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Public Transportation in Coral Coast

Learning how to get around using public transportation in Coral Coast is an important step in adjusting to life in Coral Coast. In this article, we cover the local public transportation options.
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The Coral Coast of Fiji, a stunning stretch of shoreline on the southern shores of Viti Levu, offers a laid-back tropical lifestyle that is both enchanting and serene. Public transportation here is a mix of local buses, minibuses, and taxis, with services such as Sunbeam and Coral Sun providing the backbone for bus travel. While the area lacks the extensive public transportation systems found in major metropolitan cities, the existing services are generally reliable and offer a window into the local way of life. For an expat, living without a car is possible, especially if residing in areas close to the main road where buses and taxis are more readily available. However, for those seeking the freedom to explore remote areas or travel outside of the bus schedules, having a car might be more convenient.

Buses

The bus system in Coral Coast is the primary mode of public transportation for both locals and tourists. Buses like the Sunbeam and Coral Sun operate on the main highway that runs along the coast, connecting towns and resorts. The buses are known for their colorful exteriors and open windows, offering a breezy ride with picturesque views. Safety is generally not a concern during the day, as buses are frequently used by a wide range of passengers, including school children and families. At night, services are less frequent, and it’s advisable to plan travel accordingly. Costs are very reasonable, with fares depending on the distance traveled. The routes mainly follow the Queen’s Road, which runs from Nadi to Suva, with stops at various villages and attractions along the way. For an expat, the bus system can be a reliable and affordable way to commute, especially for those working or living near the main stops.

Minibuses

Minibuses offer a more flexible, albeit less structured, form of public transportation on the Coral Coast. They are typically faster and can be hailed from the side of the road, operating similarly to shared taxis. Minibuses are a common sight, often packed with passengers and personal goods, providing a more intimate glimpse into Fijian life. The cost of a minibus ride is comparable to that of the larger buses, making them an economical choice. While minibuses do not have fixed schedules, they run frequently enough that one does not have to wait long. They are considered safe, but as with any form of public transportation, it’s wise to be cautious with personal belongings and during late-night travel. For expats, minibuses can be a convenient option for short trips or when timing does not align with the larger bus schedules.

Taxis

Taxis in the Coral Coast are readily available and can be a convenient option for direct travel to a specific destination. They are metered in urban areas, but for longer journeys, such as those along the Coral Coast, it’s common to agree on a fare before departure. Taxis are generally safe, and drivers are often willing to share local knowledge and stories, making for an engaging journey. The cost is higher than buses or minibuses, but the added comfort and convenience can be worth the expense, especially when traveling with luggage or in groups. Expats may find taxis useful for getting to locations not serviced by buses or for travel during off-hours when other public transportation is not operating.

Walking

Walking is a viable option for getting around locally on the Coral Coast, particularly in and around the resorts, villages, and small towns. The scenery is beautiful, and the pace of life is slow, making walking a pleasant and immersive experience. However, for longer distances or during the heat of the day, walking can be less practical. Pedestrian infrastructure such as sidewalks may be limited or non-existent in some areas, so caution is advised when walking along the roads. For expats living in central areas, combining walking with public transportation can be a healthy and environmentally friendly way to live without a car.

In conclusion, while the public transportation options on the Coral Coast may not be as extensive or sophisticated as those in larger cities, they are an integral part of life in Fiji and can be navigated comfortably by expats with a little planning and flexibility. Whether it’s the leisurely pace of the local bus, the convenience of a minibus, or the comfort of a taxi, there are options to suit different needs and preferences. And for those who enjoy walking, the Coral Coast’s natural beauty provides a splendid backdrop for a pedestrian lifestyle.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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