Getting Around Fiji
The best ways to get around Fiji are by bus if you want to explore one of the archipelago's islands, or by ferry if you want to island hop. You can also get to other islands by plane, but this mode of transport is more expensive. Driving a rental vehicle is a good option if you're staying on one of the few islands with acceptable roads, but you can also hire a taxi. You can walk around your choice resort or in Fiji's cities, but to traverse a particular island, walking is not an efficient method. Many international travelers fly into Nadi International Airport (NAN) or Nausori Airport (SUV), both of which can be found on the main island of Viti Levu.
If you're planning on keeping a close radius to your resort, walking is your best means of exploring. But if you're planning on traveling further afield, we recommend using another form of transportation.
Hopping around the Fijian archipelago by plane is another way to get around, albeit an expensive one. Most international travelers fly into major airports like Nadi International Airport (NAN) and Nausori Airport (SUV), both of which are located on Fiji's main island, Viti Levu. Smaller airstrips and airports that accommodate smaller aircraft are located on Moala, Mana Island, Savusavu, Kadavu, Lakeba, Vanua Balavu, Labasa and Taveuni. You can fly to these islands from Viti Levu. And you should know that the airports run on a relaxed schedule, so be prepared to wait.
If you're planning on island-hopping, taking a ferry is the cost-effective way to go. A number of private companies offer ferry service to and from a handful of the main islands like Viti Levu, Ovalau and Taveuni. But keep in mind that the some of the operations can be quite rustic; check the weather and stay on dry land if the forecast is stormy. You should also know that the ferries run on Fiji time, so don't expect them to arrive and depart in a timely manner.
Buses are the way most locals get around, so if you want to enjoy an authentic Fijian experience on a dime, this is the way to do it. Note that some bus companies, like Sunbeam, offer a more touristy experience (taking upward of 12 hours to finish a route), while others are geared for commuters and airport transfers. Tickets range in price across companies.
Renting a car is a good way to explore a couple of the islands, namely Viti Levu and and Vanua Levu, as these two contain 90% of the archipelago's roads. The most efficient place to rent a vehicle is at Nadi International Airport (NAN) on Viti Levu, although you will be able to find some rental kiosks at major resorts throughout the archipelago. To drive in Fiji, you'll need a valid driver's license from an English-speaking country or an international driving permit.
If you don't want to rent a car and you're staying on Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Ovalau or Taveuni islands, a taxi is a fine way to get around. But you should note that many of the vehicles are a little old to say the least. You can find them at major intersections or at bus stations throughout the city, and you should negotiate a price before you start driving.
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