Fiji is one of the closest destinations to New Zealand and a very good country for surf. There are two main islands of Fiji, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. There are number of areas where surf is accessible, the two main areas being on the south side of Viti Levu on the Coral Coast an outer islands, and the outer islands off Nadi.
The outer islands off Nadi in the Mamanuca island chain hold some amazing breaks. Access to the main surf breaks in this area is by boat with a couple of options on the mainland. Two of the most well known surf resorts / camps in this area are Tavarua and Namotu Resort. Both resorts are located on their own island and are located right on three of the main breaks in the area. The infamous Cloudbreak, Namotu lefts, Swimming Pools and Wilkes Pass - all world class surf breaks.
Other options for accommodation and surf access are a yacht charter, (Surfari Lau Charters), and the island resorts of Plantation Island, Musket Cove (both fantastic options for couples or families who want access to the surf breaks), or Castaway Island Resort. Rendezvous Surf Camp and Tavarua Resort are new additions with the exclusivity being lifted on the breaks of Namotu and Cloudbreak. Accommodation and surf is also available around the Coral Coast, at Hideaway Resort or Waidroka Bay Resort (who also offer great diving packages as well).
There is also a surf camp on Yanuca Island - Frigates Reef Camp - and off Kadavu Island - Nagigia Island Surf Resort. Both of these resorts have access to some very consistent surf breaks. The main season for surf in Fiji is our winter months, however, like New Zealand they get surf year-round. If you intend travelling in the peak months it is well worth booking accommodation in advance as all the camps can be full. Most camps will pick up from the airport, reducing the transport hassles. Air New Zealand and Fiji Airways have regular flights to Nadi.
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The major banks in the Fiji Islands are ANZ, Westpac, Bank of Hawaii, Colonial National Bank, Bank of Baroda. Money changing facilities are also available through Thomas Cook, Western Union and through your Hotel.
Normal banking hours: 9.30am to 3pm (Monday to Thursday) & from 9.30am to 4pm on Fridays. Banks are closed during the weekends and public holidays.
ATM machines (for Westpac, Bank of Hawaii, ANZ) & EFTPOS available at selected areas.
No entry permit is required for visitors (travelling on NZ passports) staying in the Fiji Islands 30 days or less.
Fiji enjoys an ideal South Seas tropical climate. It is thus a perfect holiday destination, especially for those trying to escape the severe northern hemisphere winters. Maximum summer temperatures average 30°C (86°F) and the mean minimum is 23°C (73°F). The winter average maximum is 26°C (79°F) and the mean minimum is 20°C (68°F).
English is the official language spoken in Fiji. Other languages commonly spoken include Fijian, Hindi & Rotuman, Gibertese & Chinese.
The main religions in Fiji are Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. The majority of indigenous Fijians are Methodists.
There is a variety of public and private medical services available in most major centres.
The tap water in Fiji is generally safe although it may be advisable to boil water before drinking. Bottled water is available in most places.