Fiji Car Rentals: Top Options for Your Island Adventure

Explore Paradise at your own pace - Fiji Car Rentals

The thrill of exploration is within us all. We are born with a sense of adventure and a desire to learn new things. While in Fiji, there truly is no better way to embrace your ‘explorer spirit” than to head out on the road and experience many of the spectacular and charming treasures that our beautiful island nation has to offer. However, you shouldn’t just pick the first car rental service you see- here are several considerations that will help guide you through this process, so you can choose the right establishment best suited to your specific needs, and ultimately…

Five epic drives in Fiji that you should consider:

  1. Outstanding Road Trip for families – Viti Levu Coral Coast
  2. Exceptional Road Trip for Scenery Buffs – Viti Levu Suncoast
  3. Greatest Road trip for waterfalls – Taveuni (Garden Island)
  4. Unrivaled Road trip for passionate historians – Ovalau and Suva
  5. Pulsating road trip for offbeat adventures – Vanua Levu’s Hibiscus Highway

What is required to drive a rental vehicle in Fiji?

  • To rent a car, a driver must be at least 21 years old and have held a driver’s license for two years.
  • Drivers must carry while driving their valid driver’s licenses, car registration, and insurance documents
  • You need to submit the required documentation before you can rent a car in Fiji. You need to have your local driving license in the English language for at least t wo years. If it’s written in another language, you need to acquire an International Driver’s Permit. If you are below 25 years old, a surcharge per young driver regulation may incur. Take note that you will be required to pay for your car using your credit card.
  • Third-party insurance is obligatory. Some agencies include it in their daily rates whereas others tally it on at the end. Figure on another $30 at least. It’s suggested that you get personal liability insurance if you are not already covered. (Renters are liable for the first $500 damage).
  • Always read the Terms and Conditions of the respective Rental Company, so the whole process runs smoothly upon arriving in Fiji.  The process should only take 15 minutes if all the paperwork is completed correctly.

How to choose the right car rental Operator Online

Tips for Choosing a Fiji Car Rental Company On the Internet
Choosing a Fiji Car Rental Company On the Internet | Image: Supplied

Type of vehicle

If you’re thinking about the best car you need for driving in Fiji, the answer depends on where you want to go and how many people are with you on your trip. You can choose from various vehicle types that suit well with your solo trip, small group tour, family vacations, and even group travel. You can also note the driving distances in Fiji and find the best vehicles to use on adventures.

Car / Sedan – This is the best choice if you’re looking for an affordable rate and excellent fuel economy. It can accommodate at least five passengers. You can stow your luggage and still be at ease and comfortable during your travel journey
SUV – Rent an SUV if you’re looking for an ultimate outdoor adventure. The SUV has a spacious interior and smooth drivability that is fit for your next experience. The SUV can accommodate 7 to 8 passengers
Van – If a seven-passenger space is not enough for you and your luggage, consider renting a van that has a twelve to fifteen-passenger capacity. You need to travel without feeling too packed for the day. A 4-wheel drive is also great if you’ll be traveling on roads that are in slightly poor condition.
Luxury car – If you can afford to rent this type of car, then why not? Aside from great comfort and high-quality travel, this type of car has many unique features that fit your personality

Check Online Reviews

The next step is checking online reviews, keeping in mind that every business will have its share of good and bad reviews. The important thing to look for is multiple reviews describing the same experiencesAlso, most review websites allow businesses to respond to reviews. A venue picking an argument with a past customer over a bad experience is a red flag, while measured responses that show a willingness to solve the problem are a good sign.

Car Cleaning Protocols | Servicing

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, tougher strict cleaning protocols have been implemented by several car rental firms across Fiji.  The respective government at the time,  provided guidance on how they could ensure the health and wellbeing of all their customers.   For example, Avis released a short educational video and diagrams to illustrate their new protocols.  A quick message via social media or email to a respective establishment prior to booking might be a wise move if this concerns you.

Average Car Rentals Price

Car rental can be pricey in Fiji, with an average, rental car costing $66 per day or $460 per week, so plan your budget accordingly, additional features and a newer vehicle may incur additional fees. Here are the day rates for car rentals in Fiji: Small car/day – FJ$65-$170, Medium car/day – FJ$85-$180, Premium car/day – FJ$150-$250

Car Rental Companies

The following lists displays the different Rental Car Companies distributed around Viti Levu, Fiji, we have detracted all the small venues that have not got a presence online, so although it is not definitive, it provides a mixture of the larger international companies alongside the locally-owned businesses.

Suva Car Rentals

  • AAQIB Rentals
  • Avis Fiji
  • Budget Rental Cars
  • Central Rentals
  • Coastal Car Rental
  • Europcar
  • Hertz

Coral Coast Car Rentals

  • Budget Rental Cars
  • Coastal Rental Cars
  • Hertz
  • Thrifty Car Rental

IN DEPTH SUPPORTING VIDEO: Car Rental Inspection – Worth a Glance The video creator above highlights key aspects to consider when renting a vehicle, emphasizing the importance of actions like inspecting the exterior and interior condition, checking fluid levels, and recording  (photos/video) these details while still at the rental company’s premises. While the specific location in the video may vary, the general advice is universally applicable.