Things to see and do
Nadi Temple Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami
At the Southern end of Nadi Town sits the largest, most magnificent South Indian Hindu temple in Fiji. Shoes are not allowed in the Temple so they must be removed before entering. Photography is permitted outside the Temple.
Viseisei Village Tour
This is one of the most respected villages in Fiji. It is said that this is where the first Fijians landed. The late President of Fiji was from this historical Chiefly village. Regular tours to the village can be arranged from Tour Desks at the Hotels/Resorts. Viseisei village is 20 minutes by car from Nadi Airport. Modest dressing is necessary to visit this chiefly village.
Garden of the Sleeping Giant
Located 20 minutes from Nadi Airport. The garden was established by the American actor Raymond Burr. It features fantastic tropical gardens and orchids of different species and colours.
Kula Bird Park
Located opposite Outrigger on the Lagoon, the Park houses an interesting collection of native animals and birds. This is Fiji's only native animals and birds zoo. A must see for visitors who are staying in any Coral Coast Hotels.
Located between Nadi & Sigatoka, this beach is regarded by many as one of the finest beaches in the Coral Coast. Also features a public beach which locals utilise during weekends and Public Holidays.
Kalevu Cultural Centre
Located opposite Shangri La's Fijian Resort, the Centre gives an insight into the traditional Fijian housing, lifestyle and history. The Centre displays dance groups enacting the different cultures of the South Pacific Islands. A great place to visit and witness what they have to offer. Gecko's restaurant is also in the property for guests' enjoyment. Great food! Great Experience!
Sigatoka Sand Dunes
This large formation of wind blown dunes is along a wind swept beach near the mouth of Sigatoka river. The dunes are about five kilometres long, up to one kilometre wide and on an average of 20 metres high, rising to about 60 metres at the western end. The view is quite spectacular and is a great place for a walk. The dunes have been forming over thousands of years from the alluring sediment washed downriver and out to sea. Archaeological investigations have been carried out by the Fiji Museum, and human skeletal remains and pottery shards have been discovered, suggesting that there was a village near the eastern end of the dunes in pre-historic time. The Sand Dunes is located between Shangri La's Fijian Resort and Sigatoka Town.
A must visit place is the Sigatoka market. Experience the buzz of the selling of local produce where locals mostly from the Sigatoka Valley and surrounding areas, display different types of fresh vegetables and other foods. Sigatoka Valley is considered 'The Salad bowl of Fiji'.
Tavuni Hill Fort
This is one of the most historical sights in the area. The Fort was used as a defensive site by the Tongan Chief Maile Latemai during the mid to late 18th century, which was an era of political upheaval in Tonga and the chief left his country to avoid a family dispute. He and his entourage of servants sailed all the way in a great double hulled canoe that arrived in the Sigatoka area in 1788. They were originally set up in Korotogo but were kept on the move by constant tribal warfare. Eventually, the newcomers were accepted by the local tribes and the chief was given some land with a local wife. There are several other similar sites all over Fiji. This historical site has been restored which features an information centre and guides are provided for your tour.
The Arts Village
This is one of the best places to catch a glimpse of the rich Fijian culture. Situated at Pacific Harbour a few kilometres away from Suva. You will witness the re-enactment of how our ancestors used to live and behave. One of the main attractions is a lake tour around an artificial village on a ‘Drua' (old-styled canoe) with a warrior as a skipper and guide. The village has a reconstructed temple, chief's bure, cooking area and building area with utensils and a weaving hut. Fijian warriors dressed in traditional costumes carry out a mock battle to re-enact the ancestry tribal war and cannibalism. You can also witness the Fijian Traditional Firewalking ceremony.
A popular adventure! If you're the adventurous type then this is the place to visit and experience. Whether you're experienced or a complete novice, they have a variety of adventures that accommodate a range of skills and interest levels. In fact, they offer something for everyone from 6 to 8-day all-inclusive, multi-activity family vacations and honeymoon packages from 1/2 to 2-day river rafting and sea kayaking trips.
One of the most well known attractions in Taveuni. It takes an hour to drive from the Airport and then a ten minute walk to the first fall. If you're feeling vigorous, you can hike up to two more stages, but the general consensus is that the most spectacular views of the 600-foot falls are from the first level. You will surely get tempted to try out the cool pristine waters off the falls, take your swimmers!
International Date Line
This line separates the Eastern and Western hemispheres, and it only crosses land in three places on earth (The others are in especially remote parts of Siberia). This line normally acts as the International Date Line as well. Neither the fact that the dateline officially zigzags around Fiji nor the fact that the millennium really started in 2001 stopped islanders from declaring themselves the first to greet the new millennium in the wee hours of January 1, 2000.
In the high mountains of Taveuni, known as Fiji's Garden Island, there is a beautiful lake of a considerable size. A flowering plant called ‘Tagimoucia' is found only on the shores of this lake. Any attempt to transplant the vine will fail as has been experienced in the past. The ‘Tagimoucia' is one of Fiji's most beautiful wild flowers, shaped in rich red tear drops with a white centre. There is a Fijian legend behind the ‘Tagimoucia' flower which you will be told during the tour.