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Fiji Travel & Holiday Packages

333 islands make up the archipelago of Fiji, which is situated within the South Pacific Ocean. Think palm-lined beaches, crystal clear waters and rugged landscapes combined with some of the friendliest people in the world and you get Fiji!

Welcome to Fiji! Bula! Long considered the jewel of the South Pacific to many Aussies, is a collection of 333 different islands, providing stunning beaches, world-class resorts, and year-round warmth. But it is also absolutely packed with hidden gems and tantalising tropical hideaways – so no two trips to Fiji need be the same!  

The Fiji Islands have long attracted families and romantics. The draw of its white sands, coral reefs, friendly locals, and rugged mountainous beauty continues to be enthralling for tourists, but there is so much more to discover, and it is all just less than 4-hours flight from the East Coast of Australia.

 

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When to visit

One of the questions we always get is "When is the best time to go?" There are many factors that contribute, such as temperature, rainfall, peak tourism times and deals. Fiji is a wonderful destination to visit year-round with generally pleasant and mild weather throughout the year.  There really isn’t a bad time to ever visit Fiji, however being a tropical climate, there are wet and dry seasons.

Dry Season (May – October)

The Dry Season is during the Winter months, between May - October. However, in Fiji you can barely call it winter, with the lowest temperature being a mild 18 °C. You can expect clear, blue-sky days, low rainfall, less humidity and minimal risk of cyclones. The average daytime temperature lies between 26-27 °C, nights are cooler but, the weather's still balmy.

Peak Season - June to September is the best time to escape the cold in Australia, making it Fiji’s Peak season. The July school holidays are by far the busiest time of year aside from Christmas, where occupancy is at its highest.

Diving - The Best time to go Diving is between May - September when the clarity is at its best. Some divers however do prefer the wet season as water temperatures are warmer meaning they don't need to wear a wetsuit. 

Manta Rays - During the months of May - October you can swim with magnificent manta rays, some of these rays have a wingspan of more than 6 meters! The best spot to swim with these creatures is up in the Yasawa Islands – ask one of our specialists for more details!

Wet Season (November – April)

The Wet Season falls during the summer months, where temperatures are high and increased levels of humidity lead to high levels of rain over the islands. While things can get quite wet, showers don't usually last for very long, allowing plenty of time to enjoy some sunshine. Temperatures are at a comfortable 22-33°C, however during these months there is an increased risk of cyclones.

Low Season - Travelling during this time is also great being the low season (except for around Christmas time) as prices are cheaper, plus there will be less crowds.

 

We are proud to share what the team at Rosie Holidays has been working on in preparing for a safe welcome back to customers to the islands of Fiji once borders re-open.

 

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Official language
English, Fijian and Hindustani
Local currency
Fijian dollar
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People & Language

The population of Fiji is more than 880,000 people and is a mixture of indigenous Fijians, Indo-Fijians, Chinese, Part Europeans and other Pacific Islanders. Despite their varied cultural backgrounds, locals collectively are referred to as Fijians.

Fijians are naturally kind, welcoming people and are often referred to as some of the nicest people in the world! You will soon see what we mean as soon as you arrive and are welcomed by song and dance. You will get very familiar with the word “Bula” which is used for Hello, it literally means life and is used to wish you good health.

English is Fiji's official language but often you will find that most people are bilingual and speak Fijian or Hindustani as well. 

Getting around

Fiji has 333 islands scattered around the turquoise waters of the South Pacific Ocean and getting around Fiji is half the fun! Whether you choose to go via the road, sea or air there’s something for everyone’s taste and budget!

By Boat

 

Island hopping around the stunning islands of Fiji is one of our favourite things to do! Whether its sailing, cruising, transfer boats, speedboats, day cruises or ferries – there’s something for everyone!

Fast Passenger Catamarans - these are a great option if you want to visit the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands as they offer fabulous views from their upper deck and have the enclosed air-conditioned seating on the lower levels. There are plenty of daily departures from Port Denarau and they usually stop off at multiple island resorts along the way so it’s a great way to see some different islands.

Water Taxi's - This is a great option if your flight arrives too late to connect to the normal Catamarans or you prefer a direct connection out to your island resort. They usually run 24/7 from Port Denarau and service all resorts in the Mamanuca and lower Yasawa Islands. 

 

By Road

 

Shared and Private Transfers – The most popular way to visit the resorts on the mainland is through a shared or private transfer that will pick you up directly from the Airport. These are very reliable and comfortable. Shared transfers are usually a coach or minivan depending on the numbers of passengers that need to pick up, and they stop off at multiple resorts along the way. Private transfers will take you directly to your resort and this is usually the quickest way to get to your destination of choice on the mainland.

Car - On the main island of Viti Levu a car is a great option if you are after flexibility and want to explore the countryside. Although buses travel to most regions, the freedom to stop for photos and chat with locals along the way is a great bonus! To rent a car you need to be 21 years or older and need to hold a driving license from an English-speaking country. (Drivers from other countries will need an international driving permit). Sealed roads are usually well-constructed, however drivers should keep an eye out for potholes and speedbumps especially when nearing a village and also watch out for animals as they sometimes graze on the side of the road - especially at night.

Bus – With no rail service in Fiji and few people owning cars, buses are the only practical way for the public to affordably get around the main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Local buses are very affordable and usually have open windows and stop at multiple stops – are great way to experience how the locals live.

By Air

 

Seaplane - For those islands that don’t have an airstrip, a seaplane is a great way to make an entrance and make for the perfect start to your holiday!

Domestic/Charted Flight & Helicopter - There are 28 airports and airfields scattered around the country, allowing for many different options on how you can arrive to your paradise destination. These flights are incredibly scenic are a great way to save lots of time on your holiday!

Village Visits

There are lots of traditional villages you can visit on your holiday in Fiji and it's a great way to learn about the Fijian culture and to get a glimpse into the daily lives of locals. Here are a few things you should know before entering a local village:

  • Always go with a guide - as there are many complex traditional protocols to observe. 
  • Dress conservatively - women should wear a T-shirt and a long 'sulu' (sarong) to cover themselves.
  • Remove any hats and sunglasses when you're in the village.
  • The head is sacred, it’s also taboo to touch someone’s head - even small children.
  • You need formal permission to enter a village and you should gift a kava root to the village chief (Your tour guide will do this for you).
  • A formal 'sevusevu' ceremony will take place which involves speeches of offerings and acceptance.
  • It is polite to be quiet during the ceremony and only take photos when the headman says it's appropriate.

Kava -The Fijians consider Kava to be their national drink and they drink it frequently especially during ceremonies. It's made from the roots of a pepper plant and provides a relaxing sensation and sometimes leaves a numb feeling around the mouth, lips and lounge. If you are offered a bowl of kava, you need to cup your hands and clap once before accepting, greet your host with a loud ' Bula', then consume the kava all at once, hand the bowl back before clapping 3 more times. 

Weather in Fiji

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Why we love it!

Manta Ray Dance
Manta Ray Dance

Bring out your latest swimsuit and get up close and personal with the Manta Ray. You can immerse yourself in another world of stunning coral gardens, amazing reefs and over a thousand species of marine life while you are in Fiji – including the Manta Ray. With wingspans as long as the family car and weighing sometimes more than one-and-a-half tonnes, these giants of the ocean glide majestically through the waters of the Yasawa Islands and Kadavu Island. Naturally an inquisitive species, the Manta Ray will “dance” for an audience, performing somersaults and flips for a lucky snorkeller.

Underwater Cathedral
Underwater Cathedral

Described as an ‘underwater cathedral’, the Sawa-I-Lau Caves in the northern Yasawa Islands are a must-do when visiting Fiji. Sculpted by centuries of wave erosion eating away at limestone, you’ll be absolutely blown away by the spectacular natural architecture right in front of you. Sunlight streams down into the Pantheon-esque cave – the roof of the cave soars over 15 metres above the water. Guides from the local village are available to take you through an underwater passage to reach a secret adjoining chamber – all you’ll need is the right gear, and a reasonable helping of courage.

Shop like the locals
Shop like the locals

For a true local experience, rise early and visit the Sigatoka market, situated in the heart of the bustling local town. The markets come alive in the early hours of the morning and can be particularly busy on Saturday with farmers bringing their products from all over the Sigatoka River Valley, known as “Fiji’s salad bowl” from its fertile land. The market represents how the economy in Fiji really works as locals come to trade, barter and sell their produce.

Coral Forests
Coral Forests

The Great Sea Reef, locally known as Cakaulevu, is the third longest barrier reef in the world. Spots in our world untarnished by human contact are becoming increasingly rare, yet this reef has managed to avoid human degradation. Over 200,000 square-kilometres on the country’s western edge, from the north-eastern tip of Udu point in Vanua Levu to Bua at the north-west edge of Vanua Levu and into the Yasaway, Cakaulevu is home to a diverse array of marine life. Hosting around twelve threatened species, a snorkel or a boat ride could be a perfect opportunity to see the endangered green sea turtle or the acrobatic spinner dolphin. Manta rays, tropical fish, and whales dance among a myriad of nudibranchs, gastropods, and crustaceans making homes in the coral forests.

Jungles and Waterfalls
Jungles and Waterfalls

Taveuni Island is full of surprises. The beautiful Bouma National Heritage Park sits on the eastern side, making up 80 per cent of the entire island. Ensconced by tropical jungle, the park contains three waterfalls – the Bouma Falls which are all perfect for swimming, but consecutively challenging to get to; the first has an area for barbecues as well as the family picnic. The second waterfall is an relatively easy half-hour climb; the best of all, the third waterfall takes a little longer to get to (another 20 minutes’ walk along a jungle track) - the light at the end of the forested tunnel is a swimming hole full of prawns! Bring those snorkels, and maybe a barbecue.

Nectar Lab
Nectar Lab

We all know the over indulgences of a holiday in the sun can leave us a little out of balance. Even out your well-deserved daily cocktails on the beach with a detox for the body and the soul. Nestled in the lush forests of Taveuni Island, the Gaiatree Sanctuary is home to a stunning organic spice plantation garden. Offering guided tours through the whimsical garden, you can end your walk with a trip to the Nectar Lab – the garden’s purpose-built kitchen – standing proudly as a white dome in the middle of rainforest plants. Dig into a superfood meal, sip away at fresh herbal tonics, smoothies, and refreshments. Perfection.

Flying to Fiji

Flying to Fiji

Located in the heart of the South Pacific, all international flights arrive into Nadi International Airport. Non-stop flights are offered from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne with Fiji Airways among others. There is a range of easy domestic connections to the islands from Nadi International Airport which allows for convenient island hopping in no time at all.

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Who are Entire Travel Group?

Entire Travel Group is celebrating 50 years of passionately delivering unique and memorable travel experiences. We are an Australian, family owned, award winning business, with a friendly team ready to match your expectations to the perfect holiday package.

Entire Travel Group used to be known by the individual brands shown in the footer of the website. The company has not changed, but we have amalgamated under one brand - Entire Travel Group.

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What are Entire Travel Group famous for?

Well, put simply - we’re famous for building things. We offer an exclusive range of pre-designed, purpose-built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences. The packages are delivered by our global network of handpicked suppliers, who also provide on ground travel support to our clients.

Is Entire Travel Group Australian owned and operated?

Entire Travel Group is proudly Australian family owned and operated and as it stands today represents 50 years of experience, progress, and evolution. We proudly support the community with our long-term commitment to many important charity organisations. We were awarded the best operator in our class at the most recent National Travel Industry Awards.

Is Entire Travel Group industry accredited?

Entire Travel Group is ATAS Accredited. ATAS, which stands for AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme is administered by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA). AFTA is the industry body for the Australian retail travel industry. We are also a registered member of the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO).

Does Entire Travel Group have industry awards?

Entire Travel Group was awarded “Best Specialty Wholesaler” at the 2019 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA), which are held annually by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA).

The awards recognise quality and excellence in the Australian travel industry. We were extremely honoured to receive this recognition and we will continue to deliver the best service and value to our customers.

Are the Entire Travel Group holiday packages exclusive?

In some cases, we are the sole representative in Australia for the overseas travel operator. In other circumstances the product developed has been exclusively built for Entire Travel Group and can’t be found elsewhere.

What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?
  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
  • Our holiday packages have been exclusively built for us in collaboration with our handpicked suppliers, who also offer full on-ground support for the clients.
  • We are offering unique travel experiences which cannot be found elsewhere.
  • Many packages include our “Freedom of Choice” options which allow you to tailor the holiday experience. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.
  • They include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan.
  • A wide selection of our packages are compliant with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Covid Safe Travels.
What is an independent holiday package?

Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

At Entire Travel Group, our focus is Independent Holiday Packages. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

Our holidays suit every demographic, from couples to singles, to retirees to families and everyone else in between.

Why travel with Entire Travel Group?

Of all the attributes Entire Travel Group offer - we have settled on “Experience” as the one quality we believe adds the most value to our customers. That’s how our tagline “When Experience Matters” came to life and encapsulates our business in three words, as experience does matter!

We have been operating for many years and have the experience to determine what sightseeing, duration and accommodation style makes a great itinerary. Our technology is continually enhanced, giving our team the ability to provide a great customer service experience. Our relationship with our operators is extremely strong, which ensures we are confident of the travel experience and on ground support for our clients.

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How does the Peace of Mind Booking Plan work?

Our Peace of Mind Booking Plan allows you to book with confidence in the new international travel environment. With low deposits, a cooling off period and a flexibility period where you can cancel and rebook later, we really do have you covered.

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Is there a cooling-off period?

Look for packages with our Peace of Mind Booking Plan logo on the website.

  • We understand that occasionally plans may change, so we give you the confidence to proceed with a cooling off period.
  • You may cancel for any reason within 7 days, where you will receive a 100% refund of your $100 per person deposit.

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What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

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Do Freedom of Choice options cost extra?

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.
What is the Safe Travels program?

This specially designed program allows travellers to recognise governments and companies around the world who have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols, so consumers can experience “Safe Travels”.

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What is Book Now?

Book Now offers you the ability to make a reservation on our website for Holiday Packages that include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan. But it’s not just a static offer – you have complete flexibility from travel dates, passenger numbers, single supplements, room upgrades, optional extras, flexible booking terms and more.

What happens after Book Now?
  • Our team will contact our overseas suppliers and confirm all arrangements.
  • A Confirmation from our reservation system will be sent in the coming days.
  • The Booking Number on this confirmation supersedes the website reference.
What forms of payment can be used at Entire Travel Group?
  • To confirm a booking using our on-line Book Now process, a credit card must be used to pay the refundable deposit.
  • For additional payments on the booking, Entire Travel Group supports bank transfer, credit card, TravelPay B2B, PaymentGate.
  • For further details please visit our Payments page.
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  • Entire Travel Group have partnered with TravelPay to ensure secure on-line credit card payments.
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Can you book my international airfares?

On some Islands Holiday Packages (e.g. Fiji), it is practical to include flights, so where we have done this it is indicated by the plane icon.

However, on the majority of our Holiday Packages, we do not include international flights.

We found that many customers may prefer to:

  • Travel on a specific airline of their choice
  • Have the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points
  • Select flight dates that may be different to our Holiday Package start/end dates
  • Use a Travel Credit already held with the airline
  • Use their travel agent for this service

We are able to assist with flights on any Holiday Package, so please just notify us during the Book Now process or contact our team.

Why do some packages not offer the ability to Book Now on the website?

If a package on our website does not include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan, it will not be available to Book Now.

Due to the boutique nature and limited capacity of some travel experiences offered, they have strict payment and cancellation policies. (e.g., a remote bear lodge in Canada with only a few cabins).

Although technically possible, we have decided that it is impractical for us to try and sell these type of travel services on-line. We believe it is important that such product is discussed, so that we can ensure these strict payment and cancellation policies are understood before we proceed with a booking.

For such product we may act as an agent only for the principal suppliers. Where we act as agent, your contract for the delivery of travel arrangements will be with the principal supplier and will be subject to their Booking Conditions.

We will advise you prior to confirming your booking if we are acting as agent and we will confirm the details of the principal supplier. Our responsibility to you where we sell travel arrangements as agent for the supplier is specified in the ‘Responsibility’ section of our Booking Conditions.

Should I take travel insurance?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. During the Book Now process please confirm you require assistance, and our team will be in contact with you.

What should I do before travelling?

Before you travel it is your responsibility to ensure you have the appropriate documentation including visas. If you are travelling on a passport other than Australian or New Zealand, you will require a permit to re-enter Australia. It is your responsibility as the traveller and/or travel booker to meet all government entry requirements.

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Please visit the Entire Travel Group's Agent Portal. We are here to support our industry partners with a range of informative updates, marketing collateral for campaigns and a reward & recognition program.

How do I start a Booking?

  • On any page that has Book Now simply follow the booking process.
  • You must select the Travel Agent tick box and provide correct details.
  • To confirm a booking only the refundable deposit is required.
  • An agency credit card must be used for this initial payment.
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