Travel Guide, Winter 1995-1996
Fiji. Three airlines make the 11-hour trip from Los Angeles to Nadi International Airport: Qantas (800-227-4500), with nonstops on Tuesdays and Thursdays; Air Pacific (800-227-4446), with a Saturday nonstop; and Air New Zealand (800-262-1234), with four weekly departures via Honolulu. Round-trip airfares range from $998 to $1,258; the minimum stay is usually a week. Sunflower Airlines (011-679-723-016-408) flies from Nadi to most of Fiji's smaller islands ($20-$90 one way). For car rental, call Avis ($309-$412 weekly; 800-331-1212) or Budget ($312; 800-527-0700).
Solomon Islands. For connecting flights from Fiji to Honiara (via Vanuatu) in the Solomons (there's no direct service from the U.S.), book the $399 round-trip Discover Pacific Pass on Solomon Airlines (call Air Promotions Systems, 800-677-4277). The Discover Solomons Pass gets you four domestic flights for $199. Avis rents cars in Honiara ($307-$450 per week); Budget charges $253.
Palau. Continental Micronesia (800-231-0856) flies from Los Angeles and San Francisco for $1,434-$1,486, with stopovers in Honolulu and Guam. In Koror, rent a car from Toyota Rent-A-Car ($27-$75 per day; 011-680-488-2133).