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Five reasons to visit Nadi now

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First thing is first, it’s pronounced nan-di. Secondly, put it on your travel list immediately.

Here’s five reasons to visit Fiji’s Nadi now:

1. Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple

Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere. The temple – it looks like it has come straight out of a fairy-tale – comes in three parts, with the entire structure focused on different deities. The primary God the temple is dedicated to is Murugan, the Hindu god of war. A glorious statue of this God stands in the main section, with the second section highlighting Ganesh, the elephant-headed deity that stands for wisdom, art and beginnings. In the third area, you'll meet Meenakshi and Shiva. The former is a female partner of Shiva, the destroyer, a key part of destruction and change.

Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple

Throughout the sections of this Nadi temple, you'll see the intricate and beautiful work of eight craftsmen, who brought their work all the way from India to Fiji. These statues are integral to the overall spirituality of the place. Each one was created with the utmost care so everything about it, including the height, weight and width, has spiritual significance.

In fact, these statues are so special that the rooms were built around them to house them and act as the perfect place for devotees to visit, celebrate and commemorate with song.

This is a unique experience, as this traditional Dravidian architecture is hardly ever seen anywhere but India. All visitors are welcome, but due to the religious nature of this attraction, be sure that you and your children dress modestly, take your shoes off when you enter and don't take photos inside.

At the southern end of Main St, Nadi (it’s impossible to miss it).

2.     Nadi’s handicraft market

If you are looking for something to bring home to help you remember your Fiji adventure, then head to the Nadi handicraft market. It’s much better value – and a tad more authentic than what you will buy at the nearby souvenir shops. There are sometimes no more than a dozen stalls manned by enthusiastic locals eager to welcome you to the Nadi market with a booming Bula, and broad smile.

Main St, Opposite Westpac.

3.     Escape to Cloud 9

Tours will pick up from any hotel to transport guests to Cloud 9, a floating two-level pizzeria and bar floating on Roro Reef, off Malolo Island in the Mamanuca Islands. Blue skies, blue water and if you choose, blue cocktails. Who could ask for more?

Cloud 9

4.     Nadi Sightseeing and Mud pool tour

This tour packs a lot into a half day. You will be picked up at your hotel and whisked off to the Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple; visit Fiji’s first market in Viseisei Village; drop in at the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, just 6km north of Nadi Airport; before taking a dip in the mud at the Sabeto Hot Springs. These Fiji hot springs are heated by an underground volcanic source and it is said that they have spiritual healing powers. You won’t have trouble finding them, just follow your nose and the unmistakeable sulphur smell. Talk with your Hoot Holiday specialist about Nadi tour recommendations.

5.     Spa time

Everyone needs some ME time.  And in Nadi there are some amazing spas to visit. Have a Body Ritual treatment at the Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa; treat yourself to a traditional Fijian Bobo massage at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa; or indulge in a decadent Seven Pillars of Well-Being package at the Heavenly Spa at the Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa.