Gay Guide

Fiji
Pink Star Rating

4

Capital

Suva

Other Main Cities/Resorts

Lautoka, Lami, Nadi, Ba

Scene and Culture

Fiji is a conservative society and deep rooted homophobia remains. Homosexuality is illegal notwithstanding that this ban appears unconstitutional (see below). In 2005 an Australian gay tourist and a local Fijian were imprisoned for "illegal gay sex" for two years with the magistrate who ruled against them saying their 'crimes' would make "any decent person vomit". On appeal they was aquitted however. There is no gay scene as such. In our view Fiji is one of the most beautiful and interesting parts of the South Pacific. "Blue Lagoon" was filmed here and ordinarily we would recommend that you go and enjoy Fiji's idealic tropical beaches perhaps bringing your own companion. However, given recent events we would recommend you skip Fiji and go elsewhere.

Gay Age of Consent

Illegal

Lesbian Age of Consent

Not mentioned in law

Legal Notes

Male homosexuality is still technically illegal in Fiji. Under s175: any person who has carnal knowledge against the order of nature faces imprisonment of 14 years, with or without corporal punishment; Under s177: indecent practices between males is punishable by 5 years imprisonment.

The new constitution of Fiji, that came into effect in July 1998 however recogniseds the right not to be discriminated against on the grounds of sexual orientation. This clause was not discussed by the committee looking at amending the Constitution so reasons for including it are not known. No substantive law changes have occured as yet. In 2005 matters were clarified in the Australian gay tourist case when Australian McCosker and local Fijian Dhirendra Nadan having been initially convicted were both aquitted on appeal. The Fiji High Court ruled said their convictions were invalid because they were inconsistent with the 1997 Constitution's protection of privacy and equality. But this judgment only applied to homosexual acts in private.

Population

833,000

Currency

Dollar F$

Climate

The best time to visit Fiji is during the drier and slightly cooler season between May and October. Bear in mind that the north and north-west side of Viti Levu is considerably drier than Suva which has an incredibly wet climate and reputedly two seasons being the wet season and the rainy season.

Fiji has a tropical climate with a wet and dry season. The wet season is between November and April, which is also when hurricanes and cyclones are most likely to occur while the rest of the year is the drier season. The prevailing trade winds blow from the east for most of the year and average annual rainfall varies from 1,780 mm to 2,030 mm. Average temperature ranges in Suva are from 20c to 26c in August to 23c to 30c in February.

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