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Fiji is an archipelago of some 300 islands positioned nearly 3,000 kilo­metres north east of New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean. It has a multitude of exotic visuals and a tax rebate of up to 75% for international productions.

Recent productions

Both of the US and Australian versions of long-running reality TV format Survivor shot in Fiji in 2018, with the US team having visited no fewer than six times previously. The US producers have been quick to praise the clear waters, exotic beaches and the film-friendly government.

One of the highest-profile movies to shoot in Fiji in the past couple of years has been STX’s survival feature Adrift. The decision to film in Fiji was driven partly by the archipelago’s idyllic desert island vistas that are very similar to those in Tahiti — more than 3,000 kilometres east across the Pacific where the story is actually set — combined with its relative proximity to New Zealand. A yacht was renovated for the shoot and a replica was also constructed for some of the scenes set after a hurricane. 

Infrastructure and crews

Fiji has a skilled, English-speaking local crew base.

Size matters

Fiji comprises more than 330 South Pacific islands with miles of sandy beaches, mountains and cityscapes, but access is primarily through Nadi International Airport on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, which hosts 20 airlines and offers direct flights to 14 international cities. There are also a dozen other airports on the smaller outlying islands, which offer daily connectivity.

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Zaheer Hassan, marketing and PR, Film Fiji

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