What to do in Nadi FijiThings to do in Nadi Fiji
Nadi, Fiji travel guide | Activities in Nadi
Hindus are flocking to this ancient town to see the Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple, the biggest sanctuary of its kind in the southern hemisphere, but it is the travelers who come from all over the world to sunbathe in all that Fiji has to offer that has made Nadi (pronounced "Nandi") an important tourism centre.
Only a few inches from the international airports, this cultural multi-faceted capital is full of around 40,000 stores, eateries, bars, tours and hotel establishments. It is also home to the beaches of Newtown, the Dormant Garden of the Giants Orchids, the Botanical Garden of Waqadra and the "presidential village" of Viseisei, which is the place of land for the first Melanese canoers visiting Fiji and the first island town.
It is the gate to top tourist destinations such as the sumptuous Sabeto Mountains, the breath-taking Natadola Beach, the funny Mamanucas and the breath-taking Yasawa Isles, the richness of Sigatoka's culture and the high-end destinations of Denarau Island, among others. Enchanting to play a string of 20 isles near Nadi and the Denarau turnstile in Tom Hank's film Fall Away and Survivor: Fiji, The Mamanucas.
The Mamanucas are a haven for dining, snorkeling, diving, canoeing, sailing, wind sailing, para-sailing, dolphin-watching, sailing, catamarans and solar worshippers, as well as being surrounded by clear water, palm-fringed sandy shores and an abundance of corals. You can find all this on the Queen's Hwy from Nadi to Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, the first of its kind on the island and a place to be included on UNESCO's World Heritage-listing.
Situated in the Nausori Highlands, 6 km northern of Nadi International Park, the dormant giant's gardens and 2000 species of Asiatic orchid are the main attraction. Enormous lawns and rainforest-covered promenades make the gardens an excellent place to relax after an adrenaline-filled tour of the Mamanucas.
In contrast to its famous Arizona equivalent, the Grand Canyon of Fiji - Viti Levu's fast Upper Navua River powered by waterfalls - a low, igneous path runs through almost 30 km of untouched rain forest populated by wild animals before it flows into the sea. There is no lack of diving spots in Fiji, but Bligh Water off the beautiful north shore of Viti Levu is in a league of its own.
Attained on an memorable two-hour cruise, Bligh Water is home to powerful streams that transport nutrition to the region's hard core seaweed - see why Fiji is known as "the hard core city of the world". Taxis A cab to the city of Nadi takes about 10 min. and costs about FJ $15.
Busses There is a bus service from outside the Aiport to Nadi for about FJ $1. A number of businesses operate shuttles to Nadi (about FJ $10) and around the Isle. From June to September is the cold, pleasant and arid Fiji and July and August are tourist seasons.
Most of Fiji's resort lies on the dry west side of Viti Levu. In Fiji, Hindu Holi or the Colour Fair is held in February or March with lots of colourful waters, while Diwali, the Hindu Light Fair, is decorated with firework and candleworks in October or November.
Bula Festival is Nadi's yearly, city-wide festival with concerts, shows and shows, while Viti Levu's Sugar Festival is held in September. Also, the ticket price is low and the riders are even willing to bargain lower rates. Only use cabs with license plate number'LT' (for registered cabs).