Coral Coast

An Endless Stretch of Postcard-Perfect Views

 

There are few greater sites in Fiji then the 80 kilometre stretch of unbroken beaches and bays that make up the iconic Coral Coast.

Situated along Ocean Road between Sigatoka and Suva, this magnificent coastline is lush with beautiful scenery, pine forests and sweeping views of the South Pacific Ocean. The Sigatoka National Park is one of the coast’s biggest highlights, home to stunning sand dunes that top sixty metres! Coral Coast is also a hot spot for those on the hunt for adventure, with ziplining, hiking and canoeing the most popular activities in the area. Boasting a wide variety of resorts and traditional villages, Coral Coast is one of the most established regions in Fiji and a firm favourite amongst families with children.

Kids Club Galore

Resorts along the Coral Coast were among the first in Fiji to introduce Kids Clubs to guests with warm, well-organised staff and activities for children of all ages. Some of the programs at these resorts have been acclaimed by parents worldwide.

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Highlights of Coral Coast

From hiking to diving, there’s no shortage of fun and excitement in the Coral Coast. When you do venture beyond your resort, plan to spend time in Sigatoka to take in the many local shops that sell unique handcrafts and traditional clothing. A more organic setting than Nadi or Denarau Island souvenir shops, you’ll actually see the lovely creations being made, and likely pay less than the big end of the island.
 

Kula Eco Park Sigatoka

Explore acres of natural forest with a memorable tour of the beautiful Kula Eco Park, a show place for Fiji’s spectacular bird, reptile and marine life. This is also the only Captive Breeding facility in Fiji for endangered indigenous species like the rare Crested Iguanas. It’s a fun way to see Fiji’s unique wildlife up close and personal, especially if you’re travelling with little ones.

 

Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park

With a dune ecology that changes with the wind, you’ll never see the same landscape twice with a visit to the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. As Fiji’s first National Park, this is also a historic archaeological site with unearthed Lapita pottery dating back 2000 years. Enjoy leisurely strolls from the lush forest to the beach or along the ridges of the dunes. Surfers can also enjoy surfing a break at the southern end of the beach around Sigatoka River mouth.

 

PADI Scuba Diving (SPAD)

With over 20 dive sites to choose from, Coral Coast is a diver’s paradise. South Pacific Adventure Divers (SPAD) is a premium PADI dive operator that offers diving and snorkelling trips to some of the best underwater spots on the Coral Coast, as well as the world famous Beqa shark dive. Expect the WOW factor at every plunge, as you marvel at soft & hard coral, giant clams and a remarkable world of marine life. Many resorts also offer Learn to Dive packages at great rates. There’s really no better place to take the plunge than Fiji.


More Things to Do Along the Coral Coast

 

World Class Golfing

World class golf architecture meets breathtaking coastal landscapes at the renowned Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course. Opened in 2009, the course soon gained international acclaim and became the site for a number of pro golf competitions including the Fiji Open and Nomura Cup. This golf course is open to the public with discounted green fees available to guests at the adjacent Intercontinental Resort.

 

Waterfall and Local Village Tour

Take in the natural wonders of Fiji’s rainforest scene and blend the experience with a rich dose of local culture via a waterfall and local village tour. Most resorts can arrange an outing or book direct with Aqua Tours Fiji to see a 30-meter cascading waterfall (120ft) splash into a swimming lagoon. Take a refreshing dip or simply embrace the tranquillity of the tropical surroundings. You’ll also visit a village and meet the chief, while taking part in traditional dining and kava ceremonies.

 

Hot Glass Fiji

Just outside of Sigatoka in Korotogo, a humble artisan glass-blowing workshop lets visitors take part in creating glass art. Located on the hillside with sweeping views of the sea, this is the kind of unique visual experience that only a lucky few will find on their Fiji trip. Even if you don’t want to take part in the workshop, it’s worth heading there to watch the theatrics or to purchase a unique piece as a holiday memento.

 

Sigatoka River Safari

Often considered Fiji’s best kept secret, a day out on the magnificent Sigatoka River is bound to please all travellers. Adrenaline rush aside, this exciting safari also includes a visit to authentic Fijian villages in the area where you can interact with locals and immerse yourself in the traditional way of life. You’ll also stop for a Village Welcome Ceremony to meet the chief, elders and children, followed by a traditional Fijian lunch. A truly colourful experience from Sigatoka River Safari that marries adventure with history and culture.


Where to Stay on the Coral Coast

Good value accommodations are plentiful along the Coral Coast with resorts and facilities to match all budgets. Some of the most popular family resorts with great Kids’ Clubs are located in this area along with excellent low-key privately owned micro-resorts. Most of the sand along the Coral Coast is yellow-gold and grainier than the eastern islands, but the views to rainforests and oceans and access to deep water fun are a bonus.

Food & Drink in Coral Coast

Most resorts on the Coral Coast offer Meal Plans for guests, covering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Adventurous foodies can also venture out to the Sunset Strip at Korotogo and pick from a selection of small restaurants and resorts offering hearty feeds. 
Vilisites Seafood Restaurant – Sigatoka

There’s no greater allure than the idea of freshly caught seafood matched with sweeping sea views. Indulge in a lobster (or two) at the back verandah of Vilisites and take in the stunning sunset over the shimmering horizon.

Wicked Walu Seafood Restaurant - The Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa

Celebrating a special occasion? Splurge on a seafood feast at Wicked Walu, a restaurant perched on its own private island. Tuck into fresh seafood with a bottle of wine while gazing into the surrounding lagoons. A must-do for romantic lovebirds, it doesn’t get more intimate than this.

Ocean Terrace Restaurant - Bedarra Beach Inn

If casual beachside dining sounds right up your alley, Ocean Terrace is a must-visit. Relax on the verandah and enjoy a range of dishes, from pizza to burgers, pasta and curry – all while overlooking the pool and lagoons ahead. Kokoda is a must-order for first time visitors, this fresh local fish is marinated in coconut milk and lime juice.

Sundowner Bar & Grill - Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

Look no further than The Sundowner for an extensive grill menu bound to have any foodie salivating. Take your pick from a wide array of local seafood, signature wood-fired gourmet pizza or juicy Australian beef. Don’t forget to order a relaxing sunset cocktail while you’re at it!


How to Get to & Around Coral Coast

From Nadi - Coral Coast is 1-2 hours away from Nadi International Airport, depending on which resort you are travelling to. There are several ways to get to and around the Coral Coast, including airport shuttles, taxis, rental cars, buses and helicopter transfers. Some resorts in the Coral Coast may also offer complimentary resort transfers and connection services, so be sure to check when booking.
Airport Shuttles
& Charters

Airport Shuttle Fiji operate a 24-hour transfer service between Nadi International Airport and Coral Coast resorts. Airport transfer rates start at FJ$ 79 for one way and FJ$ 142 for return trips.

Taxi

Yellow Taxis are the official airport taxi fleet and can be found outside the arrivals terminal. The starting rate for any journey out of the Nadi is FJ$ 5.

Car Hire

A number of international car hire companies (Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty) have desks at Nadi International Airport where you can arrange a rental before you head to your accommodation. All operators have online advance booking with options to pick up and drop off vehicles at different locations.

Local bus

Local bus services operate outside the Airport International Arrivals terminal into Nadi - simply flag one down. For longer journeys across the mainland (Viti Levu), choose from either Pacific Transport or Sunbeam Fiji, each offering about a dozen trips a day, with frequent schedules to Suva and along the coast.

Helicopter Transfers

Island Hoppers provide fast, easy transfers from Nadi to Sigatoka (Coral Coast) via personal helicopter services or scenic flights. Transfer rates start from FJ$ 250 for children and FJ$ 425 for adults.


Practical Travel Tips for Coral Coast

Check-In Curfews

Confirm with your resort to see if they have check-in curfews. Some smaller or independent resorts may close each evening. Do advise them if you are going to be a late check-in.

Hire a Motorbike 

Hire a motorbike or scooter and zoom around the Coral Coast for a fun and active way to explore the region. 



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