Denarau Transport Guide: 5 Ways to Get to Denarau Island


Ways to Get to Denarau and Get Around Denarau

The luxury resorts, fantastic shopping and eateries, and island excursions; no wonder you have your sights on Denarau Island! Denarau is located 20-30 minutes south of Nadi International Airport making it one of the easiest Fiji holiday destinations to get to after your flight has landed. Despite being an island, Denarau Island is actually attached to the mainland via road, leaving visitors with a great selection of road transport to get there. Find out more in this list of ways to get to Denarau Island, as well as a few ways to get around Denarau.

While Denarau has bus services to make getting around easy, most of the island is small enough to walk around the resorts and Port Denarau on foot. Learn more about Denarau with our Complete Guide to Denarau.

1. Denarau by Taxi

Taxis are a popular way to get from Nadi town and Nadi International Airport to Denarau. Taxis in Nadi are affordable and plentiful, so catching a cab from Nadi to Denarau doesn’t need to be booked. However,  taxi pickups in Denarau are much more limited, as only one company can pick up passengers in Denarau. This service with Denarau Hire Cars must be pre-booked. The drive between Nadi Airport and Denarau takes about 20-30 minutes, costing FJ$30-$50 one way. Get tips on taking a taxi in our 10 Things You Need to Know About Taxis in Fiji.

get-to-denarau© Maksym Kozlenko on Wikipedia


2. Denarau by Airport Transfer

To kickstart your luxury holiday, book a luxury transport option like a private airport transfer to get between Nadi Airport and Denarau Island. These services are best booked before you depart for Fiji so you know your driver will be waiting for you at the airport for your arrival. Private transfers are available with Pacific Destinations (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor), Go Local Fiji (on Viator and Tripadvisor) and Valentine Tours Fiji (on Viator and Tripadvisor). Shared transfers are available with Rosie Holidays (on Viator and Tripadvisor). Expect to pay between FJ$30-$90 one way.

Denarau island transport© Pacific Destinations


3. Denarau by Bus

The public bus service between Nadi and Denarau is the cheapest way to get to Denarau. Westbus is the only public bus operator servicing Denarau, costing around FJ$1-$2 per person between Nadi and Denarau – check out Where to Book Bus Transport in Fiji? for tips. Nadi-Denarau buses run from 5am to 11pm and at 5-minute intervals between 6am and 7pm. Westbus can also transport you around Denarau for under FJ$1 per person. Alternatively, the Bula Bus is a hop-on-hop-off bus service taking passengers around Denarau costing under FJ$10 per adult for the full day. Children under 12 travel free with a paying adult.



4. Car Rental

Those travellers who like to get out and explore independently can hire their own vehicle from Nadi International Airport, as well as with some resorts in Denarau. Complimentary parking for guests is available at many of the resorts and apartments on Denarau Island. A large car park also exists at the Port Denarau Marina for a fee. Check out The Driving Times in Fiji You Need to Know as well as car rental recommendations in The Best Car Rentals in Fiji.



5. Denarau by Water

One of the main water transport hubs in Fiji is at Port Denarau. Ferries, cruises, boat excursions, seaplanes and helicopter flights depart from Port Denarau, so if you’re wanting to explore the outer islands, Denarau is a good location to base yourself. Most transport in Port Denarau connects to the Mamanuca Islands and the Yasawa Islands. Learn more about the ferries and water taxi transport in Denarau here.




Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Fiji Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Fiji. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Fiji’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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