Fijian dollar ($)
Budget: less than $180
- Dorm bed, with meals: $40–120
- Local transport and markets: good value on the main islands
- A half-day snorkelling excursion: $40–70
- Double room in a hotel: $140–300
- Local restaurants: $10–30 for a main dish
- Activities: at least $80 per day
High end: over $400
- Resorts: meals and activities often included in tariffs
- Bure (bungalows): $300 to $3000 per night
The local currency is the Fiji dollar ($); it’s fairly stable relative to Australian and New Zealand dollars. All prices quoted here are in Fiji dollars unless otherwise specified.
The dollar is broken down into 100 cents. Bank notes come in denominations of $100, $50, $20, $10 and $5. There are coins valued at $2, $1, $0.50, $0.20, $0.10 and $0.05.
It’s good to have a few options for accessing money – take a credit card, a debit card, and a small amount of foreign currency. The best currencies to carry are Australian, New Zealand or US dollars, which all freely exchangeable.
Before you head out to remote parts of Fiji, always check to make sure you can access money, use your plastic or change currency.
ATMs and banks are widespread in larger towns on the main islands but scarce or nonexistent on outlying islands. Top-end resorts accept credit cards.
Restaurants, shops, midrange to top-end hotels, car-rental agencies and tour and travel agents will usually accept major credit cards. Visa, Amex and MasterCard are widely used. Some resorts charge an additional 5% for payment by credit card. Cash advances are available through credit cards at most banks in larger towns.
Tipping is not expected or overtly encouraged in Fiji; however, if you feel that the service is worth it, tips are always appreciated.
For current exchange rates see www.xe.com.