Denarau Island

Top Spot to Explore More of Fiji

 

If you’re looking for the Fiji you’ve seen in films, then Denarau Island is the place for you. 

Only 20 minutes’ drive from Nadi International Airport, Denarau Island is often the destination of choice for first timers and families with young children. Home to Fiji’s most popular Port Denarau Marina, this is the perfect hopping off point for boat transfers and day trips to Fiji’s magical westerly islands, like the Mamanucas and Yasawas. Renowned for its high concentration of premier resorts, excellent dining, shopping and all kinds of water sports activities, Denarau Island is truly a haven for all holidaymakers visiting Fiji and an ideal launching pad to switch to ‘Fiji time’. 

Main Port of Call

Port Denarau is a small-ship dock with an adjacent yacht marina that’s connected to Viti Levu by a short bridge. The buzzing marina features a stretch of cafes, restaurants, bars, supermarkets, banks and most importantly, a port for day tours and trips to offshore islands. 

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Highlights of Denarau Island

At Denarau Island, there’s no shortage of exciting activities on land or on water to keep all kinds of travellers occupied. The hardest decision each day will be determining which one to try first. 
 

Day Trips from Port Denarau Marina

Port Denarau Marina is the central hub for marine activity in Fiji, and the perfect launching pad for exciting island hopping expeditions and day trips. Constantly buzzing with people, this is where you’ll find all the boat charters, ferries and water taxis. Take a day out of your itinerary to explore Fiji’s magnificent Mamanuca Islands and spectacular outer reefs with Coral Cats sailing. A typical day trip involves snorkelling in the azure blue waters, spotting incredible local marine life like dolphins and turtles, and relaxed strolls along the white sandy beaches.

 

Water Sports of Every Kind

Adventurous water sports fanatics rejoice! Thanks to the myriad of water sports activities on offer including jet skiing, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking and game fishing just to name a few, there’s truly never a dull moment at Denarau Island. Adrenalin Fiji is the largest water sports provider in Fiji and your go-to for recreational fun at Denarau. There are adventures and guided activities tailored for everyone including families and kids.

 

Big Bula Inflatable Waterpark

Nestled at the heart of Denarau Island is the world’s largest permanent inflatable waterpark. Open year round, this is a popular family attraction that guarantees enthusiasm amongst the little ones like no other. From giant water slides to surfing big waves, climbing 10-metre-high palm trees and racing through obstacle courses, Big Bula Inflatable Waterpark will have your children never wanting to leave.


More Things to Do in Denarau Island

 

Take a Swing at Denarau Island Golf

Fiji is renowned for its world class golf courses and there’s no better place to take a swing than at Denarau Golf & Racquet Club. Designed by Japanese architect Mr Eiichi Motohashi, this championship golf course was created from a mangrove swamp with marine shaped bunkers and greens, resulting in a layout that has water hazards on 15 of its 18 holes. Located minutes away from Sheraton Fiji Resort, enjoy a round of golf while taking in sweeping views of surrounding Fiji Islands.

 

Cook Up a Fijian Feast with Flavours of Fiji Cooking Class

Sample the local culinary delights with a Flavours of Fiji cooking class. Located at the Denarau Industrial Estate, learn all about Fiji’s local produce and ingredients, and take part in an 8-course cooking extravaganza. With an exotic menu that combines tropical tastes with Indian influences, enjoy creating a variety of authentic Fijian dishes, from local style curries to homemade chutneys.

 

Shopping on Denarau Island

Shopping is usually low on the agenda list when on an island vacation however, if the intention does spur, Port Denarau Retail & Commercial Centre is where you’ll find all the action. From Duty Free stores that stock a huge range of electronics, international designer products and cosmetics, to Native Fijian handcrafts and souvenir stalls, surf shops and boutiques, visitors will be spoilt for choice in this exciting shopping complex. Catch the Bula bus which operates from 7:30am to 11:30pm daily for some shopping fun.


Where to Stay in Denarau Island

Nearly all resorts on Denarau Island fit into the ‘luxe’ category, with minimal options for budget accommodations apart from private homestays. However, depending on when you travel, excellent deals are often available with these established resorts.

Food & Drink in Denarau Island

Denarau Island boasts some of Fiji’s most acclaimed restaurants, making it easy for visitors to try something new every day. From romantic dinners on the beach to authentic Fijian fare at the Marina, there’s no shortage of variety and quality dining.
 

Hot Spots for Popular Dining

Lulu’s, Denarau Island

On the hunt for the best breakfast Fiji has to offer? Look no further than Lulu’s. Hidden away in the middle of Denarau, their extensive menu will make your mouth water. It’s hard to go past the Lulu’s big breakfast, complete with all the trimmings, or the Mick Burger, casually regarded as the Best Burger in Fiji.

Nadina Authentic Fijian Restaurant, Port Denarau Marina

Situated at the end of the Port Denarau pier, Nadina is famous for its authentic Fijian food and is definitely worth trying if you’re a first-time visitor. The seafood here is fresh, so opt for something fishy. Expect a delicious feast matched with excellent service.

The Rhum-Ba, Denarau Island

The Rhum-Ba is Denarau’s premier restaurant, bar and social club, renowned for its beautiful, rustic dishes crafted from fresh, carefully sourced and seasonal ingredients. With an extensive menu offering, opt for Bun Sliders and Potato Skins during the day, and Yellow Fin Tuna Tartare and Beef Carpaccio for dinner.

Indigo Indian Asian Restaurant, Port Denarau Marina

Sit outside by the water and treat yourself to an exceptional dining experience at Indigo, where Indian cuisine blends with Southeast Asian influences. Located in Port Denarau and sure to delight food lovers worldwide, most of the produce from the menu is locally sourced and grown on the restaurant farm. Don’t miss signature dishes like Mud Crab Curry and Zesty Spiced Garlic Prawns.


How to Get to & Around Denarau Island

From Nadi - Denarau Island is about a 20-minute drive from Nadi International Airport. There are several ways to get to and around Denarau Island including airport shuttles, taxis, rental cars, local buses and boats.
Airport Shuttles
& Charters

Airport Shuttle Fiji a 24-hour transfer service between Nadi International Airport and Denarau Island, with stops at all resorts and private residences in the region. Airport transfer rates start at FJ$ 28 for one way and FJ$ 56 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 International Airport is FJ $5 and a ride to Port Denarau will fare around FJ $30.

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.

Boats

Visit Port Denarau Marina to hire water taxis or boat charters to visit outlying islands such as the Mamanuca or Yasawa island groups.


Practical Travel Tips for Denarau Island

Clothing

Plan to explore the many luxury resorts while you’re on the island and dress appropriately. Casual clothing is accepted but some restaurants require more specific attire such as shoes (as opposed to flip flops), shirts with sleeves or collars, and no beachwear. Check ahead to see what’s required.

Stores and Supplies 

If you’re venturing to the offshore islands where shops are scarce, stock up on essentials like sunscreen and snacks at Denarau Island to avoid disappointment.



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