Fiji - General Info
UTC +12 (the date line has been adjusted to fall east of the whole group).
Voltage: 240 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
Fijian dollar (FID, FI$). A maximum of FI$100 can be exported in local currency, and FI$500 in foreign currency.
It is better to regard all transactions in Fiji as being cash transactions and plan accordingly. Very few places take cards, and those that do will normally charge a 5% fee.
The only bank in Suva that will let you use a card to withdraw cash inside the bank is WESTPAC.
Note: On leaving Fiji, the bank regulations will cause difficulties when trying to change your Fiji dollars to another currency, particularly Vatus (Vanuatu) or Australian Dollars. See this report.
International Dialing code for Fiji is +679.
Mobile phone network generally works well in cities and large towns but coverage in some rural areas and outlying islands can be limited or non-existent. Global roaming needs to be activated on mobile phones, but making and receiving calls can be expensive. Many visitors buy a Fiji SIM card on arrival. These are relatively cheap to buy and calls, both local and international. Fijian SIM cards are available at Nadi International Airport and at convenience stores and supermarkets. Registration of a SIM card purchased locally is mandatory.
In Fiji, it's all 3G. Ensure you get a good WiFi booster and a 3G/4G Router before arriving. Latest reports (and local advice) is that Digicel now has the best coverage, speeds and lowest prices for internet connections.
A Flashnet "data stick" from Vodafone also has good coverage and reasonable speeds in most anchorages, but is more expensive.
See this cruiser's report.
Last updated July 2016.
Taxis are of variable quality. Only use licensed taxis; they have a yellow registration plate. As do licensed mini buses. Non-licensed vehicles are unlikely to be insured.
July: Bula Festival in Nadi
August: Hibiscus Festival in Suva
September: Sugar Festival in Lautoka
Early September: Fiji Regatta Week, Musket Cove. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Police emergency number - dial 917
Fire and ambulance emergency - dial 911
For diving emergencies - dial 903 4093
IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club
South Pacific Cruising Guide - Sail Fiji
Created by cruisers for cruisers, this new series of digital South Pacific cruising guide apps bring together years of local sailing knowledge, with the latest mobile technology. Easy-to-use and constantly updated. By ICA directors John and Lyn Martin.
There are three apps, Planning, Eastern Fiji, Western + Central Fiji with advice on planning your visit, charts, anchorages, activities and cultural information. All continually updated and improved. Now on V3.
Available for iPad and Android 10” tablets (running Android 6.1 or higher). Sail Fiji apps on the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/nz/artist/island-cruising-regattas-pty./id911662852
Landfalls of Paradise: Cruising Guide to the Pacific Islands (Latitude 20 Books)
By Earl Hinz
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press; 5th Revised edition (1 May 2006)
The fifth edition of this sailing standard includes updated charts and text reflecting changes in regulations and facilities for most countries and specific ports of entry. New appendices include procedures for entry to Australia, which are more exacting than most Pacific landfalls, and an extensive list of information sources: cruising guidebooks, important general tourist guides, chart suppliers, and key web sites for the countries covered by "Landfalls of Paradise".
Fiji Marine Guide
Free guide for yachts produced by Yacht Help for many years, www.yachthelp.com
South Pacific Anchorages
By Warwick Clay
Publisher: Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson Ltd; 2nd edition (Jan 1, 2001)
This second edition contains numerous revisions to both text and plans. Warwick Clay's cruising guide covers the South Pacific from the Mariana Islands in the northwest across to the Galapagos in the east then down passed Easter Island to New Zealand in the Southwest. The guide covers this vast area in detail and virtually every anchorage is described with supporting plans produced from the author's own information.
The Pacific Crossing Guide
By Michael Pocock, Revised by Ros Hogbin
Publisher: Adlard Coles; 2nd edition (August 2011)
See the detailed review
By David Stanley
Publisher: Avalon Travel; 9th edition (February 1, 2011)
Since 1985, Moon Fiji has been the leading travel guidebook to Fiji. Author David Stanley has been writing about the South Pacific since 1979, and over the years tens of thousands of Pacific travelers have used his guides to Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, Samoa, Micronesia, and the South Pacific.
British Admiralty Pacific Islands Pilot Vol ll(The Central Groups)
Published by UK Admiralty and available from Imray Publications (11th edn 2006)
ISBN : 9780707718330 (ref. NP061)
This covers the islands of the South-West Part of the Pacific Ocean including: Nouvelle-Calédonie and îles Loyauté Vanuata, Banks and Torres Islands, Santa Cruz Islands, Fiji Islands, Samoa Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati (Gilbert and Phoenix Groups), Marshall Islands.
Visit the Sea Mercy Sea Bridge for Fiji page to see how you too can contribute to the recovery of the remote islands in Fiji.
Fiji Marinas Cruisers Guide 2014
A useful source of data for cruisers.
Cruisers in Fiji have setup a website (May 2015) to help yachts sailing around the Fiji islands share anchorages, waypoints, information etc.
The Fiji Compendium
A Compilation of Guidebook References and Cruising Reports put together by SV Soggy Paws with updates from cruisers who have used it. Lots of good information if planning on cruising Fiji and many other notes for other Pacific cruising areas on the site too.
A great report on cruising Fiji from Savusavu for Cruising World Magazine (December 2016) by Todd Duff of SY Small World II.
August 2016: Clearance procedure in Suva reported by Tim Christensen and checked against noonsite info. still correct.
February 2016: Formalities checked/updated.
June 2015:Publications checked.
April 2015: Revision of all Formalities, with assistance from Brent Grimbeek of SY Impi.
June 2014: Security section updated following robbery in Suva.
May 2014: Added recommendation to avoid costly clearance out of hours following comment posted, plus updated fees.
July 2013: Further changes to Clearance procedures from Suzie Ohagan.
June 2013: Clearance procedures updated.
January 2013: Customs and Immigration checked. Web addresses checked.
October 2012: Bio-security information all updated by Jim & Vicki Punter of SY Compadre.
August 2012: Bio-security Fees updated by John Neal of SY Mahina Tiara III, who also checked all other fees were correct.
June 2012: Update on customs regions and it no longer being necessary to clear in and out of each one, from David Caukill of SY Serendipity.
Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
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