The Hub & Heartbeat of Fiji

 

Known as Fiji's port of call and the main gateway for international travellers, Nadi (nan-di) is the kind of practical city that every country needs.
 

While it may not have the glitz and glamour of Fiji's tropical islands, Nadi has some nice hidden nooks. Located on the western arm of Viti Levu, this bustling town is a melting pot of cultures where you'll find Fijian and Indian influences in the architecture, food and vibe. As a major tourist hub and an arm's length away from Port Denarau Marina, Nadi is the perfect launch location to kick start you island holiday.

Nadi International Airport

Despite being far from the Fiji capital Suva, Nadi International Airport is the main landing point for international and regional visitors to Fiji, bringing in 96% of all travellers. The airport is only 10kms from the city of Nadi with good quality hotels surrounding it, making it a convenient stop-over when en route to other Fiji Islands.

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Highlights of Nadi

Nadi may be close to the marina which allows visitors to enjoy other Fiji Islands with ease however, there are also many inland attractions to give travellers a true taste of Fijian fun and culture. 
 

Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool

Forget the premium spa resorts and indulge in a therapeutic natural bath at Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool. Choose from three pools, each set in lush natural surroundings, and have fun getting dirty in the mud. Once the mud has dried up from head to toe, dip into the clear springs for a refreshing cleanse. A popular site amongst locals and visitors, this is one unique outdoor social experience you can’t miss. Book with Aqua Tours Fiji for return hotel transfers to and from the pools.

 

Quad Bike Tours

Land-lovers will revel in this exciting 2-seater Quad Bike trip offered by Go Dirty Tours. Whizz through the pine forests of the stunning Nausori Highlands, with plateaus that overlook the picturesque Mamanuca Islands. Organise a pick-up from your Nadi hotel to collect your 500cc Quad Bike and get ready to roll. Adrenaline rush aside, you’ll also get a rich dose of culture with local village visits included as part of the trip. Enjoy a light lunch at the remote Nawaqanamu Village before taking a scenic flight home.

 

Garden of the Sleeping Giant

Nestled in a shady mountain valley with pathways through acres of flowering plants, lily ponds and fountains, a visit to this uniquely tropical garden is both inspiring and unforgettable. Housing Fiji’s largest collection of orchids, get ready to be dazzled by the 2000 varieties of enchanting Asian orchids and Cattleya hybrids. Embark on a jungle walk, enjoy a delightful picnic and take in 360 degrees, panoramic views of the Nausori Highlands from the Vuda Lookout.


More Things to Do in Nadi

 

Ziplining

Feel the adrenaline rush on 16 giant ziplines as you soar through rainforests high above the canyon into Fiji’s largest cave, at jaw-dropping speeds no less. Enjoy sky-high views of the ocean in the horizon and immerse yourself amongst the spectacular wildness settings of caves and mountaintops. Zipline outings are one of several adventure tours organised by Zip Fiji, each guaranteeing an exhilarating experience that takes ecological touring in Fiji to new heights, literally.

 

Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple

Walk softly (with shoes removed) and reverently (covering shoulders and legs) to enjoy this beautiful Hindu temple, the largest in the Southern hemisphere. Its colourful Dravidian architecture and history reflects the significant influences Indian culture has had in Fiji, and will enchant all visitors. Head there in the morning and enjoy a tranquil lunch at the vegetarian restaurant inside the temple.  

 

Nadi Produce Markets

See piles of seaweed and mountains of mangos in these open air stalls one block south of Nadi’s Main Street. Marvel at the wide selection of tropical fruits and vegetables on offer, all fresh from local gardens and plantations, along with seafood, flowers, trinkets and handcrafts. This is truly a ground-level Fiji experience with friendly, helpful stallholders but you should haggle price and not be goaded into buying if you’re just looking.

 

Fiji Sunset Dinner Cruise

Dig into a delicious barbeque dinner with the Pacific Island sunset as your backdrop via Captain Cook Cruises Fiji. Delicacies and scenic views aside, guests on board will also get a taste of Fijian cultural entertainment including singing and dancing. Is there a better way to round off a perfect evening on the water? Book in advance to check availability.


Where to Stay in Nadi

A lot of visitors use budget hotels in Nadi while awaiting travel connections, so middle of the road is the norm. The luxury resorts are just across the causeway on Denarau Island, a short 10-15-minute drive from Nadi. Further down the budget scale, backpacker lodgings offer plenty of selection mostly in the New Town area of Nadi.
Budget (Cheap)
Mid-Range
Mercure Nadi

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Tokatoka Resort (Warwick Hotels)

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Luxury
Novotel Nadi

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Tanoa International Hotel

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Fiji Gateway Hotel

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Food & Drink in Nadi

Foodies will rejoice at the mix of Fijian, Indian, Chinese and European cuisines on offer at Nadi, with most eateries providing fresh local produce and seafood. From casual cafés to more refined resort restaurants, the range and value is impressive with food service until 10 or 11pm for late dining in many places.
Tu’s Place

If you want to sample authentic Fijian dishes, look no further than Tu’s Place. This restaurant takes pride in using local ingredients and will have any diner salivating for more. The Kokoda (raw fish marinated in lemon juice and served with coconut milk) is a popular local favourite and a must-order.

Bounty Restaurant & Bar

Located five minutes from Nadi International Airport, Bounty Restaurant & Bar is convenient and tasty. Perch yourself in the beer garden and enjoy tapas and other light meals. With an extensive menu boasting international and local influences, expect a hearty feed, a relaxed atmosphere and excellent service.

Sitah Indian Restaurant

Sitah offers the best of both worlds, granting foodies a taste of authentic Indian cuisine and Thai dishes. Enjoy a myriad of carefully sourced Indian and subcontinent spices and take your pick from beef, chicken, seafood and rice selections. Vegetarian and gluten free options are also widely available.

Ed’s Bar

Ed’s Bar is the go-to for a guaranteed night of fun and excitement. Often considered as one of Nadi’s best drinking spots, mingle with locals or socialise with other travellers over cheap beer, pool tables and the occasional live band performance.


How to Get to & Around Nadi

The main town of Nadi is about a 20-minute drive from Nadi International Airport. There are several ways to get to and around Nadi including airport shuttles, taxis, rental cars, local buses and boats.
Airport Shuttles & Charters
Airport Shuttle Fiji operate a 24-hour transfer service between Nadi International Airport into Nadi Town Centre and Nadi Airport hotels. Airport transfer rates start at FJ $10 for one way and FJ $18 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 Nadi Downtown will fare around FJ $25.
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 (20 minutes’ drive from Nadi International Airport) to hire water taxis or boat charters to visit outlying islands such as the Mamanuca or Yasawa island groups.

Practical Travel Tips for Nadi


 

Bargaining

Bargaining is permitted at market stalls in Nadi. To avoid scams, simply (politely) decline any ‘special deals’ when shopping and keep your wallet and valuables on you.

Avoid Quiet Streets

Avoid quiet streets or beaches near New Town (Nadi’s Backpacker base), even in daylight. Best to stay at your resort or lodgings after dark.

Police Station

Nadi Police Station is in the centre of town, open 24 hours, if you need help.



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