The Awesome Adventure-catamaran is another ship that can be taken on a regular basis to hop from one Fiji-island to another one, see more details below in my link !
This giant catamaran is able to transport more than 400 passangers at the same time and such a catamaran will also be able to sail much faster than an ordinary tenderboat. This is why it was chatered by the Princess Cruiseline in order to take home a lot of passangers in the late afternoon
The sailingyacht "SV Spirit of the Pacific" might be a great place for you to take a cruise on a small boat around the Fiji-islands and other areas of the Southern Pacific. 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.
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 almost any other big ship 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.
Around of Port Denerau you will find various hotels with great beaches and this hop-on hop-off bus will take you to all of them on a regular basis. I payed something like 6 US Dollars for a dayticket, so that was not really expensive and they start from the port every 20 minutes or so, especially when large cruiseships like ours are there with 1700 passangers and lots of crew-members searching for transport to the beaches.
You will sit on long benches in a bus without windows - so the fresh air is coming from all sides and you will have a perfect view into all directions !
These buses run from 07.30am till 11.30pm
Our arrival was effortless until it became clear that not all of our bags had managed to make the trip with us! Fortunately, the lady at the lost baggage desk was very friendly and told us that we could get reimbursed for things we had to buy as a result of our lost bags!
Our departure was a disaster. A few days before our flight, the airline called our home phone to tell us that our departure was going to be delayed a number of hours. Of course, we were already in Fiji, so it wasn't until we showed up on the day that we learned about the delay. This wouldn't have been so bad if the airport hadn't also been having trouble with their power which meant no air conditioning, no coffee, no internet - not even very much light! Let's just say it was an adventure!!
Given that we were only in Nadi overnight, we didn't really research many transportation options. Instead, we just hopped in a cab that was waiting in front of our hotel. Getting back was equally easy. There were plenty of cabs in town just waiting to give us a ride.
This worked out pretty well for us. Just remember to ask about the fare in advance and be firm about where you do (and do not) want to be taken. Of course, this is sound advice anywhere!
We actually had to rent a mini van. We tried to rent through the tour desk at our resort but they didnt have a car big enough for all of us. In our room we had a phone book and I found a car for the day. We didnt have anything planned for this day so we decided to rent a car and drive around to see what we can get into.
It was about $100Fijian to rent the minivan. It was an older car that drainned the gas if you put the AC on so we drove with the windows down.
At first it was tricky driving in Fiji because they drive on the opposite side of the roads than we do and the steering wheel is on the opposite side too. It was easy to get used to though, so dont worry.
The Bula Bus is free. It goes from resort to resort on Denarau Island and to the Denarau Port. There are about three of them (maybe more) sometimes they come around quick and other times you have to wait a while for the Bula Bus. The main thing is that it is free. But if you have to get somewhere on time like to the port for an excursion you might want to take a taxi. Its quicker.
The easiest way to get around the island for sightseeing is to rent a car. Driving is on the left hand side of the road. The main roads are sealed and easy to navigate. Most of the car agencies have a stall at the airport.
We got very lucky beacuse during the storm a tree fell within a few inches of the one that we had rented.
Nadi International Airport is 9 km north of Nadi town. We arrived there from Los Angeles aboard Fiji Air Pacific.
We were very impressed with this airlines. The seats were very comfy even in coach. I would fly with them again if I ever got the chance.
If you don't mind the style and comfort in which you travel, flag down a local taxi. They wouldnt pass muster in New Zealand but do get you from A to B cheaply. For example if you book a taxi to go from the Sheraton to Nadi it will cost you $10 but if you flag down a local taxi from just outside the hotel it will cost you about 50c per person.
Pacific Transport and some other companies have frequent buses from the airport to Nadi ($ 1.85) and via Coral Coast to Suva ($ 16). Last bus at 18.30.