry season is cooler (averaging 25-26°C and are seldom lower than 20°C overnight), and goes from April to November. December to March is our wetter summer season, with daytime temperatures average 30°C and are generally no lower that 23°C overnight. The water temperature is 25°C to 29°C all year.

Clothing
Locals, both men and women, are often seen wearing wrap-around sulus (sarong). Travellers may find these convenient for wearing over swimsuits or with shorts and t-shirts, and should bring lightweight tropical clothing. Outside the resorts it is customary to avoid wearing skimpy clothing and to remove head coverings.

Communication
The international country IDD code for Fiji is 679. There are no area codes. Vodafone operates the mobile cellular phone network with limited receoption at the property.

Currency
The unit of currency in Fiji is the Fijian dollar

Culture
When leaving the resort and exploring local villages, there are certain rules of etiquette to be aware of. Swimming clothes should be covered by a wraparound sulu (also known as a sarong, lavalava or pareu), as modest dress is required. Hats should not be worn in a village as this is an insult to the chief and it is also insulting to touch someone's head. Shoes must not be worn in peoples' houses.

Driving
In Fiji we drive on the left-hand side of the road, and the legal minimum driving age is 17 years. Rental cars are available on the mainland, but as you are driving, be cautious about animals wandering and sleeping in the road, speed bumps in villages, and pedestrians. The speed limit in built-up areas is 50km/hr and 80km/hr on the highways. Parking meter wardens are vigilant with parking tickets that cost F$20.00.

Electricity
The electrical currency in Fiji is 240 volts, AC 50hz, like New Zealand and Australia.

Food
Fijian cuisine is a blend of local, Indian, Chinese, and European flavors, like our diverse people. Experience traditional food and entertainment at one of the Island Nights hosted by hotels and resorts, often featuring seafood cooked in lolo (coconut milk), and food traditionally cooked in an earth oven (lovo) and served buffet style. Many Island Nights also include a kava drinking ceremony and a meke (song and dance).

Health
There are hospitals located in most towns, and private medical services are widely available. Fiji does not have malaria and most other tropical diseases.

Language
English, Fijian and Hindustani are all widely used in Fiji. Fijians will speak Fijian between themselves, but all are proficient in English and will always speak English to visitors. Visitors rapidly become familiar with the word 'Bula', Fiji's traditional greeting.

Religion and Churches
The Wesleyan religion is practiced by the majority of Fijians, and visitors are welcome at our Sunday services. You will also see a variety of other religions represented in Christian churches, Mosques, Sikh and Hindu temples in the towns and countryside.

Shopping
Most hotels, resorts, shops and car rental companies here accept major credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, Visa, MasterCard and JCB International). Bargaining may still be conducted in some locations, but typically shops have fixed prices. In general, business hours are Monday to Thursday 8am to 5pm, and Fridays until 6pm. On Saturday, hours are 8am to 1pm.

Tipping
Is not compulsory.

Taxes
All purchases on tourism and hospitality related products and services in Fiji require a 9% VAT charge, 6% STT and 10% ECAL. The price charged is generally inclusive of Taxes unless stated otherwise.

Time
12 hours ahead of GMT (sharing the timezone with New Zealand) and 20 hours ahead of US Pacific Time.

Visa and Entry Requirements
For the most updated information, visit your local embasy for information. Citizens of many countries do not require a visa  to enter Fiji, however your passport must be valid for three months more than your intended stay in Fiji. Nationals of the other countries require pre-arranged visas that can be applied for at the nearest Fiji High Commission. Four-month entry visas are for holiday purpose only. 

Water
In cities, resorts and urban area, water is safe to drink.

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