Stephanie Yoder a RoamRight Blog Author

Fiji On A Budget

Fiji, officially the Republic of Fiji, is an island country in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles northeast of New Zealand's North Island. CT

Fiji is the real life embodiment of all your remote tropical island fantasies: clean, clear water, endless sandy beaches and palm trees swaying in the breeze. You won't find anywhere more idyllic, which is why Fiji is also home to many resorts so expensive that most of use can only dream of visiting them.

Don't give up the dream yet. Despite the luxury vibe, Fiji is a surprisingly budget-friendly destination if you know where to go. Here are some tips to help make your dream vacation a reality.
 

Time Your Visit

Fiji is a seasonal destination and the price of flights, resorts and activities varies greatly. The most expensive time to visit is May through September, winter in the southern hemisphere. You are more likely to find a good deal near the end of the high season in September or October. The cheapest time to visit is November through April, however this is rainy season and you run the risk of having your plans decimated by a cyclone.

Use Fiji at a Layover

Flying to Fiji from most places in the world is quite expensive, however if you are already flying to New Zealand or Australia, Fiji is a great layover destination. Many airlines offer packages where you can extend your layover for free.

Head to the Yasawas

This strip of remote tropical islands is Fiji's backpacker heaven. The crowd here skews young, but anyone can participate by buying a “Bula Pass,” a boat pass that allows you to hop among the dozen or so inhabited islands. Many resorts in this area offer both private bungalows and cheap dorm style accommodations. Guests in the dorms typically have access to all the same amenities as those in the regular accommodations including meals and activities.

Or Stick to the Main Island

In contrast, there are many great deals to be had by staying on Fiji's largest island, Viti Levu. The international airport is located here, which means no pricey transfers to another island, while it is easy to get around the island via public bus. Many of the resorts on the Coral Coast along the southern part of Viti Levu also offer dorms or lower cost accommodation options.

Prices for food on the main island (a major expense in Fiji) are lower than on the smaller islands. The only cities in Fiji are also on the main island, where there is the opportunity to eat more locally and cheaper.
 

Food

Food is one of the biggest, most difficult-to-avoid expenses in Fiji. Many ingredients must be imported from off the islands, which makes food nearly universally expensive. There aren't many supermarkets for self-catering, only a few local markets and fruit stands. If you can find where the locals are eating, the food will be significantly cheaper than at a tourist restaurant or resort. Otherwise the best deal is probably an all-inclusive resort that includes meals.

Bring Your Own Supplies

Aside from food, certain other high demand supplies are sold at a premium on the islands. You can save quite a bit of money by planning ahead and bringing your own supply of sunscreen, bug spray and even alcohol.

What other tips would you add to this list?

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Stephanie Yoder

Stephanie Yoder, a RoamRight Blog Author

Stephanie Yoder is a girl who can't sit still! Since graduating college in 2007 she has either been traveling or planning to travel. She's lived on four continents and visited everywhere from the Great Wall of China to the Great Barrier Reef. She now writes and travels full time, blogging about her adventures on Why Wait To See The World? (formerly Twenty-Something Travel). Follow Stephanie on Twitter or visit her on Facebook.

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