Living in Fiji

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Living in Fiji

What’s it like to live in Fiji?

Fiji is an archipelago that lies in the Southwest Pacific between Hawaii and the east coast of Australia. Known for being sunny and laidback, Fiji comprises hundreds of islands and islets made up of mountainous peaks, tropical forests, and white-sand beaches.

IAC Global has been established for over 30 years in the Asia-Pacific and we provide over 80% of the expat crew to Fiji Airways. We’ve worked with many pilots who have relocated to Fiji and enjoyed all that this tropical paradise has to offer.

Beyond being a beautiful destination for holidaymakers, Fiji has thriving local and expat cultures. If you’re thinking of joining that expat culture, read on to find out what island life is all about.


3 primary languages are spoken in Fiji: Fijian, English, and Fiji Hindi. While you’ll find it relatively easy to make your way around using English, Fijian and Fiji Hindi are still the main languages spoken locally, so learning a few Fijian words and phrases will take you that extra mile.

To get you started, Bula is the universal Fijian greeting; vinaka means ‘thank you’ or ‘good’; io means ‘yes’; and sega means ‘no’. And when you don’t know the right word to use, a smile in Fiji will ingratiate you with the locals in no time!


Fiji’s culture is largely based on indigenous traditions and values, with influences from its diverse population of Fijian, Indian, European, and Chinese heritage. Fiji is a melting pot of religions and cultural practices, so you can encounter different cultural offerings throughout any city or village you visit.

Suva is the economic and governmental hub of Fiji, while Nadi is the tourism hub, with a mix of tropical and urban living in both. Wherever you are in Fiji, the ocean is never far, so water sports such as scuba diving and snorkelling with the tropical marine life are highlights. Many Fijians are also avid sports fans, with rugby being the sport of choice. But it’s not all fun and games – the island lifestyle and easy nature of the locals make Fiji a haven for relaxing and enjoying a slower pace of life.


Getting around the islands and islets can be done by plane, bus, and boat, so there are plenty of options for seeing the country. Cars are not a common mode of transport, but overall the archipelago of Fiji is quite small, so while infrastructure is patchy in some areas, bikes and water vehicles can quickly get you to many places that bigger vehicles can’t.

Nadi hosts Fiji’s international airport, making it a popular choice to live in for expats who frequently fly.


Please note that IAC Global are not responsible for working visas, and right of abode is the responsibility of the individual.