The Fiji group is served by a number of international flights an
extensive network of internal air routes, inter-island boats and an
efficient bus system along its roads. Visitors will find that this
infrastructure makes travelling within the larger islands and
around the archipelago relatively easy. In addition, transport is
very reasonably priced, especially for Americans who have the
benefit (at least for the time being) of a strong dollar. Despite
the 'manana’ attitude that pervades Fiji, planes, ferries and buses
generally run on time. And if they don’t? Well, it doesn’t concern
too many people except visitors.
Two local airlines (Air Fiji and Pacific Sun) serve 13 island
airports from either Nadi or Suva on a daily basis. Flights are
approximately F$400 (round-trip) from Nadi to the Northern Group
and about F$300 (round-trip) from Nadi to the Southern Islands.
Resort islands off of Nadi such as Mana and Malolo Lailai in the
Mamanucas, have service about a dozen times a day. Cost is about
There are also two sea-plane companies and a helicopter
Finally, Fiji has an excellent network of private ferry
There are numerous modern, air-conditioned
coaches serving resorts and major towns.
However, many visitors like the adventure of using the local
open-windowed buses so they can take in the sights and sounds of
the passingscene. Canvas flaps are unfurled in the event of a rain
shower. Local buses also allow the visitor a chance to mingle with
the people of Fiji, who by choice and tradition, treat strangers
with gracious hospitality.
Every town and village has a bus stop, since this is still the most
common form of transportation in the islands. You can also hail any
public bus from the roadside merely by waving to the driver.
Most people in Fiji do not own a car, so
taxis are plentiful and fares are reasonable.
For instance, FJ$2.50 will take you just about anywhere in the
average town or city. Urban taxis have meters, with a flag at $1.50
and $2.00after 10.00pm. But you will find smaller towns and rural
area taxis use a fixed price system and almost everyone can tell
you the price to local destination.
For long trips, bargain with the driver. Often he'll reduce the
fare if you allow him to pick up other passengers going the same
way. Some taxis can also be hired by the day or half day for a
fixed price, often the equivalent of a rental car.
Ferry service is available throughout Fiji.
To Mamanucas & Yasawas
The Mamanuca and Yasawa group of islands are serviced regularly by
scheduled ferries or fast catamarans like Awesome Adventures, South
Sea Cruises and Malolo Cat by Leeward Services Ltd and Beachcomber
To the Northern Group
- Departs from Narains Wharf (Walu Bay,
Suva) – Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays to Savusavu and Taveuni.
Also departs from Lautoka Wharf to Savusavu only on Tuesdays,
Thursdays and Saturdays. Ferry also departs from Natovi Wharf
(North of Suva) on Fridays to Savusavu only.
- Departs from Narains Wharf (Walu Bay,
Suva) - Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays to Koro Island, Savusavu
Patterson Brothers Shipping
- Departs from Natovi Wharf
(North of Suva), Ellington Wharf (Rakiraki) to Nabouwalu (West of
Venu Haulage Shipping
- Departs from Narains Wharf (Walu
Bay, Suva) to Kadavu weekly on Tuesdays.
has daily (except Sunday) service from
Suva to Ovalau by PM 1.30, arrives Levuka around 6 pm.
Many tourists never leave the western side of the country, finding
the hotels a self-contained vacation. They may venture only by
local tourist bus or rental car to nearby attractions. However,
those wishing to go to Suva or other parts of Viti Levu have the
options of flying from Nadi or taking the `scenic’ route via rental
car, local bus (which generally makes quite a few stops and takes
four to five hours), or the express coach primarily for tourists
(which makes few stops and takes about three hours from Nadi to the
capital). It is highly recommended that the first-time visitor
travel overland (along Queens or Kings Rds) rather than by air, to
get at least a cursory look at the Fijian coast and countryside.