In general, Fiji is a healthy place, with there not being a high presence of the diseases you’d usually expect to find in tropical regions. It’s also a place that isn’t home to any poisonous or dangerous animals. That isn’t to say though that it’s completely free of potential threats to your health, with Dengue fever still being somewhat prevalent in the more remote regions. So there are some precautions that you should take when travelling to the country, including being weary of the water you drink.
Before You Leave
When travelling to Fiji, there are no required vaccinations – however, being located in a tropical environment it is always better to be safe than sorry and the World Health Organisation recommends that travelers be vaccinated for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio regardless of their specific destination. If you decide that you want to err on the side of caution and get yourself vaccinated for these diseases, make sure that you visit your doctor to have them done at least 2 weeks before leaving, as it takes this long for the immunity to kick in.
But more importantly than any vaccinations is being prepared. While dengue fever is not as present as it has been previously, it’s a disease that is contracted through mosquito bite so there is still a chance that you’ll come in contact with it. Dengue fever can be an incredibly painful experience, causing feverish illness with headache and severe muscle pains similar to what you’d find through a bad bout of influenza. So it’s for that reason that packing mosquito repellant is one of the most important things you can do for your health when preparing to travel to Fiji. You should also make sure to pack sunscreen and use it every day that you plan on being outdoors. The Fijian sun is incredibly strong and if you’re planning on spending a lot of time in or near the water, those harmful UV rays can be much more harmful to your skin.
Travel insurance is also something that we’d highly recommend any traveler heading to Fiji get. It’s always better to be covered for potential issues before they arise than finding yourself dealing with them on your own!
Healthcare in Fiji
Fiji has a relatively decent offering of healthcare with a variety of hospitals, private health practices, dentists, opticians and pharmacies. If you’re staying in one of the major hubs, like Denarau, you’ll never be too far from quality healthcare, however, as you move further and further away from these populated places, the quality of healthcare gets more disparate as the locals tend to vouch for the efficacy of herbal remedies.
If you’re staying in a high quality resort, you’ll find there will be facilities in place to deal with a variety of different ailments and injuries – but make sure you pack a small first-aid kit of your own!
Water in Fiji
Water in most of the major towns and populated regions is treated with chlorine and is safe to drink from the tap, and it’s usually the same when it comes to the hotels and resorts. However, some resorts use artesian water for bathing so you should make sure that you know of your accommodation's particular water source before drinking any. Typically, if a hotel doesn’t use safe to drink water from the tap, they will provide you bottled water separately.
Overall, Fiji is a relatively low-threat destination when it comes to your health, with some of the most common problems being diarrhea, sore throats and skin and ear infections. With each of these being quite easily treated either by yourself or with pharmaceuticals found in Fiji, you should be able to have an amazing holiday without having to stress or worry about your health!