Fiji is a very laid-back tourist destination in the South Pacific. It is known for its amazing dive sites, parks, scenic views and luxury beaches and resorts. The country is an archipelago of 322 islands, plus 522 islets with amazing reefs. Only 110 islands are inhabited, but most of the population is focused within Viti Levu Island where the capital city of Suva is located. If you are concerned what to pack and what to wear in Fiji, learn about the weather and the things that you most likely would end up doing and enjoying while there.
It is hot in Fiji, that’s for sure. Located among the tiny South West Pacific Islands such as Vanuatu and the Kingdom of Tonga, Fiji experiences a tropic marine climate all year round. It is hot and humid, and that doesn’t change much the whole year. If you have not been to a tropical country, you do not know what hot and humid means. Make sure to pack light cotton clothes as you expect to get sweaty when outside an air-conditioned room, and sunglasses and a cap to protect yourself against the sweltering tropical sun. Generally, you can go to any of the cities and islands of Fiji in a light shirt, 3/4 pants, shorts or skirts for ladies, and sandals or sneakers. The locals welcome foreign visitors, so walking around dressed-down won’t be frowned at.
If you are visiting anytime between the months of November and April, you might want to bring anything to protect you from the rains. These are the rainy months, and storms could occur.
Aside from the weather, your activities are your next consideration when deciding what clothes to pack. You could not have planned a Fiji vacation without thinking about swimming or snorkeling. Fiji has many of the best island resorts in the world. Needless to say, don’t forget your bathing suit. There are no religious or military restrictions on wearing really skimpy bikinis, so you may flaunt it if you have what it takes.
When out of the water, a favorite pastime is bicycling. This is a cool, relaxed, and adventurous way of getting around. It is becoming very popular among locals and foreigners, but bikers should take caution because Fijian bus and taxi drivers are not the best or politest drivers in the world. People tend to violate traffic rules and the streets are polluted. It is best to take the rugged secondary roads to avoid the traffic and car smoke. It is also important to always have a bottle of water to keep hydrated. The sun is scorching enough to cause you to dehydrate, much more when you are exerting energy on a bike. You will be allowed to bike along the main highway in Viti Levu but only for about 40 km on the eastern side. Wear something light and cool when biking, and don’t forget to put on a helmet and protective pads. Bike rental is F$25 for a day.
If still not sure what to wear in Fiji, imagine yourself strolling leisurely along a stretch of pristine white-sand beach that disappears into the clear blue water as the sun slowly sets into the golden horizon. What do you see yourself wearing?