Nadi (pronounced "Nandi") is on the western
side of the island of Viti
Levu, the main and largest island in Fiji.
Nadi is a transit point for other destinations in Fiji. It may
not be such a great place to spend any time but you may find
yourself here whilst awaiting ferries, boats to outer islands or
planes to and from home.
If you do decide to stay in or around Nadi, make sure you are
prepared to be approached by people trying to get you into their
shop as you walk down the main street. These people aren't
threatening, but you do need to watch your valuables.
You may also encounter an underlying air of racism between the
Indian and native Fijian populations, but this rarely comes out in
Nadi International Airport
(NAN) is Fiji's main international gateway. It is
responsible for over 95 percent of Fiji's annual international
Nadi International Airport's main airline providers
include: Air Pacific, Air New Zealand , Pacific Blue, Freedom Air,
Korean Air, and Air Fiji, among few others.
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- There is a great local bus service at your disposal. Travel
with the locals in open-air comfort for a fraction of the price of
a hire car. All buses are marked on the front with the names of the
two towns they travel between. If unsure, ask the driver.
- If you are staying at the Nadi Bay Hotel, simply walk to the
end of that road and catch the local bus heading right (towards
Nadi Town). The buses run every 20 minutes or so, and are just 50
cents FJD one-way to town.
- Taxis have their hometown printed on the front bumper, if they
are travelling back home they are not allowed to charge more than
- You are able to barter with the taxi driver prior to the trip
in order to get the price of your trip down before you leave to
your destination, ask your hotel or research reasonable prices
prior to your ride. The taxis can be flagged down, or found at taxi
- It is recommended that you do not hire a personal car to take
you around, simply for safety reasons.
- Rental Cars are available through many known names such as
Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Budget, etc. many can be found in the
airport. You muust have a valid drivers license and be above the
age of 25 (or 21 depending on the company) in order to rent a car.
The average price is around F$100 per day.
- Visit the Hindu Temple at the southern end of
the main street of Nadi. It is the largest in the Pacific and is
- Visit the Wailoaloa Beach, at a 1/2 mile long
the beach located in the northern area of Nadi. There are multiple
beach clubs and resorts located on this stretch.
- The Newtown Beach has public access as well,
it is located about 10 minutes away from Nadi town by bus.
- Visit the Nadi Garden of the Sleeping Giant.
Originally started to make a place for the private collection of
tropical orchids of Canadian actor Raymond Burr, this garden now
houses many beautiful plants and trails for walking. It is open
Monday-Saturday, entrance fee is F$10.
- Hop on a local bus (FJD$2) to Lautoka and visit a real Fijian city away from
the tourist eye. The bus terminates at the local markets, where you
can buy tonnes of fresh produce.
- From Thursday to Sunday, drop in to the Capricorn
Hotel between Nadi airport and Nadi town at around 8pm.
You can sit under the bungalow and listen to a wonderful group of
Fijians playing traditional and modern songs on guitar, ukulele and
keyboard. You may even be invited to try some of their kava drink
(an experience in itself)! The Hotel also serves meals and there is
- Hop on a ferry at Denarau Port and visit the Mamanuca and
Yasawa islands right off the coast.
- Visit the Nadi Town market, there are hand crafts, fruits,
other produce, music, and much more!
- The currency is the in Nadi and all of Fiji is the Fijian
dollar, the Fijian dollar is worth $1.84 for every American
- Nadina Restaurant, Lot 6 Khalil St, Nadi (opposite the
Capricorn hotel), ☎ (679)
672 7313. For a taste of
authentic Fijian cuisine go to the Nadina restaurant. Fresh
seafood, chicken and meat served with rice or Fijian vegetables.
Outdoor dining and very friendly staff. Local Fijians sit outside
playing the guitar and singing Fijian songs as you dine. Meals
around $FJ20-30. edit
- The Bounty Restaurant
& Bar located in the Martintar "strip" is a
favorite spot for locals and tourists. It has an excellent
atmosphere and a friendly environment with good food and a
selection of local and imported beers and spirits. The
Bounty is popular for it's steak and seafood dishes,
particularly lobsters. More information available on the
- The Royale Thai
Restaurant located beside The Bounty Restaurant in the
same premises offers a fine dining experience in authentic Thai
cuisine. Royale Thai is the only Thai
restaurant of it's kind in Nadi and quite possibly in Fiji. More
information available on the website.
- Tu's Place is a great local restaurant also in
the Martintar area of Nadi. It's over the road from the Bounty and
next to Ed's bar. The menu is varied with some asian inspired
dishes, europeon dishes, local dishes and definitely the best fish
and chips I've had anywhere in Fiji. Try their Thai curries - Tu
makes his own fresh curry pastes from local ingredients -
delicious. They also serve beer and wine.
- Amalfi Italian
Restaurant tel.(679)6750200 is a very nice and new
restaurant in Port Denarau (very close to Nadi). Amalfi
Restaurant is a corner of REAL Italian Cuisine, Food and
Wines. Staff is italian. Elegance, Style, Gourmet level, are the
success keys of this new best point in Nadi - Port Denarau. It
deserve a visit for sure. prices medium-high...Come to Amalfi
Ristorante Italiano in Fiji and enjoy chef-crafted cuisine from
both Northern and Southern Italy. Our extensive wine list boasts
top-rated selections and our chef specials are unique to Amalfi
Ristorante Italiano..Our friendly staff and inviting atmosphere
welcome you every day of the week. And our private dining room,
make any special occasion great. Our convenient location in Marina
Complex, Port Denarau, means you get to spend more time
lunch/dining with friends at only 10 mins. driving from Nadi
Best part is - Amalfi Ristorante Italiano has been owned and
operated by Italian Staff. As well as most of the food is directly
imported from Italy just to let you taste the REAL Italian
flavours. So,come on in and meet us... Dine-in, carry-out, special
events and group dining available,
- Continental Cakes & Pizza Tel: 670 3595
This bakery located on Queen Road in Nadi town has gotten great
reviews from numerous places. There are many cakes, pastries,
bread, pizzas and delicious flaky croissants. The bakery serves
breakfast, sandwiches, and flat crust pizzas Monday-Saturday from
Restaurant P.O.Box 1900, Nadi Town Tel:+679-6703622
Daikoku restaurant is a popular Teppan-Yaki steak house located on
the corner of Queens Road and Northern Press Road in Nadi Town.
Call the listed telephone number for a reservation! They are open
for lunch and dinner from 12pm-1130pm Monday-Saturday.
Hard Rock Cafe Tel: 679-670-3131 What is a trip without a meal
at the local Hard Rock Cafe? Located in Port Denarau, this Hard
Rock is the home to items from Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith,
Shakira, Seal, Jethro Tull and many more! Open daily from
- Saffron Tel: 670 1233 Located on Main St in
Nadi Town. This Indian restaurant is said to have the best Indian
food in all of Fiji, created by Chef Eugene Gomes!
Ed's Bar is a short walk from the Nadi Bay Hotel. Just head out
to the main road and turn left (away from Nadi Town). You'll find
pool tables, a small dance section and a beer garden. There is no
cover if you are a traveller and no dress code either.
- The Bounty Restaurant
& Bar is a popular watering hole for
locals and travelers. Located in the heart of Nadi and just walking
distance from Ed's Bar, Mercure hotel,
Capricorn hotel, Lazy Cactus, and Ohana.
You'll find a variety local and foreign beers, also draught beer.
Live sports games (IRB 7s, SUPER 14, etc) are screened on the big
screen. The Bounty has a great atmosphere and also
offers karaoke for the daring.
Fiji offers a range of accommodation types from the budget
accommodations to the luxurious up market resorts scattered around
- Capricorn Hotel. On the Queen's Road between
Nadi airport and Nadi Town. This is a mid-priced hotel with fairly
basic rooms, but they are air-conditioned and have
patios/balconies. They restaurant serves fairly bland western style
meals including fish and chips and pizza.
Mercure Hotel Nadi. Queens Rd, Nadi Airport,
Fiji Islands. Tel (679) 672 2255 Fax (679) 672 0187. The hotel
features 84 rooms in two accommodation wings that overlook the
resort style swimming pool, beutiful tropical gardens, a restaurant
with alfresco dining on the poolside deck as well as a relaxing and
- Nadi Bay
Hotel. Wailoaloa Road, Nadi NAP 0359, Nadi Airport.
Tel 679 672 3599 Fax 679 672 0092. A bustling hive of activity:
friendly, good food, lots of travellers to swap stories with,
reasonable room rates, music etc. As a small but refreshing detail,
orange juice fans are recommended to grab a tall glass at the
Nomads Skylodge Backpackers Resort. Namaka, Queens
Highway, Nadi Fiji Islands. Tel (679) 672 2200 Fax (679) 672 4330.
Nomads Skylodge offers 55 rooms including superior and deluxe
rooms, family units with cooking facilities and multi-share (4 to 6
beds per room) accommodations. email Nomads Skylodge
Backpackers Resort. Online reservation at best rates with
instant confirmation start near US$50 for doubles.
Aquarius Backpackers Resort. Wailoaloa Beach,
Nadi Fiji Islands. All rooms at Aquarius Backpackers Resort have
their own ensuite bathroom and top quality facilities.
Nadi Bay Backpackers Resort. The Nadi Bay
Resort is located just a few minutes by road from the airport and
seaplane base, and offers a variety of accommodation including
dorms, standard rooms and apartments. email Nomads Travel to
Book. Online reservation at best rates with instant
confirmation start near US$50 for doubles.
Novotel Nadi. Namaka Hill, Nadi Fiji Islands.
Tel (679) 672 2000 Fax (679) 672 0590. The hotel has 127 spacious
rooms, each featuring a private balcony overlooking the landscaped
gardens. They offer conference rooms as well as both a restaurant
and bar, providing both relaxed indoor or outdoor dining.
Rakiraki. PO Box 31, Rakiraki, Fiji Islands. Tel (679)
669 4101. Fax (679) 669 4545. The Tanoa Rakiraki Hotel offers 36
homey rooms that offer everything you can possible need for a
comfortable and relaxing Fiji vacation. Located in Rakiraki
Township, a two-hour drive from Nadi. Online reservation at best
rates with instant confirmation start near US$20.
- The Bounty
Apartments located in the heart of Nadi in the
Martintar strip. The Bounty Apartments
offers an affordable and secure accommodation suited to the low
budget traveller. Ideally located and only minutes away from the
Nadi International Airport, the main shopping center, restaurants,
bars, hotels, resorts, and the Denarau marina. Room rates per night
start from US$28 and a bed in the dormitory is US$10 per night per
- Sofitel Fiji Resort
and Spa located on Denarau, this 5-star resort has 296
rooms all overlooking the beauty of the Fijian Pacific Ocean. To
give you the full Fijian experience the walls are filled with
traditional Fijian decor ranging from paintings to sculptures and
carvings. The large range of amentities include: a private beach,
golf club, pool, kids club, cultural activities, water sports,
fitness center, spa treatments, numerous restaurants, and more. You
truly get the full Fijian experience with this resort. They also
offer wedding and conference packages, as well.
Tanoa International Hotel P.O. Box 9203, Nadi
Airport Tel: (679) 6720277 Fax: (679) 6720191 Tanoa International
Hotel is convenientley located less than a five minute drive from
the international terminal of Nadi International Airport. The hotel
has 148 rooms starting at F$250 a night. This hotel includes many
important features such as 24-hour security and reception, internet
facilities, a 24-hour airport shuttle, pool, a "Bula" bar and much
more to make for the perfect vacation stay.
FijiPO Box 9619, Nadi Airport, Fiji Tel: Int + 679
6720 150 Fax: Int + 679 6702 324 Club Fiji has the perfect location
for a tropical location. Located on the beach of Nadi Bay, only 8
km from the Nadi International Airport and 4 km from Nadi Town.
This resort features very unique Fijian accomodations including
Bures, Villas, and Apartments for very modest prices. You also have
the option of making your stay a five or seven- night all inclusive
package as well which includes your stay, food, wine, excursions,
airport transportation and more. A fabulous deal! The resort also
has many activities, restaurants, child care, and scuba diving! It
is a perfect resort for families, couples, and everyone else as
You will hear on the grapevine quite a few stories of
pickpockets and scams in Nadi. A recent story was that two young
women were given an 'after hours' tour of the Hindu Temple in Nadi
by a 'guide'. They were asked to leave their bags outside the
temple as a mark of respect and returned to find them gone.
There is a police station in the centre of the main street if
you have any problems.
- Coral Sun run air conditioned buses from Nadi
airport to Suva twice a day - also stopping by request at the
resorts and villages along the way. Buses depart from Nadi airport
at 7.30am and 4pm each day. $20 one way. Ph. (679) 672 3105 or book
at the office located within Nadi airport.
- There are numerous ferries and day trips leaving daily from
Denaru Port in Nadi, if you would like a simple day trip to the Mamanuca
Islands, Yasawa Islands, or other similar
islands, many ferries run from 9-4 daily.
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