Living in Fiji

Fiji is an idyllic tropical paradise in the heart of the South Pacific. Living in Fiji is a lifestyle choice. Fiji is for those who love the tropics, adore the sunshine and like to play outdoors.

You may hear reference to ‘Fiji Time’, which is never said without a smile. If you are looking for a change of pace, a healthier existence and a better work/life balance, then this is the place for you.

Fiji was voted in the top 5 places to live a 2011 survey called the WinGallup Global Barometer of Happiness. The Fijian survey was conducted for WinGallup by the Tebbutt Research Group. In Fiji, almost nine out of ten people said they were happy, compared to just 53 percent of the entire global sample who said they were happy.

So, why are we so happy? Is it the low, low cost of living? Is it the laid back approach to everything that keeps us relatively stress free? Is it the endless abundance of sunshine? The white sand beaches? The crystal clear and bath water warm ocean? It’s a combination of all of the above – and we highly recommend coming to join us in this island paradise we like to call ‘home’.

One common analogy for living in Fiji is that of the UK or America some 50 years ago. Children still run free through the fields, coming home as the sunsets or their stomachs being to rumble. Dress is modest, and children are still children – mostly oblivious to the noise of Justin Beiber or Miley Cyrus. They play in the fresh air making toys from driftwood and leaves and imaginary worlds instead of relying on a computer and the television to provide their entertainment. Children are polite and are taught to respect their elders – especially their teachers. Food is fresh and abundant. You can grow almost anything in your back yard by dropping a seed or digging a cutting into the earth. Freshly caught seafood is in abundance, and wild boar still roam in the tropical forests.

Rivers still run clear, trees are climbed, and the ocean is splashed in.

But do not be fooled into thinking that Fiji is 50 years behind the rest of the world in terms of business and technology. Boasting 4G internet services, excellent mobile phone coverage, and up to date infrastructure and booming industries, we hold our own in competition with the rest of the world.

The infrastructure of Fiji is generally well established with piped water supply, electricity and telecommunications to urban area dwellings. By road all the major cities and towns are interconnected and there are water ferry systems is also a popular mode of transportation to Vanua Levu and other parts of Fiji. Regular domestic flights also operate Fiji wide. Public transport is comfortable, reliable, fun and cheap making the entire Fiji group yours for the exploring.
We have a strong (and free) National Health Service which provides Regional Public Hospitals and Health Centers.  There is also a new hospital at Navua, only 15 minutes from Pacific Harbour. You may also choose to opt for private health cover and are able to choose from a range of private GP’s and Medical Centers. We also have a large private hospital in Suva. There is an ambulance service and an emergency helicopter service for medevac’s throughout the islands.
We have several supermarket chains which stock a wide range of imported items to satisfy a craving for most of your home country comfort foods. We also have an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables on offer at large municipal markets and road-side stalls. Pineapples are sweeter, and Bananas burst with flavor here in Fiji owing to the rich soil and clean air in which they are grown.  
Driving in Fiji is the same as in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, we drive on the left. The national speed limit is 80kmph. You may drive on your own country’s license for up to three months, after which, converting to a Fiji Driving License is an easy process with the Land Transport Authority (LTA).
The people here are generally very welcoming and genuinely friendly. Fiji is a relatively safe place. Like anywhere else, one must use common sense.  
Fiji may seem far away, but getting here is easy. Fiji is one of the main airline hubs of the South Pacific region. Nadi International Airport is the main gateway to the country for most travelers, and there are several domestic airports scattered throughout the islands. With convenient direct links to Australia, New Zealand, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Canada, and most airlines offering connections to Europe, travel to and from Fiji is simple. In addition to our own national airline – Fiji Airways, Jetstar, Air New Zealand, Korean Air, Pacific Blue, V Australia, Air Niugini, Air Vanuatu, Air Caledonie and Our Airlines also fly regularly to Fiji.
Fiji teaches from its own curriculum. Teachers are well trained and students perform well. We have excellent tertiary institutions and a well respected regional University – The University of the South Pacific where you can study alongside people from all over the world looking for a dynamic learning environment.  
The cost of living in Fiji is relatively low, making it an ideal location for retirees and families alike. We have good schools, including International Schools in both Suva and Nadi.



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