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Inter-Island services is provided by Air Fiji, Air Pacific and Sunflower Airlines.

fiji_blue_lagoon_cruises.jpg Sunflower flies daily from Nadi, where the international airport is located, to Suva, Taveuni, Savusavu, Kadavu, Vatulele, Malololailai, Rotuma, Koro, Gau and Moala, Labasa, Yasawa, Laucala, and Mana.

Air Fiji services 8 domestic locations from Suva's Nausori Airport - primarily those in the eastern Lau Islands, the old capital of Levuka, Kadavu, Savusavu, Mololailai, Labasa and Lakeba. Air Fiji also offers a 30-day pass for visitors.

Several ferries operate from Viti Levu to many of the outer islands, with three of them able to transport vehicles. The 54-ft. hydrofoil ferry, Drodrolagi, carries 60 passengers at 40 knots to Savusavu and Natovi - F$42 one-way. Consort Shipping's 'Spirit of Free Enterprise', a 500 passenger ferry, departs from Suva to five outer islands.

Patterson Brothers Shipping, which has served for more than half a century, operates two ferries: the Ovalau II,, (480 passengers) and Princess Ashika (300 passengers). Both have VCR's and refreshment facilities. Fares start at $9.

Once you get to the island of your choice, a good way to get around is by bus, taxi or rented car.

Public bus service is fun, inexpensive and a good place to mingle among the Fijians. Over 1,000 vehicles operate on schedules, timetables and fares fixed by the Transport Control Board. Public buses service is available on Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Ovalau.

Taxis are plentiful but not cheap. An imported vehicle such as a Toyota Corolla costs upwards of US $35,000. This cost is reflected in the $12-14 per-hour rates. Metered taxis are compulsory in Suva, Nausori, Lautoka, Nadi and Sigatoka.

Avis, Hertz, Budget, Thrifty and locally-owned car rental firms have a strong presence in Fiji and are available in Suva, Lautoka and Nadi and at the airports and hotels. Rates range from $14 for a small car without air-conditioning to $35 for a Toyota Corolla. A valid license from home is required. Driving is on the left side of the road.

Choosing local transportation offers an opportunity to mingle with the Fijians. I know from first hand experience. We met a wonderful couple who invited us into their home for dinner after just one excursion on the ferry. It was this experience and several others like it that proved without a doubt that the Fijians are a warm and hospitable people.




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