Fiji Stories and Tips

General tips

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1. Visit a Fijian church. We went to a church and sat on the matted floor with the locals. It was a fantastic experience and we met a lot of people, from whom we were able to learn a lot about the country. We even got an invite back to a village, where we had kava and an amazing meal with some people we met. That was possibly the most rewarding experience we had.

2. Fondest Memory: The friendliness of the people. Almost everyone we met in Fiji greeted us with a smile and it was common for locals to come up and chat to us as we walked along the road. We met some amazing people and learned a lot about Fiji by just chatting with people we met along the way. I've never been anywhere where the people are all so consistently nice and happy.

3. In general the water in Fiji is safe to drink but in some of the islands or isolated areas it's advisable not to use the water to drink or brush your teeth. We stayed on an island where you weren't supposed to drink the tap water, but after getting a little nausea we discovered that the kava we'd been drinking each night was made from the tap water! If you get sick you can ask the locals for some 'Fiji medicine', which did the trick for us.

4. Luggage And Bags: Backpack for day trips, large backpack / carry bag / small suitcase for rest of stuff.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Fiji's climate is warm so light clothing is most suitable -shorts, t-shirts, singlet tops etc. A jumper may be useful for night time. Women going to villages need to have their shoulders and knee's covered, so bear this in mind when packing. Sulu's (sarong) are very common and versatile, so pack one or leave room to buy one over there.

Sandals are the most versatile footware, but make sure you bring comfortable ones if you're planning on walking a lot. Sneakers may be useful for trekking and some footware for walking on coral is also very useful. Many places have sandshoes available for hire.

A hat and some wet weather gear also come in handy. Fijian's consider the head to be sacred, so remember to take off your hat when entering a village as it is an insult to the chief if you leave it on.

Toiletries & Medical Supplies: Deoderant, suncream, moisturiser and insect repellant are the most important toiletries. If you're going diving, hydrogen peroxide and iodine are useful for coral cuts, and tablets for diarrhea and stomach upstes are good for people going to areas where the drinking water isn't ideal. Even some of the tap water on the smaller islands is dodgy, so be cautious. If you have any problems the local Fijians will be happy to tell you about Fiji medicine - I chewed some rank tasting leaves for my upset stomach, which worked well.

Photo Equipment: Plenty of film and batteries for camera's. Underwater camera's are also great for diving or snorkelling. Be aware that on smaller islands film can be available but at high prices.

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