Cheap flights to Fiji depart from Manchester Airport and London Heathrow Airport. UK citizens do not require a visa to enter Fiji. International flights to Fiji will arrive at Nadi International Airport on the main island of Viti Levu. A few bus companies including Fiji Express and Sunset Express provide services between the airport and Nadi town, and further on to Suva city centre. Metered taxis can be hired from the area outside the airport terminal.
Public transport options in Fiji include buses and taxis as well as inter-island flights and ferries. Buses are operated by many different companies, and provide a cheap method of travelling between cities and towns on the larger islands. Sunbeam Transport and Pacific Transport are two of the bigger bus companies on Viti Levu – check their websites for more information. Shared and private taxis are plentiful on most of the islands. Shared taxis are cheaper but may take longer to reach the destination. Meters may not always be used so be sure to settle on a price before getting into the vehicle. Air Fiji and Sun Air are domestic airlines that offer flights between the islands. Check their websites for more information. Regular ferry services link most of the islands in Fiji. Catamarans are available for journeys to the smaller Mamanuca and Yasawa islands. Check the websites of companies such as South Sea Cruises or Awesome Adventures Fiji for more information.
The islands of Fiji are many people’s idea of paradise. The best beaches are said to be on the tiny islands that make up the Yasawa group. If the beach on Nanuya Levu seems familiar, that’s because it has made several appearances in Hollywood films. Visit the Mamanuca islands for a daytrip. The crystal clear waters around the island make it the perfect destination for snorkelers and scuba divers. On the main island of Viti Levu, the Colo-i-Suva forest is a treasure trove of native flora and fauna. Visit the Fiji Museum, in the heart of Suva’s Botanical Gardens, to find out more about the history and culture of the islands. The Mariamma Temple is an important place of worship for many of Fiji’s Hindus. The colourful Sri Subramaniya Temple in Nadi features vibrant wooden carvings of Hindu deities.
The handicraft markets in Suva and Nadi both offer plenty of quirky, locally made souvenirs, jewellery and wooden carvings. Visit a branch of Prouds to pick up some jewellery made with South Sea black pearls. Visit the Old Mill Cottage, set in a 19th century timber building, for local delicacies such as palusami (baked taro leaves in coconut milk) and curried seafood. Ed’s Bar has a beer garden that makes the most of the balmy night breeze, as well as pool tables and the occasional live band. Traps Bar is popular with the trendy, young crowd, who fill up the dance floor and indulge in sing-alongs.
18 February 2018
18 February 2018
Sue H, Whangarei