tipping in Fiji

If you are planning to visit the gorgeous islands of Fiji, you must be familiar with tipping etiquette before you arrive. Gratuities are not expected or required in Fiji because it's communal society. Because its citizens share almost everything, they consider tipping to be either unnecessary or something that should be shared. However, even though it's not not expected, tips will still be greatly appreciated. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about tipping in Fiji.

You should also know a little about currency in Fiji. The Fiji currency is the Fiji dollar, which comes in forms of F$1, F$2, F$5, F$10, F$20 and F$50. Fujian coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents. Make sure that you carry plenty of change while in Fiji.

tipping etiquette for spas in Fiji

When Visiting a Spa Don't Tip in Fiji

If you are visiting a spa in Fiji, make sure you realise that no gratuity is added to any services, nor does the spa staff expect tips for their services. If you are happy with your service, you may choose to tip your therapist, but it's entirely up to you. Generally a gratuity of 10 to 20% will be more than enough.

should you tip your tour guide?

In Fiji Don't Tip your tour guide

If you go on a tour in Fiji, your tour guide will not expect a tip. Tipping is simply not Fijian custom. If you are especially happy with your tour and feel as though your tour guide led the tour in a professional and informative way, you can still leave a gratuity. It will never go unappreciated.

tip etiquette at hotels in Fiji

In Fiji Don't Tip when staying at a hotel

Tipping hotel staff is not expected. If you leave money for your maid, she will probably be confused and either not pick up the money or think she needs to buy you a gift or something in return. However, in lieu of tipping, many hotels (especially resorts) have a “Christmas fund” box for the employees, generally located in the reception area. If you want to leave a gratuity consider donating to this fund. The staff will receive it at Christmas time. If you do believe that a certain member of the staff deserves a tip, you can always give to him or her as well. It will be appreciated, just certainly not expected.

tips at restaurants in Fiji

In Fiji Don't Tip at a restaurant

It is not customary to leave a tip at restaurants in Fiji; however, you should use your own judgment. If you are happy with your service, feel free to tip your servers. Just know that you are not obligated to do so. If you want to leave a gratuity leave one in cash and hand this money directly to your server rather than to leave it on the table. This ensures that he or she receives it directly.

tipping practices for hotels in Fiji

When Taking a Taxi Don't Tip your taxi driver

More than likely, your taxi driver will not expect a tip for his services in Fiji. However, if you want to round your total up to the nearest Fijian dollar, he or she will be exceptionally appreciative. Also, if s/he is extra helpful, such as giving directions to places or carries your bags, you should probably give them a small tip.

should you tip your hairdresser

In Fiji Don't Tip your hair stylist

If you get your hair cut, styled, or coloured in Fiji, do not feel as though you need to tip your hairdresser. Hairdressers in Fiji do not live off of or expect tips. However, as with all other services, it is entirely up to you. If you are impressed with your hairstylists’ work, then by all means, give him or her a tip to show your gratitude!