|$5, $10, $20, $50, $100
|5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, $1, $2
|Three-course meal for 2, mid-range restaurant
|One-way ticket for local transport
|Bottle of water
Some tips to be ready!
1. Research in advance to see what the best budget option would be. Although there are backpacker dorms which offer cheaper accommodation, when accounting for meals, transportation and activity fees, it could end up becoming cheaper to simply stay in a resort!
2. If you plan on visiting more remote islands or even rural parts of Fiji, it is important to bring a Sevusevu with you. A Sevusevu is the name given to a gift or token (Usually Kava root) that is presented to the chief of the village in a welcoming ceremony. Walking into an unknown village without a Sevusevu is seen as especially disrespectful and even regarded as trespassing by some locals. Always be sure to attend these ceremonies and embrace the communal values of the Fijian people, in return, you will be treated phenomenally well!
3. Tipping is always welcomed. Although not encouraged or expected in anyway, tips are immensely appreciated by Fijians and is a fantastic way to demonstrate your gratitude for exceptional service from a local.
4. Most tap water is safe to drink, but not all. If you have a weak stomach, it is highly recommended that you either pack your own water bottle or buy bottled water if you plan on going outside resorts. Otherwise, tap water in resorts is almost always clean!
5. Know what you can take back home with you. Many Fijian souvenirs are made from animal and plant based products and thus may be subject to restrictions from border security back home. Make sure that you buy things that you are certain that you can take home with you or you might just end up wasting your money.
6. Dress appropriately. Since Fiji is generally warm all year-round, with the lowest temperatures only as low as 18°C, a light tropical wardrobe is essential. However outside resorts, where almost anything goes, it is better for both men and women to dress more conservatively to show respect for the locals. This includes covered shoulders, avoiding short skirts or shorts and removing sunglasses and hats when going to small villages or sacred areas.