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Ferry Service to/from Taveuni (via SavuSavu)

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.

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!)

  1. MV Suilven

  2. MV Lomaiviti Princess

  3. Grace Ferry (From Buca Bay)

MV Suilven (Venu Shipping)

MV Suilven Ferry

The ferry MV Suilven leaves Walu Bay, Suva, and usually travels to Savusavu, twice a week and then onto Taveuni once a week. It usually leaves Suva Tuesday and Friday, and arrive in Savusavu (and Taveuni), the following day. There is no "official timetable", so please check with the operators directly.

Suva: p: (+679) 3395000 (9-5 pm Fiji time)

Taveuni: p: (+679) 8880382 (9-5 pm Fiji time)

Office: 14 Baka Pl. Laucala Beach, Suva

Facebook: MV-Suilven

Departure Time

Departure time from Suva is usually 6 pm, and arrives in Savusavu around 6am (the following day) around 10.30am in Taveuni.

Arrival

The ferry 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.

Boarding Time

Note boarding time is two hours before departure time. Make sure you are there two hours before, because the trucks and cargo is loaded in the last two hours and they may not let you onboard.

Cost
A one-way trip to Taveuni from Suva in economy will cost you around FJ$75 (adult) per person. and around FJ$100 (adult) per person in First-class lounge (extra $20 for sleeper .

Tickets

Suva: Ferry tickets can be purchased before hand (recommended) from Venu Shipping office or on the day, as you board from the wharf (for a slight premium).

Taveuni: Tickets can also be purchased from the MV Suilven office in Naqara.

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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, (but sometimes once a week).

For further information, please contact Goundar Shipping directly.

P: (+679) 330 1035  or 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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Other Ferry services to/from Taveuni (from Savusavu)

Grace Ferry

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 Grace Ferry it usually travels at least four times a week 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) 927 1372 in Savusavu ( + 679) 888 0320 on Taveuni.


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Last updated April 17, 2015
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