While much of your vacation in Fiji might be spent relaxing on the beach at your resort, fine food and pampering might wear a little thin after a while 😉 So why not get out and have some fun on one of the great tours or adventure days that are available. You will be spoiled for choice… everything from an island cruise on the “Whale’s Tale” (highly recommended, we’ve been on this and loved every minute) to something like exploring the ancient cave system in Fiji’s interior salad bowl – been on this too, fantastic.
Unfortunately tours and days trips in Fiji are not cheap and with the government introducing new taxes in 2016, it’s made it even worse. Tour operators now have to pay 9% VAT plus 10% Sales Tax (increase of 100%) plus a brand new and very stupid (in our opinion) 6% Environmental Tax – which by the way is only paid by a tourist type of business. What about the average Fijian business that also has an effect on the environment – not fair we say! That’s 25% in taxes straight off the top, then there’s commission payments for sales. Your hotel tour desk is dominated by one travel company which demands tour operators pay them at least 25% (they wait for 6 to 8 weeks before paying out) or 30% (get paid in a couple of weeks) to sell their tours. So 55% of the price of your tour is now gone before the operator can even think about making a profit. Cash incentives, wages, fuel, transfer costs, brochures, the list goes on and the profit gets smaller and smaller, it’s no wonder its not cheap here.