Fiji Driving Guide – Spend less, do more
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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Driving Tips – Fiji
Exploring this Island by driving might be just the thing you need, but don´t forget, just like every other country, Fiji has its own set of rules and regulations you must follow if you want to get by when driving. Here are some of the most important rules to bear in mind before taking to the roads. Remember that being forearmed is most definitely forewarned.
Before driving in Fiji, make sure you have the following documents in hand in case you are asked to pull over for some reason:
Driving Rules, Laws and Regulations
Speed Limits and Fines
The following speed limits must be adhered to when driving in Fiji:
These are the maximum speed limits, unless otherwise indicated, allowed by law, and any driver breaking these regulations will face fines, subject to full payment within 21 days. Mobile speed cameras are in existence in Fiji.
Speed limits on national highways can vary from 60km/hour (38mph) up to 80km/hour (50mph).
Fiji operates a zero-tolerance policy in respect to drinking and driving. Any driver found with 0.08% of blood alcohol will be prosecuted. The level is 0.0% for novice and younger drivers.
Police in Fiji carry out random breathalyser tests to check cooperation with the policy.
First time offences carry a penalty in the form of a fine and a six month driving ban.
Drivers after a first time offence will be taken to jail and await their consequence, relative to the seriousness of the offence.
Parking is available on streets wherever you can achieve it without blocking anyone or anything.
Parking in a no-parking zone, displayed by a sign, will see the vehicle being towed away and released for a fee.
Parking fines will be issued if your vehicle is obstructing something or someone.
Paid parking will be indicated by signs. Failure to pay will also result in a parking ticket.