Nadi (pronounced Nan-di) is the gateway to Fiji and even though most people only know it for its airport and as a jump-off to other parts of the country, Nadi is a beautiful place in its own right. Being on Fiji’s largest island of Viti Levu, Nadi is home to Fiji’s main international airport, so regardless of where else you go in Fiji, you’re bound to be spending some time here. The town is mostly only used for overnight stays and flight connections, but there are also a few interesting things in Nadi which you might like to check out.
Food and Drink
Despite Nadi being a gateway town, there are quite a few awesome places to eat and drink, so regardless of what you’re after, or what your particular tastes may be, there’s bound to be something you’ll enjoy. If you’re wanting to enjoy a nice cool beverage, then we’d recommend checking out the likes of Ed’s Bar, Ice Bar or the White House. Each of these places offer a selection of reasonably priced drinks, and are the perfect stop in if you’re looking to burn some time before a flight or waiting for a connection. You could also head over to the new Nadi Farmers’ Club where there’s a laid back beer garden as well as restaurant. It’s a nice atmosphere to relax in, especially if you’ve just come off a long flight. There’s an added bonus here too in that you’ll have the opportunity to buy some of the latest fashions from the ‘Bondi Beach Bag Company’.
If you’re wanting something to eat, then two of the best places we’d recommend are, Tu’s Place and Mama’s Pizza. Tu’s Place is located in the area known as Martintar – it’s a small but pretty popular restaurant that offers an all-day menu and service with a smile. They serve staples like salads, toasted sandwiches, soups and steaks, as well as an array of desserts and traditional Fijian dishes like Kokoda. If you’re going be there in the morning, then you can’t leave without tucking in to Tu’s Big Breakfast! If pizza sounds more appealing to you, then Mama’s Pizza in Namaka is the ticket. Heading along the Queen’s Road from Namaka to Martintar, it’s in the big white building on the left with a petrol station at the end.
Being a gateway town, there isn’t the abundance of activities in Nadi as you’d find elsewhere in Fiji. However, there are still some great options for entertainment that will keep you occupied. Nadi Life Cinemas in Martintar are known to show some great films and in some cases, the movies they show are being released a week or two before they’re even shown in Australia. Stopping into the cinema and watching a film for a couple of hours is the perfect way to burn some time before a flight.
If you’re interested in more of a cultural experience, then having an explore of Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple is a fairly unique experience. It’s a Hindu temple, which is testament to Fiji’s nature as a melting pot of cultures and religions. Located at the southern end of Queen’s Road, it is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere – an awesome thing to claim you’ve seen the next time you’re looking for conversation points at a party!
Depending on how much time you have in Nadi, you could also spend some time exploring the local markets. This eclectic selection of stores and stalls will dazzle you with its colours. If you’ve got an hour or two, there’s nothing better than walking around the markets and sampling the varying fresh produce available or snacking on some local Fijian-Indian snacks like Muruku.
The main road of Nadi is called Queen’s Road, and everything you could really need or want is located either on this road or close by. If you keep that in mind, then what better thing to do before or after a long flight is take a walk. If you want to go a little further abroad than the niceties of Nadi’s town centre, there’s also a bus service available to both Denarau and Lautoka – a ride to Denarau will set you back just $1 and to Lautoka $2.