You can get to Savusavu from Nadi either by air or by sea. We chose by air, Pacific Sun's domestic carrier, as it is the faster route. We boarded our very small plane (about 16 seats total) for our hour flight from Nadi to Savusavu. It's important to know that there is a chance that your luggage may not make it on the same flight with you. They do weigh you as well as you luggage and they let you take a small carryon with you on the plane. It is recommended that in your carryon you have items such as medicine, a bathing suit, a bath essentials in case your luggage doesn't make it with you. We were lucky that our flights had only about 6-8 people on them so our luggage made it on both flights. Also, since the plane is so small and short, there is no bathroom and no beverage service, so make sure to use the facilities before you board and grab some water.
I have flown internationally many times and this was the worst aircraft I have ever been on. We were in economy and not only were the seats small and narrow, the flight attendants weren't friendly and the TV's in our seats didn't work. Fortunately, we had our ipad so we were able to pass the 11 hour flight with our own entertainment. They also do not seem to want to provide you with water.
I have read that Air Pacific is becoming Fiji Airways this month and has gotten new aircrafts. I hope this change will make the experience a better one. For now it seems this is the best way to get to the Fiji islands.
This is another great way to explore the Fiji Islands and spend some time in the Southern Pacific: The sailingyacht "SV Spirit of the Pacific" might be a great place for you to take a cruise onboard of a traditional 2-mast sailingyacht.
Read more about this great ship in my link below ! I was lucky to see this great sailingyacht from a short distance when approaching Port Denarau by our tenderboat.
When you are coming by cruiseship to Savusavu, your ship has to anchor outside of the port and the small tenderboats of your ship will take you ashore within a time of about 15 minutes one way.
The landingplace of the tenderboats will be at a shopping-centre including also a travelagency, there might be local musicians like we enjoyed them there all day long.
There is no further customs-formalities and not even our boarding-card was checked by the local authorities in Savusavu.
There had been various excursions beeing organized by the ship, but I preferred to just take a walk and take some pictures !
Sandy beaches are not closeby the place, where the tenders will take you !
The beach that you can see in my main picture is made of hard sand and you can see the heat of hot sulphure-springs coming out here or there, so that is certainly no place to take a bath !
The ones of you who are daring enough might even try to take one of the many local buses that are waiting on the big square in front of the covered market in Savusavu.
Dont expect to find an AC, but a lot of the windows will be open and cool down the bus a bit while driving. Most drivers will speak english and tickets have to be payed in the local currency !
Good luck & hopefully you will be back in time onboard the ship !
Port Deanarau is not listed as a village on VT, but it is the port of Nadi and a popular port of the Fiji Islands.
I came to Port Denerau onboard of the cruiseship Dawn Princess, a giant cruiseship with a capacity of more than 1900 passangers and about 1000 crewmembers and like all other big ships we had to anchor off the island and get in by tenderboats.
That has to be done in many islands, BUT here in Port Denerau the tenderboats will need about 40 minutes one way in order to take you ashore, so this is something you have to calculate carefully before you leave the ship and take the tender.
In Port Denarau you will find a lot of great hotels closeby and all of them have excellent sandy beaches as well !
I came to Dravuni island by the cruiseship "Dawn Princess" and the only way to go ashore was by tenderboat, that means you had to queue up for some time in order to find a seat on a tender-boat taking you ashore.
The island is quite small and easy walkable on your own, so there were absolutely no tours on this island organized by the ship-company, but only a small map of the island printed out by the touroffice, showing the most important sights, the beaches and the cemetery.
They had quite a good and stable pier on the island !
All day long we could watch singing and dancing of the local people.
In case that you arrive in Suva onboard of a cruiseship, you will be happy to know that Suva has one of the very few ports in the Fiji islands where even such giant ships like the Dawn Princess with around 2000 passangers and 800 crewmembers onboard will be able to dock right in the citycentre.
That fact will save you a lot of time, when you want to explore the city. Once that you have left the ship there are no further controls by the local authorities and a market-hall and lots of shops will be in walking-distance of just some meters from the ship.
From the cruiseport you can easily walk to all sights of interest. From the port you simply take the Thomson Street to the right - seen from the ship - and after some hundreds of meters that street will be called Victoria Parade, which is the main street of Suva with many of the most beautiful and many of the buildings that are of interest for the tourists.
Calculate about 2-4 hours when you want to see all of these places. The Fiji-museum and the presidential palace are about 2km to walk from the ship.
So you dont necessarily have to book any of the - mostly quite expensive - tours through the ships tour-office.
A tip – take a shared van from Nadi to Pac Harbor and save on the trip to the resort. It’s around $15 FJ vs $100+ for a private taxi. It’s basically a non-stop ride except for the pit-stop the van makes for refreshments. The vans leave from a parking lot that is located across a grassy field next to the main bus station.
This is an extract from my journal:
We have a drink in the pool bar while we wait for the Blue Lagoon pickup. There seems to be an awful lot of time wasting today, I suppose we haven't mastered the "chill-out" yet, after rushing around New Zealand. From our hotel we call in the airport, where we wait for 40 minutes for someone to arrive on an international flight, then another 1 hr 40 minutes wait at the dock before boarding.
We get carried away with the cocktails in the bar while we wait, and with the merchandise in the shop. The staff put on a fashion show, and give us a lovely introductory chat about the cruise.
It is a short bus journey to the wharf to board the Yasawa Princess. We realise that we are upgraded to a club cruise at this stage, no-one has said anything!
There are 20 cabins on board, all with windows out towards the deck, double bed, wardrobe and a dressing table, as well as a shower / toilet.
We took a four day, three night cruise, which took us along the Yasawa Island Group in the western division.
hire car was great, but the locals do drive a bit reckless and therefor there was an expensive accident excess, lucky for us we did not have an accident but there was one or two close shaves (small logs falling off the back of a truck, a driver almost backing into us in a hotel car park), the main road is okey but the other roads were in poor condition, we did't try the bus so cannot coment.
Taxi's - easy to get anywhere. Very cheap and negotiable. Not the nicest, but they do they job. Friendly drivers and quite helpful.
Buses - I've never taken one of these. Seems more like the locals transport. The Denarau Bula Bus is very good to get around Denarau Island and its FREE !
Ferries - To/From the islands. Not the cheapest. But you don't have much of a choice. Still a nice trip out there if you're in no rush.
Airplane - Cheaper than the ferry and much quicker. Also, you get a great view of all the smaller islands. Definately my preferred method now.
We used 'Awesome Adventures' to book our transfer from Malolo Island to Port Denarau. The boat is known as the Yasawa Flyer or simply the 'Yellow Boat'. The trip took about an hour. The 'Flyer' was clean and comfortable. Toilet facilities were well maintained. Snacks and drinks are available on board, as well as information on all of their other available tours. Staff were courteous.
The actual boarding of the 'Flyer' was a bit of fun for us...it was pelting down with rain and we had to get from the jetty at Malolo to the Flyer on a smaller boat. This had an awning over the top, but the sides were open.Everyone got wet, except the people from Likuliku who had been provided with raincoats...I guess those are the perks when you pay Likuliku prices!!
The cost of the trip was around $45
If at all possible I highly recomend taking a seaplane flight from Nadi to your island destination. The views are absolutely spectacular, providing a perspective that is not possible from a boat. It also of course, makes transfer time very fast...we were on our island within 15 minutes of leaving the airport.
The check-in staff are very helpful and kind, they organised to have our wedding album (it was catching up to us from our previous destination but missed the flight), to be flown over to us on the next flight free of charge even though our island was not a scheduled stop for that flight. They also have a sense of humor, on hearing of my fear of planes I got laughter, and the coment "you'll only land in the water anyway" (OK if your not also afraid of fish!).
The pilot was a Canadian who looked like a schoolboy, but he assured me he was much older than he appeared and an experienced flyer. He did seem to know his stuff, and got us there on a windy day with no troubles!
We got our flight on a package deal, so I'm not sure of prices, I think they start at aroundUS$120.
One of the most enjoyable ways to explore your little area of Fiji is to Kayak. Most of the resorts offer free use of them, for the duration of your stay. It is not difficult at all, and is OK for all fitness levels. Use a life jacket if your swimming skills are poor, (although they are very stable), or simply don't go out too deep...the waters are so clear that you will see an amazing aray of fascinating and beautiful sea-life without having to go far from shore anyway. This was the case at both Crusoes Retreat (Coral Coast), and Malolo Island (Mamanucca Group), where we stayed.
The photos here are just a small sample of the sea-life that you will find only a few metres from shore if you sit quietly in your kayak.
I had to get from Suva right across to the other end of Fiji island and it cost an absolute pittance. You have to share with others, but that's fun, and the driver will stop when you ask for pee stops or a drink!
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