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Introduction

Nadi markets

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Nadi, on the western side of Viti Levu, is Fiji's third largest city. It is also the country's primary port of entry for air-travellers as it has the largest airport in Fiji. It is most significantly a hub for trips to the Mamanucas and Yasawas, with ferries leaving from the harbour regularly. Several major resorts and hotels have also set up around the town itself to cater for the travelling population.

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Sights and Activities

  • Sri Siva Subramaniya temple is the largest Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere.
  • Nadi Market offers and authentic Fijian shopping experience. Located off Hospital Road between the bus station and downtown.
  • Denarau Island, boasts two large resorts, offering visitors multiple restaurants, water-sports and a full-size golf course.
  • The Garden of the Sleeping Giant, at the foothills of the Nausori Highlands is about half an hour out of Nadi, a little past the airport. It is a sprawling tropical garden and a great cool retreat on typically warm Fijian days.

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Events and Festivals

  • The Bula Festival is held in September

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Weather

Nadi enjoys a mild tropical climate with year-round temperatures around 25 °C with a generally high humidity. Average highs range from around 26 °C in July and August to around 30 °C from December to April. Lows are between 20 °C and 23 °C. May to October is the dry season and the weather is slightly cooler and less rainfall and humidity make it a good time of the year to visit. From December to April, the city gets a lot of rain.

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Getting There

By Plane

Nadi International Airport (NAN) is the country's main international gateway. It is the main hub of Fiji Airways, and also services Air New Zealand and Air Fiji flights, amongst others. There are connections to New Zealand, Australia, Los Angeles, South Korea and other Pacific destinations.

Getting from the airport into town is straightforward by taxi or if you have booked into a resort, you will most likely have a transfer organised for you from the airport directly to the hotel.

By Boat

  • South Sea Cruises operates daily ferry departures from Nadi to the Mamanuca Islands on board modern, comfortable vessels. They operate two fast catamarans from Denarau Marina to most of the Mamanuca islands, including Malolo, Walu Beach, Castaway Island, Mana, Treasure Island, Beachcomber Island, Bounty Island, South Sea Island, Matamanoa and Tokoriki.
  • Awesome Adventures operates Fiji's Yasawa Flyer (the big yellow boat) from Nadi and is the main form of boat transport out to the remote Yasawa Islands. It services all the resorts in the Yasawa islands plus some of the Mamanuca resorts daily.

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Getting Around

By Car

You can hire a car at Nadi Airport and use it to drive around Viti Levu. A license will be necessary from your home country and be aware that driving is on the left in Fiji.

By Public Transport

Public buses connect the various cities and towns on Viti Levu and can provide an economic alternative to hiring a car.

By Foot

Depending on how much you want to explore around Nadi, you can probably get by with taxis and then on foot. The centre of the town is very limited and can easily be navigated on foot.

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Eat

  • Ashyanna provides outstanding Indian cuisine in a warm welcoming setting- excellent value. It's on the main road just before the bridge. Ask any cab driver to take you there.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Anchorage Beach ResortVuda Point ViseiseiHotel-
Aquarius On The Beach17 Waswasa Road, Newtown P.O.Box 7Hostel78
Beach Escape VillasNadi P.O BOX 11043,Hostel75
Beachside ResortWailoaloa Beach RdHotel-
Bluewater LodgeBaravi Road NetwownHostel76
Capricorn Hotel FijiMartintar NadiHostel72
Dee's HomestayPO BOX 11116 Nadi AirportHostel-
First Landing Beach Resort & VillasPO Box 348apartment-
Heaven's Edge ResortSabetoHostel-
Hodeco Sunview MotelLot 14 Grey Road, Mountain ViewHostel-
Horizon Beach Backpackers ResortP.O. Box 1401 Nadi Nadi BayHostel76
Hostel KennedyP.O box 3339 NadiHostel73
Mamas Tropic of Capricorn Resort11 Wasa Wasa Rd Newtown Nadi FijiAPARTMENT79
Nadi Bay HotelWailoaloa Road, NadiHostel78
Nadi Downtown HotelP.O.BOX 1326, Main Street, NadiHOSTEL73
Nadi Holiday Inn Youth HostelPO Box 1326 NadiHostel-
New Town Beach Motel5 Wasawasa Rd, Newtown P.O.Box 787, NadiHostel-
Nomads SkylodgeQueens RoadHostel77
Peridiom Motel AccommodationLot 8 Northern Press Rd Martintar, NadiHostel-
Saweni Beach Apartments & HotelSaweni BeachHOSTEL-
Seashell @ MomiP.O. Box 9530 Nadi AirportHostel73
Smugglers Cove Beach ResortP.O.Box 10409 Nadi AirportHOSTEL82
Stoney Creek ResortSabetoHostel83
Surf and Dive The RendezvousOff NadiHostel-
Travellers Beach Resort17 Wasawasa Rd, Newtown, Nadi P.O Box 700Hostel77
Jetset AccommodationPalm Road,New Town,Nadi,Fiji Islands P.O.Box 10362,Nadi Airport,Fiji IslandsGuesthouse-
The Blue Bure10 Narewa RoadHostel-
Grand West's VillasNewtown Road Wailoaloa NadiHotel-
Grand Melanesian HotelP.O.Box 10410 Nadi AirportHotel60
Bamboo33 Newtown Beach Wailoaloa BayHOSTEL82
Wailoaloa Beach Resort FijiNewtown Road, WailoaloaHOTEL79
Hibiscus Homestay & Apartment8 Hibiscus St; MartintarGuesthouse-
Beachcomber Island resortmamanuca groupHostel70
Gate 8Westfield Nadi AirportGUESTHOUSE-
SSS International Manhao HotelP.O.Box MT 008 Jetset Point Martintar NadiHOTEL-
Hans Travel InnLot 2, Haji Street, Martinatar Nadi, FijiHOSTEL-
Central Sunview Hotel14 Gray Road, MartintarHOTEL-
Fiji Beach Escape NadiNewtown Beach WailoaloaGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes are available in cities and towns and popular tourist areas and more and more places have (free) wifi nowadays. Sometimes you need to pay a fee or usage is for a limited amount of time or customers only.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The international phone code for Fiji is 679. Emergency numbers include 917 for the police and 911 for ambulance and fire department.

You will find payphones in all post office branches as well as in the booths situated on streets throughout the country. They only accept Fiji Telecom phone cards which can be purchased in post offices and many shops and come in denominations up to F$50. A digital display will tell you how much money you have left on your card at all times. You can also use a TeleCard which is a pre-paid calling card that can be used from any telephone in Fiji, not just pay phones.

Calling is done by calling the card's issue center, entering the code (found on the card) and entering the destination number. To call outside Fiji, dial 05 first, then the country code and phone number. Foreign calls start at about F$0.50 a minute, but are usually around F$1 or more for European destinations for example.

Avoid high roamaing charges with your phone and turn your data services for outside your home country off at all times. Instead buy a local SIM card (you have to have an unlocked phone of course). There are a few mobile phone companies operating on the island (Vodafone, Digicel). A sim-card is inexpensive, but you need to register your sim to keep it active and to get access to data. Buying a sim-card gives access to cheap data-packages for easy internet access using your phone as a hot-spot.

Post

Post Fiji offers services in the country and to other countries. It's fairly reliable, not expensive, but it can take a while for letters or postcards to arrive at your destination. All major towns have post offices which are operated by Fiji Post. There is also a branch at Nadj International Airport. Connections are pretty quick, particularly with North America, but if you use surface mail, your letter could take over two months to reach its destination. Post offices are open between 8.00and 4.00pm from Monday to Friday. For sending packages overseas, you might better use international courier companies like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they offer fast, competitively priced and reliable services.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -17.81819
  • Longitude: 177.4162

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