Fiji is a place to step back in time
- not into a time of no mod cons because they're all there, but a time of no pressure... a place that hands you the time to relax, re-assess and reconnect with the things that really matter in life. Before you slip into 'Fiji time', our handy visitor information offers all the facts on some of the most common questions our customers have when travelling to Fiji.
Bula!, a word you hear many times a day in Fiji, means "hello" and is always pronounced with a smile. Fiji holidays are the experience of a lifetime and your chance to escape to a world without stress. Fiji is renowned for its stunning beaches, beautiful warm climate, and its unique relaxed island atmosphere. You won't be able to escape the friendliness of the Fijian people or the sheer natural beauty - get ready for swaying palms and warm, clear water.
Normal banking hours are from 9.30am to 3.00pm Monday to Thursday and to 4.00pm on Friday. All banks are closed on public holidays.
ANZ operates a 24 hour service at Nadi International Airport's Arrival Concourse. Bank of Hawaii offers Automated Teller (ATM) services in Suva, Nadi, Lautoka. ANZ offers ATM services in Suva, Nausori, Nadi, Nadi Airport, Lautoka, and Labasa, while National Bank and Westpac offer EFTPOS services in Suva, Nausori, Sigatoka, Nadi, and Lautoka.
The central bank and bank of issue is the Reserve Bank of Fiji, and The National Bank is a government owned commercial bank.
Bank, Address, Phone
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Victoria Parade, Suva, Ph: (679) 302144
Bank of Baroda, Marks Street, Suva, Ph: (679) 311400
National Bank of Fiji, Victoria Parade, Suva, Ph: (679) 311999
Westpac Banking Corporation Ltd, Thomson Street, Suva, Ph: (679) 300666
Habib Bank Ltd, Suva, Ph: (679) 304011
Bank of Hawaii, Victoria Parade, Suva, Ph: (679) 312144
Climate and Weather
In a word, Tropical, with the best months being March through to November. Maximum temperatures rarely move out of the 31°C to 26°C range all year round. As you can see, winter is a term, not a season. A cooling trade wind blows from the east south-east for most of the year. It usually drops to a whisper in the evening and picks up again by mid-morning. More info on Fiji weather.
Please note: Some islands in the Mamanuca group may experience seaweed deposits on their beaches from time to time. The seaweed volume deposited on the beaches varies and is completely dependent on the weather conditions at the time (winds, currents and tides). The resorts make every effort to have any debris cleared as soon as possible.
Most hotels have direct dialing facilities. For inbound calls, the international IDD country code for Fiji is 679 and there are no area codes. Outbound international calls from Fiji use a dial out code of 05 followed by the country code and telephone number for the number being dialled.
Vodafone Fiji Ltd, a subsidiary of Telecom Fiji Ltd, operates a GSM digital mobile communications service.
Visitors from many countries, and subscribing to various networks, can use their own GSM handsets in Fiji. Mobile customers are advised to check with their network operators for their roaming status before travelling, as roaming capability must be 'turned on' in your home country. Some areas do not have a reception but recently, during the making of the Tom Hanks' movie, Castaway, Steven Spielberg paid to have receivers put in the Mamanucas so the reception now for mobiles is quite extensive.
International cards are welcomed by most hotels, restaurants, shops, car rental companies and tour operators.American Express, Diners Club, Visa, JCB International and Mastercard have representatives in Suva. American Express and Visa can replace lost credit cards and travellers cheques.
Culture, Religion & Language
Fiji is a country rich in traditional culture and uses a native language that defines happiness. Their religious and cultural ceremonies are unlike any other that you may have experienced. Click here to find out more.
For more information: https://www.tourismfiji.com/