Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu, measures just 146 kilometres across and 106 kilometres wide, making it about the same size as Hawaii’s Big Island. This relatively-compact space can be divided into smaller regions, each of which offers a different holiday experience.
Nadi is the main gateway to Viti Levu, and although most travellers treat it as a transit point when continuing to other parts of the island, it is a handy spot to pick up supplies and experience the multi-cultural face of Fiji, dining at a selection of affordable Indian, Chinese and Western eateries. It’s also a great base from which to experience the many activities on offer further inland – the journey through beautiful Sabeto Valley, visit the Garden of Sleeping Giant, try a ziplining tour or simply enjoy the amazing views of mountain ranges and islands from Vuda Lookout.
Just a short drive from Nadi, Denarau Island is reached via a causeway and offers a selection of luxury resorts, a championship golf course and a range of dining options. Its marina is also the point from which boat transfers to many of Fiji’s offshore islands groups, including the Mamanucas and the Yasawas, operate, so if you are heading to the islands it’s a great place to spend a night before or after your stay. There is plenty to do and a great base if you want to not only relax by the pool but enjoy some of the plethoras of sites and activities. Start your day gliding over tranquil waters on a stand-up paddleboard, treat yourself to a little pampering in one of the resorts’ spa havens or indulge your inner child on the inflatable water slides at the Big Bula Waterpark. If an island stay is a little out of your budget or you’re not sure if it’s for you then book into to an island hopping adventure or day trip to an island you never knew, might just entice a return trip.
Head north from Nadi to travel in a clockwise direction around the island, and after a journey of roughly ninety minutes you’ll reach the Suncoast: a ninety-kilometre stretch of Viti Levu’s northern coastline. It’s a popular scuba-diving destination, thanks to the stretch of ocean that lies between here and Fiji’s second-largest island, Vanua Levu. These waters are home to some of the most spectacular diving in the world, rich with many varieties of fish and coral, along with populations of turtles, dolphins, pilot whales and seabirds. If you prefer to stay a little closer to the surface, there’s also plenty of great snorkelling in the region, and it’s a fantastic location in which to learn or practice your kite-surfing. There’s a number of accommodation options in the region, ranging from luxury island hideaways to simple beachfront cottages.
It’s a gentle, hour-long drive south from Nadi to the beginning of the Coral Coast: an 80 kilometre stretch of family-friendly resorts and eco-conscious hostels, as well as village-based homestays that offer an insight into the real Fiji. Whilst you could easily spend your entire holiday lazing beside a swimming pool, gazing out at the limpid blue sea, there’s also plenty to keep more active travellers busy from dawn until dusk. Play a round of golf at Sigatoka’s Natadola Bay Golf Course, explore the unique ecosystem of Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, take an off-road cave safari or try your luck on a fishing charter.
Just beyond the Coral Coast and less than an hour’s drive from Fiji’s capital city, Suva, Pacific Harbour is a great place to base yourself if you’re looking for some adventure, Fiji-style. From diving and shark-feeding offshore at Beqa Island to white-water rafting through the canyons of the Navua River. You can also play a round of golf at the Robert Trent Jones Jr-designed Pearl South Pacific Golf Course, take a guided self-drive buggy tour into the mountains or take a charter boat out to the world-famous Frigates surf break.
Fiji’s capital city is located at the southeast corner of Viti Levu, slightly more than three hours’ drive from Nadi if you follow the coast road the entire way, or fly direct to Suva with Fiji Airways from Sydney. Compared with Viti Levu’s other main centres, Suva feels like the “big smoke”, complete with shopping malls, restaurants, museums and parks. Thrill-seekers can complete a ropes course at Kila Eco Adventure Park, voluntourists can work alongside locals in a range of community development initiatives, and royalists can treat themselves to a stay (or maybe just a poolside cocktail) at the palatial Grand Pacific Hotel, which recently played host to the royal couple, Harry and Meghan.
With so many different holiday options available on one small island, we recommend you discuss your holiday plans with your Hoot Holidays specialist to ensure you choose the best region, accommodation and activities to suit you.
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