Fiji Inter Island Travel
Fiji inter island travel
Getting to Fiji is easy - more than 90% of honeymooners arrive via plane into Nadi, located on the main island of Viti Levu. Getting around Fiji once you've landed isn't any harder! Most resorts are located away from the main island, in secluded areas, so plan on an additional flight or boat ride once you land in Nadi.
An overnight stay on Viti Levu is usually not required, however, honeymooners do have the option of spending one or two days on the island, traveling around via hired taxi or bus, and resting at Fiji's first spot developed for tourism, the Coral Coast.
Then, travelers fly or ferry off to a secluded resort on another, smaller, island. At these resorts, water and resort-based activities are popular, as the islands are so small they can often be circled on foot!
Travel around Fiji by air
Two domestic airlines showcase Fiji's beautiful islands - Sun Air and Air Fiji. Sun Air will ferry guests from Nadi, while Air Fiji lays claim in Nausori (Suva). An overwhelming majority of international arrivals land in Nadi.
The most popular Sun Air flights are from:
Nadi to Suva
Nadi to Mana, Mamanuca Islands
Nadi to Tavenuni, Northern Islands
Nadi and Suva to Vanua Levu, Northern Islands
Nadi to Kadavu, Southern Islands
Air Fiji operates more flights than Sun Air and has a larger network. A partial list of flights includes:
Suva to Nadi
Suva to Mana, Mamanuca Islands
Suva and Nadi to Tavenuni, Northern Islands
Suva and Nadi to Vanua Levu, Northern Islands
Suva to Kadavu, Southern Islands
Smaller charter flights are also available, as are helicopter shuttles. Both are nice options for vacationers who wish to shorten the amount of time it takes to reach their final destination.
Keep in mind that weight limits are strictly enforced on smaller puddle jumpers, and you may have maximums as low as 22 pounds (10 kilograms).
Sea plane landing at Malolo Island Resort in December 2006.
Flights or helicopter transfers to the Mamanucas and Yasawas are usually twice the price of ferries. Prices are not fixed due to the exchange rate and seasonal schedule.
See Nadi Airport and Suva in Google Earth.
Travel around Fiji by boat
Scheduled ferries travel between all of the major islands on a regular basis. Rides on cargo ships and cruising yachts are also available, depending on the destination.
Viti Levu - Mamanuca Islands Various fast catamarans travel to the Mamanuca Islands from Nadi, including Denarau Island.
South Sea Cruises operate the fierce sounding Tiger IV and Cougar boats.
The well-known Beachcomber Cruises - run by the resort of the same name - depart north of Nadi, from Lautoka Port.
See Lautoka and Denarau Island in Google Earth.
Boat arriving at Mana Pier.
Viti Levu - Northern Islands (Vanua Levu, Taveuni): Large ferries depart Suva for both Vanua Levu and Taveuni, while cruise ships leave Viti Levu for Vanua Levu regularly.
Viti Levu - Outer Islands (Yasawas) Multiple catamarans travel to the Yasawa Islands, including Awesome Adventures' Yasawa Flyer
Travel Around Fiji by Land
Locals and visitors travel easily and cheaply around Viti Levu and Vanua Levu via open-air buses. The routes are extensive, and you can hail one easily by flagging down the driver.
Smaller, shared taxis and minibuses also travel set routes, usually departing when they are full.
If you prefer a more direct route to your destination, flag down a metered taxi. Rides tend to be inexpensive and easy to find.
For long tours or extended trips, negotiate with the driver. You can also save money if he is allowed to pick up other passengers going the same direction as you.
In some smaller villages, there might be set prices from one landmark to another - ask around before getting in a taxi.
Renting a Car in Fiji
Like elsewhere in the Commonwealth, drivers operate their vehicles on the left-hand side of the road. Tourists who are licensed in their home country can legally drive in Fiji. Rentals can be picked up either at the airport or major resorts.
Other Forms of Transportation in Fiji
Limousine hires with chauffeur are available on Viti Levu.