Transportation

Nadi AirportThere is rail transport in Fiji – 597 kilometres long (0.610-m gauge). Major international airports are: Nadi International Airport and Nausori International Airport. If fact there are 25 smaller airports on islands.

Nadi International Airport is the main international gateway for the Republic of Fiji as well as an important regional hub for the South Pacific islands, located by the coast on the western side of the main island Viti Levu. It is the main hub of Air Pacific and its domestic and regional subsidiary Pacific Sun. The airport is located 10 km from the city of Nadi and 20km from the city of Lautoka. Despite being the main airport of the country, it is situated quite far away from its capital, about 192 km from Suva, a 2.5 hour drive. There is an airport 23 km from Suva, Nausori International Airport, but its only international destinations are Auckland (New Zealand) and Port Vila (Vanuatu). In 2011 it handled 2,231,300 passengers on international and domestic flights.

 

Nausori International Airport. Also known as Luvuluvu, Nausori Airport is the second International Airport in Fiji. It is situated in Nausori on the south-Eastern side of Viti Levu (Fiji’s main island). Nausori Airport is about 23km (30 minute drive) from Fiji’s capital city, Suva. A 20-year Master Plan is being drafted for Nausori Airport that will include a complete refurbishment and upgrade of Fiji’s second International Airport, creating a facility for the international passengers and a domestic hub for Fiji.At one time Air Pacific had its headquarters on the property of the airport.

Every town and village has a bus stop, since this is still the most common form of transportation in the islands. You can also hail any public bus from the roadside merely by waving to the driver. Taxi drivers offer services too – for long trips, bargain with the driver. Often he’ll reduce the fare if you allow him to pick up other passengers going the same way. Some taxis can also be hired by the day or half day for a fixed price, often the equivalent of a rental car. Ferry service is available throughout Fiji.

There are five main harbours on Fiji: Labasa, Lautoka, Levuka, Savusavu and Suva. When you are coming by cruiseship to Savusavu, your ship has to anchor outside of the port and the small tenderboats of your ship will take you ashore within a time of about 15 minutes one way. From the harbour Suva you can easily walk to all sights of interest. From the port you simply take the Thomson Street to the right – seen from the ship – and after some hundreds of meters that street will be called Victoria Parade, which is the main street of Suva with many of the most beautiful buildings. Lautoka is where you can boardthe ship for a Blue Lagoon Cruise. From there you will go island hopping through the beautifull Yasawa and Mamanauca islands. Follow the Ovalau coast north from Levuka and you’ll pass a few small towns/villages and a number of palm trees.