Although Wailoaloa Beach has neither gleaming white sands nor an aquamarine lagoon, it does have a tranquil ocean outlook and stunning views towards the mountains, and makes an excellent spot for a beach stroll; it’s a reasonably tranquil place to spend a couple of nights recovering from a long flight and planning onward travel, but there nothing to keep you here longer.

The picturesque beachfront stretches for 3km in the heart of Nadi Bay but has surprisingly little development. Backpacker hostels and budget apartments congregate around Wasawasa Road in Newtown and here you can enjoy a quiet beer, grab a meal or watch Polynesian dancing at weekends. The sea is good for swimming, although the murky lagoon is rather off-putting, blackened from the surrounding muddy mangrove estuaries.

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