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Staying in Shangri La x 6 days; rent a car or taxi/bus

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Staying in Shangri La x 6 days; rent a car or taxi/bus

Hi

Just wondering if it's better to rent a car or take public transport if I am staying at the Shangri La?

Family of 4 with 2 children. I see that I can take a bus from Nadi airport to hotel. We would like to explore other beaches or sight see in the Coral Coast as well. How easy is it to take public transportation in the Coral Coast? Is it better (in terms of cost/convenience) to take a taxi, bus, hire a driver for the day or rent a car?

thanks!

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1. Re: Staying in Shangri La x 6 days; rent a car or taxi/bus

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3. Re: Staying in Shangri La x 6 days; rent a car or taxi/bus

Hi Hershey2010, and welcome to the forum. Sorry, but I had to remove my first post. Time ran out to edit.

You could take a bus from the airport to the Shangri La. It will be cheaper than taking a taxi or private transfer, but will take much longer.

You might compare prices with the following companies. They can provide transportation to the resort as well as for tours/activities. Tours and prices on their websites:

https://www.micksfijitours.com/

https://uniquelyfijitransfers.com/

https://bulataxi.com/ Epic Tours & Transfers

Some tips as this appears to be your first trip to Fiji:

To help keep the price down, and for having drinks in your bure, recommend purchasing alcohol at the duty free shop at the airport in Nadi. We can't purchase our brand of alcohol in Fiji, so take the amount of alcohol allowed by customs in our checked luggage.

If you take a private transfer to your resort, ask your driver to stop on the way for snacks, sodas, bottled water, etc. It will be cheaper than purchasing them at the resort.

The Voltage in Fiji is 240 V and frequency is 50 Hz. Coming from Canada, you will need a three-pronged adapter angled for Australia/New Zealand for charging camera, phone, laptop, batteries etc. I recommend taking an adapter with you as the resort you are staying at may not have them available. Be sure to check the label on your device. If the label on your phone, laptop, or other device states "input: AC 1.5A 100-240V 50/60HZ" no power converter is needed. That said, to be on the safe side, and for peace of mind, we prefer to take an adapter with built in power converter with us from home in the US. There is also a chance the resort might not have them should you need one.

For other suggestions of what to take with you as well as helpful information have a look at the following compiled by current and past forum posters. Though the link is old and can no longer be edited it is still relevant.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g294331-c134773/Fiji:Faq.What.Do.We.Need.To.Bring.html

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Reno, Nv
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4. Re: Staying in Shangri La x 6 days; rent a car or taxi/bus

Forgot to mention Ecotrax is a tour your children would probably enjoy. It is very popular with families, looks like a lot of fun and gets great reviews. The tour is already booked through October. If interested in doing the tour after October would book asap.

https://www.ecotrax.com.fj/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g294336-d13002341-Reviews-Ecotrax_Fiji-Sigatoka_Coral_Coast_Viti_Levu.html

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5. Re: Staying in Shangri La x 6 days; rent a car or taxi/bus

There is a local bus that passes by the front of the Shangri la Hotel that we took into Sigatoka which was quite interesting with our kids stopping by all the local villages along the way

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6. Re: Staying in Shangri La x 6 days; rent a car or taxi/bus

Great, thanks for the tip. Might be better to take the bus than learning to drive on opposite side we are used to!

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7. Re: Staying in Shangri La x 6 days; rent a car or taxi/bus

Agree Hersehey2010. If you haven't driven on the opposite side of the road before, it would be best and safer not to rent a car. The roads are mainly two lane, and with limited street lighting and signage driving at night is not advised. There will also be people and animals walking on the side of the road.

The below link has bus schedules for Sunbeam and Pacific Transport and other information. Buses will take longer to get to your resort than a taxi or private transfer. They also won't stop at a market on the way to the resort should you want to pick up beer, sodas, snacks, etc.

https://fijiguide.com/before-you-go/transport/buses-coaches/#.YxJhANPMK00

If you want to take a local/public bus, you will need to purchase a disposable e-ticket card as the drivers don't take cash. They are available at the Vodafone outlet in the arrivals concourse area at the airport in Nadi, or you can buy them from the bus driver.

The e-ticketing disposable cards are available in $2,$5, $10,$20, $50 and $100 denominations. If you had any money left over on the card, you could donate to a staff member at the Shangri La. It would be greatly appreciated.

If you plan on taking a taxi, you will need FJD as the drivers don't take credit cards, and also for purchasing souvenirs should you visit a village/school. You can exchange currency at the ATM's or currency exchange booths at the airport in Nadi. They are open for all arriving/departing flights, and have a good exchange rate. Be sure to get some bills in small dominations as taxi drivers, and the women selling souvenirs may not be able to make change for larger bills.

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