Book flights to Fiji and you’re booking a trip to a tropical paradise made up of 322 islands nesting in the clear waters of the South Pacific Ocean, 2,000 miles to the east of Australia. The variation between the islands means you can book a budget stay on one or a luxury private retreat on another, and in both cases explore the lush, volcanic interior or the stunning coral reefs which draw tourists from all over the world. Tourism forms the backbone of the economy of Fiji, which means you can look forward to a well-established infrastructure and an extremely warm welcome.
The stable climate of Fiji means that it draws tourists throughout the year. Tropical weather means little seasonal variation, while the trade winds which blow across the islands help to keep things feeling cool on the beach from December to April, when summer temperatures average 88F. If this is a little hot for you, try booking flights to Fiji during the ‘winter’ months, which sees average temperatures dropping to 84F.
There is little in the way of a high or low tourist season in Fiji, so the best tip when looking for the cheapest airfares to Fiji is to make use of the Orbitz search tool. If you’re able to be flexible, you can click on ‘Nearby airports’ and be offered a choice of airports to fly out from or into, enabling you to choose the most convenient or affordable option. Likewise, ‘Show flexible dates’ will bring up a menu of direct or indirect flights across the period during which you can travel.
Nadi is the main international airport for Fiji and acts as a hub for travel around the wider South Pacific. It handles over 90% of the passengers flying in to Fiji every year, and is located six miles from the city of Nadi. It is 119 miles from the capital of Fiji, Suva, but does offer domestic flights. Tourists can travel on from the airport by booking resort transfers in advance, while those travelling to the further reaches of Fiji can opt to go by seaplane, airplane or helicopter. Some of these transfers may land at the smaller Nausori International Airport, 15 miles outside Suva.
There are very few direct flights from the US to Fiji, with the only departure points being Honolulu, San Francisco and Los Angeles. These flights are provided by:
Other major airlines flying direct to Fiji include the following:
Because many of the roads on Fiji are in fairly poor condition, the safest form of travel is probably on board one of the local buses, with hop-on hop-off deals enabling you to explore Fiji at leisure. Private taxis are also available and, in general, asking for the meter to be switched on will produce a lower fare than a price agreed up front. More adventurous travellers can also hire a motorbike and have it delivered to the airport for their arrival.
When it comes to travelling between the different islands, several companies run ferries, although taking a hire car to another island is generally forbidden. Cruise companies also run trips around the various islands, ranging from a day’s excursion to a seven night sightseeing cruise.
Although not the capital of Fiji, Nadi is the main tourist city. It is located within easy reach of such places as the upmarket tourist island of Denerau, and Lautoka, an unspoiled and authentically Fijian city in which you can treat yourself to souvenirs from the local markets. The attractions in Nadi itself include the largest Hindu temple in the Pacific and the Wailoaloa Beach, which is lined with beach clubs and resorts.
Suva is the capital of Fiji, located on the largest of the islands, Viti Levu. Although there aren’t many beaches close to Suva it is within easy reach of the Colo-i-Suva Forest Reserve, where you can admire stunning waterfalls and swim in the pools they form.
Levuka was once the capital of Fiji, but today has a population of just 3,000. It’s located on the island of Ovalau, and offers a fascinating glimpse of the unspoiled, historically rich Fiji, complete with lush surrounding jungles and stunning white beaches. The town as a whole has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Travellers from the US don’t require a visa to enter Fiji. Fiji is still a fairly conservative and religious country, so it will be seen as disrespectful to walk around in beachwear or revealing clothing anywhere other than on the beach or by the pool. When visiting a traditional Fijian village or home, you will be expected to remove any hat you’re wearing as a sign of respect.