Travellers who take cheap flights to Fiji will discover a beautiful country with some of the friendliest, most gracious residents in the world, despite the political problems that have cast a shadow over Australian-Fiji relations.
This island nation in the South Pacific is composed of more than 333 islands of which Viti Levu and Vanua Levu are the biggest. About 90 per cent of Fijians live on these two islands. The capital, Suva, is on Viti Levu, clear across from Nadi where the international airport is located. Suva, a charming colonial- type city, is considered to be the political and commercial capital of Fiji, while Nadi is the tourist capital. The Coral Coast, which runs along the south of the island, is where you’ll find Pacific Harbour, the adventure capital of Fiji. Adventurous tourists can dive, zip line or even horse board here.
For the ultimate in basking-in-the-sun pleasure, visit the Mamanuca and Yasawa groups of islands. The Mamanucas, west of Viti Levu, are an easy boat or catamaran trip from Nadi or Lautoka. The Yasawa islands lie on the north western side of Viti Levu and can be reached by the Yasawa Flyer, which departs from Denarau marina and glides through the Mamanuca Islands on its way to the Yasawas.
Fiji has a tropical climate. The winters are dry and warm and the summers are hot and wet. Winter temperatures can still reach up to 30 degrees, but the evenings will be cool. The cyclone season runs November to April.
There’s no bad time to visit Fiji but watch out for cyclone season (November to April).
June-September is the high season when most Australian and New Zealand visitors take cheap flights to Fiji.
December to February is the low season.
May and September are shoulder months.
There are several airlines offering flights around Fiji including Pacific Sun, Air Fiji, Pacific Island Seaplanes and Island Hoppers Helicopters. Domestic airstrips and airports are dotted around the islands including at Nadi, Nausori, Mana Island, Labasa, Savusavu, Taveuni, Vanua Balavu, Kadavu, Lakeba and Moala.
There is good ferry service to the Mamanuca Islands and Yasawa Islands. The Yasawa Flyer catamaran departs from the marina at Denarau every day.
Air-conditioned coaches connect the resorts with major towns, but travelling on the local open-window buses is a great way of getting around Fiji and experiencing it like a local.
Taxis and share-taxis are plentiful and cheap. FJ$2.50 ($1.50 AU) is about what you’ll pay to travel in the average town or city.