Getting around Fiji is one of the biggest logistical challenges for visitors to this sunny and welcoming South Pacific island nation. Not many of its 333 islands have landing strips that can accommodate commercial turboprops (unlike in Tahiti, where there are regularly scheduled flights on Air Tahiti to more than two dozen islands).
While Fiji's larger islands (Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Kaduvu) are connected via regularly scheduled air and ferry connections, others (including many with private-island resorts and their awaiting luxury bures) are reachable solely via private or charter airplane or helicopter transfers that can be rather expensive.
Before you book your resort in Fiji, be sure to check the resort website for transportation details, including time and cost. Here's a rundown of basic ways to get around in Fiji:
Pacific Sun, Air Pacific's local inter-island carrier, flies from Nadi to nine destinations in Fiji using 12-passenger De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otters and 42-passenger ATR42-500 aircraft. Destinations include Savusavu on Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Kadavu.
Many of Fiji's leading resorts, such as Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, Vatulele Resort, Royal Davui and Castaway Island Resort) rely on charter companies such as Pacific Island Air & Seaplanes and Island Hoppers Helicopters to fly arriving guests from the international airport at Nadi to their resort.
Resort-owned Planes and Boats
Some of Fiji's most exclusive resorts (such as The Wakaya Club & Spa and Laucala Island) have their own private airplanes, while other resorts, accessible via shorter sails from the main island of Viti Levu, have luxury boats to transfer guests.
There are several ferry companies that make regularly scheduled trips between Viti Levu and islands in the Yasawa and Mamanuca island groups. These include South Sea Cruises and SeaFiji, both of which depart from the Denarau Marina (about 10 minutes from Nadi International Airport) and sail to about a dozen resorts.
Around Viti Levu
To get to resorts on Viti Levu, in the Denarau resort complex and along the Coral Coast, visitors can hire a taxi or pre-book a land transfer with their resort. The drive to the Coral Coast takes several hours; an alternative is a quick but more costly charter helicopter transfer with Island Hoppers Helicopters (see above).