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1. Posted by jax_07 (Full Member 76 posts) 10y

Hey Everyone

My friend and I are due to arrive in Fiji in a matter of weeks and we've heard that there is trouble brewing over there. Is this something we should be overly concerned about? I have checked both the British and Australian Government's websites with regards to their recommendations and, so far, there are no formal warnings but I was just wondering what you guys think? Should we stick with our plans and still go or would it be best to try to change our destination?

Any help/adice would be greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks

Jax

2. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 10y

I was in Fiji about 2 years ago and the same thing was going on. As long as you don't plan on spending time Suva and there are no official warnings you will be fine.. Fiji is awesome and should not be missed. The people are incredibly friendly. If you plan on going to any villages bring some stickers or something like that for the kids. They will love it. When I left Fiji I gave one guy my torch and it seemed like christmas to him, very thankful. Also as gross at looks drink the Kava, it is not a harsh tasting drink. After a few nights I began to really enjoy it. I stayed at Octopus Resort on Waya island and was the best. They have upgraded since I was there but should still be reasonable. Hope this helps. Brent

3. Posted by phileas (Respected Member 67 posts) 10y

there is some political instability following the election back in April, but no coooo so that's good (??)

FIji has an ongoing problem with land ownership between the indo-fijians and native fijians which makes things interesting. that trouble is not going to go away and sets to get worse.

it should not affect tourism tho, certainly I didn't get affected by it when I visited it - I only found out the situation from talking to Indo-Fijians.

btw, do not believe anyone when they say XXX race cannot be trusted - they all are so friendly!!!

4. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 10y

Be warned, if you do decide to go and something should go wrong, their is a very good chance that your travel insurance company will not cover you in any way. I am currently dealing with a travel insurance company and when the machine is telling you the options it is saying about the policies do not cover for the stuff going on in Fiji.

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6. Posted by schwickle (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

I'm supposed to buy tickets with my friends today to go to Fiji for 2 weeks in May. My friends don't seem to be concerned with this at all. We will be using the island taxi thing to travel from island to island. I know we can't predict the future, but does anyone have an opinion about this?

7. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 9y

You should have no problems.

I was in Fiji about 2 years ago and the same thing was going on. As long as you don't plan on spending time Suva and there are no official warnings you will be fine.. Fiji is awesome and should not be missed. The people are incredibly friendly. If you plan on going to any villages bring some stickers or something like that for the kids. They will love it. When I left Fiji I gave one guy my torch and it seemed like christmas to him, very thankful. Also as gross at looks drink the Kava, it is not a harsh tasting drink. After a few nights I began to really enjoy it. I stayed at Octopus Resort on Waya island and was the best. They have upgraded since I was there but should still be reasonable. Hope this helps. Brent

8. Posted by Goldfish (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

There is absolutely no need to worry!! :) I was there for one month a couple of weeks ago and i had the time of my life! Fiji is such a beautiful place with lovely people. The coup does not effect the tourists at all, you will only see a couple of military checkpoint outside Suva and Lautoka just saying bula and waving at you when you drive past!!!
While you are in Fiji, try to have a look at Nananu i Ra island, it's just beautiful!! I was there in a very nice backpackers called Safari Lodge, check out their website.
Cheers and enjoy Fiji!!!

9. Posted by fijiguy (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Fiji isn't dangerous. I travel up there monthly on business. Suva has the highest crime rate but that's nothing new; its always been a dodgy place but hey, compare it to the US or London; all relative.

Nadi is fine and so is Lautoka. Needless to say, the islands are paradise and a perfectly safe place to visit.

It's a bloodless coup and one with the best of intentions... to clean out the corruption in government.

10. Posted by Charlie S (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

I am currently in Tokyo and Fiji is my next stop, I was speaking to a guy in my hostile who seemed very negative about Fiji due to his last experience there, ive read up on the political situation and it doesn't really bother me so much. But the guy I spoke with mentioned that the people there have very little respect for things like piercings dreadlocks and tattoos. I recently got my nose pierced and therefore cant take it out for another 3-4 weeks, this worries me because this guy seemed to think that it is quite important that I take it out. Is he just being negative or does this post as a general problem?