14 Essential Taxi Tips for Fiji Travelers

Fiji offers a unique taxi experience that may differ from what you’re accustomed to in Australia. Here are 14 tips to help you make the most of your taxi travels in Fiji:

1. At the Airport

Yellow taxis at the airport may be “overpriced”, but they are considered safer. For a more standard fare, head to the departure area and catch a regular taxi dropping off someone.

Ruwailevu Taxis (phone: 6000)

2. Major Taxi Companies

In Nadi, there are two major taxi companies – Ruwailevu Taxis (phone: 6000) and Taxi 2000 (phone: 2000). Both numbers are toll-free and can be useful for reliable transportation.

3. Regulated (Metered) Fares

Taxi fares in Fiji are regulated by the government, providing transparency and fair pricing. Ensure the taxi has a meter and a number plate starting with “LT.” Always ensure that the taxi driver starts the meter when you begin your journey. This helps prevent any potential scams or overcharging.

Prices start at FJ$1.50 from 6 am to 10 pm (FJ$2 outside these hours)

4. Affordable Rates

Prices start at FJ$1.50 from 6 am to 10 pm (FJ$2 outside these hours), with an additional 10 cents for every 100 meters travelled. If you’re going a bit further than just around town, you can negotiate a fixed upfront fee with your driver rather than endure meter anxiety!

5. Phone Numbers

Whenever you take a taxi you’re happy with, note down the phone number of the driver and the taxi company. Collecting 2-3 numbers can be helpful, ensuring you always have options throughout your trip.

6. Negotiate for Rural Trips

For trips between towns or rural areas, negotiate the fare beforehand. Don’t be shy, it’s not like back home, the driver won’t be offended because haggling is expected. Remember to confirm if the rate is for your exclusive use or if it includes other passengers.

7. Registered Taxis Only

Choose registered taxis to ensure safety and reliability. You will find lots of cheaper unregistered and unregulated “taxis” and minibuses that are not worth the risk to a foreign traveller. Legitimate taxis will have a meter, so be cautious if one doesn’t.

8. Familiarize Yourself with Fijian Phrases

While many Fijians speak English, learning a few Fijian phrases can enhance your communication and overall experience.

Here are some basic Fijian phrases you can use:

  1. Bula – (Boo-lah) – This is a versatile word that means “hello,” “welcome,” or “life.” It’s commonly used as a friendly greeting.
  2. Vinaka – (Vee-nah-kah) – This means “thank you.” You can express your gratitude when you reach your destination or after receiving good service.
  3. Moce – (Moh-they) – This means “goodbye.” It’s a polite way to bid farewell to your taxi driver.
  4. Yadra – (Yahn-drah) – Use this word to say “good morning.” It’s a pleasant way to start conversations during the morning hours.
  5. Sota tale – (Sawng-gah tah-lay) – If you plan to meet the same taxi driver again, you can say this phrase, which means “see you again.”
  6. Ia, sa rawa – (Ee-ah sah rah-wah) – This phrase means “yes, it’s possible.” You can use it to confirm directions or ask if a particular route is feasible.
  7. Sega – (Seng-ah) – Use this word to say “no” or indicate that something is not possible.
  8. Vina’dui – (Vee-nah ndoo-ee) – If you’ve enjoyed your taxi ride, you can use this phrase, which means “good journey” or “safe travels.”

Remember, Fijians are generally warm and friendly, so making an effort to use these phrases can go a long way in creating positive interactions with your taxi driver and locals.

Fiji Taxi Negotiation

9. Check for Air Conditioning

Confirm if the taxi has air conditioning, especially during hot weather, to ensure a comfortable ride.

10. Cash Payments

Taxis in Fiji typically accept cash payments. Have Fijian dollars ready for your journey.

11. Identify Official Taxi Stand

Use official taxi stands at airports, hotels, and popular attractions to find reputable services. Taxi Stands are a new feature in Fiji regulated with the Open Rank System since mid-2022. This system allows taxis to operate on a rotational basis from any rank in designated areas. According to the Fiji Cabbies Operators Association, this new system benefits drivers and aligns with practices in other countries. They advocate for modernizing the industry, exploring options like online registration and mobile wallets.

Matua Taxi Fiji

12. Ask Locals for Recommendations

Locals often provide valuable insights. Ask for recommendations on trustworthy taxi services.

13. Confirm Destination

In more remote areas, it’s advisable to arrange taxis in advance or book a driver for the day, especially if transportation options are limited. Clearly communicate your destination to the driver before starting the journey to avoid any confusion.

14. Taxi Apps

If you’re in urban areas like Nadi, Suva, or Lautoka, you can use online resources to find taxi companies or taxi apps for convenience and additional safety features. There is no UBER or Lyft in Fiji but these local apps might serve you just as well:

  • FIJI CABS: FIJI CABS is a ride/cab/taxi e-hailing app that connects drivers and riders (people looking for transport) through a smartphone application at the tap of a button.
  • MOBILITY Fiji: An on-demand transport application that can work across most, if not all transportation services in Fiji. 
  • Bula Taxis: Need a ride? You’ve come to the right place.

By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll navigate Fiji’s taxis with ease, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable travel experience.

In urban areas like Nadi, Suva, or Lautoka