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Lautoka, Fiji

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Lautoka, Fiji: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Lautoka?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Lautoka, they said:

"Lautoka, is the second largest city in the country and is known as the "Sugar City" due to its local sugar cane production. The official language is English, but Fijian and Hindi are also widely spoken. The local currency is the Fijian dollar, and it's advisable to have some cash on hand as not all places accept credit cards. The cost of living in Lautoka is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but imported goods can be expensive. Healthcare facilities in Lautoka are adequate for routine problems, but serious conditions may require evacuation to Australia or New Zealand. The climate in Lautoka is tropical with a warm and wet season from November to April, and a cooler, drier season from May to October. It's important to be prepared for tropical storms and cyclones, which can occur during the wet season. Fijian culture is a mix of indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian and European traditions, and respecting local customs and traditions is important. The dress code is generally conservative, especially in rural areas and during visits to villages or religious sites. Lautoka is generally safe, but like any city, it has areas that are best avoided, especially at night. Petty crime such as pickpocketing and bag snatching can occur, so it's advisable to take basic precautions to protect your belongings. Public transportation is available and affordable, but it may not be as reliable or comfortable as what expats might be used to. Many expats choose to rent or buy a car for convenience. Housing options range from modern apartments in the city to traditional houses in rural areas. It's advisable to secure housing before arriving, and many expats choose to live in expat communities. Internet and mobile phone service are widely available, but the speed and reliability may not be up to Western standards. Finally, while Fiji is a beautiful country with a laid-back lifestyle, it's also a developing country with infrastructure and services that may not be as advanced or reliable as in Western countries. Patience and flexibility are key when dealing with unexpected challenges," said one expat in Lautoka.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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