You will find taxis on Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Ovalau. The bus stations in the main towns usually have taxi depots and there is often an oversupply of taxis, with drivers competing for business. Most taxi drivers are Indo-Fijians keen to discuss life and local issues. They invariably have relatives in Australia, New Zealand or Canada.
Unlike in Suva, the taxi drivers in Nadi, Lautoka and most rural areas don’t use their meters. First ask locals what an acceptable rate for a particular trip is. If here is no meter, confirm an approximate price with the driver before you agree to travel. Cabs can be shared for long trips. For touring around areas with limited public transport, such as Taveuni, forming a group and negotiating a taxi fee for a half or full day may be an option.
Always ask if the cab is a return taxi (returning to its base). If so, you can expect to pay $1 per person or less, as long as the taxi doesn’t have to go out of its way. To make up for the low fare the driver will usually pick up extra passengers from bus stops. You can usually recognise a return taxi because most have the name of their home depot on the bumper bar.