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.
Chiefly Viseisei Village in Vuda is just 20mins from the Nadi International Airport. Legend has it that the first Fijians landed their canoes and settled there. The village retains its paramouncy among Fijian villages and has even produced one of Fiji’s Presidents.
Along the same beach, another type of ocean-going craft makes regular berths. Vuda Marina’s unique inland basin provides excellent cyclone and severe weather shelter for yachts cruising the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands. The Marina also hosts a regular Makers and Growers market on the second Saturday of every month and is an easy walk from any of the small resorts in the area.
Lautoka - Fiji’s second city - is only 30mins away from the Nadi International Airport and has many shopping and dining options. Pick up a bite to eat before heading around the island as there are fewer options in the quaint towns along the island’s north shore.
Beyond Lautoka, the traffic out of town noticeably diminishes leaving empty expanses of road and an opportunity to take in the scenic rolling hillside. A trip to Navala village in the distant mountains behind Ba town is a worthy stopover. This picturesque village maintains its traditional Fijian style houses (bure) and the remote location is picture postcard worthy.
Volivoli, Wananavu, Dolphin Island and a few other smaller properties are clustered in Rakiraki near Nananu-i-Ra, the northernmost point of Viti Levu. The bay is bordered by the imposing Nakauvadra mountain range which is steeped in Fijian legend and folklore. Nananu-i-Ra and its environs have some great beaches but the area is also well known for scuba diving, wind-surfing and kite boarding. Deep-water access and a sheltered bay, also make it an ideal shelter for yachts.
Tip Favourable winds during June to September are when kiteboarders and windsurfers flock to this region. Enquire at Volivoli and on Nananu-i-ra for beginner lessons