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Coral Coast Highlights, Fiji

Fiji, Pacific Islands
Fiji, Pacific Islands

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.


• 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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