Know before you go…..
Bula! This is a word you hear many times a day in Fiji, and is a word filled with meaning. ‘Bula’ literally means ‘life’ in Fijian and is not only a greeting but a humble acknowledgement of the flow of life and blessing when two people meet. Bula is always pronounced with a smile. A holiday to Fiji is your chance to escape to a world without stress.
Made up of 320 islands, Fiji is a stunning island holiday paradise filled with striking natural beauty and some of the warmest and most welcoming locals on earth. Fiji is renowned for its stunning beaches, beautiful warm climate, and its unique relaxed island atmosphere. You won’t be able to escape the friendliness of the Fijian people or the sheer natural beauty – get ready for swaying palms and warm, clear water.
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Passports & Visas
Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return to your country of origin. Most visitors who intend to stay for less than four months do not require a visa. It is a travellers responsibility to have all documentation in order prior to departure
Weather in Fiji in September
Fiji has a mild, warm tropical climate. A cooling south-east trade wind blows for most of the year. It usually drops to a whisper in the evening and picks up again by mid-morning. March to November brings dry weather and the average number of rain days in September is only 6. In September maximum average temperatures are around 29C with average minimum temperatures around 19C. Those who feel the cold may wish to bring a jacket or warmer clothing for the evenings.
A 14 day forecast is available here:
Conference papers will be available for you to download prior to your arrival in Fiji. Available papers will be updated as they are provided by the speakers. We have requested papers from the speakers with the anticipation that all papers will be available by 18 August 2017. click on the Conference Papers tab to view, download and/or print the papers as they are made available by the speakers.
IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: Printed papers will not be available on site – if hard copy is desired please ensure you download and print the papers prior to your departure. Printing services may be available at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa, however a per page charge will apply.
It is the responsibility of the traveller to ensure they have adequate travel insurance coverage in the event of medical emergencies, family member emergencies, trip cancellation, loss or damage of property, etc. Travel insurance is strongly recommended for all attendees of the AFLC.
Airport transfers are not included in your conference fees – if you would like to pre arrange transfers, you can do so by contacting companies such as www.fijitransfers.com or www.rosiefiji.com. Private transfers cost around FJD$50 (AUD$35).
Taxis are easily available at the airport. An average taxi fare, depending on traffic, will be between $20-30 FJD and takes around 25 minutes. (Source: www.taxifarefinder.com)
Hotel accommodation is not included in your conference fee. If you have not booked your accommodation as yet, please click on the Accommodation tab for instructions on our website for booking accommodation at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa via their website. The AFLC is holding a limited number of rooms at preferred rates until 18 July 2017, unless sold out prior.
AFLC Registration Desk
The AFLC Registration desk will be well signposted and will be located adjacent to the main lobby at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa. The Registration desk will be open for Resort check in and for you to collect your name badges and conference bag, from 12:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday 1 September. On Saturday 2 September the Registration desk will be located outside the conference room (the Grand Kiakavo Ballroom) from 8:00am to 9:00am. For assistance outside of these hours please contact Dawn Reid via email – email@example.com.
Conference Dress suggestions
Conference Sessions: Smart casual – Air Conditioned room – jacket or sweater advised
Welcome Reception: Smart casual – Open air location – jacket or sweater may be needed
Gala Dinner: Dinner casual – Beach footwear (feet will get sandy), plus jacket or sweater for the cooler evenings
Group Island Day: Beachwear – Plus sweatshirt/jacket, reef shoes, hat and sun screen (own snorkelling equipment if preferred). Beach towels will be provided by the Hotel.
Deck Chair Session: Casual – Jacket/sweater may be required due to cooler evenings
Travelling with Children
The Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa is well catered for children, complete with a kids club, children’s pool and waterslide. Family rooms come with a Sony PlayStation 3. Babysitting services are available on request. The Turtle kids club is for kids aged 3-12 years old. The club is divided into two age groups, 3 to 5 years and 6 to 12 years and features an indoor playground.
While charges normally apply, during the conference Sofitel is offering the kids club complimentary for children of conference delegates. Charges apply for baby sitting.
Children are welcome and encouraged to attend the Group Island Day on Monday 4 September 2017 – if you have children accompanying you please register them for the Island Day trip (if you have not already done so) no later than Monday 31 July by contacting Dawn Reid via email – firstname.lastname@example.org Additional charges for children do apply. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate children on the day if not pre-booked. All other AFLC functions are adults only.
Special Dietary requirements
If you did not include your dietary requirements on the Conference Registration Form, please advise any special dietary requirements you may have by emailing Dawn Reid at email@example.com
Power Plugs – Fiji uses a 240 volt three pin power point, the same as in Australia.
Iron, Ironing boards, Hand held Hair Dryers – are provided in each room by the hotel.
Mobile Phones – Mobile customers are advised to check with their network operators for their roaming status before travelling, as roaming capability must be ‘turned on’ in your home country. While roaming is available with generally good reception it is good advice to turn off your ‘mobile data’ on your smart phone to avoid large global roaming bills. This will not affect using your phone for calls and texts but will prevent the use of email or internet.
WiFi internet connection is available at the hotel on a complimentary basis for conference delegates (although data speed is generally slower than that experienced in Australia).
We look forward to welcoming you to Fiji and the 16th Australian Family Lawyers’ Conference!