Getting there & around
Vanua Levu is easily reached by frequent Air Fiji and Sun Air flights from Nadi or Suva. You can fly into Labasa or Savusavu and the flight over the reefs and coconut plantations is superb. Flights also operate between Savusavu and Taveuni.
Travelling to Vanua Levu by boat takes a great deal longer and often it's not much cheaper than taking a plane trip. Beachcomber Cruises, Consort Shipping, Patterson Brothers Shipping and Suilven Shipping all service Vanua Levu from Viti Levu, Ovalau, Koro and Taveuni. Grace Ferry operates a bus/boat service from Labasa and Savusavu via Buca Bay to Taveuni.
Getting around the island's main routes is possible by bus but it's easier to explore those wild, tropical roads by 4WD. Hire cars are available in Labasa and Savusavu, but given the bumpy terrain, they're not always in top condition. There are unsealed roads around most of the island's perimeter. The sealed road from Labasa to Savusavu is mostly a good, smooth drive. The first 20km of the Hibiscus Hwy from Savusavu along the scenic coast is also paved. Unfortunately, the rest of the highway is very rough. Avoid driving at night as there are lots of wandering animals and there is often fog in the mountains. Petrol stations are scarce and usually closed on Sundays, so plan to fill up in Labasa, Savusavu or Seaqaqa. It's also a good idea to take some food with you on the road.
Just remember, you cannot wander on foot through the countryside without permission from the landowners.