Fiji’s Coral Coast is the sort of place you see pictures of and think that they must be photoshopped or created by some sort of paradise imagery program. But there’s good news – it’s just as beautiful in real life. Located just 1 or 2 hours’ drive from Nadi along Queens Road, it’s a stretch of pristine beaches, open bays and crystal clear shoals between Nadi and Pacific Harbour.
Finding ways to spend your time along the Coral Coast isn’t a difficult thing to do. There’s an abundance of activities, with everything from watersports, cruises, snorkelling and kayaking through to jungle treks and river exploration. And on top of that, there are quite a few different options for accommodation, so no matter what your taste and budget, the Coral Coast is going to provide you with an incredible Fijian holiday.
Things to Do
You aren’t going to be hard pressed to find a range of different things to do along the Coral Coast. But to get a feel for the area, one of the first things you should do is hire a car and explore the region at your own pace. Cruise along the ocean roads, stop by the nature park to hand-feed an iguana, visit the arts village or step into the Eco Café for a wood-fired pizza while gazing across the South Pacific.
The Sigatoka Market is a must-see in this region. It’s such an important aspect of Fijian life as it connects all areas of the country being a hub of trade for fresh fruit and vegetables from the famously fertile farming district known as ‘Fiji’s Salad Bowl.’ The array of colours and fresh flavours are guaranteed to leave your taste buds tingling and your mouth watering. It’s also a very interesting experience in culture as the daily trade, bartering and selling is exemplary of the entire country’s economy.
If you’re after an activity with a little more adrenalin, then you can’t go past the thrilling Sigatoka River Safari. Climb aboard one of the jet boats and charge through the jungle, narrowly carving your way deep into the Fijian interior. It’s a white-knuckle ride, but you’ll also get a very unique opportunity to learn about Fiji’s incredible history and an up-close look at the culture of this magical place.
A final thing to keep in the back of your mind if you’re on the Coral Coast during November is the Coral Coast Rugby 7’s. It’s an awesome 3-day tournament which features the King of 7’s rugby, Waisale Serevi and his star-studded team of athletes, including former British 7’s captain, Ben Gollings and former USA captain, Matt Hawkins. Regardless of whether you’re into rugby or not, this is spectacle of exceptional athleticism and excitement.
There are a few different options for travel around the Coral Coast, but when it comes to getting a real feel for your immediate surroundings, there’s no better way than putting on some sturdy walking shoes and taking a stroll. Walking around you’ll find plenty of opportunities for photos, stopping into shops and bars and getting some genuine exposure to Fiji’s atmosphere. But then again maybe walking isn’t for you – after all, you are on holiday in Fiji! So, if you aren’t up for walking then hiring a car is another good option for exploring the area at your own pace. The roads in Fiji aren’t exactly choc-full of traffic, and everyone drives in a relaxed way, so don’t be stressed about whether or not it will be safe to drive.
You could also live like the locals and catch one of the open-air buses that cruise around the Coral Coast – just ask the staff at your resort to flag one down at the front of your hotel for you. The Coral Coast bus is another option as it travels all day up and down the Queens Highway from one end of the coast to the other. Just keep in the back of your mind though that these buses operate on ‘Bula’ time, so there’s no set schedule and there’s no guarantee that they’ll turn up exactly when you expect them to.
Just like Fiji’s other destinations, there’s no shortage of incredible hotels and resorts on the Coral Coast. From well-known international resort brands like the InterContinental, Outrigger and Marriott through to smaller boutique spots perfect for an intimate escape, the Coral Coast has accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.
The InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa is the all-inclusive resort of your dreams. With its prime location, you’re given the tropical perspective of Fiji seen in all the pictures, without compromising on all the luxuries of a resort holiday. This place is perfect for anyone with sports in mind as it includes its own championship golf course and exceptional swimming pool facilities. What’s more, if you’re travelling with the kids, all of the activities available inside the resort are bound to have them exhausted when bed-time comes around.
Another incredible resort on the Coral Coast is the Outrigger on the Lagoon, which is Fiji’s first officially 5-star rated resort. Set amongst a 40-acre tropical garden with expansive views across the ocean, this place gives visitors the perfect combination of a luxury resort experience while sitting amongst Fiji’s natural beauty. There’s also an endless list of activities provided by the resort as well as numerous dining options – so if you wanted to, you could literally spend your entire holiday within the resort grounds!
No matter where you decide to stay on the Coral Coast, you’re going to love it.