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

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What do I need to know before moving to Coral Coast?

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

"Expats moving to Coral Coast should be aware that the official language is English, but Fijian and Hindi are also widely spoken. The cost of living is relatively low compared to Western countries, but imported goods can be expensive. The local currency is the Fijian dollar and credit cards are widely accepted in urban areas. The climate is tropical with a warm, rainy season from November to April and a cooler, dry season from May to October. It's important to be prepared for tropical storms and cyclones, especially if you plan to live near the coast. Healthcare facilities in Fiji are adequate for routine problems, but serious conditions may require evacuation to Australia or New Zealand. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. Fiji is a multicultural country with a mix of indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian and European communities. The culture is friendly and welcoming, but it's important to respect local customs and traditions. The country has a relatively slow pace of life, which can be a big adjustment for those used to a fast-paced urban lifestyle. Public transportation is available but can be unreliable, so many expats choose to buy or rent a car. Fiji has a high level of crime, including petty theft and home invasions, so it's important to take precautions to protect your property. Internet and mobile phone coverage is generally good in urban areas, but can be patchy in rural areas. Fiji has a range of international and local schools, but the quality of education can vary. Many expats choose to send their children to international schools. Finally, it's important to understand the visa and residency requirements before moving to Fiji. Most expats will need a work permit or residency visa, which can take time to process," wrote a member in Coral Coast.

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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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