Getting to the Yasawa Islands can be expensive, stressful and time consuming. Here are a few tips to make your trip as cheap and cheerful as possible.
♦ Nadi to Lautoka. You will most likely fly into in Nadi which is a 40 minute drive away from Loutoka. We would recommend getting the ferry from here as it is the cheapest one available. The ferry leaves between 08:00 and 08:30 AM daily from the Lautoka port. Book a taxi to leave Nadi at 06:30 AM in order to get there with time to spare. The taxi will cost $35 FJD.
♦ Lautoka to the Yasawa Islands. This journey is just shy of 100km. The Seabus is a locally owned and operated ferry that the locals use. It costs $100 FJD per person per way, which is almost half the price of its competitor the ‘Yasawa Flyer’ which will cost $170 FJD. The Seabus is also faster, the Flyer takes 5 hours where as the Seabus takes 3 hours.
The only point to note when travelling on the Seabus would be the weight of main luggage which is restricted to 20kgs per person (not including hand luggage) anything over will incur an excess weight surcharge.
♦ Yasawa Islands to your accommodation. This is only a short boat taxi away. Once amongst the islands the Seabus stops on several occasions in the water. When it does so small water taxis that service each resort come to the Seabus in order to drop off or collect guests, these taxis are arranged through your resort. The staff on the Seabus will inform you which boat taxi is yours.
We stayed at Isa Lei Glamping Resort which included a free boat taxi transfer to the resort. The return taxi boat cost us $20 FJD.
♦ Overall. Our method cost $127.50 FJD per person and took a total of 5 ½ hours. On our return we reduced this amount by $15 per person by catching the bus back from Lautoka to Nadi for $2.85 each. If you’ve found a way to beat this we’d love to hear from you below in the comments.