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Fiji Tourist Traps

  • Beware friendly, helpfull people in Nadi

    I see there are already similar tips already posted but, this one had a little twist. We were strolling along in downtown Nadi and had just walked out of Jacks souvenirs. Jacks seems to be the best and safest place to shop, although you do get sick of the salespeople hovering over you all the time (seems browsing is not allowed).A friendly Fijian...

  • That cheap resort that will save you a...

    When I book my holidays, I am always quite happy with myself that I've done my research and have come to a logical conclusion that I've chosen a good resort and paying a fair price. I have now come to realise that the pictures on some of the cheap resorts are really glamour shots of the place...most likely when it was first built still. I've seen...

  • Mana Island bookings - take care

    Be careful when making your own bookings for Mana-Island Fiji Take care by booking flights/SSC-Cruise by yourself (which can not be cancelled), as the Mana Island Resort will not welcom you for one day.I first asked by e-mail whether they can organize transportation from the airstrip and lunch, everything was fine. Right after I received a message...

  • The agents at the airport

    The agents can be of a great help, but take evereything they say with a pinch of salt! Our agent Fili promised us that our room at Mereani's shared a bathroom with only one other room, and that the rate was 60 Fiji dollars for the two of us. What we paid was 70 + tax, and we shared two showers and two toilets with 20 other people. She also gave us...

  • Enjoy the kava, but prepare to buy...

    Many of the shops in Nadi that are run by villagers from the mountains who will invite you in for kava. We had a welcome ceremony especially for us and spent an hour joking and drinking kava on a mat in a store in Nadi. But of course, after much hospitality, you SHOULD buy something from the store to help support the village. Just realize that some...

  • The sword sellers again!!!

    This one seems to be a favourite but its still going on. Wandering around Lautoka we were approached by a friendly local (they mostly are) who started chatting to us and telling us about his brother who lives in Auckland etc etc. In no time he not only has your names, but in your hand is a newspaper wrapped set of small wooden swords which he...

  • Beachcomber island

    The island of Beachcomber attracts young people. There is accommodation on the island but it's not pleasant for a day tour. We found it very crowded, not cheap at all, and if you are there only for the day, you feel like an intruder. Much better: go to one of those uninhabited islands, used only for day trips

  • Blue Lagoon Beach

    If your in the Yasawas, the trip tp the blue lagoon will be a day trip offered to you. It is not very impressive, and most of the time has several cruise ships and yahts parked in front. It kinda looses its appeal when its not secluded. You will probably have the lagoon pointed out to you from the boat that takes you to your resort anyway. So save...

  • The 10 Minute Handshake

    Watch out for those shopkeepers who extend their arm to shake your hand, if you do they will hold on and lead you into the shop. To avoid this, without being rude, I found that I could grab the tips of thier fingers for a shallow shake and say bulaand keep walking. The lip trembling eye bulging serial killer stare also works to thwart these...


    While in the shopping areas in Nadi, beware extra nice shopkeepers. Dont let them hand you anything, and if they do put it down. Dont drink Kava with them. They will expect you to pay for everything. This is not the same in the villages, generally if someone wants to give you something it is genuine kindness.

  • Carving - Yes i have fallen for this.

    One thing to be aware of in Fiji. While your wandering down the street looking for bargins, beware of the odd Fijian who stops and asks your name, before you know it he has pulled out a set of wooden carved knives or boats and etched your name in it and insists you buy them. This will usually only cost you $5-10 Fijian dollars. If you have this...

  • Fijian handicrafts for purchase

    They try to sell you staf everywhere, but in this village they present it as display presenting their culture. After you are sourounded with all the goods, they start pricing them. be prepared :-))

  • you want to buy carvings?...

    you want to buy carvings? don't hurry, take your time to look around, compare models offered and prices asked; this will avoid surprises!

  • LIke most cities the hustler...

    LIke most cities the hustler exist is usually the Indian people who are more$$$$ focused..the average Fijian would never dream of approaching you..Crafts in the shops are not impressive...but expensive...You can buy the shirts ,sarongs, etc in the native stores for far less at least half of the gift shop prices..Use Fiji $$..In...

  • Not necessarily a tourist trap...

    Not necessarily a tourist trap per se, but the shopping at the Shangri-La was preferrable to going into town. The prices at the closes town were expensive and they basically had the same items that the resort had. The resort had all types of shops: convenience store, clothing, camera shop, and many souvenier places. The people are very friendly and...

  • Sword Sellers. Especially in...

    Sword Sellers. Especially in towns, tourists are often approached by people who will ask a few general questions and then offer to give you a sword with your name on it as a gift. They will then ask for money. You are under no obligation to buy the sword and you can pick them up at handicraft stores for much better prices. The picture is of...

  • Overpriced tour buses from...

    Overpriced tour buses from resorts and hotels. Many resorts have buses that take people into town for a much higher price that you pay catching the local bus. If you pick the right local transport (eg and express bus) it's usually cheaper and more fun because you get to travel with the locals. Ask around before deciding how to get somewhere.This...

  • Nice Fijian poeple in the CITY...

    Nice Fijian poeple in the CITY are selling friendship. Talking with you nicely but at last everything goes aroud the money. It's very hard to say 'get away !!!' (or worse) but I think it's the only way not to wast to much money. But I repate IN THE CITY not on the islands.

  • If you are in the streets of...

    If you are in the streets of Suva and are approached by friendly men and they ask your name walk away. If you don't they will carve your name into a cheap craft and then demand a high price. Me and another student got caught in this trap during our first week. I was thinking 'How nice this country is, these men want to know about us!' They just...

  • Film and especially underwater...

    Film and especially underwater disposable cameras were expensive on the islands. Best to stock up on a couple if you want to take underwater photos before you come to the islands. Also alcohol is expensive so a bottle of duty free in your backback wont go amiss.

  • Steer clear of sword sellers:...

    Steer clear of sword sellers: do not tell them your name or they carve it on a sword and pressure you to buy it. ALWAYS haggle over prices: only rich, dumb tourists pay the marked prices. Yaqona cannot be legally brought back to the USA.

  • Suva was definitly a 'tourist...

    Suva was definitly a 'tourist trap'. I felt it was a function of there not being enough work in a society and people were hustling to make a living. An example would be two or three young men would approach, act friendly, give some local craft to your children, and then pressure you for money. The trick here was to crave something into the item...

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