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Fiji’s First Vuda-Nadi Water Bus Launches Today

The entire shuttle service project took two years to put together and will not have any fancy opening when it launches its services from Vuda Marina at 7 am today.
10 Feb 2020 12:57
Fiji’s First Vuda-Nadi Water Bus Launches Today
Nadi Bay Shuttle, The Margareta

Fiji’s first waterbus to run on a timetable starts business today as it launches its services from Vuda marina in Lautoka to Nadi.

Nadi Bay Shuttle is owned and operated by Edmond Herbert, a 57-year old German national who discovered Fiji five years ago and decided to make it his home.

Nadi Bay Shuttle feeds a niche market in that it does not run on demand, he said.

“We run on a timetable,” Mr Herbert said.

Nadi Bay Shuttle was a long time coming for Mr Herbert who, on his first arrival to the country for a three-month sabbatical in 2014, fell in love with the people and the place.

“I was prepared to commence the business.”

The entire shuttle service project took two years to put together and will not have any fancy opening when it launches its services from Vuda Marina at 7 am today.

Nadi Bay Shuttle Timetable

Nadi Bay Shuttle Timetable

Niche market

“What I expect is, to give some Fijian citizens a good opportunity to earn what they deserve and to develop a company run by Fijian and German together,” he said yesterday.

Mr Herbert said he saw the need for a direct connection between Vuda and Nadi by sea because traffic congestion along the road from Vuda to Nadi was often problematic for guests to Vuda, he said.

“The shuttle service will get travellers from Vuda to Nadi on time.

“Guests from Vuda have been known to arrive late in Nadi,” Mr Herbert said.

Nadi Bay Shuttle employs four people.

The shuttle service levies fees for the three stages it services, with fares ranging from $6 to $70.

The Margareta

Mr Herbert commissioned the Margareta last year from a builder in Nadi.

He said the ramp in the front of the vessel is rarely found locally.

“Its a special feature,” he added.

The Margareta will run five times daily from First Landing.

She has the capacity to carry 18 passengers.

Another boat will be bought to run in the other direction, but that would depend on demand, Mr Herbert said.

On its way to Denarau, she will stop at Travellers Inn at Nadi Bay, Ramada and Denarau before stopping at beaches along Denarau island, Mr Herbert said.

The Margareta leaves every two hours from Vuda.

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