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

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What do I need to know before moving to Pacific Harbour?

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

"Pacific Harbour, is known as the adventure capital of Fiji, offering a wide range of outdoor activities such as diving, fishing, and river rafting. The cost of living in Pacific Harbour is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's higher than in other parts of Fiji. The official language is English, so communication should not be a problem for English-speaking expats. The local currency is the Fijian Dollar (FJD), and it's advisable to have some cash on hand as not all places accept credit cards. The climate in Pacific Harbour 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 note that Fiji is prone to cyclones, especially during the wet season. Healthcare facilities in Pacific Harbour are adequate for minor health issues, but for serious conditions, you may need to travel to Suva, the capital city. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The crime rate in Pacific Harbour is relatively low, but petty crime like theft does occur, so it's advisable to take standard precautions to protect your belongings. Fijian culture is friendly and welcoming, but it's also traditional and conservative, so it's important to respect local customs and etiquette. For instance, modest dress is expected, particularly in villages. The food in Pacific Harbour is a blend of native Fijian, Indian, and Chinese cuisines, with seafood being a staple. The real estate market in Pacific Harbour offers a range of options, from luxury villas to more modest homes. It's possible for foreigners to buy property in Fiji, but there are restrictions and the process can be complex, so it's advisable to seek local legal advice. Finally, while Fiji has a relatively reliable internet and telecommunications infrastructure, service can be slower and less reliable than what you might be used to in a Western country," explained one expat living in Pacific Harbour, 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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