Location and Travel
Our courses are hosted at Daku Resort, Savusavu, Fiji.
Daku Resort is on Fiji’s northern island of Vanua Levu, just outside the small town of Savusavu. Fiji has about 300 islands, the two big ones are Viti Levu where you’ll arrive when you fly into Nadi airport, and Vanua Levu – that’s us!
You get to us by plane from Nadi – a short 55 minute flight over mountains, reefs and sea. From landing at the Savusavu airstrip and collecting your baggage from the trolley, we’re 10 minutes drive away. Our accommodation is in beautiful tropical gardens overlooking Savusavu Bay, which is straight over the road in front of us. Behind us, the property stretches up the mountain – you’re welcome to hike there.
Turn right out of our drive and Savusavu, our local town, is 1.5 km down the road – about a 25 minute walk or a 5 minute (and FJ$4) cab ride. Turn left and the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, famous for its diving, is 5 km up the road. Drive out past Savusavu airstrip and you’ll come to Tony Robbins resort, Namale, where his world renowned Life Mastery courses take place. So we’re in good company!
And we’re surrounded by a wealth of beauty: lush green forests, coral reefs, warm seas – plus the endless warmth of Fijian hospitality.
This section has some fairly detailed information on travel – if it’s all too much for you, please contact us and we’ll be happy to advise.
Daku Resort is on Fiji’s second island of Vanua Levu. It is a mile out of Savusavu, a 25-minute walk or a 4-minute taxi ride.
To get to Daku Resort, you fly into Nadi, Fiji’s international airport on the main island of Viti Levu, and then take a domestic flight to either Savusavu or Labasa airport.
You can fly from Nadi to either:
Savusavu – the flight takes 55 minutes and affords some spectacular views. We have a courtesy pickup from Savusavu airport and Daku Resort is a 10-minute drive over the hill.
Labasa – this is a 45-minute flight. Labasa airport is situated on the north side of Vanua Levu and is a very scenic 80-minute drive to Daku Resort. This is a larger airport so there is usually more availability with flights, and prices are often less than those to Savusavu. A taxi to the resort costs FJ$120 (approx US$60 / Aus$80). Guests who have used Labasa airport say it is a good opportunity to see more of the island.
You can check flights at www.fijiairways.com.
Overnight stays in Nadi
Where flight times make it necessary to spend a night in Nadi, there are many hotels to choose from. Many of our guests use the Fiji Gateway Hotel which is directly over the road from the airport. It is a comfortable, pleasant mid-range hotel, with a courtesy bus service running regularly back and forth, and costs approx F$170 depending on room size and time of year.
If you choose to fly Fiji Airways (formerly Air Pacific) on the international leg, you are best off booking all the way through, eg. Sydney – Savusavu (or Labasa). This gives you the full luggage allowance of 23kg on both the international and domestic flights, whereas it is normally 15kg on the domestic flights. However the charges for overweight luggage are only F$5/kg so the extra cost for 8kg is F$40 (approx A$24), which is not very expensive.
It is possible to book one airline out and a different one for the return if that suits you better for time and / or price.
International travel from Australia
Fiji Airways (formerly Air Pacific), Qantas (who code share with Fiji Airways), Virgin Australia and Jetstar all fly to Nadi.
We have shown details of flights from Sydney and can advise on flights from other cities if requested.
FLIGHTS INTO FIJI FROM SYDNEY
- Fiji Airways has two flights from Sydney. One leaves at 6.30am to Nadi and then has a connection with the afternoon flight to Savusavu. Alternatively, if this is too early, there is a second flight which leaves Sydney around lunchtime; you will then need to spend a night in Nadi and you can take a flight on to Savusavu or Labasa the next day.
- Qantas have the same itinerary as Air Pacific as far as Nadi as a code-share flight with Air Pacific (ie they share the same plane) so flight times are the same as above. If you book with Qantas you will need to book the domestic flight to Savusavu separately.
- Virgin Australia leaves Sydney approx. 8.10am (depending on time of year) and arrives in Nadi at 2.10 pm in the summer, 3.10pm in the winter. You will then need to spend a night in Nadi and fly on to Savusavu or Labasa the next day.
FLIGHTS BACK FROM FIJI TO SYDNEY
Fiji Airways: On the return there is both a morning flight at approx 9.00am and an afternoon / evening flight (times vary according to day). If you book the afternoon / evening flight, you can fly out of Savusavu or Labasa the same morning to make the connection and do the journey in a single day. If you book the morning flight, you will need to spend another night in Nadi after the course ends.
You may also choose to book your return with Virgin or Jetstar as they leave in the afternoon and you can therefore make the connection in a single day.
International Travel from New Zealand
Flights from New Zealand are operated by Air New Zealand (www. airnewzealand.com) and Fiji Air (www. fijiairways.com).
- If you fly with Air New Zealand, you will fly into Nadi International Airport.
- If you fly with Fiji Air, you can book a flight directly to Savusavu- or, if the flights are very busy, to Labasa.
You may choose to fly with different airlines on the inbound and outbound legs in order to best suit your connection times.
International travel from the US
If you are coming from the US you will be flying out of LAX. Air Pacific flies from LAX regularly 4 times a week departing at 2230 /2330 (times change according to time of year: please double check schedules before your flight as Fiji airways will not warn you of schedule changes due to daylight saving). It is a 10 hr. 25 min. flight.
It crosses the International Date Line so you arrive at 5:10am two days later, ie. if you depart LA on a Tuesday night you will arrive in Nadi on Thursday morning. On the return you leave Nadi at 2230 and arrive back in LA at approx 1320 on the same day, so you get your ‘lost’ day back.
International travel from other cities
If you are coming from another part of the world and are arranging your own flights to Fiji, we are happy to advise on the best flight options.
Flight times and prices can be checked on the individual carrier’s website:
- Fiji Airways (formerly Air Pacific) – www.fijiairways.com
- Qantas – www.qantas.com.au
- Virgin – www.virginaustralia.com
- Jetstar – www.jetstar.com
You can book your flights online (this is usually the cheapest option). If you are booking flights online, we recommend you book them directly on the airlines website (shown above). If you need to change your flight for any reason you can then do it directly with the airline and avoid extra fees and complications.
Alternatively you can book through a travel agent. We are affiliated with a travel agent in Sydney called Flightbiz who can quote and book your flights for you when the time comes if you wish: they are a premium service and may be more expensive. Flightbiz can be contacted via email: [email protected] or call (02) 9953 8000.
Fiji welcomes visitors and to facilitate easy entry, everything has been done to make the process as pleasant as possible. A valid passport for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay ie from the date of departure from Fiji – and a ticket for return or onward travel to another country, which he/she is authorized to enter, is required.
Entry visas are granted on arrival for a stay of 4 months or less for nationals of 128 countries: check the Fiji Tourism website for more information.