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Since Fiji is surrounded by water, boat travel is one of the primary means of transport. In some of the more remote areas (Kadavu, for example), boats are often the only means of transport, and many resorts have their own. Boat travel can be rustic, so use your best judgment if you're uncertain about the weather conditions. Ask about the safety of the boat, look to see if it has a radio or phone, and find out how long it will take to reach your destination before making your decision.
Island-hopping is a favorite past-time of visitors to Fiji, and interisland ferry trips and sightseeing tours have increased because of this. Regular ferries service Viti Levu with Vanua Levu, Ovalau, and Taveuni, while there are not-so-regular ferries among Suva, Lau, Rotuma, and Kadavu. Many ferries transport people, cars, and cargo, and have café food or snacks available. However, they're often on Fiji time, not running on scheduled timetables or not running at all, and it's a good precaution to bring your own water and toilet paper. The Yasawas and Mamanucas have made a solid business from island-hopping tours, so speak to your resort or lodging about options and passes.
Awesome Adventures (675–0499 in Nadi. www.awesomefiji.com.)
Beachcomber Cruises (666–1500 in Lautoka; 885–0266 in Savusavu. www.beachcomberfiji.com.)
Consort Shipping (885–0443 in Savusavu.)
Patterson Brothers Shipping (331–5644 in Suva; 666–1173 in Lautoka.)
South Sea Cruises (675–0500 in Nadi. www.ssc.com.fj.)