Bula!! Welcome to Fiji!
Fiji, 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Why we love it!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.