Planning a Trip
Air Fiji and Pacific Sun both fly from Nadi to Savusavu, and Air Fiji arrives here from Suva. Air Fiji's flights between Nadi and Taveuni usually stop here briefly, so don't let your travel agent send you all the way back to Nadi in order to get to Taveuni. The tiny Savusavu airstrip is on Vanua Levu's south coast. Hotel representatives meet guests who have reservations. A few taxi drivers usually meet the flights.
Bligh Water Shipping Ltd. and Venu Shipping Ltd. operate ferries to Savusavu from Suva. Patterson Shipping Services has bus-ferry connections from Natovi Wharf (north of Suva on eastern Viti Levu) to Nabouwalu on Vanua Levu. You connect by bus from Suva to Natovi and from Nabouwalu to Labasa. Local buses connect Labasa to Savusavu. In addition, Bligh Water Shipping Ltd. has service directly from Lautoka around Viti Levu's northern coast.
The small ferry Amazing Grace (tel. 927 1372 in Savusavu, 888 0320 on Taveuni) crosses the Somosomo Strait between Buca (Boo-tha) Bay and Taveuni 4 days a week. The one-way fare is F$25 (US$16/£8.30), including the bus ride between Savusavu and Buca Bay. Call for schedules and reservations.
Budget Rent A Car (tel. 800/527-0700 or 885 0377 in Savusavu, 672 2735 in Nadi; www.budget.com) and Carpenters Rentals (tel. 885 0122 in Savusavu, 672 2772 in Nadi; firstname.lastname@example.org) both have offices in Savusavu. Trip n Tour, a travel agency in the Copra Shed (tel. 885 3154; email@example.com), rents bikes, scooters, cars, and SUVs. Rock 'n Downunder Divers, on the main street (tel. 885 3054; firstname.lastname@example.org), rents bicycles.
An incredible number of taxis gather by the market in Savusavu. The cars of Paradise Cab (tel. 885 0018 or 956026), Michael's Taxi (tel. 995 5727), and Blue Lagoon Cab (tel. 997 1525) are air-conditioned. Fares from Savusavu are F$4.50 (US$2.90/£1.50) to the airstrip, F$7 (US$4.50/£2.30) to Namale Resort, F$12 (US$7/£4) to Koro Sun Resort, and F$6 (US$3.90/£2) to the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort on Lesiaceva Point.
Local buses fan out from the Savusavu market to various points on the island. Most of them make three or four runs a day to outlying destinations, but ask the drivers when they will return to town. The longest runs should cost about F$6 (US$3.90/£2), with local routes in the F55¢ to F$1 (US35¢-US65¢/20p-35p) range.