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

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What do I need to know before moving to Yasawa Islands?

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

"Expats moving to Yasawa Islands, should be aware that the islands are quite remote and less developed than other parts of Fiji, which can mean fewer amenities and services. English is widely spoken, but learning some basic Fijian phrases can be beneficial. The cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but imported goods can be expensive. The islands have a tropical climate, with a warm, rainy season from November to April and a cooler, dry season from May to October. Healthcare facilities on the islands are limited, so expats should ensure they have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The Yasawa Islands are predominantly Christian, and the local culture is deeply rooted in tradition and community. Respect for local customs and traditions is important, including dressing modestly and asking permission before entering villages or taking photographs. The islands offer a relaxed, slow-paced lifestyle with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities such as snorkeling, hiking, and exploring the beautiful beaches and coral reefs. However, job opportunities are limited, mainly in tourism, agriculture, and fishing. Internet and mobile phone coverage can be patchy, especially in more remote areas. Expats should also be aware that Fiji is prone to natural disasters such as cyclones, floods, and earthquakes, and should familiarize themselves with local emergency procedures. Finally, while Fiji is generally a safe country, petty crime can be a problem, so expats should take basic precautions to protect their belongings," remarked one expat living in Yasawa Islands, Fiji.

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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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