How to Get Around Fiji
With 333 islands scattered across the turquoise blue waters of the South Pacific Ocean, getting around Fiji is only half of the fun. Only the largest islands in Fiji have their own road networks, making for some breathtaking road trips by car or by bus. When it comes to island-hopping, you have a multitude of options from affordable ferries to luxurious helicopter excursions. There are also around 28 airports in Fiji, should you need to get to your dream destination quickly. But remember, public transport in Fiji might not be as “punctual” as you might be used to. Ferries, buses, taxis and drivers all run on a little thing that the locals like to call “Fiji time“.
1. Boats & Ferries
Knowing that Fiji is a nation of 333 islands, this one is pretty obvious. From sailing yachts, transfer boats, fishing charters, day cruises to ferries, there is an overwhelming amount of options to get on the water in Fiji. Ferries are a great option for island-hopping in the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, as well as to make your way toward some of the more remote islands of this paradise on earth. Although the waters of Fiji are usually quite calm, if you are prone to seasickness, tablets are available in stores in the largest harbour towns. Learn more in our Travel Fiji by Ferry guide.
2. Rental Cars
If you need flexibility and want to travel at your own pace, then renting a car is perhaps the best option for you to travel around Fiji. Although quite expensive, it will give you total freedom around Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island, or Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second-largest island. If you are planning on heading to any of the other outer Fijian islands, car rentals will not be available. Keep in mind that Fiji drives on the left and that you are allowed to drive in Fiji with a driving license in English or an International Driving Permit. Find out more in our Things to know about car rental in Fiji. Plus, check out your car rental options in Fiji here.
3. Buses & Shuttles
From full all-inclusive tours to local public transport and everything in between, your bus and shuttle options in Fiji are endless. Mainly located in Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island, buses are a great option to see both the stunning coastline as well as the rugged inland landscapes and get to know the vibrant local cultures with your fellow passengers. Learn more about the buses in Fiji with Where to Book Bus Transport in Fiji?
4. Taxis & Private Drivers
If you find driving in a foreign country daunting and if you feel that finding your way around Fiji is going to be a challenge, then getting yourself a driver might be the best option for you. Prices for a driver for a day start at around FJ$100 which makes this way of getting around Fiji great value for money. It is worth noting that your driver will probably be on Fiji time, so this option is definitely a “local’s experience”. Learn more about Hiring a Driver in Fiji, as well as 10 Things You Need to Know About Taxis in Fiji.
5. Domestic Flights & Charter Flights
With 28 airports and airfields scattered around the country, flights are available to quickly make your way toward your paradise destination. Plus, the flights are renowned for being incredibly scenic, overlooking turquoise waters, golden-sand beaches and island-dotted lagoons. But if your destination is really remote, seaplanes are a great option as they only need a bit of calm water to land. Be aware that in some private islands, landing fees can be quite expensive. Learn more in The Complete Guide to Flights in Fiji.
Another great way to see Fiji from above and land pretty much anywhere is to hire a helicopter for your Fijian holiday. If you can afford it that is. This luxury method of travel comes at luxury prices and can usually carry only 4 to 6 people. That said, flying in a helicopter is an experience of a lifetime and in a country as remote as Fiji. The convenience of being able to land almost anywhere is a blessing. Start planning your flight with our 5 Breathtaking Scenic Flights by Helicopter in Fiji.
7. Motorbikes & Scooters
Available only on Viti Levu, which is the largest and main island in Fiji, motorbikes and scooters are not our most recommended option to travel around Fiji. Locals are not used to seeing two wheels on the road, even bicycles are not common, so must be used with caution. However, if this was your dream, the option is there. Find out more in Where to Rent a Motorbike in Fiji.
8. Cruises & Sailing Charters
Fiji is home to a couple of fantastic cruise ship companies. Sail the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands with Blue Lagoon Cruises, which specialises in adult-only all-inclusive cruises. Alternatively, opt for Captain Cook Cruises‘ array of cruises through the island groups of Fiji, even some of the far-flung Lau Islands! Learn more in The Guide to Cruises Around Fiji. For a more exclusive experience, sailing charters offer a luxurious way to explore the islands, particularly from Denarau and Taveuni. Find out more in the 10 Best Sailing Charters in Fiji TTD217.