Just a small warning for...
Just a small warning for people needing to use the bank while in Fiji - friday afternoons in the main cities like Suva are an absolute nightmare. We found the ATM's all out of order and the lines the longest I've seen in my life. So don't leave it to the last minute!
Watch out in Nadi where you...
Watch out in Nadi where you can be sucked in by some tradesmen's over friendly attitude. One minute you're sipping Kava in a friendly way with the salesman the next your being almost forced to buy their trinkets and if you don't buy anything you are dishonering them.
Beware the sword seller.
Fiji was a Britsh colony, gaining independence in the late 20th Century. Disease isn't too rampant and we weren't required to get any shots before departure.
That said, you just have to look out for the average CON MAN. (Or woman or child, as the case may be.) One that we encountered, first hand, a little boy who was present as we ate at his parent's restaurant. Once we left he followed us, acting as an unofficial tour guide of Nadi. We went into stores and when we came out, he was still there. We knew what he was doing because he had warned us of this local behavior barely an hour before: Someone will take you around and show you the sites, where to find bank, toilets, pharmacies, etc. then at the end of the day, hold out a hand for payment. I guess many people pay out of obligation; Or, they may fear that the local will call the cops and say you had a deal and were now refusing to pay.
I've also heard a strange warning: Beware of sword sellers. Evidentally, you'll browse a stand at the market and the friendly attendant will ask you your name, all in converstion. While you look at other items he/she will engrave your name on a wooden sword and when you turn around, present it to you. Again, many people pay out of obligation.
Be very careful at shell...
Be very careful at shell markets. Some natives will offer shell varieties of animals that are very rare or endangered. You could be fined for brining these back to America. One makes a horn sound when blown into it and is amazing to hold, DO NOT PURSHACE IT, THEY ARE RARE
When I was on WAYA, they told...
When I was on WAYA, they told me not to walk to the village without T-shirt, it's insulting and they just don't like it. I think in the cities too, wear a T-shirt, this way you mind missunderstandings with locals. On the other beaches (not in front of the village) you can do what ever you want.
I travelled on a fijian...
I travelled on a fijian fisherboat, that was fantastic, talking with the Fijians and fishing but when I asked the captain about lifejackets he said 'I never heared such a good joke for weeks !!! and everybody was laughing (me too)...
Misquito netting is cheap and...
Misquito netting is cheap and a must have if you plan to sleep in open air/ on deck. Although not a lot of trouble most of the time, misquitos can be a problem, and on other islands in this vicinity, have been known, I'm told, to carry malaria.
take care of the taxi /...
take care of the taxi / minibusses driving around on the island..it is the same cab..for tourist standing infront of hotel's reception its working as taxi and you pay 25 USD or simular ..go 100-200 meters away from hotel-reception and try to stand with local people and you see you pay for same travel a minibus-fare for around 5 FIjan dollar.
I met a Japanese businessman...
I met a Japanese businessman at the hotel in Suva and he visited Fiji regularly. He told he had travelled between Suva and Nadi many times and he reckoned it is safer to take taxi than to catch the plane. Well,I flew once between Suva and Nadi and I survived.
While staying on the main...
While staying on the main island another solo female traveller was attacked by a taxi driver so I would be try to always take taxi's when you're with other people.
Also, it's quite common for local Fijian men to hook up with the single woman visitors in hopes of going home with them. It actually happened to a friend of mine. She brought him home to Canada, married him and he was 'bad news'. He ended up going back to Fiji alone.
Well. Ok, here is what I...
Well. Ok, here is what I learned. Never wear a t-shirt with any information on it such as a school or state or business or.... Traveling alone for a man is always easier, it gives less of an opening to a street hustler. On health, I learned to not trust the local water and to go into island walk and effort and move into the local flow as much as you are able.
COCONUTS from up above
Beware of falling Coconuts.
Don't sit under any palm tree's that have coconuts on the ground as the next one to fall might land on your head.Related to:
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Dont worry your Family
If you are going out into the Yasawas, shoot the folks back home an email that you wont be in contact for a while. There is no way to communicate until you reach Beachcomber!
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