About Fiji (FJ)
Fiji, an island country in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean, consists of more than 330 tropical islands. Viti Levu is the largest island and both Suva, the official capital, along with Nadi, the ‘tourist’ capital, are located here. English is the official language with Fijian and Hindustani also widely spoken.
Fiji’s is known for its lush jungle, volcanic mountains, white sandy beaches, secluded waterfalls and abundant wildlife making it an eco-tourist's dream. Vanua Levu, the 2nd biggest island is more rural, with several great resorts along the beautiful beaches. It is always warm, with rain and tropical storms in summer.
Although not a cheap destination, Fiji boasts some of the best diving, choice of water sports, adventure activities and many cultural festivals.
To rent a car in Fiji is by far the best way to explore the two main islands. Most of the roads in Fiji are in a reasonable condition. The main island of Viti Levu has only one highway which runs from north to south - to the north it is called Kings Road, and to the south Queens Road. However, no road is safe to drive fast. Speed limits on open roads are between 60-80kms for a good reason. Fijian residents receive little driving education, so there is no logic to the way they drive.
The capital Suva can be very busy, with traffic jams a regular occurrence. Parking is generally regulated here, but on other parts of the island you simply have to find a spot that doesn’t cause an obstruction.
Choosing your car
The Fiji car rental companies include the major international brands such as Hertz, Alamo, Avis and Budget. On our Fiji car hire booking site , you can choose from a selection of vehicles such as economy, SUV, 7-12 seaters and minivans. You can also add extra benefits to your Fijian car rental, such as a GPS or child seat.
It is advisable to take full insurance on your rental car, especially for driving in rural areas. However, to ensure cheap car rental in Fiji with the best rates, we recommend that you book online in advance.
Tips and advice
You are unlikely to be able to pay for fuel by credit card, especially outside the city, but you will find many fuel stations with an ATM handy.
Take specially care when driving near villages. Be on the lookout for villagers sitting in groups on the edges of highways or wandering dangerously close to moving vehicles.
Avoid driving at night. There will be animals and pedestrians on the road, and some crazy driving from the locals.
During the rainy season the potholes get bigger, roads flood quickly due to poor drainage systems and oil from old trucks will make the roads very slippery.
Be careful what you bring into the country. Fiji prohibits the importation of vegetable matter, seeds, or any animal product without a permit. It will attract a hefty fine.
Tipping is not encouraged, but you may offer extra payment for outstanding service.