If you are planning a trip to either the Mamanuca or Yasawa island groups, then of course you need to consider how to get there (and back). When you book accommodation at one of the many resorts in these islands, it is possible that transfers are included, and that will probably be on the Yasawa Flyer.
While this is a water taxi between the islands, don't assume that you can just turn up and expect to board. Pre booking is not absolutely essential, but it is highly recommended. The Flyer is often full and there is only one departure a day (8.30am), so if you don't have a ticket, you might just miss out. But don't worry... booking is easy, the trip is great fun, and the price is more than reasonable. So here's the beginners guide to the flyer....
The Yasawa Flyer departs Denarau at 8.30am, and visits several of the Mamanuca islands on the way to the Yasawas (those Mamanuca islands are South Sea, Bounty and Beachcomber). If you want to get to any of the other Mamanucas, then you don't catch the Flyer.
Note: Bounty Island is closed until July 1st 2013, so the Flyer will not be stopping there until that date.
So how do I get to those other Mamanuca Islands? You need to catch one of the South Sea Cruises catamarans (those are the white ones, the Yasawa Flyer is yellow). These depart three times daily from Denarau, at 9am, 12.30pm and 3.00pm. Further information or booking forms can be found on the South Sea Cruises website. If you are looking for a day cruise around the islands rather than travelling to a resort, then this is the company to do that with. Prices and booking details can be found here.
If you book a stay at one of the resorts on these islands, then make sure your transfers are included (that will sometimes be the case, but not always). If you are doing all of your own arrangements, then you might want to book your accommodation and transfers directly with the AwesomeFiji.com website. This is no more expensive that contacting the resort and booking yourself, and it takes a lot of the hassles out of making the arrangements. Juggling flight times with overnight stays in a Nadi hotel, getting a taxi to the Denarau Marina, booking in with the Yasawa Flyer, etc.etc. It's a lot to think about.
It is far easier to book a stay at your chosen island/s with the company that owns the Yasawa Flyer, and include the transfers... which also means you get picked up from your Nadi accommodation. I don't get any commission or payment when you do that, so that wasn't a sales pitch ;-) It simply happens to be the quickest, easiest, and least stressful way to organize your stay on the islands. There are several links to the AwesomeFiji.com website on this page. If you prefer, you can use the form near the bottom of this page to contact them directly.
The short answer to that is "most likely". Unless you are staying at one of the exclusive resorts and can take a helicopter or float plane (lucky you!), then you will need to catch the 8.30am departure of the Yasawa Flyer.
There are a few resorts that have their own water taxi service, but the majority rely on the Flyer to deliver and pick up their guests.
And you may need to do the same on the way home too, as the return leg gets back into Denarau after 5pm - too late to catch most international flights.
Either book your own accommodation, or get AwesomeFiji's arrival/departure packs. These are an easy way to put everything together. The arrival pack includes a greet at the airport, transfer to one of four overnight resorts close to Nadi, a breakfast in the morning, and transfer to the Denarau Marina to board the Flyer. The departure pack gives you the same services, but in reverse.
Neither expensive nor cheap, in our opinion. In other words, a fair price for the service that you get. Probably the best overall value is to take what is called a "Bula Pass". I haven't used this myself, but we will be doing this later in the year, when we next visit the area.
The Bula Pass is very simple... you purchase the length of time that you need (for example, 10 days) and that entitles you to use the Yasawa Flyer to hop from island to island for the duration of the pass. Spend two nights at an island (or more, if you want), then hop on the Flyer next time it calls at that resort, and travel to the next. A fantastic way to see a lot in a short space of time, and at a reasonable price.
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