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Coral Coast Highlights, Fiji

Fiji, Pacific Islands
Fiji, Pacific Islands
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Coral Coast Highlights, Fiji

story by: Inspire Fiji

It’s early evening. The thumping of drums signals the traditional kava ceremony is about to start. This morning you went horseriding on an almost-deserted beach, and this afternoon you watched tiny tropical fish giving their best Nemo impersonations. If you were a golfer you’d spend tomorrow at the world-class Natadola Golf Course or instead opt for sand-surfing at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes. That’s the beauty of the Coral Coast – there’s so much on offer for every type of holiday from the most active to the extremely sedate. Of course, a great holiday isn’t just about life in a bubble. Hire a car and take your time, stop for fresh watermelon at a roadside stall, and return the friendly “Bula” offered by every local along the way. By the time you arrive at your resort, you’ll be well and truly on Fiji time.

Highlights

• SIGATOKA TOWN – This colourful town tucked into green and fertile surrounds near the mouth of the Sigatoka River makes for a pleasant amble. There’s a produce market, a few souvenir shops and a large hilltop mosque here but largely it acts as a service town for the Coral Coast region. Taxis galore populate the street so you shouldn’t have any difficulty getting from A to B.

• SIGATOKA SAND DUNES – One of Fiji’s natural highlights. The dunes are quite spectacular and a great place to stretch out. On a hot day visit before 11.00am or after 3.00pm and allow about one hour for the walking tour.

• KULA ECO PARK – This wildlife sanctuary is a must for fans of the furred, feathered and scaled. See the hawksbill sea turtles being hand fed, and see collared parrots, falcons, fruit bats and more! The park runs a number of invaluable breeding programmes.

• HORSE RIDING ALONG NATADOLA BEAC H – The local villagers offer horse riding (about F$10 per person) along the spectacular white sands of Natadola Beach. You might even get time for a dip here but take care as the currents and undertow can be dangerous at times.

• CORAL COAST SCENIC RAILWAY – The station is at the entrance to the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort. It offers scenic rides on an old diesel sugar train, past villages and sugar plantations to Natadola Beach. The train leaves at 10.00am returning at around 4.00pm – a trip of just over one hour each way, so you get time to swim and relax and enjoy a barbecue lunch.

• KALEVU CULTURAL CENTRE – Located close to the Shangri- La’s Fijian Resort. The centre is based around a Fijian Village featuring cultural dancing, kava ceremonies, handicrafts and cooking. Also on-site is Bernies Bar & Gecko Restaurant that cooks up great steaks and fish curries.

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