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Ferry Provides Link To Taveuni

  For people to get to the island of Taveuni, they could travel through the ferry service provided from Natuvu in Vanua Levu. For inter-island ferry MV Taveuni Princess they
16 Dec 2015 10:01
Ferry Provides Link To Taveuni
Taveuni Princess on the way to Taveuni Island.

 

For people to get to the island of Taveuni, they could travel through the ferry service provided from Natuvu in Vanua Levu.

For inter-island ferry MV Taveuni Princess they have been providing this service for the past 52 years.

Ferry managing director Captain Soniya Thakur said their ferry and bus services operate from Sunday to Friday.

“Our daily route is from Labasa to Taveuni and return,” she said.

“Our passengers can get off in Savusavu, Natuvu and allocated stopovers along the way.”

Ms Thakur said reporting time for those travelling from Labasa to Taveuni is at 4.30am but for those travelling from Taveuni to Labasa, is  at 7.30am.

“For passengers travelling from Labasa, they reach Taveuni at 11am while those travelling from Taveuni reach Labasa at 1.30pm.”

Not only is Ms Thakur captain of the 100-passenger ferry, she is also its engineer as well.

“Compared to the same period last year, movement has been slower but throughout this year we are now receiving more passengers and this is probably due to the school holidays,” she said.

“More people will be visiting their families for Christmas so it will be a busier month apart from the peak months of April and October.”

Ms Thakur said plans are now in the pipeline to bring in a bigger ferry that could also carry vehicles as well.

“My dad Latchman Prasad who was the pioneer for Taveuni Princess was a boat builder and was very passionate about this business.

“As his daughter I feel responsible in continuing the ferry business and now we are hoping to get a bigger boat to improve our services to the people.

“We are also looking at ways to fix the Natuvu Jetty as safety is paramount with the increasing number of passengers passing through there almost every day.”

Ms Thakur added that the ferry could be hired to service other routes but people need to make their bookings in advance.

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