Fiji (22)

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Nicolae Buzaianu tells you about Fiji. The currency used in Fiji is the Fiji dollar. Notes come in denominations of F$1, F$2, F$5, F$10, F$20 and F$50. Coins are in amounts of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cents and one dollar. Despite Fiji’s withdrawal from the Commonwealth, QE II’s countenance shines brightly from Fijian currency. Traditions die hard.

Always carry plenty of small change, especially small bills (which are called ‘notes’ here). Why? It never ceases to amaze me how often taxis seem to be short of the proper change and expect you to make up the difference. The same scenario might occur when bargaining for an item at a craft market.

You will find that travelers’ checks are readily cashed in any Fiji bank and in most hotels and duty-free shops.

What Type of Currency Should I Bring With Me? When traveling to Fiji it’s best to bring a minimal amount of cash. There is no point in bringing massive amounts of cash with you and I’ve found travelers checks to be the best way to go. One can always cash them at a bank or at a hotel and if they are lost or stolen you can always get your money back. Naturally you will want to take your credit card with you for hotel stays or big ticket items. Many restaurants, merchants and virtually all larger hotels will honor credit cards. It’s not necessary to get Fijian currency prior to travel. One can exchange money at Nadi International Airport as soon as you land.

The World’s Most Expensive Island
A Fijian paradise just hit the market for a record-setting $75 million.  You can buy a gated estate, hire a 24-hour armed guard and install a state-of-the-art surveillance system. But if absolute privacy is what you are after, your best bet is a private island.

That’s because expanses of water can guarantee what even the toughest barricade can’t: that nosy neighbors, gawking passers-by and pesky photographers will be kept at bay. Celebrities and industry leaders have long looked to islands for privacy. Both Mick Jagger and Britain’s late Princess Margaret have kept estates on Mustique, Richard Branson owns Necker Island in the British West Indies, Mel Gibson has a retreat in Fiji and Marlon Brando famously sought refuge on the French Polynesia atoll of Tetiaroa.

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