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Getting to Taveuni


Getting to Taveuni from both main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu is very easy.  The simplest way to get there airplane from either Nadi [pronounced Nandi] International Airport or Nausori airport about 14kms (9 miles) from Suva or by ferry from Suva port, via Savusavu (Vanua Levu).

Fijian Map with Routes to Taveuni Island
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Map of Fiji showing plane and ferry routes to and from Taveuni Island

 


Airplane

The most direct way to get to the island is by airplane.  Taveuni has an airport at Matei, and you can fly in from the main island of Viti Levu from either Nadi International or Nausori Airport (Suva).

  • Flights leave from Nadi airport to Taveuni at least 2 times a day, sometimes stopping off at Savusavu airport (Vanua Levu) or Nausori Airport, Suva.
  • They also leave once a day from Suva (Nausori Airport).
  • Taxi ride from Suva to Nausori Airport costs about FJ$35-$40
  • If you have a number of you going to Taveuni, you can also charter flights both from Island Hoppers or Northern Air (from Suva only), which may be a cheaper option (minimums apply).

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Twin Otter Plane at Matei Airport
Aerial view of Matei Airport
Twin Otter Airplane
landing at Matei Airport
Aerial view of Matei
Airport, Taveuni

Flight Time

It takes about 90 minutes to fly to/from Nadi airport and about 1 hour to fly to/from Nausori airport.

Operators

There are currently three operators of flights to and from Taveuni from either Nadi International Airport or Nausori Airport (near Suva), with only one major operator, Fiji Airways, who have the most competitive prices), so getting flights can sometimes be a little bit tricky if you decide to book at the last minute.

  1. Fiji Airways
  2. Island Hoppers
  3. Northern Air (From Suva (Nausori airport) only

Cost

Costs can vary dramatically according to time of the year, how many planes in service, and how close you are to your departure date

So, be warned to book your flights as early as possible, otherwise you may either miss out completely or pay a premium (closer to the day) for FJ$600-$700 per person, one way, (normally around FJ$250 from Nadi to Taveuni-one way and FJ$185 from Suva to Taveuni- one way).


Tip: If you are flying Fiji Airways, then it is cheaper to buy your ticket from where you are coming from (e.g Melbourne or Sydney) to Taveuni directly. If you decide to stop off at Nadi and then purchase a separate ticket to Taveuni, then it will be more expensive.

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Ferry

As Taveuni is the "breadbasket" of Fiji, supplying the majority of root crops, copra (dried coconut flesh) and kava to other parts of Fiji, it has a ferry wharf facility at Wairiki, servicing RORO (Roll On-Roll Off) passenger and transport ferries to and from Suva.

There are currently only two ferry services operating to and from Taveuni via Savusavu (Vanua Levu) from Suva and one service from Buca Bay (Vanua Levu) to Taveuni.

  1. MV Lomaiviti Princess
  2. Grace Ferry (From Vanua Levu only)


Booking tickets (From Suva to Taveuni)

For the ferry from Suva, it leaves Walu Bay, and tickets can be purchased before-hand from the Gounder Shipping Office located in Walu Bay.

In Taveuni, the ferries leave Wairiki Jetty. Tickets can also be bought on-board on the day of sailing (for a slight premium) or from the shipping offices in Naqara, before-hand.

Journey Length

The journey from Suva usually takes 14-16 hours and is an overnight service. The whole journey is arduous, and it is recommended to take either first-class lounge sleeper or a cabin (where possible), so that you can lie down and sleep, rather than sit upright in economy.

WARNING: These ferries often do not operate on a regular basis, due to weather conditions, break-downs, different routes taken etc, so please check with the ferry companies by calling them directly. (If you email them, you may never get an answer!)


 

MV Lomaiviti Princess (Goundar Shipping)

MV Lomaviti Princess Ferry

The ferry MV Lomaiviti Princess has regular schedules to Taveuni Island, via Savusavu, usually twice a week

Usually departs Suva on Mondays and Fridays at 6pm (boarding 4pm).


For further information, please contact Goundar Shipping directly.

P: (+679) 330 1035 or 3301020

Alternatively visit their office in Tofua St. Walu Bay, Suva.

website: www.goundarshipping.com

Alternatively, you can download their shipping schedule directly from their website

Departure Time

Departure time from Suva is usually 6 pm or sometimes midnight (depending on its schedule), and takes about 14-16 hours to arrive in Taveuni (depending on the weather and the load it drops off and picks up from Savusavu).

Arrival

This ferry also arrives a Wairiki wharf in Taveuni. From there you will be able to catch a public bus or a local taxi to your destination. If catching a taxi, make sure you negotiate the fare before you get in, as the taxis do not have meters.

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SunCity Ferry from Buca Bay, Vanua Levu to Taveuni

If you are in Savusavu and you wish to get to Taveuni, there is a small ferry (50 person capacity) that goes from Natuvu (Buca Bay) to Taveuni ("Korean" Wharf, near Naqara).

Known as the Suncity Ferry it usually travels everyday of the week (with a link to Labasa from Taveuni- except Wednesdays) and takes about 1 1/2 - 2 hours to cross the Somosomo Straits. Going this way is quite an adventure, so be prepared for it.

 

Grace Ferry Bus from Natuvu to Savusavu Bus from Natuvu to Savusavu
Ferry from Taveuni to Natuvu, (Buca Bay)
Bus from Natuvu to Savusavu
Bus from Natuvu to Savusavu

Departure Time

Taveuni

It usually departs Taveuni around 8.30-9am and arrives in Natuvu around 10.30-11 am. It usually departs Natuvu jetty around 11.30am -12pm.

Savusavu

If you are wanting to travel to Taveuni from Savusavu, there is a two hour bus service from Savusavu to Natuvu jetty, along a magnificient, but often, rough road through the mountains and winding road. So be prepared for the journey! '

Bus departs from Savusavu: around 8am

Cost

FJ$35 per person (adult), one way ferry only. (Add an extra FJ$5 for the bus)

Bookings

Please note: Booking are essential and sometimes they are very hard to reach by phone, (however, if you have no luck, your resort in either Taveuni or Savusavu will be able to contact them).

Contact: p: (+679) 9351566 or (+679) 7080390 or (+ 679) 9911358 on Taveuni.

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Last updated: February 5, 2017