Cost of Living in Fiji | 2023 Price list | Expat’s Guide

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Cost of Living in FijI Cost of Living in Fiji 2023 Price list Expats Guide

In this article, we touch upon the average costs you will most likely incur each month while in Fiji. We have broken down the article into subcategories covering food, personal items, housing, household utilities, clothes, transport, and finally entertainment. The costs listed may fluctuate slightly through the year, but with this information, you are able to create a solid foundation and a greater understanding of your monthly outgoings.

Average Food Costs in Fiji


Interior View of the Extra Supermarket in FIJI
Extra Supermarket in FIJI | Image: Supplied

In the table below, we have pooled together a selection of commonly purchased items across different food categories to enable you to get a general understanding of the products available and the average cost. There are many different brands normally stocked at the different supermarkets and grocers, with fluctuations in price and regularity across the stores.

ImageProductFJD
NESTLE MILO SOFT PACK 400GNESTLE MILO SOFT PACK
400 G
Hot Chocolate
8.75
G H COCOA POWDER 200GMG/H COCOA POWDER
200 GM
Hot Chocolate
6.95
NESTLE COCOA 190GMNESTLE COCOA
190 GM
Hot Chocolate
8.65
OVALTINE 400GMSOVALTINE
400 GM
Hot Chocolate
9.95
NESCAFE CLASSIC INST COFFEE 100GNESCAFE CLASSIC INST COFFEE
100G
Coffee
12.50
NOBLE CLASSIC INST COFFEE 200GNOBLE CLASSIC INST COFFEE
200G
Coffee
9.45
BUSHELLS TEA 100GBUSHELLS TEA
100G
Tea
1.63
ROYAL TEA BAGS 100S 120SROYAL TEA BAGS
100S
Tea
7.35
NO.1 TEA BAGS 100SNO.1 TEA BAGS
100S
Tea
4.95
CRUSH NATURAL ARTESIAN WATER 1.5LTRCRUSH NATURAL ARTESIAN WATER
1.5LTR
Water
1.50
ISLAND CHILL ARTESIAN WATER 1.5LTRSISLAND CHILL ARTESIAN WATER
1.5LTRS
Water
1.75
FIJI NATURAL WATER 500MLFIJI NATURAL WATER
500ML
Water
2.00
ISLAND CHILL ARTESIAN WATER 330MLISLAND CHILL ARTESIAN WATER
330ML
Water
0.65
TANG LITRO ORANGE 25GTANG LITRO ORANGE
25 G
Cold Beverage
1.00
COCA COLA 2.25LTCOCA COLA
2.25 LT
Cold Beverage
5.25
SUNQUICK TROPICAL 840MLSSUNQUICK TROPICAL
840 MLS
Cold Beverage
11.65
SPRITE 2.25LTSPRITE
2.25 LT
Cold Beverage
5.25
VANNAMEI SHRIMP 41 50 350GVANNAMEI SHRIMP 41 50
350G
Sea Food
12.95
SEA HARVEST PRAWNS MEAT 80 120 400GSEA HARVEST PRAWNS MEAT 80 120
400G
Sea Food
13.35
PREMIER LAMB SAUSAGE 500GPREMIER LAMB SAUSAGE 500G
500 G
Sausages
7.50
CREST CHICKEN SIZZLERS ORIGINAL 1KGCREST CHICKEN SIZZLERS ORIGINAL 1KG
1KG
Sausages
9.95
PERFECT CHOICE LAMB SAUSAGES 1.5KGPERFECT CHOICE LAMB SAUSAGES
1.5KG
Sausages
19.95
COUNTRY K LAMB DELIGHTS SAUSAGE 1KGCOUNTRY/K LAMB DELIGHTS SAUSAGE
1KG
Sausages
13.95
CREST CHICKEN FROZEN NO.16CREST CHICKEN FROZEN
NO.16
Poultry
19.95
RAM SAMI EGGS SIZE 7 30s 1.65kgRAM SAMI EGGS (SIZE 7)
1.65kg
Poultry
16.25
CREST CHICKEN LIVER 500G TUBSCREST CHICKEN LIVER
500G TUBS
Poultry
5.95
LAMB CURRY PIECES KGLAMB CURRY PIECES KG

Lamb
11.95
LAMB SHOULDER CHOPSLAMB SHOULDER CHOPS

Lamb
24.95
TUCKERS VANILLA ICE CREAM 4.5LTRSTUCKERS VANILLA ICE CREAM
4.5LTRS
Icecream
16.95
WATTIES MIX VEG 1KGWATTIES MIX VEG
1KG
Frozen Vegetable
9.95
GLDN HVST MIX VEG 1KGGLDN HVST MIX VEG
1KG
Frozen Vegetable
6.55
POMMES FRENCH FRIES 10MM 2.5KGPOMMES FRENCH FRIES 10MM
2.5KG
Frozen Meals
13.95
BROKEN SHACKLE CLASSIC RED WINE 750MLBROKEN SHACKLE CLASSIC RED WINE
750ML
Beer Wine Spirits
12.95
FIJI GOLD CAN 330mlFIJI GOLD CAN
330ml
Beer Wine Spirits
2.95
FIJI GOLD BEER 355MLFIJI GOLD BEER
355ML
Beer Wine Spirits
3.00
JACK DANIELS AMERICAN SERVE 250ML CANJACK DANIELS AMERICAN
250ML CAN
Beer Wine Spirits
4.95
BOUNTY OP RUM 750MLBOUNTY OF RUM
750ML
Beer Wine Spirits
69
FIJI BITTER GREEN CANS 330MLFIJI BITTER GREEN CANS
330ML
Beer Wine Spirits
2.95
HEINEKEN BEER BOTT 330MLHEINEKEN BEER BOTTLE
330ML
Beer Wine Spirits
4.85
FRUTO S BERRY JAM 450GMFRUTO S/BERRY JAM
450GM
Spreads
4.65
PREMIUM ISLAND SALTED PEANUT 150GPREMIUM ISLAND SALTED PEANUT
150G
Spreads
1.95
AMERICANA PEANUT BUTTER CREAMY 510GAMERICANA PEANUT BUTTER CREAMY
510G
Spreads
5.95
PUNJAS HOT MASALA 500GPUNJAS HOT MASALA
500G
Spices
7.15
PUNJAS CURRY POWDER 500GPUNJAS CURRY POWDER
500G
Spices
5.35
G HARVEST SULTANA 200GG/HARVEST SULTANA
200G
Spices
2.65
ISLAND PERFECT CHOICE HONEY 350GISLAND/PERFECT CHOICE HONEY
350G
Speciality Food
9.45
BONGO JNR CHEESE 20GRBONGO JNR CHEESE
20G
Snacks
0.60
UFO SNACKS 20GUFO SNACKS
20G
Snacks
0.55
JASON PEANUT RUFFS 20GJASON PEANUT RUFFS
20G
Snacks
0.60
TWISTIS CHSE FLAV 20GTWISTIS CHSE FLAV
20G
Snacks
0.70
JASONS WHEELS SMOKED CHICKEN 20GJASONS WHEELS SMOKED CHICKEN
20G
Snacks
0.55
VALLEY FRESH T S REF425gVALLEY FRESH T/S
425g
Sauce
2.95
PEARL R SOY SAUCE DARK 600MLPEARL/R SOY SAUCE DARK
600ML
Sauce
3.95
AMERICANA SWEET CHILLI SAUCE 300MLAMERICANA SWEET CHILLI SAUCE
300ML
Sauce
6.95
PERFECT CHOICE IODIZED SALT 907GPERFECT CHOICE IODIZED SALT
Sauce
Salt
0.68
PUNJAS JASMINE RICE 10KGPUNJAS JASMINE RICE
10KG
Rice
24.00
PUNJAS PREM LONG RICE 10KGPUNJAS PREM L/G RICE
10KG
Rice
18.58
BALDUCCI P RIGATI NO18 500GBALDUCCI P/RIGATI NO18
500G
Pasta
3.15
BALDUCCI SPIRAL NO55 500GBALDUCCI SPIRAL NO55
500G
Pasta
3.15
BALDUCCI SPAGHETTII NO4 500GBALDUCCI SPAGHETTII NO4
500G
Pasta
3.15
SIMPLY SOYA BEAN OIL 1LTRSIMPLY SOYA BEAN OIL
1LTR
Oil
4.96
MAGGI CHICKEN NOODLE 80G 10PKMAGGI CHICKEN NOODLE
80G 10PK
Noodles
8.25
REWA LIFE UHT MILK 1LTRREWA LIFE UHT MILK
1LTR
Milk
2.80
RED COW MILK POWDER 450GRED COW MILK POWDER
450G
Milk
5.88
TIFFANY MAYONNAISE 500MLTIFFANY MAYONNAISE
500ML
Mayonnaise
6.65
FMF NORMAL FLOUR 4KFMF NORMAL FLOUR
4KG
Flour
7.29
WRIGLEYS P.K. 10 PACKWRIGLEYS P.K.
10 Pack
Confectionery
0.90
MM CHOCOLATE 49GM&M CHOCOLATE
49G
Confectionery
2.65
SNICKERS SINGLE BAR 50GMSNICKERS SINGLE BAR
50G
Confectionery
2.65
MARS SINGLE BAR 47GMARS SINGLE BAR
47G
Confectionery
2.65
AMERICANA COCONUT CREAM 400MLAMERICANA COCONUT CREAM
400ML
Coconut Cream
3.45
WATTIES B BEANS T S 420GWATTIES B/BEANS T/S
420G
Baked Beans
4.65
WATTIES SPAGHET T S 420GWATTIES SPAGHET T/S
420G
Baked Beans
3.75
FMF B FAST CRACKER.375GFMF B/FAST CRACKER
375G
Biscuits
2.10
OREO CHOCOLATE CREME 119.6GOREO CHOCOLATE CREME
119.6G
Biscuits
3.25
PUNJAS MILK ARROWROOT 250GPUNJAS MILK ARROWROOT
250G
Biscuits
2.45
G H ROLLED OATS 400GMG/H ROLLED OATS
400GM
Breakfast
3.10
SANITARIUM WEETBIX 375GSANITARIUM WEETBIX
375G
Breakfast
6.15
KELLOGGS CORNFLAKES 725GKELLOGGS CORNFLAKES
725G
Breakfast
21.65
SEA KING MACKEREL IN T SAUCE 425GSEA KING MACKEREL IN T/SAUCE
425G
Canned Fish
3.76
SKIPPER TUNA FLAKES IN VEG OIL 180GSKIPPER TUNA FLAKES IN VEG OIL
180G
Canned Fish
2.65
G H FRUIT SALAD 410GG/H FRUIT SALAD
410G
Canned Fruit
4.25
OXFORD C BEEF 326GOXFORD C/BEEF
326G
Canned Meat
5.07
FARMERS STYLE C MUTTON 326GFARMERS STYLE C/MUTTON
326G
Canned Meat
5.41
ENERGIZER AA 3 1EVEREADY BATTERY
AAA
Non-Food
3.10
Table: Food – Cost of Living in Fiji

IN DEPTH SUPPORTING ARTICLE: We have also written a sister article on the different supermarket brands across Fiji, titled Supermarkets and Grocery Stores in Fiji: An Expat’s Guide.” It’s a short read that provides you with the ability to familiarize yourself with the companies operating across the two main islands.

Personal Care Costs in Fiji


Fiji Spice Queen
Fiji Spice Queen | Image: Supplied

Similar to the table of assembled food products listed below, we have gathered together a selection of household cleaning articles and some general personal hygiene products, like shaving creams, deodorant, etc.

The more well-known brands that populate your local supermarkets at home are normally available here, to cater to the expat community and the ever-expanding cosmopolitan community Fiji has, though the items might be slightly more expensive.  Locally Fijian-Made alternative products are available to purchase, and we always recommend them as they support the smaller businesses within Fiji.

ImageProductCost (FJD)
BIC COMFORT 3 ADVANCE SHAVERS 4SSHAVING RAZOR

Non-Food
8.55
PALMOLIVE SHAMPOO INTENSIVE MOIST 350MLSHAMPOO
350ML
Non-Food
6.99
PROTEX BATH SOAP 3 X 75G FRESHSOAPS
3 Pack
Non-Food
3,99
NIVEA ROLL ON 50ML COOL KICKDEODORANT
50ml
Non-Food
5.95
BRUT DEODRANT 150GMBRUT DEODORANT
150GM
Non-Food
9.20
ORCHID T TISSUE 10SORCHID TOILET TISSUE
10S
Non-Food
5.85
AXION DISHWASHING PASTE LEMON LIME 350GAXION DISHWASHING PASTE LEMON LIME
350G
Non-Food
3.30
STELOW STEELWOOL ONE PADSTELOW STEELWOOOL
ONE PAD
Non-Food
1.00
STELOW SCOUR SPONGE 5SSTELOW SCOUR SPONGE
5S
Non-Food
2.35
ORCHID GARBAGE BAG 10SORCHID GARBAGE BAG
10S
Non-Food
4.45
GOODKNIGHT ADV HP CHAR JUMBO COILGOODKNIGHT JUMBO COIL
10 Pack
Non-Food
1.40
MORTEIN SPRAY RED 300 GMMORTEIN SPRAY RED
300 GM.
Non-Food
8.65
CORAL LEMON ZEST SACHET 910GCORAL LEMON ZEST SACHET
910G
Non-Food
3.45
Libra Goodnite W wings 10sLIBRA GOODNITE W/WINGS
10s
Non-Food
3.95
Sparky 3 In 1 Toilet Cleaner 500mlSPARKY 3 IN 1 TOILET CLEANER
500ml
Non-Food
3.95
Colgate Triple Action 193gCOLGATE TRIPLE ACTION193g
Non-Food
5.50
Colgate Plax 250ml PeppermintCOLGATE PLAX PEPPERMINT
250ml
Non-Food
5.95
Table: Personnel Care- Cost of Living in Fiji

IN DEPTH SUPPORTING ARTICLE: You can head on over to our article called Fijian-Made: Let’s Make Everyday A Fijian Day for a large selection of these businesses.

Housing Costs in Fiji


Denarau Island Exterior and Interior View World Class Properties
Denarau Island Exterior and Interior View World Class Properties | Image: Supplied

If you find yourself in a position where you are required to find your home in Fiji and get established, DO NOT PANIC! On the surface, this may seem insurmountable, but believe me, if I can do it, anybody can.

Firstly, before you arrive, join the two highly active Facebook forums (Suva Expats Market and Fiji Expats); they are an amazing source of up-to-date information. Ask a few questions, and slowly and methodically create a diary of information relative to your situation.

Secondly, book a cheap Airbnb or hotel in the area you wish to reside and work in (between 1-3 weeks); this will allow you to take a breather and familiarize yourself with the area upon arrival. Start to speak to your newly acquainted friends; ask your work colleagues where they stay and what the average price is. Fiji is the friendliest place on earth, and people will go out of their way to help you get set up.

Online and Printed Resources Available

Printed Resources – The two leading tabloid newspapers in Fiji, the Fiji Sun and Fiji Times, each week have classifieds and typically a multi-spread pull-out section on the properties currently available.

If you are going to utilize this method, meticulously follow the following:

  1. Buy the newspaper as early as possible in the morning.
  2. Grab a pen, sit down, scan the paper, and circle the potentials (Marking your top five)
  3. Surf the three websites listed below and type in similar properties, sizes, and numbers of rooms in that particular area to educate yourself on the common prices.
  4. Call the vendor or landlord to request a viewing. Suggestion: Take a local Fijian friend or work colleague with you on the viewing, especially if you are dealing directly with a landlord, as the price might suddenly go up if they know you are an ex-pat.
  5. If you find a property you like, you are able to negotiate the price, especially if the duration of your stay is several years.

Noteworthy Websites – Property.com.fjHarcourts and Professionals FIJI 

Household Utilities Costs in Fiji

On average, the water in Fiji is relatively cheap; you will probably spend an average of 50–100 FJD per month.  Estimate your average expenditure. Check the number of liters used monthly at home and substitute the cost per unit with the calculated charge below. You can also do this with your electricity bill. Be aware that air conditioning can substantially increase your cost. We use roof fans and localized desk fans to cool any given area, and we spend on average 140 FJD per month.

ImageProductCost (FJD)
FIJI GAS REFILL 12KGFIJI GAS REFILL
12KG
Energy
38.59
BLUE GAS REFILL 12KGBLUE GAS REFILL
12KG
Energy
38.59
Housing- Cost of Living in Fiji

If you are using Fiji Gas or Blue Gas (see Table above) and you cook every day, you will normally need to purchase a bottle of gas every 2-3 months; this is the best and most economical option.

Technical Information

EFL Electricity – The regulated domestic tariff set by the Commerce Commission is 34.01 cents/unit.  kWh = Kilowatt-hour, 1 kWh = 1 unit of electricity.

Water  – Your charge is calculated using a tiered method based on how many units you consume. 1 unit is 1000 litres or 1 cubic metre.  (0-50 Units $ 0.153, 51-100 Units $ 0.439, 100 Units $ 0.838)

Cost of Clothing in Fiji


A Young Lady wearing Pacific Islands Art clothing on the Beach
Pacific Islands Art | Image: Supplied

Establishing the average cost of clothing can be difficult, as it all depends on your age, style, and gender. The four main retail outlets in Fiji that stock local as well as international brands are Jacks of Fiji, S Nagindas, Harrisons Fiji, and  Tappoos Fiji. We have included links to their respective websites so you can gauge and compare the costs.

With smaller artisan clothing brands found across the main tourist hubs and towns, their clothing really captures the spirit of the Fijian culture and helps develop the Fiji Fashion Market. Here are a few examples: 8Mountains Fiji, Malia Clothing Fiji, Pacific Islands Art Pte Limited, and Tau Sports Fiji;

IN DEPTH SUPPORTING ARTICLE: You can find their links and details in the article Fijian-made: Let’s Make Everyday A Fijian Day.

FJ Experience 1 : There are many second-hand clothing shops, which are normally found on the second floor of a retail outlet (saving costs by having no shop frontage). You cannot miss them, as there are always numerous brightly handcrafted signs pointing up a steep concrete staircase, telling you of their existence. You will have to carefully navigate and sidestep, giving way to the people coming down with their newly acquired items. Upon reaching the last few treads, your eyes will be welcomed to a vast open-plan floor, with rows and rows of clothing rails bathed in different colored items, with signage dangling from the roof categorizing the clothes. The clothes normally originate from New Zealand and Australia. They are definitely worth a few minutes of your time, as you might find a little gem that is hidden away.

Transportation Costs in Fiji


Aerial View busy street Suva Fiji people
Aerial View busy street Suva Fiji people | Image: Supplied

Taxi fares 2023

  • Viti Levu Flag Fall Charge is $2 between 6 am to 9 pm and $3 from 9 pm to 6 am
  • Outside Viti Levu Flag Fall Charge is $1.70 to $2.30 cents and $3.30 between 9 pm to 6 am
  • The flag fall charge for airport taxis is $7.10 cents with waiting charges being 18 cents per minute.

(With 1 FJD charged per 1 KM afterward)

Coach Prices 2023

Pacific Transport Limited Timetable | Image: Supplied
Pacific Transport Limited Timetable | Image: Supplied

Entertainment a Social Costs in Fiji


Republik Night Club (Courtesy of Management)
Republik Night Club | Image: Supplied

A short list detailing some of the normal social events most people will take part in during any given month.

  • Newspaper Fiji Sun and Fiji Times Daily (FJD 1.50)
  • Cinema (Damodar Admission Prices – FJD 5 – 7.50 Life Cinema Admission Prices – FJD 8 – 19)
  • Sports event (FJ$20. for a local event, FJ$ 40 – 150 dollars for a stand seat at an International event)
  • Nightout nightclub or restaurant (FJ$50 – 150 Dollars on food and drinks)

Energy Saving (Expats) in Fiji


Clothes drying on a clothes line in Fiji, beautiful sunny day, clothes swaying in the wind
Clothes swaying in the wind hung on a clothesline | Image: Supplied

Using less means paying less. Here are a few helpful inexpensive tips to reduce your energy use around the house.

Save Power in the Living Room

  • Switch appliances off at the wall
  • TVs, computers & stereos still use energy in standby mode. When not in use, switch these appliances off at the wall.
  • Use a power board – A power board can supply electricity to multiple appliances at the same time and allows you to switch off all appliances using the same switch.
  • Use energy-saving bulbs – Change your old light bulbs to energy-efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode(LED) ones.
  • How many lights are on? – Turn the lights off in the rooms you’re not using.
  • Do you really need to switch on during the day? – Open up curtains or drapes to make full use of the sunlight

Save Power in the Kitchen

  • Electric Kettles – Only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need.
  • Electric Cooktops – Choose the right size pot when cooking and keep the lid on.
  • Fridge & freezers –  1) Defrost your freezer regularly, 2) Keep fridges and freezers in a cool, well-ventilated spot away from the oven and the sun to save electricity and 3) Keep a clear gap around your fridge so air can circulate freely.

Save Power in the Laundry

  • Washing Clothes – Only run the washing machine on full load, as this will reduce the number of times you use the washing machine.
  • Drying Clothes –  Avoid using a dryer instead hang your clothes out to dry on a clothesline.
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