Monday, March 1, 2021

Money & Shopping in Fiji

Australia and Oceania Fiji Money & Shopping in Fiji

Currency

In Fiji, the currency is the Fiji dollar. Notes include: $2, $5, $10, $20, $50. Coins include: 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, $1 and recently a $2 coin.

Tipping

There is virtually no tipping in Fiji. Therefore, there are no tips for taxis, hotels, bellboys, restaurants, etc. However, most all-inclusive resorts and dive centres have a “Christmas box” where you can donate money to be divided equally among all staff at Christmas time.

Concerns

Inflation in Fiji is relatively high – it is estimated to have increased by 12% per year recently. Expect to pay similar prices to Australia in tourist areas.

Be careful when visiting local markets as it is common for some vendors’ families to look outside for travellers and escort them inside under the pretext of getting the “best deals”. Once inside, these people and the family members of the stall owners can become very aggressive if the traveller does not buy their goods. Be firm, tell them you will report them to the authorities if they do not leave you alone. They will quickly change their tone and back off.

Also look out for the small travel counters that act as travel agents, even in some hotels or on the docks where the boats stop. They may not be accredited or it may be a pure scam. Although the Tourist Police were created to help tourists in such situations, time constraints may limit tourists’ ability to get their money back. For more advice, ask the resort staff or visit http://www.fijime.com.

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