Flying in Fiji: Tips, Facts & Advice
Seeing the glistening waters of coral reefs and scattered islands from above is a pretty magical way to experience Fiji. That’s why many choose domestic flights, private charters, seaplane and helicopter transfers for getting around the islands. However, it’s best to set your expectations right by know a few things about flying in Fiji first. We aim to help you with just that with these tips on flights in Fiji!
1. The Airports Are Not the Only Places You Can Fly to in Fiji
There are two main airports in Fiji: Nadi International Airport and Nausori International Airport in Suva. While domestic airports can be found only on certain islands in Fiji, the location of airports in Fiji doesn’t restrict the number of destinations that seaplanes and helicopters can go. Helicopters take passengers to land on resort helipads or beaches, while seaplanes take passengers to the waters right outside of waterfront resorts. Nevertheless, if you’re interested in airports which as serviced by scheduled flights, head to What Are the Airports in Fiji?
2. Scheduled Flights Are the Cheapest Way to Fly in Fiji
As you probably know, air travel is costly. However, scheduled domestic flights between the island groups of Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Kadavu, the Lomaiviti Islands and the Lau Islands provide a cheaper way to get around the islands than taking a helicopter or seaplane to the Mamanuca Islands or the Yasawa Islands. Check out the typical price of flights in How Much Does it Cost to Fly in Fiji?
3. Baggage Allowances Are Limited for Domestic Flights
Be aware of the baggage allowance when booking a domestic flight in Fiji. The most restrictive baggage allowance is on helicopters and scheduled domestic flights, which are usually around 15kg (33lb) per person. However, helicopter operators can organise a luggage transfer by boat for an extra fee, while domestic flights can be upgraded to an international baggage allowance if booking your international and domestic flights together. Seaplane flights usually have a baggage allowance of around 20kg (44lb).
4. Scenic Flight Tours & Day Trips Make an Amazing Way to See the Islands
If taking a domestic flight in Fiji doesn’t make sense for your trip, but you still want to get the best views of the islands anyway, then be sure to hop on a scenic flight experience! Scenic helicopter flights are available from Nadi and Denarau, lasting 10 minutes to 55 minutes, while scenic helicopter tours are also available in Savusavu. Day trips also make a fantastic way to see the islands, stopping off at attractions, enjoying a Fijian lunch and relaxing on the beach. Get inspiration for scenic flight tours and day trips in 10 Best Scenic Flights in Fiji.
5. Seaplanes Are Not For Everyone
While flying by seaplane is super exciting for the adventurous and active traveller, know that seaplanes aren’t for everyone. Take-off and landing can be pretty bumpy, which often makes nervous flier more nervous. What’s more, passengers will need to be able to climb into a boat or paddle through water for a short distance to get to land, which doesn’t make seaplanes suitable for people with recent injuries or mobility issues.
6. Get Travel Insurance in Case Your Flight is Cancelled
Admittedly, the weather isn’t always perfect in Fiji. A common cause for flights to cancel is when the weather is unsuitable to fly. In these cases, flights are rescheduled. However, in case that doesn’t work for you, then it’s best to have some travel insurance so you are able to get your money back. Flight companies will provide a letter for the insurer.
7. Seaplane and Helicopter Transfers Run on “Fiji Time”
While helicopter and seaplane transfers will get passengers to their connecting flights out of Fiji on time, there is often some waiting around to do. Aviation companies will often give passengers an early pick-up time to allow time to be late, in case they run behind schedule, which does happen. In this case, be prepared to be waiting around for a couple of hours – maybe order another cocktail. Learn more about Fiji Time in What Does Fiji Time Mean? (& What You Need to Know About It).
8. There Needs to Be at Least Two Passengers for Flights to Run
The minimum number of passengers required for helicopter and seaplane flights to run is two. If you’re travelling solo, you may have to pay single passenger rates or wait on standby until more seats on your chosen flight are filled.
9. Skydiving is a Thing in Fiji
Yes, another way to experience Fiji from the skies is through skydiving! Fly over both the islands of Viti Levu and the Mamanuca Islands with Skydive Fiji. The skydiving company based on Denarau Island offers a number of tandem skydiving heights with your choice of video or photo packages. After a freefall reaching speeds of up to 200km/h (137mph), your parachute will be released and you’ll get the time to take in the magnificent views of the islands before peacefully gliding back to earth.
10. Choose Carefully Between Helicopters and Seaplanes
While both helicopters and seaplanes are a fun way to get between the islands of Fiji, note that they both have their drawbacks. We make a full comparison of the two in Helicopter Vs. Seaplane for Island Transfers in Fiji, so you can choose which one is the right method for you.