How to Plan a Trip to Fiji Islands | Travel Diaries

Fiji

We went to Fiji in June to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. If you follow me on Instagram/Facebook you might remember the snippets and videos I shared there. Earlier I was planning to share a post my travel and to-do details. However, I thought first I will share a 'How to Plan a Trip to Fiji' post. I will try to integrate all the details that I kept in mind while planning my trip to Fiji.

Fiji is an island country located in the South Pacific Ocean with more than 330 islands. Most of the population resides on two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. For our trip to Fiji, we stayed in Nadi at Fiji Marriott Momi Bay. I'll share more about the things-to-do in a separate post, soon.

Fiji

Plan a Trip to Fiji

For now, let's check out the things you need to do while planning a trip to Fiji. I am listing these in the order you may want to do these.

  1. Dates. Pin down a range of dates for your travel. We wanted to celebrate our anniversary in Fiji hence our dates were not flexible. If you are flexible then you can choose your dates depending on when you get better deals. Weatherwise, March to early December is great.

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  1. Island. As you might know by now, Fiji is a country of multiple islands. Decide your island(s) as per your liking. You can open the maps at this stage and choose if you do not have anything particular in mind. You can also divide your stay on multiple islands; few nights at one and few at other.
  1. Flights. Once you've made up your mind on the location and dates, next comes the flights. If your dates are flexible, then I'd suggest being on the lookout for best prices in a range of +/- 3-4 days. Do not wait for the last moment to book your flights as you may not get good deals or rather super expensive air fares.

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  1. Visa. Citizens of around 100+ countries are exempt from visa for entering Fiji. Check the requirements for your country and proceed accordingly. Normally, you'd get a visa on arrival (employment prohibited) for a period of 3 months; provided you meet all the conditions like valid passport for 6 months from the date of entry to the country, return tickets, accommodation details, valid proof of return to your country, and proofs to support your finances while in the country.
  1. Accommodation/Stay. Depending upon your budget, location and other factors, finalize your accommodation. My personal suggestion would be to go for a beach resort to make the most of your beach vacation. There are multiple cruises for 2/3/4 or more nights in Fiji on various islands, you can also opt for these for a part of your vacation, e.g. 3 nights at a hotel/resort and 2 or more nights on a cruise. My favorite website for choosing and booking my stays is Hotels.com. I get some of the best deals and after accumulating a certain number of points I have received free nights as rewards as well. Definitely, check them out.
  1. Things-to-do. Fiji offers a plethora of activities for everyone. No matter what your style is— adventure, luxury,  kid-friendly, relaxing, culture-oriented—you will definitely find something that suits your requirement. Plan (if possible, book) all the activities that you want to do before hand, that way you'll be able to manage your time and finances better. But of course, to each his own, if you prefer researching after you reach your destination and then do things impromptu, by all means, you do you.

  1. Currency. Given that Fiji is a tourist destination, it is still an island. Many businesses will accept cards but the majority will take cash only or will have conditions like minimum spend limit to use the card or some percentage of surcharge for credit cards. Hence, it is always better to have some cash with you at all times.
  1. Insurance. We never travel without travel insurance, and I reckon you shouldn't too. Life is very unpredictable, the last thing you want is to get stuck in a foreign land with no insurance for your health or personal belongings in case of any unlikely event.
  1. Packing. Check baggage allowance to get an idea on how much you can carry and then according to the weather pack your clothing, gadgets, essentials, and all that you may need. Fiji is mostly pleasant throughout the year with warm tropical temperatures to enjoy the beach and the sun. Check relative temperatures depending on your travel dates to get a better picture. You may also keep some snacks/energy bars (I always keep as I get hungry super soon). If you're a vegetarian like me, do not worry at all; you'll find plenty of vegetarian options in Fiji.
  1. Have fun. Relax as you board that plane and devour in the beauty once you land and have one amazing vacation.

Did I miss anything? I am guessing I pinned everything down but I'd more than glad to know your tips for planning a beach trip and see if I can add them to my list. 

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  • Becca Talbot

    Fiji is one country I’d love to go to one day! I’m dreaming of it now, beautiful beaches, hot climate – a world away from the damp UK at the moment! x

    • I know, it was such a relief for us when we went there in June (which is winter in Australia). :/

  • Essential Messes

    I would love to spend a few days on the beach in Fiji. Maybe someday. I love all the pictures in your post, they are so pretty. Also this post is great for anyone who is planning a trip anywhere . Planning trips can be an exhausting task but this post is so helpful. Thanks so much for all the tips.

    • Thank you so much for the appreciation. I know, it really takes a lot of planning to ensure that your trip turns out as you wanted. 🙂

  • Prateek Goel

    Fiji island is always on my bucket-list and with your post I can plan more efficiently! Even the pictures are amazing. Next year I’ll visit it hopefully, I’ll bookmark it for the future. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Kai Digger_Digg

    Is it better than Maldives? I am so confused between these two places for my honeymoon.

  • Laura Dove

    Oohh Fiji is on my bucket list too! It looks amazing, I would give anything to be lay on that beach right now! Gorgeous photos, thank you for sharing!

  • Very helpful and informative post on planning for Fiji. I have heard so much about Fiji but always looking for proper information.

  • Fiji sounds amazing, I love planning trips like this so I’d love to go and make my own plans x

  • FlyBy Wire

    I heard about Fiji previously,but never took interest to know about it…..I loved the way you guided how to plan,it’s very informative .. i was also expecting some pictures..Do post pictures of Fiji Island on next blog,would love to see

  • Aw thank you for the advice. I really like the sound of Fiji and how there is a range of activities to suit all ages and tastes. I am going to check cheap air out and see if they have any deals x

  • Ania Ewelina

    Fiji has always been on my bucket list, the islands always look so amazing. Glad to hear that I probably don’t need a visa, one less thing I have to worry abouot lol

  • Dunja

    I’ve always wanted to visit Fiji! It’s seems really amazing & exotic. Hopefully one day!

  • Alison Rost

    Such great tips. Especially about travel insurance. I used to be wishy-washy about it, that is until the one time we really needed it and were so thankful it was there. Also, it was so cool to read that you didn’t necessarily need a VISA. One less paperwork thing to check off the list! x

  • Poop Poop

    A very detailed itinerary! It looks really beautiful and exotic! Great post

  • David Elliott

    That’s great with all the different plans you have dealt with ahead of time. Dates, hotels and money are always on my list for traveling. Although staying with people is good too if you can do that. I will be excited to see how your trip goes.

  • You really made a point. I completely agree about insurance, it’s a must. Also, cash because Fiji is an island, and you don’t wish to be without the money on your vacation time.

  • Kim Gammage

    I really want to visit FIji but I don’t know anyone who has been to give me any advice and I’m always a bit weary about going in blind as it were. Thank you for this, I’ll keep it in mind for when we get to plan our trip!

  • we love to travel and have talked about visiting Fiji. This is perfect for planning the trip and a wealth of information!

  • Elena Stevkovska

    I have never used CheepAir before. I have to give it a try next time I am planning a trip.

  • Suchitra Narayan

    Beautiful pics.. Fiji is not on my current list, but may be on my next batch of places, so this is informative! 🙂

  • Laura

    Oh wow I would absolutely LOVE to travel to Fiji, it sounds incredible! It will definitely be one of the next places I aim to travel to xxx

  • Made Adayasa

    Fiji absolutely would like to visit one day . Thank you for your great tips

  • I have been wanting to travel more so this will be perfect for me to think about. ~ @disqus_ViaBella:disqus blog

  • Rhewi Montemayor

    I haven’t heard about this place but it looks beautiful and I love to add this on my travel lists