An idyllic tropical paradise, vacationing in Fiji
is the perfect getaway for many. With over 300 islands,
it is easy to get lost on the many isolated beaches
found out here, far away from the humdrum and bustle
of city life. Getting around Fiji is not that difficult
as the local and inter-island transportation network
is good and affordable as well. From express bus services
to taxis, rental cars and bike companies, inter-island
ferry services, helicopter services and two domestic
airlines, traveling around Fiji is actually quite
If you are short on time and want to see the best
that Fiji has to offer, you have a choice of two internal
airlines, both of which are reliable and regular.
Air Fiji and Sun Air have daily flights to most of
the major Fiji islands, flying to the Mamanucas, the
Yaawas, Savusavu, Labasa, Mateo, Vunisea and Bureta
everyday. Many other smaller islands also have landing
strips. If you wish to visit the outer islands such
as Gau, Moala, Rotuma, Koro, Valua Balavu or Lakeba,
you need permission to visit, as it is illegal to
show up uninvited.
Air Fiji operates out of Nausori, while Sun Air’s
head offices are located at the Nadi International
Airport. Both these airlines have similar prices for
their routes, but keep in mind that inter-island flights
are by light plane only.
For those with plenty of time on their hands getting
around Fiji by boat is amazing, with ferry services
linking Viti Levu to all the other island groups. These
ferries not only carry passengers, but cargo and vehicles
as well and sell food, snacks and drinks aboard. The
only downside to traveling by ferry is that a proper
time schedule is not followed and most boats do not
leave or arrive at the appointed hour. This can be especially
difficult if you are hard pressed for time.
On the larger islands, the public transport is quite
good, with buses, minibuses and carriers the ideal way
to get around and mingle with the locals. Cheap and
inexpensive, you can find bus stations in most downtown
areas. Taxis are also a good way to travel around Viti
Levu, Taveuni, Vanua Levu and Ovalau and see the sights.
However, before you get in, make sure you agree on a
fare. Sharing taxis and cabs with other people is an
effective way of keeping the price down. Taxis can be
found at the taxi depot in the main towns, or just have
your hotel ring one up for you.
If you are the adventurous type, renting a car, motorcycle
or bicycle is a wonderful to get around as it lets you
take in the surrounding areas at your own pace and time.
Rental cars are expensive in Fiji, but they are worth
it if you happen to be here with your family. Avis,
Budget and Hertz are among the popular rent-a car companies.
If you plan on driving in Fiji a valid license is required,
otherwise you will have to get an international driving
permit. Keep in mind that here you have to drive on
the left side of the road.