Everybody knows Fiji and that there’s an amazing vacation spot somewhere by that name, but not everybody knows where Fiji is located exactly. Some even mistake it as part of Japan; Mt. Fuji, anyone? Getting to Fiji from the US means a plane ride pass Hawaii and 2/3 along the way going to New Zealand. It is a 10 ½ hours flight from Los Angeles; New Zealand and Australia are 3-4 hours away; tourists from London fly for 27 long hours! These are long and tiresome trips, but those who’ve been to Fiji know that vacationing here is worth all the trouble of that trip.
Getting to Fiji by air is the cheapest and most common way. From the US, there are three airlines that fly direct from Los Angeles to the Nadi International Airport in Fiji. They are Air New Zealand, Air Pacific and Qantas. There’s another international airport in the capital city of Suva, but the one in Nadi is cheaper and flights are more frequent. About 90% of all international flights to Fiji come in via Nadi. All flights from the US depart from LA, which means travelers from the East Coast have to take a domestic flight to LA.
The three airlines also fly in direct from Hawaii, Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Tokyo. Other travelers from Asia, South Pacific or elsewhere may connect a flight from nearby New Zealand, Australia, Tokyo, or Korea. Korean Air flies direct Seoul to Fiji.
When low on cash, it is best to avoid the months from December to February, the peak season, when flights are heavily booked and very expensive. This only proves that Fiji is a top summer destination. It is one of the most wonderful places in the world to visit, a prime location for expert scuba divers since a number of world-famous reefs are found in Fiji. In fact, visitors to Australia or New Zealand intentionally schedule a layover here.
Getting to Fiji by sea involves several Fijian islands. A number of passenger liners and cargo ships reach Suva and Lautoka islands from Nauru, Samoa, Tuvalu and Kiribati. Suva is the starting point of travelers and backpackers island-hopping in the Pacific. Also, from the Nadi International Airport, tourists typically take a cruise ship to the northeastern island of Taveuni. This island is popular for its rolling mountains, lush valleys and amazing reefs. Meanwhile, those who can spare a few more hundred dollars can hire a private cruise or yacht.
To get around Fiji, see the islands, and meet its people, the inter-island ferry services and air shuttles are very romantic. There are also chartered cabin cruisers, yachts, and sailing boats that go around Suva, Taveuni, Vanua Levu, Kadavu, and the Mamanuca Islands. These islands are popular for swimming, sailing, dolphin watching, snorkeling and scuba diving. The most popular resort and beach tours go to the Nananu-i-Ra Island, coral coasts, traditional villages, rainforest highlands and, of course, shopping malls. International tourists can drive around these islands as long as they have a valid driver’s license from their home country. There are several car rentals around the towns of Nadi and Viti Levu. Crusing in the islands is quite an experience that tourists should try.
Thousands of international tourists arrive every month, and most of them come from the US, Australia, and New Zealand. Getting to Fiji from the US may be long and arduous, but the many attractions of Fiji truly make the trip worth it.