I will be heading to Fiji as part of my RTW trip and hope to be based there for approx 3 weeks. I fly into Nadi, and understand from alot of people that you dont want to stay too long as the beach isn't that nice and it can be kinda expensive.....
I have 2 questions that i hope you can help me with.....
a) Can you reccommend a decent / cheap place to stay in Nadi for our first few nights,
b) As there are lots of different islands to visit, which ones are worth seeing and again can you reccommend any nice accomadation?
Thanks in adavance.
I stayed at Nadi Bay Resort Hotel which was great. I didnt book in advance I just spotted the rep at the airport and went from there. They provide a transfer service from the airport to the hostel. Its a great base to get yourself sorted before you start island hopping. It has two swimming pools and the food is good. They also provide a storage room so you can leave your large backpack there instead of lugging around with you!!
I didnt stay in Nadi for long, just two days (either side of the 10 days I was there) whilst I got myself booked onto the Bula pass..the islands are amazing so would suggest to get out there asap.
As for islands I def recommend Bounty Island as its amazing. I also went to Waya Lailai and to White Sandy Beach and both were lovely. I did try to get booked in at Osmans and Octupus which are meant to be fab but they were fully booked!! I didnt manage to get to Beachcomber Island either which is the party island but heard mixed reviews about it!
If your there for three weeks then you will probably be best getting a 14 day bula pass (which means you can hop to any of the islands) and then for the last week spend sometime on the mainland as I also heard good reviews for there too!
Very jealous, have fun!
Kelly you are a star!! Thanks a bunch.
Have you or anyone else ever used the following sites to book your island hopping passes...and are they worth the money?
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 10, 2008, at 7:28 AM by jadeverell ]
I have travelled with both Feejee Experience and Awesome Adventures. I would recommend both for different reasons.
Feejee Experience is good if you want to do some adventureous activites. It's not for a beach holiday as you are on the go all day everyday but it's really fun and you will meet lots of cool people. I'm not much of a drinker but it wasn't really a party trip so I never had a problem. Some people got drunk every night but the majority of people just enjoyed a beer or two.
Awesome Adventures is good for a beach holiday. They run the Yasawa Flyer which is a catarmaran that travels from Nadi to Yasawa Island and back again everyday. You can use this as a hop on hop off boat service to get to most of the islands in the Yasawa group. It is pretty expensive to book the bus segments separately, I think it's about F$150 for a oneway ticket from Nadi to Nanuya Lailai which is one of the northernmost islands. So the Bula travelpass is really economical. Just be aware that you can only use the pass for one return journey ie. you can stop at as many islands as you like going northwards and going southwards but you can go to one island then go north and then go south and then go north again. If you are only going for a week or so, you can book a package with Awesome Adventures which includes accommodation and meals. I think it's even cheaper than booking the hostels and travelpass separately.
I stayed on Nanuya Lailai at Sunrise, on Manta Ray, on Kuata and on South Sea Island. I would really recommend Manta Ray and South Sea Island. Kuata was nice but the accommodation is very basic and some people didn't like it. I didn't like Sunrise at all, it was extremely basic and smelt. I also found the staff quite unfriendly.
I really enjoyed Awesome Adventures as it was very much an individual package. You can do as little or as much as you want on the islands. There is good snorkelling, you can learn to scuba dive, you can visit the local villages, you can play volleyball or you can just lie in a hammock and read a book.
In Nadi, I stayed at Nadi Bay Hotel, Aquarius Fiji and Nomads Skylodge. I found Nadi Bay to be very very busy and noisy. They have large (18+ beds) dorm rooms, I had booked a quad dorm and they tried to put me in an extra large dorm.
I really like the Aquarius, it's right on the beach and is small and friendly. It's two houses joined together, the front desk staff were really friendly and helpful.
Nomads Skylodge was also nice, it has a great pool and is set in a large complex of gardens. It's pretty quiet too.
There is a new hostel called Smuggler's Cove in Nadi, I didn't stay there but I have seen pictures and it looks nice. People seem to be happy with it.
I wouldn't recommend staying in Nadi for more than one night on the way to or from the islands, there isn't much to do and the beach isn't great. It was the only place in Fiji that I didn't really feel safe walking by myself.
Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions!