Fiji Driving Ideas Guide
Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, there are 332 islands in the Fiji archipelago although only 110 are inhabited.
Tourism is a major aspect of the Fijian economy with most of the tourist areas found in and around the capital Suva as well as the town of Nadi. The islands themselves are extremely diverse consisting of rainforests, hilly country, many superb beaches, tropical waters filled with coral reefs and various plantations, including coconuts. Fiji is also home to a number of historical and cultural attractions and has a very rich cultural heritage.
Exploring the islands by rental car is a great way to discover Fiji, but road conditions are not always of the highest standard. Travel by night is also not advised.
Kings Road — Suva to Lautoka — Kings Road
3 hours 30 mins (221km) (137 miles)
Although the journey from Suva to Lautoka is served by two roads, Kings Road, although slower, is often the more popular for tourists.
Starting in the capital Suva, this scenic route follows along the Wainibuka River, which offers some beautiful views. Many Fijian villages can be found along the road and numerous viewpoints make for perfect photographic opportunities, especially of the lush green countryside.
Other attractions along Kings Road include Navatu Rock, Udreudre’s Tomb and the Naiserelagi Catholic Mission.
The Hibiscus Highway — SuvaSuva to Loa
2 hour 30 mins (69 km) (42 miles)
Located on the island of Vanua Levu, the Hibiscus Highway runs from SuvaSuva all along the eastern coast of the island, and through the Natewa Peninsula and ends in Loa.
This stretch of road passes through rainforests, some hilly terrain and has incredible coastal views. Many sections of the road are unpaved, so it is important to drive with caution, especially if it is raining. Attractions in the area include beaches, dive spots, adventure tours, the Nakawaga Waterfall and boat cruises.
Accommodation options along the Hibiscus Highway are mainly found in the resort areas such as Koro Sun. These include hotels and the resort accommodation itself.
Suva to Nadi — Queens Highway
3 hour 15 mins (200 km) (120 miles)
The trip from Fiji’s capital of Suva to the tourist town of Nadi on the other side of the island is well worth the effort. Not only can you follow the scenic Queen’s highway, but there are attractions along the route well worth stopping for!
These include Pacific Harbour, a great place to find local curios, Bavari Beach, with its spectacular views and Natadolda Beach, consider the best beach in Fiji.
Although this is a fairly lengthy drive, make sure you take your camera along, take your time and drink in the scenic beauty along the way!
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