Rakiraki

Travel Guide Oceania Melanesia Fiji Viti Levu Rakiraki

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Introduction

Rakiraki is on the north coast of Viti Levu, on a beautiful strip of land known as the Suncoast. Rakiraki is roughly halfway between Nadi and Suva when driving along the north coast via Kings Road. "Rakiraki" refers to the district and the main town of the district is actually Vaileka. However, it has become commonplace to call the town Rakiraki too.

Rakiraki was declared as a township in 2010, though many in Fiji felt this was long overdue.

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Sights and Activities

  • Tomb of Udre Udre. Chief Udre Udre is infamously known as the world's most prolific cannibal. During his life, it is estimated that he ate between 872 and 999 human bodies and in doing so, holds the Guiness World Record. The tomb is hard to find and not well maintained. It is best to go with a driver who knows the stories and history surrounding the legendary chief.
  • Navatu Rock, Vitawa village. The rock stands out proudly and can be easily seen when driving along Kings Road. Depending on the angle and distance you view it from, the rock looks like either a man or a woman. The site is one of the nation's oldest settlements with pottery in the area dated to 1000 BC. The rock is sacred to the nearby Vitawa villagers. They believed that it was from this point that the spirits would depart for the afterlife.

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Events and Festivals

  • Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna Day is celebrated every year on the last Monday of May. It commemorates Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna, a hero in the First World War, who was honored with France’s highest military award. He is considered the father of modern Fiji.
  • Christmas in the tropics is an experience in itself. Visit one of the Christmas Eve carol services to enjoy some fine Fijian singing.
  • Honoring the Founder of Modern Fiji Festival - The last Monday in May is a commemoration to the Father of Modern Fiji, Ratu Sir Lala Sakuna. The festivities last for an entire week, with many different towns and cities celebrating in their own way. The event concludes with a presidential speech relating to Fijian unity, and the statue of Ratu Sir Lala Sakuna is polished by locals.
  • Diwali Festival - Due to Fiji’s large Indian population, the Diwali Festival is one of the main events held on the islands. Celebrated in the month of October, Diwali (which is also known as the Festival of Lights) is characterized by fantastic light shows, traditional firecracker displays, and plenty of night-time fun. It isn’t just the Indian population that gets into the swing of things, as all cultures love any excuse to party.

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Weather

Navoti 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 Fiji's dry season, also known as the "Fiji Winter". 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

Rakiraki is a two-hour drive from Nadi by car or taxi.

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Eat

  • Golden Point Restaurant, Kings Rd, Nacilau Pt, ☎ +679 620 5252. Fijian, Indian and Western food.

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Sleep

  • Tanoa Rakiraki, Kings Rd, ☎ +679 669 4101, fax: +679 669 4545, e-mail: rakiraki@tanoahotels.com. The hotel offers 36 homey and relaxing rooms.
  • Volivoli Beach Resort, Volivoli, ☎ +679 9920942, e-mail: info@volivoli.com. Secluded, spacious resort known for its soft coral diving and sports fishing. Situated on the northernmost tip of Viti Levu, you are able to see ocean sunrises to the east and ocean sunsets to the west.
  • Wananavu Beach Resort, Kings Rd, ☎ +679 669 4433, e-mail: stay@wananavu.com. Right on the northeastern edge of Viti Levu, there are gorgeous views of the ocean and Nananu-i-ra island. The resort also offers snorkeling and diving courses.

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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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