Transport to Ovalau and the Lomaiviti Islands
Located off the eastern shores of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, the Lomaiviti Islands are some of the easiest islands to get to from Fiji’s capital city, Suva. Flights, ferries and resort transfers all provide transport to the Lomaiviti Islands, as well as the islands also being on the itinerary of holiday cruises from Port Denarau. Find out how to get to the Lomaiviti Islands with the list below, including a point on how to get around Ovalau Island.
While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Complete Guide to the Lomaiviti Islands and the Information, Shops & Services in the Lomaiviti Islands.
1. Lomaiviti Islands by Plane
As Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, is where most travellers arrive in Fiji, here is how to get to Lomaiviti from Viti Levu. Flights depart from Nausori Airport in Suva. Find out more about getting to Suva from Nadi in 6 Ways to Get to Suva.
Ovalau – Northern Air operates flights between Nausori and Ovalau taking approximately 12 minutes. Flights are at 8am Monday-Saturday and 2pm on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Ovalau’s airstrip is in Bureta on the southwest side of the island, where a shuttle connects passengers on incoming flights to Levuka.
Koro – Fiji Airways operates flights between Nausori and Koro every Monday at around 10.25am, taking approximately 45 minutes.
Gau – Northern Air also operates flights between Nausori and Gau six times a week.
Learn more about flying in Fiji in What Are the Airports in Fiji?
2. Lomaiviti Islands by Ferry
A more economical way of getting to the Lomaiviti Islands is via ferry. Ferry services to the Lomaiviti Islands also depart from Suva on Viti Levu.
Ovalau – Ferry services with the Patterson Brothers depart daily (but not every Sunday) from Natovi Landing at around 3.30pm taking approximately four hours to reach Buresala on Ovalau. There is a connecting bus service between the Suva city bus stand and Natovi Landing.
Koro – The ferry with Goundar Shipping from Walu Bay in Suva to Koro departs at 6pm on a Monday. There are first class and economy tickets available for this journey which takes approximately 12 hours, arriving at Koro at 6am on Tuesday morning.
Get approximate pricings in How Much Do Water Taxis & Ferries Cost in Fiji?
3. Lomaiviti Islands by Resort Transfer
To get to some of the less-visited islands in the Lomaiviti Islands, resorts operate boat transfers between Suva on Viti Levu and their islands.
Caqalai and Leleuvia – Leleuvia Island Resort offers morning boat transfers between Bau Landing and Leleuvia, as well as Saturday to Thursday afternoon transfers. Caqalai Island Resort runs a similar boat service between Waidalice Landing (north of Nausori) and Caqalia Island. Both resorts also run boats to and from Levuka.
Toberua and Wakaya – These high-end resorts on Toberua and Wakaya islands offer personal 24-hour transfers between Viti Levu and their island resorts. Toberua Island Resort offers transfers between Suva city or Nausori Airport, while Wakaya Club & Spa arrange transfers from Nadi International Airport via road and boat.
4. Lomaiviti Islands by Cruise
Add Ovalau to an itinerary of island-hopping with Captain Cook Cruises. The all-inclusive 7-Night Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise stops by Levuka giving passengers the time to explore the historic town before making its way to another one of the Lomaiviti Islands, Makogai Island for a village visit and learn more about giant clams and turtles at the marine reserve. The cruise departs from Port Denarau on Viti Levu (near Nadi International Airport) and also includes the destinations of Vanua Levu and Taveuni. Learn more about Captain Cook Cruises on Viator and Tripadvisor.
5. Getting Around Ovalau
For our final point, we’ll quickly mention ways of getting around the Lomaiviti Islands’ most popular island, Ovalau. With a road running around the perimeter of the island, road transport is available. Taxis and carrier vans are based beside the seawall, opposite the church, in Levuka. Alternatively, there is a school bus that runs around the island, which also picks up passengers for super cheap (around FJ$2-$5). The bus runs between Bureta to the St John’s Catholic Mission via Levuka, starting at 6am and 3pm each day except Sundays. Shuttle services run between the Bureta Airstrip and Levuka in time for incoming flights. Some accommodation providers also offer transfers between Levuka/Bureta Airstrip if booked in advance.
Learn more about taking taxis in 10 Things You Need to Know About Taxis in Fiji.