Guide to Fiji Islands
If plush pillows, room service and fine dining is a must on your dream holiday, then Denarau, Fiji’s most exclusive resort enclave, is for you. Just a short drive from the Nadi International Airport, the island boasts eight large resort brands including renowned names like the Sheraton, Sofitel, Hilton, Radisson Blu and Westin.
The Mamanuca and Yasawa islands are your typical South Sea dream - a string of islands like precious green gems set in a bed of turquoise and cobalt. Sun, sand and surf are things that these islands have in abundance but their proximity to Nadi and easy accessibility from Port Denarau is what cements their popularity with tourists.
The Coral Coast is one of the few places on the main island of Viti Levu where you can step off the beach and get up close and personal with an extensive fringing coral reef. This patch of hilly terrain, roughly halfway between Nadi and Suva, is arguably Viti Levu’s most scenic drive. Each turn along the meandering coastal road unveils beautiful small bays with thundering offshore reef breaks, secluded beaches and multiple opportunities to stop and buy local fruits and veggies from roadside stalls along the way.
Pacific Harbour is a 21/2 hr hour scenic drive from Nadi. The area’s accommodation ranges from five-star luxury resorts such as Nanuku Auberge and the Pearl, which also has an 18-hole golf course and smaller operators like the Uprising Resort.
The Suncoast – which stretches around the north-western and northern coast of Viti Levu – is a scenic expanse of sugarcane fields, quaint villages and small towns set against a backdrop of soaring, grass-covered volcanic mountains.
The Friendly North. If this is how the locals describe the people of Vanua Levu then you’re in for a treat. You will find friendly faces all over Fiji but there is something about the Northern islands that seems…’friendlier’. Perhaps it is that life here is slower-paced, simpler with a strong sense of community even in the ‘urban’ centres of Labasa and Savusavu.