Don’t forget to bring T-Shirt, Suncream and Sunglasses.
It is often seen among tourists to be heavily affected by sunburn. Although it would be pointless because sweat and water will eventually wash it away, so keep a sunscreen lotion handy with you all time since recovering from sun burn is a terrible process especially for little kids who have tender soft skin and a high intensity of sunburn can cause some serious skin issues.
Don’t schedule yourself with a hell lot of activities.
Especially when it’s scorching outside. The last thing that you want to do on your holiday is to make it a freaking business trip where you have to multi-task and have to be all over the place at once. The kids will not enjoy it and the same goes with you. In simple words, don’t indulge in too many things at once. Keep it short and simple. Plan one or two activities per day depending on the duration of each activity and be sure to have ample time to relax and cherish the moments. After all that’s the only motif of a holiday, Right?
Don’t stick into the mainland.
One key note to keep in mind while visiting Fiji is not to stay on the mainland and instead stay on an island if you haven’t travelled to one yet. To acquire a true Fijian experience, plan to stay on an island instead of the great many resorts located in the mainland.
Don’t forget to have a Fijian Village Tour.
Fijian villages are rich in culture. It is a must to go on a Fijian village tour. And on top of that, to make things easier for the tourists many resorts offer village trips where you can go and see and enlighten yourself with a local traditional Fijian village. Usually many of the resort staffs are appointed from these villages.
Don’t go to any fishing contest.
A very important and self-esteem saving point to remember is to avoid yourself from challenging a Fijian fisherman to a fishing contest. Because he will eventually win and all you will be left with is a broken ego and an aching wrist from holding the fishing rod. He will certainly and most definitely catch the first fish, the bigger fish and most of the fish. No matter how many years of experience you have in fishing you will eventually lose. If he says, ‘Oo, it’s my first time!’ — don’t even dare believe him.
Don’t forget to bring your underwater camera.
Fiji being a collection of 300 islands and 500 islets is surrounded by water on all sides with beautiful reefs and exotic wildlife. Hence it is not even required to explain that Fiji is ornamented with terrific natural beauty especially the underwater beauty, where every visual moment is eyegasmic and awe inspiring.
Don’t forget to dress nicely.
Keep in mind to dress modestly when you are away from hotels and resorts, especially when you are visiting a Fijian village. Being culturally different from you, the Fijian village people might take offence at specific dress codes. Avoid wearing a hat to a Fijian village as it is considered to be an insult to the village chief. It is also insulting to touch someone’s head, whatever the gesture maybe. It is also advised not to wear shoes if you are visiting someone’s house. When visiting a village, it is customary to present an inexpensive gift of ‘yaqona’ or ‘kava’ to the “Turaga Ni Koro”, the traditional head of the village.
Don’t bring vegetables, seeds, or any animal product.
without a proper permit from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests. Failure to adhere to these laws might land you in serious trouble.
Every passenger 17 years and over can bring into Fiji the following goods duty and VAT free,
provided they are accompanied and not for sale:
- Cigars, not exceeding 250 grams net weight or
- Cigarettes, not exceeding 250 sticks or
- Tobacco not exceeding 250 grams net weight or
- Any combination of (a) to (c) above, provided the total net weight does not exceed 250grams
- Wines, not exceeding 4.5 litres or not exceeding 4.5 litres or
- Spirituous liquors not exceeding 2.25 litres or
- Any combination of the goods in paragraph (5) to (7) above, provided that the combination does not exceed the equivalent quantity under any one paragraph. Other dutiable goods, not exceeding F$1,000.00 in value.
Don’t speak loudly.
In Fiji speaking in loud voices is considered to be an expression of rude. Raising your voice especially in the villages or even making simple loud noises is considered to be an offensive or disrespectful gesture.
Don’t point your finger at anyone.
It is considered as a taboo to point finger at someone who is older in age or higher in rank.
Don’t forget to fix on a price with the taxi driver beforehand.
Since most of them don’t use a meter that’s why it is better to resolve to a fixed price pre-trip to avoid conflict and argument. Make sure to make the driver understand the price that you have agreed on both in price and currency and also beware of the current rates as often it is seen that taxi drivers inflate above the ongoing rate.
Don’t think to collect seashells.
Collecting seashell on a vacation to a beach location is a habit that we have in-grown within us since childhood. But collecting them and buying them are two different things in all together that too in foreign land. In Port Denarau you’ll find rare and exotic seashells for sale in the souvenir shops and the underlying fact is that some shells are considered to be rare and often as an “endangered species”. If caught with such seashells then you will be heavily fined and also the seas shell will be confiscated.
Don’t forget to bring some photos of your family members on your mobile when visiting Fiji.
Since Fijian people rarely travel out of Fiji hence they barely know how the outside world looks like. They are always curious about from where their guests or tourists come from and also they are always eager to hear about your family and see their pictures. If you by chance have a Polaroid camera with you then don’t forget to click a picture with them and leave it with them for remembrance and appreciation.