Travel Hacks for Visiting Fiji

Published 07/02/2018

A trip to Fiji is one of the most exciting things you’ll do in your life.

So, it’s important you make the most of it. That’s a big part of why Think Pacific launched all those years ago – to help people get the most out of visiting Fiji (as well as helping better support local communities).

We wanted to ensure people who wanted to volunteer in Fiji could join an expedition that offered the best experience of what Fiji has to offer.

And embarking on such a trip, means packing smart and being well prepared. You’re a long way from home so being ready for what lies ahead is something we want to help all our volunteers with.

Once you sign up for a project, we’ll send you our project handbooks, kit lists, tips for travelling and everything you need to have the most amazing time. Our UK team, based in Leeds, are at hand 24/7, to ensure you are as ready as can be for your time in Fiji.

For those who are simply too excited at the thought of a Fiji adventure, the tips below offer a sneak preview into just a few ways you can get prepared for a trip to Fiji.

Things to Pack & Take to Fiji

There’s nothing quite like the excitement of packing up your rucksack in preparation for a new adventure.

When that zip finally closes, you know you’re soon to be jetting off to somewhere amazing.

Packing for Fiji is no different and is bound to get you excited for what’s to come. For 10 years, we’ve been packing up our rucksacks and bags in preparation for heading out to the South Pacific and we still get excited every time.

For any volunteers joining us on an expedition, we send a detailed kit list and guide on what to bring. This helps ensure you’re fully ready and prepared for your amazing journey in Fiji.

The following items are things we’ve found to be really useful for volunteering in Fiji, as well as other remote parts of the world.

  • Reef Shoes
  • Travel Towel
  • Shock-proof/Water-proof Camera
  • Well-stocked first aid bag
  • Visa, Vaccinations, Passport
  • Back-up documents
  • Hand-Gel

Something we also encourage our volunteers to pack to Fiji, are items personal to them, such as photos of friends/family/hometown, as these can be a great way to engage your host family and share your story with them. Don’t worry too much about bringing things you want to donate to schools or families – a big part of our approach is delivering holistic support to remote communities and youths, including helping donate school/sports equipment and resources.

Our ultimate kit list for travelling abroad at university also includes some ideas of things to take to Fiji.

What to Wear in Fiji

In terms of what to wear, our co-founder Harry, has some greats tips in the videos below, helping you know what to wear in specific circumstances while volunteering. If you’ve got any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’d be happy to answer any questions you have 🙂

What to Say in Fiji

As well as knowing what to take and what to wear, understanding the local language is a big benefit when travelling. You don’t need to become fluent, or even to an advanced level, but having a few basic words and sentences can go along way.

It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, introducing yourself to locals in the local language will always go down well.

Although you’ll find most Fijians can speak English, they really appreciate any attempts at speaking Fijian. It’s a great way to bound and show how much you value being apart of their community.

“Bula” is probably the word you’ll hear most while in Fiji. It means “hello” and is how everyone greets each other. Fijians will say it to complete strangers, so it creates a beautiful background track to your time in Fiji and is bound to be one of the first words you pick up.

The video below has some basic words and phrases you’re bound to hear on project.

 Discover More About Think Pacific

If you’d like to learn more about Think Pacific and our volunteering projects in Fiji, simply download our brochure or get in touch with us today.

We’ve worked extremely hard developing a volunteering experience that delivers unforgettable memories for both our volunteers and the local Fijian communities.

If you think you’d like to visit Fiji, Think Pacific can ensure you get the most out of your time there.

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