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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. My go-to website for flights and hotels almost every time is Expedia.com
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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