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Denarau Island, Fiji

Fiji
Fiji
Fiji, Pacific Islands

Denarau Island, Fiji

story by: Inspire Fiji

Just a hop, skip and a jump from Nadi Airport (20 minutes, to be more precise), Denarau was once little more than a marina that served as a jumping off spot to the islands. Sure, there was a world class 18-hole golf course, but if you weren’t into golf, there was little point in sticking around longer than it took for the next ferry to show up. How times have changed! Nowadays Denarau is home to at least six world-class resorts, all with facilities like lagoon-style pools, fine dining restaurants and spas. Add to this the Denarau Marina shopping centre and you’ve got a great self-contained holiday experience. Of course, you don’t have to sacrifice the classic Fiji island experience if you stay on Denarau: take a day trip to one of the nearby islands or enjoy a romantic sunset dinner cruise.

Highlights

• DENARAU SHOPPING CENTRE – Definitely worth a visit. The centre features shops offering beachwear and clothing, souvenirs, convenience stores, a Post Office and bank, a hot bread shop, a pharmacy and beauty therapy centre. It also features some bars and restaurants serving up Italian and Indian cuisine, Fiji’s first Hard Rock Cafe and Cardo’s which serves up great steaks. There’s also roving entertainment and evening cultural performances that add to the flavour!

• GOLF & TENNIS – Denarau’s the home to an impressive 18 hole championship golf course where bunkers are in the shape of sea creatures and with water challenges on 15 of the 18 holes, it’s sure to test your skills and patience. There’s also a dozen synthetic and natural grass tennis courts that offer both day and night options.

• VISEISEI VILLAGE – About a ½ hour drive from Denarau is Viseisei Village, which according to local lore is the oldest settlement in Fiji. The village is worth a visit. To have a look around, you’ll need to pay about F$3 to the ladies who run the tiny craft market at the village and remember to remove your hat and wear something that covers your shoulders and knees.

• BULA BUS – Easily recognisable with their thatched roof and open sides this is a fun way to get about between resorts on Denarau and Denarau Marina. From time to time they have been known to run on Bula Time so be patient.

• SPAS – For a bit self pampering, treat yourself to a relaxing massage or facial at one of the many Day Spas on Denarau. These days Spa treatments are so popular that advanced bookings are essential.

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