About Nadi International Airport (NAN)
Address: Nadi Airport Office N°3 Arrival Concourse, Office N°3 Arrival Concourse, Nadi Airport
Nadi International Airport (NAN) is located 10 km (6 mi) from the city of Nadi and serves as the primary entry point for international travel to the Republic of Fiji, as well as the island of Viti Levu. Most visitors to Nadi will head straight to the (NAN) airport car rentals counter in the arrivals area, to pick up their car hire from Europcar, Budget, Hertz, and Avis.
Although getting around Nadi and the rest of Viti Levu has its quirks, exploring the island is best experienced with a car hire. There’s basically one road in Nadi: Queens Road — which circles the entire island in a 338-mile (545-km) loop. All routes lead back to Nadi and Queens Road. Fiji’s road modest infrastructure has questionably sufficient capacity to handle its traffic, but you’ll encounter particular hazards. Watch out for potholes, careening buses, and animals wandering in the road. Also note: there are no traffic lights outside of the developed areas.
Generally speaking, driving in Viti Levu is a laid-back experience, which is to be expected in a place where the maximum speed limit is 80 km. Also, keep this in mind when taking off on a road trip: travel times tend to be considerably higher between short distances. For example, driving from (NAN) to the beach paradise of Narawarau (48 km / 29 mi) will clock-in over an hour. Otherwise, don’t be in a big hurry and you’ll get where you’re going.
Choosing your car
Your location and itinerary will dictate your driving experience in Viti Levu, so it’s crucial to choose the right car. A Suzuki compact car is perfect for single travelers and couples with light baggage. An economy Volkswagen 2-door has more room for gear. Mazda and Volkswagen standard cars are ideal for family-sized road trips. Toyota SUVs will take you off the beaten path. Larger groups will need a Hyundai 7-9 seater mini van.
Tips and advice
Locals strongly suggest that you don’t drive at night, particularly between Nadi and Suva (218 km / 135 mi), but especially along the sparsely inhabited north coast and toward central Viti Levu. Between lack of lights and myriad other misfortunes that could befall, stick to driving during daylight hours.
It’s perfectly acceptable to stop off in a village for a photo opportunity, but some places have a visitor’s protocol and restricted access for tourists without a local guide. Deep in the interior region, it’s particularly important not to wander off the road without permission to access private property.
It’s common for local pedestrians to get dangerously close to moving traffic, to the point that you might fear for their — and your own safety. Remain calm, watch your speed, and stay alert and defensive behind the wheel.
Speed bumps are found along the length of the Queens/Kings Road island circuit, but generally when approaching a village.
Nadi is considered the “dry” region of the island. Otherwise, it rains a lot in Suva and the central areas, creating dangerous road conditions. Be sure to monitor weather reports before heading into remote areas where flooding is a major concern.
You can’t pump your own fuel in Viti Levu — an attendant will do the job.