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Transportation

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 F$80 roundtrip.

There are also two sea-plane companies and a helicopter company.

Finally, Fiji has an excellent network of private ferry services.

Buses

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.

Taxis

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.

Ferries

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 Island Cruises.

To the Northern Group

Sullivan Shipping - 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.

Consort Shipping - Departs from Narains Wharf (Walu Bay, Suva) - Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays to Koro Island, Savusavu and Taveuni.

Patterson Brothers Shipping - Departs from Natovi Wharf (North of Suva), Ellington Wharf (Rakiraki) to Nabouwalu (West of Vanua Levu).

To Kadavu

Venu Haulage Shipping - Departs from Narains Wharf (Walu Bay, Suva) to Kadavu weekly on Tuesdays.

To Ovalau

Patterson Brothers 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.

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