Destination Information for Fiji
The archipelago country of Fiji is set in the South Pacific between Hawaii and New Zealand, and is made up of over 300 islands, approximately 110 of which are inhabited. Tourists from all over the world come to Fiji for its coral reefs and beautifully warm tropical waters. The land is mostly mountainous and volcanic, with remote villages hidden among the roads and trails which crisscross the landscape. Fiji was a British colony until 1970, when it gained independence.
Two of Fiji’s many islands are distinctly larger than the others. The main island, Viti Levu, is the largest and where the majority of the population is concentrated. It is home to the capital, Suva, with nightlife, restaurants and colonial architecture. Tourism is Fiji’s main source of income, and there are a variety of resorts, including world-class luxury destinations, across the islands. It’s a popular honeymoon destination, as well as attracting the rich and famous in search of a remote, uncrowded beach paradise.
Thrill-seekers will find plenty to do here alongside the obvious swimming, sunbathing and snorkelling opportunities. Try your hand at white water rafting, kayaking and even skydiving, with stunning views from the air before you make your jump. Birdwatching and hiking are popular activities, as the islands are home to many exotic species of birds, insects and plant life. The peak tourist season in Fiji is June to September, with low rainfall and low humidity, making this a comfortable time of year to visit and avoid the heavy rains of the wet season.
Dengue Fever in Fiji
Dengue fever cases continue to be reported from Fiji. The ministry of health has recorded 543 laboratory confirmed cases. The worst affected area is the Northern Division with 437 cases, followed by Western Division 57 cases and Central Division with 49.
The ministry of health is advising communities to be aware and help eradicate mosquito breeding sites in their area.
Advice for Travellers
Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, is recommended. Bite avoidance measures include: covering up with clothing, the use of insect repellent and bed nets impregnated with insecticide. Reduction of mosquito breeding sites around hotel rooms/homes is advised for longer term stays.
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present in Fiji.