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The Fiji Visitors Bureau (FVB), P.O. Box 9217, Nadi Airport, Fiji Islands (tel. 672 2433; fax 672 0141; www.bulafiji.com), sends out maps, brochures, and other materials from its head office in the Colonial Plaza shopping center, on the Queen's Road in Namaka, about halfway between Nadi Airport and Nadi Town. It also has an information desk (tel. 330 2433) in a historic colonial house at the corner of Thomson and Scott streets in the heart of Suva.

The FVB's award-winning website is a trove of up-to-date information and is linked to the home pages of the country's airlines, tour operators, attractions, and hotels. It also has a directory of e-mail addresses.

Other FVB office locations are:

  • United States and Canada: 5777 West Century Blvd., Ste. 220, Los Angeles, CA 90045 (tel. 800/932-3454 or 310/568-1616; fax 310/670-2318; www.bulafijinow.com)

  • Australia: Level 12, St. Martins Tower, 31 Market St., Sydney, NSW 2000 (tel. 02/9264-3399; fax 02/9264-3060; www.bulafiji-au.com)

  • New Zealand: 33 Scanlon St., Grey Lynn (P.O. Box 1179), Auckland (tel. 09/373-2533; fax 09/376-4720; info@bulafiji.co.nz)

  • Germany: Petersburger Strasse 94, 10247 Berlin (tel. 30/4225-6026; fax 30/4225-6287; www.bulafiji.de)

  • Japan: Noa Building, 14th Floor, 3-5, 2 Chome, Azabuudai, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 106 (tel. 03/3587-2038; fax 03/3587-2563; www.bulafiji-jp.com)

  • United Kingdom: Lion House, 111 Hare Lane, Claygate, Surrey K1 0QF (tel. 0800 652 2158 or 1372 469818; fax 1372 470057; fiji@ihml.com)

You can tune many hotel room TVs to the advertiser-supported Visitor Information Network (VIN), usually on channel 10, for tips about what to do and where to dine.

The Fiji government's website is at www.fiji.gov.fj. Other online venues for regional news are posted by the Hawaii-based Pacific Magazine (www.pacificmagazine.net) and Fiji-based Islands Business Magazine (www.islandsbusiness.com).

Many bookstores and hotel gift shops in Fiji sell maps, and the Fiji telephone directory has colorful city and town maps in the front.

The best place to order quality maps of the region is from Maptown Ltd. (www.maptown.com). The Perry-Casta?eda Library at the University of Texas at Austin posts free maps of the region on its website at www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/australia.html. Other free sources are www.mapsouthpacific.com, www.maps-pacific.com, and www.worldatlas.com.

Beware of Unofficial "Tourist Information Centres" -- When you see "Tourist Information Centre" in Nadi or elsewhere, it is most likely a travel agent or tour operator, whose staff will invariably steer you to its own products. The only official, nonprofit tourist information centers are operated by the Fiji Visitors Bureau, at the Nadi and Suva locations.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.