The Fiji islands are located in the heart of the South Pacific and are just sitting there waiting for you to discover paradise here on earth. The area is ideal for superb sailing, rich in marine life with beautiful beaches every where you turn. It is, one of the world’s most picture perfect destinations. If you’re looking for a romantic vacation, family time with loved one or perhaps you simply want to indulge in some of the finest diving and water sports in the world, Fiji is the place for you.
Enjoy exploring the island chains of Mamanuca and Yasawa as we sail to some of the best beaches and take you to some of our favourite spots in the South Pacific. With a rich culture of Polynesian, Melanesian and Indian influences, you’ll experience the perfect all-round vacation.
Fiji is sure to excite sailors, divers, adventurers and those looking to unwind. In fact, we think that Fiji is a perfect destination for a dream vacation of a lifetime!
The wonders of Fiji are waiting to welcome you. Availability begins from September 2017 onwards.
From North America
Fiji Airways (formerly Air Pacific) offer daily flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Nadi (NAN). Some are direct, taking approx 11 hours, and some require a stopover in Hawaii.
From Australia/ New Zealand
Virgin Australia and Fiji Airways operate direct flights between Australia and Nadi, and Air New Zealand offer daily departures from Auckland. The duration of your flight will be between 3 and a half to 5 hours, depending whether you depart from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane.
Virgin Australia: Direct flights operate out of Brisbane and Sydney with connecting flights available from most major cities in Australia. Flying time from Sydney is approximately 4 hours, and from Brisbane is 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Fiji Airways: Departing from Sydney and Brisbane direct to Nadi daily, and from Melbourne five days per week. Flying time from Melbourne is approximately 4 hours and 45 minutes.
Air New Zealand: This is the shortest route - only a 3 hour direct flight from Auckland, with connecting flights from all major cities in Australia.
Honk Kong and Nadi (Nan)
Fiji Airways fly direct from Hong Kong to Nadi.
Tahiti and her islands draw vacationers from all over the world. With her tropical climate and exotic beauty, it's hard not to have a relaxing time in this fabulous destination. Far removed from typical spring break vacationers and rowdy crowds, Tahiti is in a class by herself. If you are seeking a special experience, spectacular scenery, few tourists and no giant hotels, then Tahiti is for you. The term "French Polynesia" refers to five archipelagos spread over an expanse of the South Pacific approximately the size of Western Europe (2,000,000 square miles). The region includes the Marquesas, the Tuamotus, the Society Islands, the Australs and the Gambiers. Each of these archipelagos has its own culture, ethnicity and climate, and we have chosen the Society Islands for your South Pacific Dream.
Mount Temehani on Raiatea is home to the sacred Tiare Apetahi flower - which will not grow anywhere else in the world, despite botanists having tried to replant it for centuries.
Legend says that a beautiful Tahitian girl named Apetahi had fallen in love with the son of a king. Devastated that she could not marry him, she fled to Mount Temehani and died of a broken heart. Soon after, the Tiare Apetahi flower sprouted from the ground in the place where she had died. The five delicate petals of the Tiare Apetahi are said to represent her lovely fingers, while the soft cracking sound that can be heard as the flower opens each morning is the sound of her heart breaking.
Although Tahiti is a tropical environment, the rainfalls do not follow a "wet" and "dry" type of season. This means that there is no pattern of weather or rainfalls and the weather is not predictable from day to day or year to year. It will be mostly sunny, with intermittent and localized showers or storms at any time, but there is always far more sunshine than rain in any period. There are no real seasons in Tahiti and the temperatures remain fairly constant day and night (about 80/85 degrees).
Passports and Visas
Nationals of visa exempt countries *(see list below) are granted a visitor permit valid for four (4) months on arrival. Extensions may be granted on application with a fee for a maximum of two (2) more months during the initial 4-month period, not after.
A passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of departure from Fiji.
Return or Outbound tickets.
Re-entry/entry visa to a country other than their own (for example: permanent residents of Australia must produce a valid re-entry visa for Australia).
Evidence of sufficient funds for your stay in Fij.
*The countries listed below are classified by Fiji as ‘visa-exempt’ countries. Nationals of these countries are not required to obtain visas before entering the Fiji Islands as their visitors’ visa will be stamped on arrival at the Fiji border.
Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China People’s Republic of, Columbia, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Commonwealth of Dominica, Estonia, Germany, Micronesia, Finland, France, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Holy See (Vatican), Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lesotho, Luxemburg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Niue, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Nigeria, Norway, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Romania, Russia, Samoa, Serbia, Slovak Republic, St. Kitts & Nevis , St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vanuatu, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
It is a traveller’s responsibility to have all documentation in order prior to departure.
If you are in any doubt about whether or not you will require a visa to enter Fiji, please contact your local Embassy/Consul.
Dress is casual for both night and day. Pack t-shirts, shorts, light cotton dresses and swimwear. Jeans will be too hot and uncomfortable. For cooler evenings, or for out on the water in the evenings, a light jacket is a good idea. Sunscreens and hats are a must, and joggers or sandals are good protection for walking and swimming around coral.
Visitors are asked to be careful not to offend local sensibilities. Wearing bikinis and ultra-brief swimming costumes is fine at a resort or on the beach, but not when visiting villages or shopping in town.
Fiji enjoys a tropical climate, with the best months being March through to December. Maximum temperatures rarely move out of the 31°C to 26°C range all year round. Cooling trade winds blow from the east south-east for most of the year, usually dropping to a whisper in the evening and picking up again by mid-morning.
We strongly advise that all guests cruising with us have fully comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all eventualities such as hotel accommodation, lost baggage, changes to flights etc. An important point to note is that, for medivac, guests need to include the various islands that we will cruise at, not only Tahiti.
The current in Fiji is 240 volts AC 50Hz with three-pin power points - as in Australia and New Zealand. Many hotels and resorts offer universal outlets for 240v or 110v appliances, or 110V adaptors.
On the boat, dual voltage is provided (both 110v and 220v) so there is no need for adaptors etc once you are onboard Wanderlust.
Currency in Fiji is the Fijian Dollar ($FJD). Exchange rate is relatively stable, at US$1.00 to FJD1.80, but please check again just prior to your departure.
The best currencies to carry (other than Fijian Dollars) are Australian, New Zealand or US dollars, which can be exchanged at all banks.
You can change travellers checks in most banks and exchange bureaus, and at larger hotels and duty-free shops. It's a good idea to take travellers checks in both small and large denominations, to avoid being left with lots of local cash when leaving the islands.
The 24-hour ANZ bank at Nadi International Airport charges $2 on each transaction. Other banks and exchange bureaus don't normally charge a fee.
Normal banking hours are from 9:30am to 3:00pm Monday to Thursday and to 4:00pm on Friday. All banks are closed on public holidays.
ANZ operates a 24 hour service at Nadi International Airport's Arrival Concourse. Bank of Hawaii offers Automated Teller (ATM) services in Suva, Nadi, Lautoka. ANZ offers ATM services in Suva, Nausori, Nadi, Nadi Airport, Lautoka, and Labasa, while National Bank and Westpac offer EFTPOS services in Suva, Nausori, Sigatoka, Nadi, and Lautoka.
The central bank and bank of issue is the Reserve Bank of Fiji, and The National Bank is a government owned commercial bank.
Tipping is not encouraged anywhere in Fiji. Tip with a smile and 'vinaka', which is Fijian for 'thank you'. Although tipping is not a local custom, you may see examples of what looks like tipping - Fijians ritually exchange gifts of food, clothing, kerosene, and even money during important social occasions, but it's more an act of sharing rather than a reward.
The official tourism association site for Fiji is http://www.fiji.travel.com
Please click here to read more about a sample itinerary for a crewed sailing charter out of French Polynesia.