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Nadi & Surrounds Highlights, Fiji

Fiji, Pacific Islands

Nadi & Surrounds Highlights, Fiji

story by: Inspire Fiji

Chances are you’ve always thought of Nadi as nothing more than the place where planes come and go, and where you’re occasionally required to spend a night before transferring to somewhere more salubrious: certainly not a destination in its own right. Maybe it’s time you had a closer look. Nadi Town itself is a buzzing hive of colourful shops and restaurants – the perfect place to pick up souvenirs, presents for the folks at home (locally-made coconut skincare products are always a big hit) or supplies for your holiday (fruit so fresh it’s practically still growing!). Just 20 minutes from all the world-class facilities of Denarau Island (think golf, tennis, spa treatments...), and Denarau Marina (island visits, diving trips, snorkelling trips), Nadi makes a great base for short stays – well worth spending an extra night or two.


• GARDEN OF THE SLEPING GIANT – Tucked beneath the foothills of the Sabeto mountain range and just a 10 minute drive from Nadi these popular gardens boast dozens of varieties of colourful orchids amid a sea of tropical vegetation. There’s a network of walking tracks, lily ponds & great picnic spots for you to enjoy.

• SRI SIVA SUBRAMANIYA SWAMI TEMPLE – On the outskirts of Nadi Town, this is a tranquil spot to reflect or just chill out for a while. The temple is decorated with carved wooden deities all the way from India. Visitors are welcome as long as they’re dressed modestly and haven’t consumed alcohol or meat that day.

• NADI MARKETS – On offer is a wide variety of fruit, vegetables and other produce and one whole section of the market is dedicated to kava only. This is a great place to stock up for that picnic. The Fijian pineapples are especially worth sampling and are quite a bit smaller but much sweeter than other pineapples.

• ED’S BAR – Ed’s is a bit of an institution with a personality all of its own. Most nights it lures a buzzing and mixed crowd of tourists, locals and expats. It’s more than just a watering hole though – they have live bands and there’s a small restaurant attached.

• DENARAU MARINA – Just a 20 minute drive from Nadi, the marina is the main departure point for half and full day cruises to the beautiful Mamanuca Islands. Most times it’s a hive of activity, so if you’re heading out on one of the half or full day island cruises plan to be at the Marina in good time.

• KOROYAN ITU NATIONAL HERITAGE PARK – A great place to head for if you’re a keen hiker or nature lover, with beautiful walks through native forests & grasslands, you’ll see plenty of birds, archaeological sites & waterfalls.

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