|I will never forget the wonderful memories or friends I made at the village of Namuamua... I will be back. A hotel could never have matched the experience of living with the friendly Fijian people - and what value!! - Mark Thompson|
IMPORTANT NOTE: Wherever you stay in Fiji it is essential that you take out full travel insurance cover for medical treatment and accidents, and it is advisable to have cover for unexpected losses such as stolen cash or credit cards, passports or luggage.
Holiday Packages to Fiji promoted by travel agents
If you go to your local travel agent you will be recommended a "holiday package" sold out of a glossy brochure (they will try to talk you out of a village homestay as they make no money out of it). This holiday package promoted by travel agents includes your flight to and from Fiji and accommodation at a hotel at what appears at first to be very favourable rates. "Holiday packages" are marketed to travel agents by wholesalers who purchase large blocks of nights at resorts. While they might seem to be favourable at first glance, your experience will be different.
Even packages that appear to include all meals and drink can cost you as much again on departure from the hotel that you are staying at.
As seasoned travellers to Fiji we find the purchase of airline tickets direct from organisations like Virgin's Pacific Blue and booking our accommodation direct through a travel agent in Fiji (we have a travel agent who can help you with this) will save you hundreds of dollars and you will have a far more flexible and enjoyable holiday away from the main tourism packaged market. Virgin's flights each way are as low as $200.
There is no shortage of accommodation options in Fiji - and, when you get away from the wholesale market (which buys up all accommodation causing a false shortage in hotels like the Warwick and Naviti on the Coral Coast) you will find better value, the real Fiji, and the ability to create your own holiday mix including village homestays. (FijiBure.com is not part of the wholesale tourism market).
You will save money by booking direct and not through a holiday package and you will not get the feeling of being part of a sausage processing plant when you make your own plans and book your own accommodation - whether it be at a village or elsewhere.
If you need help - feel free to contact us for more information.
Fiji is tropical year round, the mild and dry season is May through November. The highest recorded average temperature in Nadi (Viti Levu) is 32 degrees celsius (December and January) and the lowest recorded average temperature is 18 degrees celsius in July.
The wettest months on Viti Levu are in March and April, closely followed by October to February:
The current weather forecast for all major Fiji towns and cities can be seen at this link
Wherever you travel to Fiji your perception of time changes (we call this "Fiji time").
From the U.S., remember you will be crossing the dateline which means you will gain a day on your way to Fiji and get it back upon returning to the U.S. From Los Angeles, flying time is 10 hours non-stop or 13 hours if you stop in Honolulu.
From London the flying time to Brisbane is 20 hours then a further 3.5 hours from Brisbane to Fiji. The total time (lost) when travelling to Fiji from London is twelve hours.
From Sydney and Brisbane in Australia Qantas travel time to Nadi, Fiji is 3.5 hours; you lose two hours when you travel to Fiji.
The Airlines below provide on-line bookings to
QANTAS' (Australia's major airline) web site
Virgin Pacific's (Australia's second airline) website
Air New Zealand
Air Pacific's web site with times from Los Angeles
First Term 24th January to 29th April
Second Term 16th May to 19th August
Third Term 5th Septemebr to 2nd December