Getting Around in Fiji
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 easy.
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 Yasawas, 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.