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

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What do I need to know before moving to Rakiraki?

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

"Rakiraki is a small town in Fiji, located on the northern tip of the main island, Viti Levu. It is known for its beautiful scenery, friendly locals, and relaxed lifestyle. Before moving to Rakiraki, expats should know that the primary language spoken is Fijian, although English is also widely spoken and understood. It would be beneficial to learn some basic Fijian phrases to help with daily interactions. The cost of living in Rakiraki is relatively low compared to many Western countries. However, expats should be aware that the availability of certain goods and services may be limited, and imported goods can be expensive. Rakiraki has a tropical climate, with warm temperatures year-round. The town experiences a wet season from November to April and a dry season from May to October. Expats should be prepared for this climate and pack accordingly. Healthcare facilities in Rakiraki are basic, and serious medical conditions may require evacuation to a larger city or even overseas. Expats should ensure they have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The town is relatively safe, but expats should still take standard precautions to protect their personal safety and belongings. It's also important to respect local customs and traditions to maintain good relationships with the local community. Public transportation in Rakiraki is limited, so expats may want to consider purchasing a car for convenience. Driving is on the left side of the road in Fiji. Rakiraki is surrounded by natural beauty, including beaches, mountains, and forests. Outdoor activities such as hiking, snorkeling, and fishing are popular pastimes. The local cuisine is a blend of Fijian, Indian, and Chinese influences. Seafood, root vegetables, and tropical fruits are staples in the Fijian diet. Lastly, expats should be aware that Fiji operates on 'Fiji time', a local concept that things happen when they happen, not necessarily on a strict schedule. This relaxed approach to time can be a big adjustment for people from more punctual cultures," commented one expat who made the move to Rakiraki.

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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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