The University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus
Established in 1968, USP is one of only two universities of its type in the world. It is jointly owned by the governments of 12 member countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Samoa. The University has campuses in all member countries. The main campus, Laucala, is in Fiji. The majority of events during the conference will be held at the Upper Campus.
Most international flights to Fiji terminate at Nadi International Airport, on the western side of Viti Levu. Suva is approximately 3-4 hours drive from Nadi. There are several options for transiting from Nadi to Suva:
Fiji Airways operates regular domestic flights from Nadi to Nausori International Aiport. A taxi from Nausori to Suva takes approximately 45 minutes and costs FJD$35.
Several bus companies (Pacific Express, Coral Sun, and Sunbeam) operate regular services from Nadi Airport to Suva Central. The journey takes between 3-4 hours and the fare is approximately FJD$15 (visitors can purchase a temporary eticketing card at the airport).
Private taxis can be hired at Nadi airport. Rates vary but on average you can expect to pay FJD$180. Visitors are discouraged from riding on local taxi vans as passenger safety cannot be guaranteed.
In Suva, buses are the cheapest mode of transportation, with fares starting at FJD$0.70. Buses do not accept cash - you will need to buy prepaid transport cards from the driver or local Vodafone or Digicel stores. Taxis are a convenient alternative. They are metered, but in general a fare from town to USP is $FJD5.
There are a variety of accommodations options both on and off campus to suit all budgets. More details will be posted here later.