Getting Around Fiji
Getting Around Fiji
Fiji is still one of the most popular gap year destinations in the world and it's a popular stop-over on any round the world trip, linking Australia, New Zealand and North America.
Located in the South Pacific, Fiji is the main international hub for all the countries in the region (such as Samoa and Tonga). Nadi airport is the largest international airport on Fiji at which the majority of flights land.
Getting around Fiji is extremely easy and there are three main ways to do it:
Buses in Fiji
Buses are a good way of getting around Fiji but a word of warning; they do operate on Fiji time! That means if they're late, then they're late. Don't fret about it; just chillout and relax until it arrives.
Buses are a great option; they are cheap and offer the chance to take in the scenery as you travel.
Also, there are a number of daily passes where you can hop on and off, so you get to set your own pace of travelling around the islands.
Another option is taxi's and share-taxi's (share-taxi's are usually white mini-vans that congregate together and set-off when they reach their capacity of six to eight). Even though these are more expensive, they're usually more efficient. If a taxi has a meter, make sure you ask to go on it; it'll be much cheaper than you trying to negotiate a price.
The current going rate from resorts on Nadi beach to Nadi downtown is FJ$8 per passenger, and FJ$12 to the airport - you should be able negotiate this price reasonably easily. Have some fun with it.
Boats in Fiji
Ferries are a good way to travel from island to island, and there are a number of day and night cruises for sightseeing on the reef and the islands.
South Sea Cruises operates daily inter-island ferry transfers throughout Fiji's Mamanuca Island resorts, and Awesome Adventures Fiji provides daily ferry transfers out to the remote Yasawa Islands.
Inter-island ferries are reasonably priced and offer two or three classes (depending on the ship). It's recommended that you take the sleeper class (FJ$104 pp, Suva-Taveuni); these are dormitory-like accommodation and offer the best value for money.
Bikes in Fiji
Bikes are becoming a more common way of getting around Fiji. There are various tours available or you can go on your own and wander through the villages. The land is pretty flat so it's easy to bike around without much fitness.
Cycling is a great way to see Fiji but make sure you carry all your own spares and supplies as bike shops are scarce. It's a good idea to carry plenty of water; a camelbak is great, as it's very hot and humid almost year round.