The Best Car Rentals on the Coral Coast
The Best Car Rentals on the Coral Coast

The Best Car Rentals on the Coral Coast

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Car Rental Companies on the Coral Coast

Explore the Coral Coast at your leisure by hiring a car. That’s right, you don’t have to rent a car from Nadi Airport and unnecessarily pay for days when you’re not using the vehicle. There are a number of car rental companies in Sigatoka where you can hire a vehicle or get one delivered to your resort. Check out some of the best in this list of car rentals on the Coral Coast.

While you’re here, you might as well bookmark The Guide to Renting a Car in Fiji.

Things to Look for When Comparing Car Rentals on the Coral Coast

Location

Choose a car rental company with depots in convenient locations for you or who deliver to your resort. A way to keep the cost down is to pick up and drop off your rental car in the same location, avoiding one-way fees. For more money-saving tips, take a look at How to Save Money on Car Rentals in Fiji.

Prices and Inclusions

Car rental companies in Sigatoka and the Coral Coast have very similar basic inclusions. However, beware of some low prices advertised as it’s likely that the compulsory insurance fee is not included in the price.

Vehicles Offered

The Coral Coast’s car rental companies tend to have a generous offering of vehicles to suit all the road types you are likely to encounter in the area. Nevertheless, just make sure that your chosen car rental company has the 4WD that you may need to explore Viti Levu’s inland gravel/dirt roads. On the other hand, you don’t need to overdo it with an expensive car rental with all the bells and whistles if you are just following the Queens Road. For more tips, see Is it Easy to Drive in Fiji?

Service

Once you have picked one or two car rental companies to compare, give them an email or a phone call and ask them a few questions. See how helpful they are in their answers. This little test will give you an idea of how helpful the company will be should anything go wrong during your trip.

© Thrifty Car Rental

Thrifty Car Rental

Working with a wide range of hotels and resorts along the Coral Coast, Thrifty Car Rental could just be the most convenient rental company of the lot! There is no surcharge for dropping vehicles off at a location different from pick-up, should you, for example, want to drop the vehicle off in Nadi at the end of your holiday. Although Thrifty’s fleet is not as huge as other car rental companies on the Coral Coast, they at least offer what the average tourist in Fiji needs.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

Free one-way rental is available between Thrifty’s partner resorts and depots. Charges will be made to other one-way pick-up/drop-off locations.

Coral Coast pick-up/drop-off locations: Coral Coast resorts (Sonaisali, Fijian, Outrigger, Tambua Sands, Hideaway and Naviti).
Other pick-up/drop-off locations: Denarau resorts (Westin, Sheraton, Radisson, Hilton, Sofitel, Wyndham and The Terraces), Nadi area hotels, Nadi International Airport, Lautoka resorts (First Landing) and Pacific Harbour resorts (The Pearl Resort).

Vehicles Available

  • Group 1 – Highway Runner (Hyundai Accent)
  • Group 2 – Country Explorer (Hyundai Tucson)
  • Group 3 – 4WD Adventure Cruiser (Toyota Land Cruiser Prado)

Inclusions

  • 1 driver (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Full roadmap
  • Unlimited kilometres (on hires of two days or more)

Insurance

Insurance is included in car rentals with a damage excess is FJ$2,000 for Group 1 and 2 vehicles and FJ$5,000 for Group 3 vehicles. There is the option to reduce the excess amount by 50% by paying FJ$25 per day.

© Budget

Budget Car Rentals

Familiar to many and affordable, Budget is well worth considering for renting a car on the Coral Coast. If you want to, drop off the vehicle in a different location from where you picked it up (charges will apply). With extra features available to hire, such as baby seats and onboard WiFi, you can really make this car rental your own.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

One-way rentals may be available at an extra charge. Note that you cannot take vehicles on ferries to other islands without written permission from Budget.

Coral Coast pick-up/drop-off locations: Queens Road, (Sigatoka).
Other pick-up/drop-off locations: Nadi International Airport, Port Denarau, Lautoka, Suva Airport, Walu Bay (Suva), Labasa and Savusavu.

Vehicles Available

  • Mini (Suzuki Alto)
  • Economy (Suzuki Swift)
  • Compact (Suzuki SX4)
  • Intermediate (Suzuki SX4 and Mazda 2)
  • Full-Size Wagon (Mazda 5)
  • Full-Size Sedan (Mazda 6)
  • Economy 4WD (Suzuki Jimmy)
  • SUV (Suzuki Grand Vitara)
  • Full-Size 2WD (Mazda CX-5)
  • Full-Size Luxury 4WD (Landrover Discovery 4)
  • Luxury Wagon (BMW 3 Series)
  • Mini Van (Suzuki APV and Higer H5A)
  • Dual Cab Ute 4WD (Mazda BT-50)
  • Delivery Van (Higer H5A)
  • Moving Truck (Hino Dutro)

Inclusions

  • 1 driver (25+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance

Insurance

Insurance is included in car rentals with a damage excess between FJ$3,000 and FJ$10,000. The excess rate can be reduced by purchasing an excess reducer. Third-party insurance can also be purchased for around FJ$20 a day.

The Best Car Rentals in Suva© Coastal Rental Cars

Coastal Rental Cars

One of the largest local car rental companies in Fiji, Coastal Rental Cars is an excellent option for car rental on the Coral Coast. They are 100% Fijian owned and have multiple locations across Viti Levu. Rent reliable late-model cars for a reasonable price, especially with their off-season and weekend rates. Personal drivers are also available to hire. Note that tax isn’t usually included in their advertised rates.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

One-way rentals may be available at an extra charge.

Coral Coast pick-up/drop-off locations: Sigatoka Valley Road (Sigatoka).
Other pick-up/drop-off locations: Nadi Airport and Suva city centre.

Vehicles Available

  • Group 1 Economy (Toyota Passo, Hyundai Accent, etc.)
  • Group 2 Intermediate (Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio, etc.)
  • Group 3 Wagon (Toyota Corolla INZ, Toyota Wish, Toyota Fielder, Kia Cerato, etc.)
  • Group 4 Deluxe Sedan (Chevrolet Cruze, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, etc.)
  • Group 5 Luxury Sedan (Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, etc.)
  • Group 6 Sports Utility Vehicle (Toyota RAV4, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, etc.)
  • Group 7 Twin Cab 4X4 (Toyota Hilux, Isuzu D-Max, etc.)
  • Group 8 Minivan (Nissan Urvan, Toyota Hiace, etc.)
  • Group 9 Full-Size SUV/Peoplemover (Toyota Prado, Chevrolet Captiva, Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Alphard, etc.)

Inclusions

  • 1 driver (21+ years old)

Insurance

Insurance is a mandatory purchase of FJ$22 per day with a damage excess of FJ$2,500 (groups 1-3) and $4,000 (groups 4-9). The excess rate can be reduced by purchasing an excess reducer of FJ$20 to $25 per day to reduce the excess to FJ$1,000 (groups 1-3) and $2,000 (groups 4-9). A FJ$500 bond is held with by credit card authorisation or as a cash deposit.

© Hertz

Hertz

Another international car rental company with a presence in Sigatoka is Hertz. Members of their Hertz Gold Plus Rewards scheme may choose to rent with Hertz to gain member benefits. Otherwise, with locations also in Nadi and Suva, Hertz is well located on the main tourist route through Viti Levu.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

One-way rentals may be available at an extra charge.

Coral Coast pick-up/drop-off location: Main Street (Sigatoka).
Other pick-up/drop-off locations: Nadi International Airport, Suva Airport and Suva city centre.

Vehicles Available

  • Group B (VW Polo or similar)
  • Group C (VW Vento or similar)
  • Group D (VW Jetta or similar)
  • Group E (VW Passat or similar)
  • Group K (Jeep Compass or similar)
  • Group G (VW Amarok or similar)
  • Group F (Hyundai H1 or similar)
  • Group L (Ford Ranger or similar)

Inclusions

  • 1 driver (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance

Insurance

Third-party insurance is included in car rentals with an excess of FJ$3,000 for Groups B and C and FJ$5,000 for other car groups. Accident excess reduction can be purchased for FJ$30 a day reducing Groups B and C to FJ$1,000 and to FJ$2,000 for other car groups.

The Best Car Rentals on the Coral Coast© Green Rental Cars

Green Rental Cars

A locally-owned car rental company and mechanics just outside of Sigatoka, Green Rental Cars is well worth considering for hires up to a week with irresistible long-term deals. Choose from a small but reliable fleet of well-maintained models. If looking for local on the Coral Coast, this is the way to go.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

Alternative pick-up/drop-off locations can be arranged for a fee.

Coral Coast pick-up/drop-off location: Musara (Sigatoka).

Vehicles Available

  • Small cars (Toyota Yaris or similar)
  • Family sedans
  • A variety of 4WD vehicles.

Author

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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