|Location||The largest island, Viti Levu (pronounced Vee-tee Lay-vu) is home to 70 percent of the 580,000 people of whic about half are Indian and the other half native Fijians.|
The best time to visit is in the winter from June to October with southeast trades and warm and leasant temperatures. The wetter, warmer summer months are from November to April. The wettest months in terms of rainfall and humidity are January and February. Summer water temperature averages 80-84 degrees F and 78-80 F during the winter months. An east southwest trade wind blows for most of the year usually dropping in the evening and picking up in the mid-morning.
The official cyclone (hurricane) season south of the equator is November to April. The 2002/2003 tropical cyclone season was more active than past few seasons with Ami causing havoc in Fiji. Ami devastated the northern parts of Fiji and Lau Group (southeast island group of Fiji) as it moved south with widespread damage killing 14 people. Vanua Levu was declared a disaster zone. Fiji is still reeling from damages of the tropical cyclone Ami. The effects on the coral reef are still unknown.
|June through October is the best time to dive with visibilities in excess of 100 feet and water temperatures in the range of 25-27 degrees C (77-82 degrees F).|
|Languange||Fijian is the offical language with English as a second lanugage spoken by nearly everyone.|
|Dress & Customs||Light and casual, but not too brief in public places please. Tropical clothes for evening wear. Ties are not worn for business. Tipping is not mandatory in Fiji. Kava, a mildly natcotic drink made from the roots of the pepper tree, is leagal and a wide-spread social custom amoung the native Fijians.|
|Currency & Banking||The Fijian Dollar (F) is the official currency and can only be obtained in Fiji. One US Dollar is approximately two Fiji Dollars ($1 USD = $1.98 FJD). Westpac and ANZ banking facilities are available and all major credit cards are accepted in hotels, resorts and large cities.|
|Time||Fiji time is GMT/UMT plus 10 hours, which is 2 hours ahead of Australian Eastern Standard time. From Western U.S. (PST) add one day minus 4 hours.|
|Internet||Fiji claims to have the best Internet services in the South Pacific. The best access is with the assistance of hotels. Internet cafes are hard to find with limited hours.|
|Electricity||Electrical points are 240 volts with Australian style pins.|
|Water||The quality of drinking water varies widely from island to island. Fiji Water is high-quality artesian bottled water available everywhere. The urban water is generally safe to drink and brush your teeth from tap, but ask first.|
|Health||There are no dangerous animals or insects on the islands. No vaccinations are required. The biggest problem is generally sunburn from the strong tropical sun. Wear a shirt of thin dive skin while snorkeling to protect your back.|
|Fiji Visitors Bureau||The Fiji Visitors Bureau maintains an office in the Nadi airport ans is well worth a visit. Head Office, Thomson Street, GPO Box 92, Suva, Fiji, Tel: (679) 3302 433, Fax: (679) 3300 970, (679) 3302 751, In the US Tel: (310) 5681616., Fax: (310) 670 2318, Toll free:800 932 3454, Email: email@example.com, Website: www.bulafiji.com|