How to Get WiFi in Fiji When You’re on Vacation
We get it. While most of us would rather spend the time snorkelling in Fiji or saying “Bula!” to locals face-to-face, sometimes duty calls when you might need to connect with back home or do some emails for work. In this case, you’re going to need to find an Internet connection. But where can you find WiFi in Fiji? Yes, Fiji does have access to the Internet, but you might have to jump through a few hoops to find a decent connection and most of the time, you need to be prepared to pay for it. We’ll give you some advice in this list of tips for accessing the Internet in Fiji!
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1. Check if Your Hotel or Resort Offers Free WiFi
Many of Fiji’s hotels and resorts offer free WiFi in the resort’s public areas, such as in their lobby, at the resort restaurant or around the pool area. However, you almost always will need to pay to access the Internet from your room, which usually works out to be around FJ$10 an hour. Resorts that offer free WiFi include the Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa, Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Anchorage Beach Resort, Fiji Hideaway Resort, Mango Bay Resort, The Warwick Fiji, Tides Reach Resort, Savasi Island Resort, Likuliku Lagoon Resort and Smugglers Cove Beach Resort.
2. Don’t Expect a Connection in Budget Resorts or Guesthouses Though…
While budget hotels and resorts in Fiji’s largest towns and cities are likely to offer WiFi for a fee, it’s often not an option in the budget resorts and guesthouses of the outer islands or remote regions like Viti Levu’s highlands.
3. Internet Cafes & Libraries are a “Thing” in Fiji
If you’re looking for reliable Internet in Fiji at an affordable price, then the Internet cafes and libraries are a good option. These are mainly found in Nadi, Lautoka and Suva and offer access to computers with Internet or access to WiFi for an hourly rate. Rates in Internet cafes range from FJ$3 to FJ$8 an hour, while libraries are a little more affordable at FJ$2-$4 an hour.
4. Buy a Local MiFi (Pocket WiFi)
The most convenient and often most reliable form of having access to the Internet in Fiji is by having your own local modem. Local modems in the form of portable “MiFis” are available to rent or purchase from Unwired Fiji (available at Digicel stores), Connect (with Telecom Fiji) and Vodafone Fiji. They connect to local networks with up to 4G connections. Typical data plans can range from 150GB/30 days for FJ$30-$50 to 320GB/30 days for around FJ$100.
5. Pick up a Local SIM Card & Check Out Their Data Bundles
If you have a phone that will work with a local SIM card – see What are the Fiji Phone Networks? to see how to find out – then you might find it easier and more cost-effective to pick up a local SIM card. That way you can access the Internet through your phone using mobile data and/or connect devices to your smartphone using its WiFi tethering hotspot feature. The two main networks, Vodafone and Digicel, both offer free tourist SIM cards where you can purchase data bundles. Compare data bundles and flat rates between the networks in The Best SIM Card in Fiji For Travellers.
6. Free WiFi in Cafes isn’t Super Common, but…
While in developed countries free WiFi is a standard, it’s not quite as common in Fiji. Nevertheless, there is the odd cafe to save the day featuring free (but often limited) WiFi with a purchase. Some of the cafes that offer WiFi, that we know about, are: Corner Cafe in Nadi, Bulaccino Cafe in Nadi and Denarau, Daikoku in Nadi, Bounty Restaurant & Bar in Nadi, Hard Rock Cafe in Denarau, Blue Ginger Cafe in Lautoka, Chilli Tree Cafe in Lautoka and Skinny Bean Cafe on the Pacific Harbour.
7. Nadi Airport is Just About the Only Airport with Public WiFi
Free WiFi is available at Nadi International Airport for the 30 minutes. After that, you will have to pay around FJ$5 for every extra 30 minutes or 200MB, whichever comes first. Day passes to the WiFi are also available at the airport for around FJ$20-$30.
8. … But Don’t Worry About the Internet Anyway!
Fiji is a place to disconnect from the world! Why would you want to be stuck to your screen when you are soaking up the sun by the pool, scuba diving among soft coral, white water rafting down the Navua River or immersing yourself in the Fijian island culture?! Put the phone down and see what “Fiji time” is really all about.