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Fiji is located in the South Pacific, 1875 miles east of Australia and about 1200 miles south of the Equator. There are approximately 333 islands in the Fiji archipelago, the two largest are the extinct volcanoes of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Fiji is where you can swim with huge, harmless manta rays, snorkel over giant rainbow gardens of coral or scuba dive the White Wall and famous Astrolabe Reef. It is also where you can float in the calm turquoise waters or walk alone through lush rainforest. The sun shines almost every day and when there is a brief downpour people rush outside for a warm rain bath. Fiji is a place where rushing is rude, a new friend's name is not forgotten and people wear flowers tucked in their hair just because they like to. The principle languages are Fijian and Hindustani, but English is widely spoken. Chinese and Urdu are also heard in the markets.

Pre-Arrival

Climate: Fiji is a tropical destination with warm temperatures year round. June through August are considered the winter time in Fiji with lows in the 70's and highs in the low to mid 80's. This is also the dry season with humidity at a very comfortable level for the most part. December through March are considered summer time in Fiji with lows in the mid 70's and highs in the mid to upper 80's. This is also the rainy season and thus more humid. May and September are considered transitional months between the seasons. In a nutshell - Fiji is blessed with generally moderate temperatures, generally moderate humidity and mostly sunny days year round.

How to Dress
: For the daytime at the resort, shorts, tee shirts, sandals and a swimsuit are usually all that is needed, rainwear for the wet season is suggested. It is important to dress modestly when away from the immediate vicinity of your resort or hotel. Always carry a sulu (sarong, lavalava, pareu) to cover bathing togs or shorts and halter tops.

Getting Married in Fiji? Getting married in Fiji is relatively simple and straightforward with no real legal problems. All that you require is original birth certificate, your passports, a Decree Nisi/Absolute, if you are divorced, a death certificate of your spouse, if you are a widow/er, an officially witnessed consent by your parents, if you are under the age of 21 and a letter confirming your marital status and that you are single. Only citizens of New Zealand, Australia, UK, USA and Canada, do not require this letter. To get married in Fiji you and your partner need to visit the Registry office to apply for a marriage license. These formalities take just 15 minutes, and you can obtain your license within one working day. These offices are open from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 3 pm, with your license valid for 21 days. The license fee is FJD $20.25. Original documents must be presented when you visit the Registry office in person, while a photocopy of the required documents must be sent to the office, at least 2 weeks prior to your intended wedding date. If you wish to have a Catholic wedding, you will also need a Letter of Freedom from your church, along with your baptism certificate. These documents must be sent to the priest in Fiji 2 to 3 months in advance.

Getting to/from the Airport: Please allow plenty of time. We strongly recommend arriving 3 hours prior to your international departure and allowing 3 hours for your connecting flight home.

Required Documents: Passports are required for travel to Fiji and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended stay. Visa's are not required for citizens of the U.S. or citizens of Common Wealth countries. Please inquire if you are traveling from other countries.

Packing Tips: Avoid wearing shoes, clothing, and jewelry that contain metal. Refrain from bringing wrapped presents. Carry on baggage is limited to one carry on bag plus one personal item. Personal items include laptops, purses, small backpacks, briefcases, or camera cases. All gels and liquids must be in 3oz containers or less and placed in a clear plastic zip-top one quart bag. One zip-top bag per person. Keep the plastic zip-top baggie out of your hand carried bag, as you will need to place it in a security bin for screening. Exemptions are larger amounts of required medications, baby formula and diabetic glucose treatment, which must be declared to security officers at the entrance to the check-point for screening. Checked baggage is limited to two per passenger. Do not over pack. Each checked bag may weigh 70 pounds if traveling internationally without incurring additional fees.

Security Screening Tips: Recommended times for passengers to check in before scheduled departure is 120 minutes. Only passengers holding a boarding pass will be allowed through the security checkpoint to their departure gate. All passengers will need to provide a valid state or federal government-issued picture identification at time of check in, and is required at security checkpoints. Knives and other cutting instruments, club like items such as baseball bats, golf clubs, pool cues, are prohibited beyond the security checkpoint. If your bag is selected for secondary screening, it may be opened and examined on a table in your presence. Passengers are required to take off their shoes before going through metal detector.

While in Transit

Approximate Flight Times: From Nadi to London is 27 hours 45 minutes (plus connection/stopover time), to Los Angeles is 9 hours 30 minutes and to Sydney is 3 hours 45 minutes.

Meals on Board the Aircraft: Meals and beverages (including alcohol) are complimentary on flights from U.S. gateways to Fiji. As the flights are generally overnight in both directions you will be served a light dinner/snack shortly after departure and breakfast prior to arrival. A wide range of special meals for travelers with religious, ethnic and dietary requirements are available on both carriers flying to Fiji.

During your flight: Chew on gum, yawn or suck on hard candies to help relieve the pressure that builds in your ears. Drink plenty of water. Do light stretching exercises. The relatively low humidity in the cabin can increase allergy or asthma symptoms. Take preventative measures as necessary.

To combat jet lag: Reset your watch to the destinations time as soon as you get on the plane. Eat before you get on the plane so hunger does not prevent you from sleeping on the flight. If you're using a blanket, buckle your seat belt over the blanket. That way, a flight attendant checking seat belts won't awaken you. If it's daytime when you arrive but nighttime at home, don't sleep. Instead, try doing some light exercise, like walking, to help revive your body and stop it from producing sleep-inducing hormones.

Flying during pregnancy: It is generally recommended that women not fly at all during their last six weeks of pregnancy. Some airlines require pregnant passengers to provide a doctor's statement and women should always consult their obstetricians before traveling.

Traveling with Children: Consider a red-eye flight. This increases the chance that your youngster will be able to sleep through the majority of the trip. While any child under two is not required to have their own seat, they may be happier if they do. If you do use a car seat, make sure it has been certified for air travel. Bring toys the children have never used, the newness will hold their attention longer. Bring plenty of juice. Finger foods are a great distraction. When traveling with your baby, give him or her a bottle or pacifier to suck on during takeoff and landing. This will help normalize pressure on the ears and keep your baby comfortable.

Travelers with Special Needs: Please advise your airline in advance to arrange any special services to ensure assistance. Most airlines transport personal wheelchairs including folding, collapsible or non-folding manual wheelchairs, and electric/battery powered wheelchairs and electric powered carts.

Post Arrival

Fiji Time: When it is 9am in Fiji, it is: 9pm in London previous day, 10pm Frankfurt previous day, 4pm New York previous day, 1pm Los Angles previous day, 6am Tokyo same day, 9am Auckland same day, 7am Sydney same day.

Currency: Fijian Dollar (F$) = 55 cents. Notes are in denominations of F$50, 20, 10, 5 and 2. Coins are in denominations of F$1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents. Currency exchange is available at the airport, at trading banks and at most hotels. ATM's may not accept foreign credit cards. MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa are accepted at a number of establishments. Check with your credit card or debit card company for details. If using travelers checks, travelers are advised to take travelers checks in Australian Dollars or Pounds Sterling to avoid additional exchange rate charges.

Transportation: The most common way to get from the airport to your resort destination(s) is by pre-arranged transfers. These transfers are either SIV (seat in vehicle), private car or luxury car. Taxi's are available at most resort hotels or can be arranged with a phone call. Check with the resort to see what the average fare would be to your final destination and negotiate the fare with the driver before departure, often times you can arrange with the driver to return and pick you up after your excursion. Rental cars are available and an International Driving Permit is required. Driving is on the left side of the road and once outside of the towns driving is in rural areas, so watch for animals in the roadway. Getting to the outer islands is easy with frequently scheduled flights and/or launch transfers.

Returning Home

Getting to/from the Airport: Allow plenty of time. We strongly recommend arriving 3 hours prior to your international departure and allowing 3 hours for your connecting flight home.