Though it doesn’t provide the most thrilling of starts to a Fijian visit, Nadi is a good place to recover from jetlag and organize any logistics.
2 Garden of the Sleeping Giant
Located just north of Nadi, this hillside tropical garden is a great scenic stop-off, with a spectacular display of orchids.
A run-of-the-mill Fijian town, Lautoka provides a refreshingly non-touristy experience, and has one of the finest markets in the country.
With its two hundred thatched bures, Navala is the most beautiful place in Fiji to observe traditional life at close hand.
Allow another night in Nadi before the early start required for the Yasawa Flyer catamaran. The choice of island stop-offs is yours if you buy the Bula Pass, but Waya is one of the highlights, with its rocky peaks and white sand shore.
The largest of the Yasawas, Naviti features some great snorkelling opportunities, particularly the blue depths and manta rays of the Drawaqa lagoon.
7 The northern Yasawas
You’ll find a good range of accommodation on these low-lying islands, as well as coral reefs, turquoise lagoons and the limestone caves of Sawa-i-Lau.
Starting out at Nadi, take the coastal bus southeast around the island along the Queens Road.
Hop off at the national park at Sigatoka and follow the walking routes through secondary forest and onto sand dunes, where ancient burial sites are regularly revealed by storms.
3 Coral Coast
Continue east, where the Coral Coast provides a gentle start to any trip, with relaxed, long-established resorts edging the warm seas.
The only real city in Fiji, Suva has plenty of metropolitan charm: colonial architecture, some excellent Fiji-Indian restaurants, bars and clubs and a fine museum.
This volcanic island with mountain rainforest is a fascinating diversion from Viti Levu. The highpoint is laid-back Levuka, Fiji’s former capital and a World Heritage Site.
6 Kings Road
Back on the main island, continue your circuit by heading back to Nadi via the northern Kings Road. If you have time to dawdle, stop off at some resorts on the way.
From Nadi, take a flight to Labasa. The miniscule airport amongst the sugar cane is a sight in itself.
Travel by bus to Savusavu, a small town with hot springs, mountain walks, some decent restaurants and a glorious bay.
3 Buca Bay dive resorts
Bus east to the ferry at Natavu. From here a couple of dive resorts can send a speedboat to collect you, and you can enjoy a few days of utter seclusion.
Next make the short ferry crossing to verdant Taveuni. There are some great activities here, including natural rock slides, hikes, snorkelling tours, dives and famous surf breaks.
Another small plane – or a cargo boat trip – takes you to the capital for some urban exploration.
6 Coral Coast
Make your way back to Nadi by bus, via the beach resorts of the Coral Coast.
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