Rarotonga is the international gateway for the Cook Islands and currently can only be accessed through Auckland, New Zealand every day and Los Angeles once per week. Changes are supposed to be taking place soon that will include direct flights from Sydney and or via Fiji, however we cant provide a definite date on this nor exact details. Currently Auckland is the gateway to the Cook Islands and will remain so for the foreseeable future.
Auckland is a direct 12-13 hour flight from the West Coast of the United States and the Cook Islands a further 4 hours from Auckland. The main current carriers to the Cook Islands include Air New Zealand, Virgin Airlines and United Airlines along with another couple of code sharing airlines. The high or peak season is observed from April to November.
Flying Times to Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Los Angeles, USA: 9.5 hrs
Do Luxury Adventures tailor packages?
Yes we do. We can alter one of the packages from our website to exactly meet your requirements or simply contact us with details of your dream vacation and we'll take care of the rest.
Are luxury Adventures packages for couples only?
Almost all Luxury adventures packages are based on two people, however we can cater for singles, families and small groups. Simply contact us with your requirements.
Do Luxury Adventures offer group packages?
Yes. If you have a family or group we can certainly accommodate you. We also specialise in incentive packages and client entertainment for corporate groups. Whether its a large or small group Luxury Adventures will organise something unique for your group.
How can we contact you while on our vacation?
You'll be able to contact your Luxury Adventures agent 24 hours per day while in Fiji via phone or email. So if you have any problems or a change of plans you'll never be stranded.
Do you offer concierge service & guides to escort me on my vacation, can you organise these?
Absolutely, we can arrange anything from babysitting, restaurant bookings, theatre tickets and hair & beauty appointments through to organising additional activities, groceries delivered to your accommodation or if you have a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary during your time in Fiji we offer a gift buying service. These are just some of the requests we can fulfil.
We also have excellent guides who are professional, knowledgeable and who will show you the best Fiji has to offer.
Our preferred method of payment is by direct bank transfer (telegraphic transfer). We also accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Diners & AMEX).
Do your packages include international air travel?
Not unless specified. Usually our packages are land only i.e. once you reach Fiji.
When is the best time to visit Fiji?
Fiji enjoys a typical tropical climate, with a trade wind blowing across the islands to cool things down during most of the year. Maximum summer temperatures average 88°F (31°C), with the winter average not far different at 84°F (29°C). Rain can be expected at any time of year. The driest months are April, May, June and October.
What language do the locals speak?
Fiji is generally an English speaking country.
How long is the flight?
Coming west from Canada and Europe, you'll stop in Los Angeles, and some flights out of Los Angeles and Canada stop in Honolulu. Air Pacific has four non-stops and Air New Zealand has one out of Los Angeles. Flight time from LA to Fiji is 10 hrs, Auckland to Fiji 3hrs, Sydney to Fiji 3hrs 50min.
Where are the international airports located in Fiji?
Most international flights to Fiji arrive at Nadi Airport on the west coast of Viti Levu. Fiji is served by several International airlines.
Do I need a passport or visa to enter Fiji?
Passports are required. Entry visas for Fiji are automatically granted on arrival for a stay of 4 months to most Nationals. These include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA. Other Nationals must apply for a visa before departure at their nearest Fiji Embassy.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities. Any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities will be your sole responsibility. All travelers must have a valid passport for international travel and many countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return and some countries require a machine-readable passport. If you need information regarding visa and other travel document requirements for your trip please let us know. You can find more information about entering Fiji here.
Can I use my mobile or hire one in Fiji?
Vodaphone Fiji Ltd has active GSM roaming agreements with most international networks.
Do I need an international license to drive in Fiji?
Car hire is limited to the main island of Viti Levu and to a lesser extent on Vanua Levu - driving is on the left and you need a valid driving license from your home country.
Are there any poisonous animals in Fiji?
There are no poisonous land animals in Fiji.
Do I need vaccinations to enter Fiji?
None required except for yellow fever and cholera if coming from an infected area.
I have special dietary requirements; can these be catered for on my vacation?
All of the accommodations we utilze and recommend are able to cater for all dietary needs where necessary.
Do I need to tip in Fiji?
Tipping in Fiji is not expected. However, tipping for great service is at your discretion.
What are the taxes in Fiji?
Fiji has a Value Added Tax of 12.5% and hotel turnover tax of 5%. This 17.5% is usually included in quoted prices unless stated.
What clothes should I take?
Dress is casual and informal throughout the islands. Visitors should bring a light tropical wardrobe including shortsleeve shirts, T-shirts, shorts and slacks for evenings. For women, summer dresses and lightweight skirts, slacks and blouses. The wraparound "sulu" (sarong) is Fiji's most distinctive form of dress for women and men. It is offensive for women to bath topless in Fiji.