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Cheap flights to Fiji

On landing, wristwatches should immediately be thrown into the sea – that is the only way to be on ‘Fiji time’. This gentle, tropical paradise on the edge of the South Pacific cannot be rushed. The fiery sunsets that turn the sea to liquid gold, the thundering waterfalls that cascade down the mountains, the lush green rainforests and the immaculate white beaches deserve full and undivided attention.

Brimming with broad smiles and welcoming faces, Fiji is a delightful blend of cultures from Chinese and European to Polynesian and Indian. With plenty of water sports and outdoor activities, endless sunshine and wonderful food, the smiles are understandable.

Made up of 332 islands, there is no shortage of things to see in the Fijian archipelago. The capital, Suva, on the main island of Viti Levu has a lovely museum, a busting market that sells an incredible array of tropical produce and a handful of lovely bistros and restaurants. Perhaps its best kept secret though is are the Colo-i-Suva Forest Reserve waterfalls from which a thrilling rope swing flings you into the tranquil pools below.

Learn about Pacific culture in the Arts Village where cultural performances, temple tours and even fire walking are all part of the daily show. Let your cares slip away in the blissful hot springs and mud baths dotted around the islands. To see something different from white sand and palms trees, or simply to feel like an intrepid explorer, take a boat trip through the eerie mangrove forests on Viti Levu. On the same island, the Church of Saint Francis Xavier is well worth a visit with its gorgeous frescoes.

Between Nadi and Lautoka lies the Garden of the Sleeping Giant at the base of the Sabeto Mountians. Flower enthusiasts will love the private orchid garden here. Explore the Naihehe Caves in Sigatoka Valley or scale Mount Batilamu after a hike through Koroyanitu National Heritage Park. Stride along the breath-taking Sigatoka sand dunes which are millions of years old not to mention one of the largest burial sites in the Pacific. Take to the seas for spectacular scuba diving in the ‘soft coral capital of the world’ in wonderfully named spots like Rainbow Reef and the Great White Wall.

After trekking, wildlife watching and windsurfing the Mamanuca waves it is time to relax Fijian style with the famous Meke dance complete with grass skirts and floral leis.

The following information is correct as of February 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

Nadi International Airport is the main airport for the Republic of Fiji and the South Pacific Islands. The airport is 10 km from the city of Nadi and 160 miles from the capital of Suva.  It is a10 minute drive to resorts on Denarau Island and the hotels that line the west coast around Nadi Bay which is why it is popular with tourists. Shuttle buses and taxis operate from Nadi but there is no public bus service.

Nausori Airport is Suva’s closest airport, just 9 miles from the city centre, taking just 30 minutes by car. There is no public bus service but car and taxi hire is available.

What you need to know

Currency: The Fijian Dollar

Visas: UK nationals do not require a visa to enter Fiji. A passport valid for at least six months beyond the intended period of stay is required. Nationals of other countries may require an entry visa. More information can be obtained from a local embassy or from the Foreign Office website.

Laws: A ban on smoking in indoor public places is in force across Fiji including in cafes, bars, clubs, and restaurants and on all public transport. The legal age for drinking alcohol in Fiji is 18.


Best Time to Visit

The hot tropical climate of Fiji means that it is a wonderful year round destination. Temperatures rarely ever fall below 31 degrees! December to April has a rainy season which some visitors may wish to avoid but the days are still warm and the showers often brief. Cyclones can be problematic from November to April and January and February. March to early December is probably the best time to plan a visit to Fiji.

The Bula Festival in July boasts parades, music and dancing while the Hindu Fire Walking Festival in July and August is well worth catching. Also in August is the beautiful Hibiscus Festival in Suva while Lautoka’s highlight is the Sugar Festival in September. Also in September is Fiji Regatta Week, ideal for yacht enthusiasts while November brings the South Pacific World Music Festival to Suva and the Diwali Festival of Lights to all corners of the island.