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Getting to & Getting Around Rakiraki

Some local hotels and backpackers' resorts either provide or arrange for their guests' transportation from Nadi, and it's always best to ask when you make your reservations. Since no airport serves this side of Viti Levu, all transportation is by rental car, taxi, or bus. Rakiraki is about a 2 1/2-hour drive from Nadi International Airport.

The King's Road runs for 290km (180 miles) from Nadi Airport around the island's northern side to Suva -- 93km (58 miles) longer than the Queen's Road to the south. An unsealed portion through the central mountains between Rakiraki and Nausori can be treacherous, so I would not drive through that way during the rainy season from November through April, when bridges can wash out, and never at night.

Taxi fares from Nadi to Rakiraki are about F$90 (US$58/£30) each way.

Ellington Wharf, Volivoli Beach Resort, and the Tanoa Rakiraki Hotel are regular stops for Feejee Experience (tel. 672 5959; www.feejeeexperience.com), the backpacker bus that circles Viti Levu counterclockwise daily.

The Rakiraki Express (tel. 670 0600) operates a minivan between Nadi and Rakiraki daily. It leaves Nadi about 8:30am and costs F$27 (US$18/£9) per person each way. Call for reservations.

Sunbeam Transport Ltd. (tel. 666 2822), Reliance Transport Bus Service (tel. 666 3059), and Akbar Buses Ltd. (tel. 669 4760) have express and local service via the King's Road between the Lautoka market and Vaileka, a predominately Indian town 1km (1/2 mile) off the King's Road near Rakiraki village. The one-way fare from Lautoka to Vaileka is about F$20 (US$13/£6.70).

Local taxis are available in Vaileka. The one-way fare from there to Elington Wharf or the northern tip of Viti Levu is about F$10 (US$6.50/£3.30).

Patterson Shipping Services (tel. 331 5644; patterson@connect.com.fj) runs a ferry between Ellington Wharf and Nabouwalu on Vanua Levu, but the schedule is erratic. Bligh Water Shipping's ferry between Lautoka and Savusavu does not regularly stop at Ellington Wharf.

Taking Care of Business

To get any business done in Rakiraki, you'll have to go into Vaileka, which has the entire area's post office, police station, infirmary, major stores, and service stations.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.