The exotic islands of Fiji are known for their unique culture, which was formed from Polynesian, Hindu, Chinese and European traditions. Fiji is one of the most beautiful and unusual archipelagos in the Pacific Ocean. According to archaeologists, the first people appeared here in 1500 BC. Blue lagoons, huge sandy beaches and pristine rivers attract thousands of tourists to Fiji every year. On large islands, in addition to excellent sea recreation, you can get acquainted with exotic flora and fauna. Despite the fact that Fiji has not lagged behind modern civilization, almost everything here has been preserved in its original form.
Geography of Fiji
According to simplyyellowpages, Fiji lies in the South Pacific just 3,000 kilometers east of Australia and 2,000 kilometers south of the equator. Fiji consists of more than 322 islands of a fairly large size, as well as 500 reefs, of which no more than 50 are inhabited. Although the area of \u200b\u200bthe state is not very large (18.3 thousand square kilometers), the area of territorial waters is more than one million square meters. km.
The area of Fiji is 18.274 km. sq., occupies the 155th place in the world by area.
The official currency is the Fijian dollar (FJD).
The official language is English, Fijian, Hindustani.
Visa to Fiji
Russian citizens do not need to obtain a visa in advance to enter Fiji. When entering the country, a tourist’s passport is stamped allowing them to stay in the country for 4 months. The stamp is set only if you have a valid passport, return tickets, as well as evidence of a sufficient amount of money to live in Fiji. When traveling with a child under the age of 16, it is entered in the mother’s passport.
Weather in Fiji
Fiji has a tropical maritime climate. From October to November, the average temperature in the central islands can range from +16 to +26 C, and in December-April the temperature rises noticeably, but it is during this period that tropical rains begin. The amount of precipitation in mountainous areas depends on whether the windward side or not. As a rule, 3000-6000 mm of precipitation falls on the windward side per year, and up to 3500 mm on the leeward side. On small islands, annual precipitation can range from 1500 to 3500 mm. Winter (May-October) is considered a favorable time for traveling to Fiji. During this period, the temperature is not too high, and the humidity is minimal.
The main part of urban transport in Fiji is made up of buses and minibuses, a characteristic feature of which is that their windows are without glass so that it is not stuffy in the cabin. In recent years, bicycles have gained great popularity, not only among local residents, but also among tourists. In Suva, taxi fares are metered, while in other cities the price must be negotiated before boarding. Movement between the islands takes place by plane or helicopter or by boat. Air travel is quite expensive.
Currency exchange in Fiji
As of October 2011, the national currency rate is 1 USD = 1.88 FJD. The national currency is the Fijian dollar. Currency exchange is possible in almost all hotels, banks, exchange offices and the airport. Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 09.30 to 15.00. Many public establishments, tourist offices and car rental agencies accept credit cards, but almost all local ATMs do not accept cards issued by foreign banks. Traveler’s checks can be cashed at most hotels, banks and travel agencies.
240V/50Hz (Australian style sockets).
Slightly more than half of the faithful Fijians (52%) are Christians. 38% of the population is Hindu. Islam (8%) and other religions are also widespread.
Since the 2006 coup d’état in Fiji, you should be careful never to talk to the locals about politics or participate in strikes or rallies. In Suva, you should be vigilant, as the crime rate here is quite high, in addition, riots can begin at any moment.
It is strongly recommended that you purchase international health insurance that will cover medical expenses where necessary. Public hospitals generally do not meet international standards.