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Stopover in Fiji

Would you like to experience an absolute tropical paradise on your way to Australia? Discover turquoise lagoons, snow-white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, spectacular coral reefs, towering volcanoes, lush tropical flora, and quaint little villages. Fiji is the ultimate stopover destination.

Fiji is located in the South Pacific, an archipelago made up of approximately 300 islands. One hundred of these tropical islands are inhabited and are often described as the pearl of the south sea and the friendliest paradise on earth.

Marvel at crystal clear Fijian water
Enjoy the laid-back island vibes of Fiji!

Fiji travel guide

The main island of Fiji is Viti Levu which is home to the capital city of Fiji, Suva. A picturesque city that features lush parks, friendly local markets, museums, and historical sites. Suva is located on the southeast coast and is the largest metropolitan Fijian city. Nadi is located on the western side of the main island of Viti Levu and is also home to the international airport, Nadi.

Another popular island in Fiji is Vanua Levu, which is slightly smaller in size. Together the two islands make up over 80% of Fiji’s territory. The residents (approximately, 875,000) are remarkably friendly and love to laugh. As a visitor, you will immediately feel welcomed to this special part of the world.

Discover the spectacular marine world in the Pacific Islands
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Be welcomed by the friendly Fijian locals in Suva
© Vijesh Datt

Discover the magic of the Pacific Islands

Taveuni is the third-largest island in Fiji and is a popular tourist destination. With astounding flora, Taveuni is known as the 'Garden Island of Fiji'. Yasawa is an archipelago of approximately 20 volcanic islands in the Western Division of Fiji.

It has an approximate total area of 135 square kilometres. Renowned for its natural beauty, Yasawa features dramatic peaks and pearly white-sand beaches. Blue Lagoon in Fiji’s Yasawa islands arguably has some of the best beaches in the world.

Mamanuca is a volcanic archipelago lying to the west of Nadi and to the south of the Yasawa Islands. Mamanuca is made up of 20 islands, 7 of which are covered by the Pacific Ocean at high tide. Do you love diving? Mamanuca is world-renowned for its spectacular diving sites. The islands of Mamanuca are easily accessible from Nadi International Airport.

The Blue Lagoon in Yasawas is a must-do!

How to get there

Travelling to the Pacific Islands from Australia or New Zealand is very convenient. You can reach this tropical paradise within two and a half to three hours, by plane. You also don’t require a visa for any visit up to 30 days. A passport that is valid for at least three months after your departure and a return flight ticket or a flight ticket for your onward journey is sufficient for entering Fiji.

Fiji is home to a wide range of different types of accommodation. From backpacker hostels to luxurious five-star resorts. If you would like to rent a car, you will need a national or international driver’s license. Like the UK, in Fiji, you drive on the left side of the road.

Enjoy delicious freshly picked tropical fruit
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Fiji is easy to access from Australia
© Janis Rozenfelds


Fiji features a warm tropical climate which makes it the perfect holiday destination for beach lovers.

  • May till October: Dry season with moderate temperatures (18 - 26 degrees Celcius)

  • November till April: Wet season - humid with a lot of rainfall (22 - 29 degrees Celcius)

If you seek sunshine, beach days, and a relaxed friendly atmosphere, Fiji is perfect year-round. The tropical weather is enjoyable even during the wet season as the humidity is not unpleasant. Spend your days here relaxing and absorbing the outdoor Fijian activities on offer.

The temperature of the ocean also fits perfectly into the paradisiacal setting of the Fiji Islands. However, you should try to avoid the travel time between November and April if you don’t want to visit during the wet season.

There are many water activities to indulge in
© Jeremy Bezanger
Or simply relax on a hammock
© Jeremy Bezanger

A melting pot of culture

It is believed that the first inhabitants of Fiji arrived on the islands approximately 3500 years ago. In 1643, explorer Abel Tasman set food on the white sandy beaches and more than 100 years later, Captain James Cook and Willam Bligh followed.

In 1854, the first missionaries reached the region and among other things, put an end to cannibalism. Fiji was part of the British Empire until 1970. After that, Fiji became independent and in 1987, it became a republic.

In the 19th century, many immigrants from India took up work on the islands’ sugar cane plantations, and today almost half of Fiji’s population is of Indian descent.

However, Europeans and the Chinese also helped shape the multi-ethnic society, in which different cultures live together in harmony. Despite their differences in beliefs, they still celebrate many of their festivals and rituals together.

Immerse yourself in the fascinating Fijian culture
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Discover endless sparkling Fijian beaches
© Jeremy Bezanger
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Viti Levu

The main island, Viti Levu is exceptionally beautiful. Home to the vibrant capital of Suva, an ideal place to meet the friendly locals. Enjoy the island nightlife on McArthur Street and Victoria Parade. Here, you can visit local bars and clubs and also mingle with other world travellers.

On the island, you can also discover cascading waterfalls, spectacular dunes, rugged mountain peaks, and tropical rainforests. A nature paradise, be mesmerised by the botanical gardens - Garden of the Sleeping Giant.

Go scuba diving, jet-skiing, or take a mud bath. Learn to cook Fijian food with a local chef or attend a cultural night tour and learn more about this fascinating part of the world.

Clear blue skies and nobody else in sight
Fiji is a family-friendly destination

Vanua Levu

The smaller of the two main islands, Vanua Levu is about half the size of Viti Levu. The island is centered around a small town called Savusavu. With only one street, this picturesque place is nestled between two hills with the sea as its backdrop.

The view of Savusavu Bay is unforgettable and a must-do in Fiji! There used to be a large volcano here and this is still evident in the scenery today. Nowadays, the yachts are based here and you can find many excellent restaurants and bars.

Do you enjoy hiking? There are many wonderful hikes in the area. Or if you prefer the ocean, you can go snorkelling at Lesiaceva Point of Split Rock. An ideal place to enjoy the Fijian lifestyle.

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Snorkel and discover the world underwater
Stopover destination Fiji, massage by the beach
Enjoy a massage or two!

A natural wonderland

Fiji is famous for its lush nature and clean environment. Covered in tropical rainforest, the Viti Levu Mountains are bursting with exotic birds, rich plant life including orchards, ferns, and plunging waterfalls.

Together with a local guide, hike to the most beautiful spots on the island. An exciting experience and an ideal way to get to another vantage point of Fiji. Discovering the unique world underwater is also a must-do while visiting this tropical paradise.

Snorkel and explore coral reefs, underwater caves, and abandoned shipwrecks. The Fiji Islands are renowned for being one of the best diving destinations in the world. If you want to learn how to dive, there are many opportunities in Fiji with highly qualified instructors and a good selection of dive schools.

Discover the various marine life found in the area
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There is so much to natural beauty explore in Fiji
© Josaia Cakacaka

Choose from an abundance of activities

Fiji is a holiday destination that will never allow you to feel bored. Visit gorgeous seaside towns, tour the islands with a local guide, hike, go horseback riding, and scuba dive. Swim, surf, water ski, sail, canoe, go deep-sea fishing, play golf or take a scenic seaplane flight.

Whether you would like to relax on the pearly white-sand beaches with crystal clear water or explore the secluded lagoons and tropical rainforests, the possibilities are unlimited in Fiji.

Go beach hopping in the South Pacific!
© Jeremy Bezanger
The possibilities are limitless in the country of Fiji

Entry requirements

Details and information on the current regulations for a trip to Fiji can be found here.

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