I've been wanting to visit Fiji for awhile, rent a car and travel around the bigger island (Viti Levu). I was wondering how safe it is from corrupt police/military (there was a coup d'etat recently) and from general safety point of view (street crime, carjackings, etc.). I would also prefer to stay in countryside B&Bs rather than large cities.
My only experience renting a car in Fiji worked out fine. We drove from Nadi down to Sigatoka and back. This was prior to the 2006 coup but after the 2000 coup. Things will have changed since then, but the Fijian people are very friendly to outsiders and I would not have any concerns renting a car.