Tuesday, July 18, 2006
How do you get to Labasa other than by plane?
How can you get to Labasa other than by plane?
Well, there’s two or more ferries that can take you to Vanua Levu, mainly to Savusavu. I’ve been on the Adi Savusavu four times and it’s the best way to go, though you do need a spare ten hours to do it. Then it’s about two and a half hours by road e.g. by bus from Savusavu to Labasa. Great views of mountains on the way.
From Denholm’s diary – two yachties without a boat ‘From Suva we took an overnight ferry to Savusavu on the island of Vanua Levu. Ferries in this part of the world are questionable modes of transportation at best but this one turned out OK. We took one look at economy class when we got on and immediately upgraded to first class for about $5 USD more. Economy does not have near enough seats for everyone. People were sitting on deck. On the other hand first class had a TV, air conditioning, and seats for everyone. The seats came from first class seating of a decommissioned airplane. The seats in economy class were from a plane as well but they were from economy class.’
Savusavu is the second largest town on Vanua Levu, a yachties town as well as for the old copra planter families and villagers. There’s about six thousand people living there. Savusavu is famous for its hot springs right on the shore. There’s a claim that. Savusavu's hot springs could generate enough electricity to power the entire island of Vanua Levu! Eat your heart out applicants for Vorovoro Island adventures!
Savusavu was originally a trading post for sandalwood, beche-de-mer and copra. Today it’s tourism and land sales it seems with plenty of diving and yachting facilities. The old Copra Shed Marina has been renovated recently and now houses the Savusavu Yacht Club, a bakery, a café, Fiji Air offices, Sea Fiji Travel, a sports shop specializing in diving equipment, two other shops, a geologist's office, and two rental apartments. There are also moorings for yachts, along with shower and toilet facilities.
Don’t forget the Planter’s Club. Founded by the early coconut plantation owners and their families, I doubt if it is the place for backpackers. There are some lovely tourist resorts along the coast from Savusavu and of course the Hot Springs hotel as well.
Here’s the hype about the Adi Savusavu. Last time I went by ferry it was about $65 from Suva – including the bus to Labasa. First class.
“Your Link to the Friendly North”
Featuring state of the art navigation equipment, spacious sundeck, VIP cabin, air-conditioned lounges (first class and economy class), fully licensed bar and cafeteria, plenty of space for trucks and cars, plus a full complement of 30 professional crew to help make your voyage safe as well as enjoyable. Special charters, as well as special group rates, are available on request.
Beachcomber Roro Shipping
36 Freeston Rd. PO Box 5489 Raiwaqa, Walu Bay, Suva
Ph: 330-7349 or 330-2438 Fax: 330-7359
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.beachcomberfiji.com