Fiji Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by globetrott
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by globetrott
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by globetrott

Fiji Warnings and Dangers

  • dont take home any natural "refugees"

    Search your trousers, socks etc. before you go back to the ship : This is something special that happened to me or rather my trousers after some very intensive hikes on Ndravuni island: Take a look at my picture, there were hundreds of sticky plants or rather seeds of plants that took me a lot of work to clean them from my pants. It is SUCH and...

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  • resist the various shopping temptations

    In every port that we came to on our cruise through the Fiji islands I saw some of the most beautifull woodcarvings as well as rare, exotic sea-shells for sale in the souvenirshops. The only problem for me was the fact that I am not an expert about seashells and I dont know which ones might be considdered as "endangered species" and confiscated by...

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  • Taxi drivers - no mercy :)

    This applies to every tourist place in the world - but no harm to mention it again. I haven't noticed any taxi driver using meter, so ALWAYS agree on the price BEFORE the trip.Make sure the driver understands you - both amount and currency.I had experience with this Indian driver in Nadi, who agreed on 15 Fijian Dollars for the trip to Garden of...

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  • Making Connections

    We missed the last scheduled boat out to our island resort because the return of a several day cruise did not coincide with the last dispatch of the ferry. Watch out for varying return and departure times. Luckily, we anticipated that this might occur and arranged for a local boat-owner (our taxi driver's "cousin") to pick us up and take us out the...

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  • Food posioning

    If you stay at any Fijian owned resorts, make sure to stay away from the chicken!Since they don't keep their electricity on at most Fijian owned resorts it is hard for them to keep their food fresh, unless it's something they can get on the island.Your best bet is to just say you're vegetarian. You don't want to end up like my travel buddy and many...

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  • Horseback Riding

    Do not take a horseback ride at the beach on the main island. I definately caution any female looking to do this. After taking the horseback ride with my friend, a staff member of the hostel that we were staying at, said that girls had been raped on horseback rides in the past back on the trails in the forest. If you do end up taking a horseback...

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  • Sundays:)

    It's not a real warning or danger, but something you should be aware of. You will organize nothing on Sunday, because almost nobody works... There are no ships going anywhere and only a few buses, no tours, the travel agencies and shops are closed. Wherever you are on Sunday, you're stuck there for the whole day, so you should consider this while...

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  • 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.

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  • Guide scam!

    I have been told that whilst out shopping at local markets, you wil sometimes get people tagging onto you. It is best to tell them to go away, as if you do not, once you have finished shopping they can demand money from you for acting as a guide!!!!!

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  • Snakes - deadly sea krait

    Do keep a sharp eye out when walking around rocks in low tide or snorkelling around Fiji for the black-banded sea-snakes. They are extremely deadly - known as the 'three steps you're dead" type. The good news is that they are largely passive (won't go for you unless you *really* bother them) and most of them don't have fangs long enough to pierce...

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  • Tropical storms

    Be aware that there is a tropical storm season.We had been in Nadi for two nights when we were told that a cyclone was moving in our direction.We were moved away from the bay and into town.Cyclone Gavin came by with very strong winds, we had no electricity or water for two days.The t-shirts were for sale on the streets as soon as we were able to...

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  • Fiji Sword Sellers

    You may be joined by a seemingly friendly local asking your name. He immediately carves your name into a wooden sword worth about $2 and demands $50 for it. Say hello but give your name at your own peril. Most common in Suva but has happened in Nadi.

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  • DONT GET HURT

    Just a bit of advise: dont get hurt in Fiji. They have good basic facilities, but cannot handle anything major. A person was run over by a speedboat while snorkeling, needed to fly to NZ to get surgery.

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  • Drinking water

    In general the water in Fiji is safe to drink but in some of the islands or isolated areas it's advisable not to use the water to drink or brush your teeth. We stayed on an island where you weren't supposed to drink the tap water, but after getting a little nausea we discovered that the kava we'd been drinking each night was made from the tap...

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  • Taro Leaves

    Be mindful that taro leaves contain calcium oxilate crystals that can cause mild stinging in you mouth and throat. Myself and several others were suprised and got a little worried. The first time I tried them was on my first night in the village that I was invited to stay in. I was polite and didnt ask what was going on with my mouth...until the...

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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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  • This is still a third world...

    This is still a third world country, so be aware, especially in the big cities. Out of the city, it is basicly safe (like in any other place these days, still take some precousions). Whatch out for scams, because they will try to make money out of you, lot of it, so always go for a lower price than they have said (especially with the people...

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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)...

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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    Aug 7, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Be aware of pickpockets on the local buses. I was traveling from Nadi to Lautoka when I caught one trying to steal my wallet from my back pocket.

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