Drawaqa Island in Fiji
Drawaqa Island in Fiji
Drawaqa Island in Fiji

Living in Fiji Guide

Living in Fiji Guide

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 13, 2020

Summary: Expats, global nomads and retirees living in Fiji talk about meeting other expats, befriending locals, the local culture, diversity in Fiji, international schools, crime and more.

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People living in Fiji share their experiences making friends, adjusting to the culture, what expat life is like in Fiji, healthcare in Fiji and more.

Deciding Where to Live in Fiji

When we asked expats living in Fiji to offer newcomers advice about choosing a neighborhood and finding a home, they replied:

"Luckily through a friend we got onto a Fijian couple and we rented their kit home on 2 acres - we could not find anything on the internet for the area we wanted to live which was around the Sigatoka area," said one expat living in Sigatoka Valley, Fiji.

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What Expats Appreciate about Their New Culture

We asked expats in Fiji what they appreciated about their new culture. Here's what they had to say:

"It's picturesque and quirky. We love our surroundings, which to be honest, keeps reminding us why we moved here. We have met some lovely people, despite the crooks," said one expat living in Savusavu, Fiji.

"The kind and warm-hearted approach from the (Indigenous) Fijian people as well as the relative availability of many items and infrastructure areas (compared to our previous duty stations)," mentioned another expat in Fiji.

The Most Challenging Aspects of Living in Fiji

Then, we asked expats in Fiji what was most challenging about their new culture. They replied:

"Trying to remain positive and moving forward. Problem solving, as every day is a challenge," said one expat living in Savusavu, Fiji.

"Settling in and finding somewhere you are happy to live. Once you find your shop that you know will not charge you extra, you can get cheap fruit and vege," mentioned another expat in Fiji.

"That most things here are owned, operated and controlled by the Indian minority (with whom we have already had a negative experience while living in India)," commented one expat who made the move to Fiji.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and 5 Best Places to Live in Spain. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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