A warm welcome and a big smile await visitors to Fiji, a tropical paradise of beautiful beaches, blue lagoons and swaying palm trees. Known for its stunning sunsets and waterfalls, great surf and pristine rainforests, Fiji is a coveted travel destination for a reason. Fiji, made up of 300 islands, is a melting pot of diverse cultures with Indian, Polynesian, Melanesian, Chinese and European roots. The English language is widely spoken and greatly simplifies communication. Fiji has something to offer for everyone with its colourfulness, its impressive natural beauty, its friendly population and its varied cultural and sporting activities. The number of accommodation options is also remarkable, with something for every taste and budget. See other countries in Oceania on homosociety.
Arriving by plane
Fiji Airways (FJ) is the national airline of Fiji, offering flights to the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Australia, China, Japan and the United States. Korean Air (KE) flies from Frankfurt/M. and Vienna via Seoul to Nadi, Cathay Pacific (CX) from Frankfurt/M. and Zurich via Hong Kong and Japan Airlines (JL) from Frankfurt/M. via Tokyo. Swiss (LX) flies in cooperation with Fiji Airways (FJ) from Zurich via Singapore to Nadi (1 day stopover in Singapore). Air New Zealand (NZ), Virgin Australia (VA) and Jetstar (JQ) airlines, among others, serve Fiji from New Zealand and Australia.
Frankfurt/M. – Nadi: 20 hrs 25 mins; Vienna – Nadi: 20 hours 15 minutes; Zurich – Nadi: 21 hours 50 minutes (in each case pure flight times; stopovers between 5 hours and full days extend the travel time accordingly).
The departure fee is already included in the ticket price.
Arrival by car
Documents: In addition to the national driver’s license, the international driver’s license must be carried.
Arrival by ship
Fiji’s international ports of Suva and Lautoka (Viti Levu) are served by various cruise lines.
Shipping companies such as Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Viking, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Costa and Oceania Cruises offer Fiji on their cruises. The MSC cruise line also calls at Suva on its world cruises that start in Europe.
Awesome Adventures and South Sea Cruises ferries connect Fiji to various western islands including Mamanuca Island and Matamanoa Island.
Traveling by plane
Fiji Airways (FJ) operates a shuttle service between Nadi and Suva (flight time: 35 minutes) and regular services to Vanuabalavu, Kadavu, Taveuni, Cicia and Labasa, among others. Helicopter charters are available from Pacific Crown Helicopters and Island Hoppers.
Traveling by car/bus
The entire road network covers around 3,400 km. On Viti Levu, a road runs around the island, which is mostly paved and tarred. The main line connects Rakiraki at the northeast end of Viti Levu Island with Suva via Tavua, Ba, Lautoka, Nadi and the Coral Coast. The few other roads on the island are less well developed. Vanua Levu has two unconnected, fairly good roads on the north and south coasts, as well as other unpaved roads. On Ovalau, a road that runs around the island connects Levuka and the airport with various settlements.
Right-hand traffic/left-hand traffic
Condition of the roads
About half of all roads are paved. The rest is often in poor condition.
Car hire is available at international airports and major hotels on Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
Taxis are available in the cities and are metered. However, you should agree on the fare beforehand. Outside the cities there are fixed prices. Taxis can also be hired for full or half days.
There is a well-developed bus network (partly open buses) on Viti Levu and the other larger islands. Air-conditioned express buses run between Suva and Nadi and Suva and Lautoka.
Traffic regulations: – Left-hand traffic. – Seatbelt obligation. Speed limits: – in built-up areas: 50 km/h; – extra-urban: 80 km/h.
The ADAC foreign emergency call offers ADAC members and holders of ADAC foreign health and accident insurance comprehensive assistance in the event of vehicle breakdowns, traffic accidents, loss of documents and money, and medical emergencies. The emergency number is available around the clock; in the event of vehicle damage: Tel. +49 (89) 22 22 22, in the event of illness: +49 (89) 76 76 76.
In addition to the national driver’s license, the international driver’s license must be carried.
Traveling by ship
Numerous providers, such as Blue Lagoon Cruises and Captain Cook Cruises, offer one-day or multi-day cruises through the South Seas of the Fiji Islands. Day and half-day trips to the offshore islands are available from Suva and Nadi/Lautoka. State and private shipping companies operate freight and passenger services between the more distant islands. Regular ferry services from Suva to Labasa, Ovalau and Koro Island, among others. Normally there are no timetables, so you should contact the offices of the local shipping companies. Yachts and motor boats can be rented.