Advice for a couple weeks in Fiji ON A BUDGET
Replies: 24 - Last Post: May 22, 2012 3:24 AM Last Post By: cwbush83
May 12, 2012 12:28 PM
Advice for a couple weeks in Fiji ON A BUDGETHi everyone!
As part of a RTW trip, I'm planning on spending a couple of weeks in Fiji.
I'm a 22 year old french guy, I'll be travelling solo, and I'm looking for any scenic place (my main interest is photography), I'd like to do some hikes as well. And well, just chill out on the beach...
I should maybe mention that it'll probably be sometime in June(2013), and I'll be flying into and out of Nadi.
I've been going through many forums, but I can't seem to decide what to do.
My main issue is that I'll be on a tight budget, so I originally thought I'd stick to Viti Levu, but I've seen many people saying that it was not that good. I understand it's not as good as the smaller islands, but is it really "bad" ?
If going to an other island is a must (and if i can afford it), which would you recommend, considering my interests and budget?
Regarding accommodation, i'm not picky, the cheaper the better! Any size dorm will do :)
May 12, 2012 1:12 PM
1the main island of Viti Levu is not really that bad - not as bad as people make out on the Fiji forums that are on the www
there is lots to see and do on Viti Levu - the corals and sea life around the coast of Viti Levu are worth a look but are not as good as out on the islands but don't let that one thing put you off experiencing Viti Levu, you can have a great time exploring Viti Levu especially for a first time visitors.
You can travel from Nadi to Suva safely and very cheaply on the local buses and make many stops along the way exploring. You can even consider travelling around the whole island by local bus making stops along the way.
accommodation that offer low rates to consider are
danny's village homestay
Vale Ni Tadra Homestay
well worth it to spend a couple of nights in a homestay so you can ask many questions from the locals who will assist you and tell you the must see places in each local area that you visit. Many tourist never get to see the "must see places" because they don't venture out of the resorts and interact with the locals.
hope this helps
May 12, 2012 4:11 PM
2Visiting west, north and east Viti Levu will give you the best indication of how Fijians live without paying for tours.
'Local' accommodation (as opposed to tourist accomodation) is cheap and the circum navigation of the island by bus is a useful trip over (say) 3 days.
The Yasawa Islands are the tourist mecca. They are very beautiful. But you are constrained to tourist accomodation.
May 13, 2012 5:46 AM
3What is a "tight budget" as a dollar figure? There are lots of cheap places off of Viti Levu.
The main island is not bad, but it simply isn't as good as the other islands. If you have a couple of weeks, you'd be insane to not spend at least some of that time in the Yasawas/Mamanucas, or somewhere further afield.
May 13, 2012 7:38 AM
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May 13, 2012 2:54 PM
8Given your limited budget, but wish to see attractive scenery, meet people, mingle with the culture, enjoy beautiful beaches, eat well but affordably, then have a look at Rarotonga as an alternative Pacific destination. It's also considerably photogenic with its rugged mountainous interior and white sandy beaches around a small island (31 kms around). Population 12,000 residents.
International Backpackers provides a good standard of dorm accommodation at NZD$18 per night/adult. Full kitchen and laundry facilites, large open area to socialise. Kavera lagoon which is barely 2 minutes from the hostel is one of the loveliest sandy beach/swimming lagoons found around the island. Free international airport pickups, $10 for the return transfer. Great island bus service, buy the 10 trip concession, or hire a cycle, or scooter (requires a Cook Is licence). For nightlife there are 2 pub-crawl buses,or make your own fun at the hostel. Plenty of local fresh fruits and veg, nearest market stall is right beside the side road leading to the hostel. Fresh tuna fish/other game fish available in the fish-shops and supermarkets. Local eggs, local pork, locally-produced sausages. Plenty of cheap eats at the takeaways and market stalls located in Punanga Nui. There are some 6 or more budget accommodation properties similar to IB, with more onsite facilities but more expensive too.
One weekly flight from LAX, one weekly flight from Sydney, one weekly flight from Papeete, with near daily flights to/from NZ. Just a thought, but if you are struggling with meeting your budget on a big island, switch to a smaller destination with a wider variety of scenery and attractions at your fingertips!
Edited by: lagoon
May 13, 2012 3:10 PM
May 13, 2012 6:23 PM
10Rather than trying to visit 2 Pacific nations on a very tight shoestring budget, I think you would be better to focus on spending some quality time within one country and have a little tucked away so that you can afford to splurge on a beer and burger when out with new friends. Also, if you dream of taking a side trip to Aitutaki island if the right price pops up for airfares or a package deal when you reach Raro, at least you can make this possible without having to sigh about wishing you had more funds to do so. Aitutaki lagoon scenery is stupendous, and there is a choice of really good budget accommodation places, as well as the island being so inviting to explore. Stay nearer to town though, since this is the area for cheap eats and proximity to a night out at the internet cafe bar or around the wharf area.
As I mentioned there are other hostels around Raro other than Backpackers International. But for the price offered, and its proximity to a gorgeous beach and that fruit and veg stall, I think this is a pretty good lead-in property.
May 13, 2012 8:16 PM
May 14, 2012 1:42 AM
12Thank you Lagoon, sounds more reasonable, and Aitutaki looks amazing! I'll do some more research and probably start a new thread if I need more advice, since this one is in the Fiji branch...
@H2ooh, I was planning on swimming there :)
Seriously though, my RTW ticket offers unlimited stopovers, so this connection would have been included!
May 14, 2012 6:42 AM
13Make sure your RTW ticket is with airlines that fly to the countries you want to go to. Airlines flying within the Pacific are limited, as are their routes.
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