What You Need to Know About Hiring a Motorcycle in Fiji
Riding from town to town along the stunning coasts while feeling the warm breeze around your body… Cruising around Fiji by motorcycle doesn’t seem like a bad way to explore these stunning islands of Fiji. However, there are a few things you need to know before deciding if hitting the road by motorbike in Fiji is the right option for you. First, Fiji’s two largest islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu have 90% of Fiji’s roads, so your motorcycle hire will be restricted to those islands. Second, out of those roads, you would be restricted to just exploring the coastal roads, as the inland roads are mostly gravel. Third, there is only one motorcycle hire company (at the time of writing) that is based in Nadi but offers drop-offs in Wailoaloa, Coral Coast and Denarau Island. If they just sound like petty excuses not to hire a motorcycle in Fiji, then great! Continue reading this article for more information on where to rent a motorbike in Fiji!
For more travel inspiration, take a look at the 7 Ways to Get Around Fiji.
Tips for Hiring a Motorbike in Fiji
- Helmets are compulsory for riding a motorcycle in Fiji
- Bring your own bike repair kit, as there are very few stores selling bike repair kits in Fiji
- Stick to the main sealed roads of Viti Levu for a smoother motorcycle experience, such as the Kings Road and Queens Road
- Be careful of people walking on the roads and other drivers, as locals are not used to bikes and motorbikes on the roads
- Avoid hitting the road at night when visibility is low.
More more safe driving tips, see our How to Drive in Fiji.
What Do You Need to Hire a Motorbike in Fiji
Not just anyone can pick up a motorbike from a motorbike rental company in Fiji. It’s compulsory to have a full motorbike license to hire a motorbike.
The motorbike license can be from overseas, however, you may be asked for an International Driving Permit if your motorbike license is not in English. International Driving Permits cover the same categories of vehicles as your overseas driving license.
Although the minimum driving age in Fiji is 17, most motorbike and scooter hire companies will ask for a minimum driver age of 21 years old.
Finally, you will need a credit card so that the rental company can use it as an insurance should you cause any damage to the vehicle.
What’s Included in Motorbike Rentals in Fiji
With a motorcycle rental in Fiji, there are a few typical inclusions:
- A full tank of fuel
- Third-party insurance
- Unlimited kilometres
Rental Insurance Policies
Rental insurance policies are determined by what type of motorbike or scooter you are renting.
With Go Dirty Tours, there is the option to pay FJ$20 a day to reduce the excess to FJ$300 on a credit card in the event that you damage the vehicle. Otherwise, with no extra insurance purchases, you would be required to pay the damage cost in its entirety. For their more expensive motorcycles, like a Harley Davidson, CF Moto V9 or Jet Max, an open bond is required where you will be charged straight to your credit card for any damage made to the vehicle.
Where to Rent a Motorbike in Fiji
With Go Dirty Tours motorcycle rentals, motorbikes can be picked up and dropped off in the following locations:
- Nadi (Lot 31 Waqavuka Road, Namaka Industrial, Nadi)
- Denarau Island (Wyndham Vacation Resort by Worldmark)
- Wailoaloa Beach (Horizon Beach Resort)
- Coral Coast (Hideaway Resort)
Vehicles can also be dropped off at your chosen location at an extra charge.
Alternatives to Hiring a Motorbike in Fiji
Due to the limited choice of motorcycle rentals in Fiji, you might want to look at other alternatives for a self-drive tour around Fiji. With that in mind, here are a few alternatives to hiring a motorbike in Fiji:
While motorcycle rental in Fiji might not be popular, car rental sure is! There are multiple car rental companies that can be found throughout Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, such as Thrifty Car Rental, Angels Rental Cars, Budget, Avis, Aims Rent-A-Car, and Satellite Rent-A-Car. Fleets range from small cars to larger family cars to 4WD vehicle to minivans. Find out more about your car rental options in our Best Car Rentals in Fiji, as well as our tips in How to Save Money on Car Rentals in Fiji.
To explore some of the inland roads of Viti Levu, many travellers opt for hiring a mountain bike for the day. Viti Levu’s inland roads are mostly gravel, making them fun for mountain biking and exploring the heart of the island. Alternatively, some resorts across the Fiji islands hire bikes or offer mountain bike tours. For more information, take a look at our The Ultimate Guide to Mountain Biking in Fiji.
Hire a Driver
Did you know that hiring a driver can sometimes work out cheaper than renting a car? Hiring a driver means that you don’t need to worry about handling Fiji’s roads, giving you more time to focus on the sights and scenery! Learn more in Hiring a Driver in Fiji.
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