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Sigatoka, 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 Sigatoka, Fiji: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Sigatoka?

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

"Sigatoka, is a small town located on the southwestern coast of Viti Levu, Fiji's largest island. It is known for its beautiful beaches, lush greenery, and friendly locals. However, before moving to Sigatoka, there are several things expats should know. Firstly, English is widely spoken in Sigatoka, but the local language is Fijian. Learning a few basic phrases in Fijian can be helpful and appreciated by the locals. The cost of living in Sigatoka is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's important to note that wages are also significantly lower. The climate in Sigatoka is tropical, with warm temperatures year-round. However, there is a rainy season from November to April, which can bring heavy rainfall and occasional cyclones. Healthcare facilities in Sigatoka are basic, and for serious medical conditions, you may need to travel to the capital, Suva. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. Fiji's crime rate is relatively low, but petty crime like theft does occur. It's advisable to take standard precautions to protect your belongings. Fijian cuisine is a blend of native Fijian, Indian, and Chinese influences. Seafood, root vegetables, and tropical fruits are staples in the Fijian diet. Fijians are known for their hospitality and friendliness. However, it's important to respect local customs and traditions. For example, it's considered disrespectful to wear hats or touch someone's head. Public transportation in Sigatoka is limited, so having a car can be beneficial. However, driving is on the left side of the road, and local driving habits can be challenging for newcomers. Lastly, Sigatoka is known for its outdoor activities, including surfing, golfing, and visiting the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. It's a great place for those who love nature and outdoor sports," wrote a member in Sigatoka.

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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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