– Coral Coast / Outer Islands / Denarau –
On the main island of Viti Levu, the Coral Coast is one of the holiday hotspots of Fiji. It’s here you’ll find beachfront resorts, stunning surf beaches and a stretch of attractions unrivalled in the South Pacific. Stretching from Nadi Town to Suva, the coastline is a combination of bays, beaches, rocky outcrops and mangrove forests.
Hire a car, grab a map and set your course for adventure as you navigate your way down from Nadi to the Kalevu Cultural Centre and on to Taveuni Hill Fort, once a fortified village. Visit the Nakabuta Pottery Village and watch Fijian women demonstrate the art of pottery making and sculpting.
Pick up some local produce from the farmers at Sigatoka (the riverside town which is the centre of tourism on the Coral Coast) or get your heart racing with adventure sport in Pacific Harbour. Swim with sharks, zip line or get on the wild side at Kula Eco Park, Fiji’s only wildlife park.
The surfing on the reef breaks of the Coral Coast is sensational but that’s just the start of the fun on the water. Swim, snorkel or take to the open ocean in search of game fish including tuna, wahoo and sailfish – the waters of the Pacific Harbour host some of the best diving and fishing in Fiji.
Exploring Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands is like a treasure hunt through the most idyllic destinations. Lift the lid on the reef-fringed beaches and uncover well established island resorts, coral cays and uninhabited volcanic atolls perfect for a quiet picnic. The white sands and quintessential swaying palm trees are the main attractions of the islands, where diving and snorkelling are a must for water lovers.
The group of Islands consists of about 20 Islands (seven of which are covered by the Pacific Ocean at high tide. The islands offer crystal clear waters, palm fringed sandy beaches and live coral reefs. There are islands, villages, resorts to visit, snorkel and swim.
Some of the more popular Islands are Beachcomber, Malolo, Malololailai, Mana, Matamanoa, Qalito (Castaway), South Sea, Treasure, Vomo and Tokiriki. Some of them have more than one Resort on them – From basic to exclusive and indulgent, the Mamanucas have an island resort for everyone. Families are well catered for here with many resorts offering kids clubs, kids menus and many activities for youngsters. Couples can choose an adults only resort, perfect for a honeymoon or perhaps popping the question!
The choice is yours on a Mamanuca Island holiday. Get the adrenaline pumping with some fastpaced watersports or scuba around some incredible dive spots. Set your own pace island hopping, discover traditional Fijian culture or wind down with a cocktail and a good book – you’re sure to find a cosy hammock with your name on it when it’s time to relax.
A short drive from Nadi (approx 15 minutes from the Airport), Denarau Island is easily accessible with a causeway that separates the island from Viti Levu. The whole place is a playground of resorts, golfing, man-made lakes and canals. With so much to do, it’s the ideal spot for everything from an action packed escape to a relaxed romantic getaway.
Cruise ships sail into the picturesque harbour while tall ships whisk you away to the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands for snorkelling, swimming and sunset cocktails. The 18 hole course of Denarau Golf and Racquet Club is a golfer’s dream.
The list of activities on the island is a mile long. Try jet skiing, snorkelling, kayaking or sailing, just to name a few. For something different, learn to cook Fiji’s unique dishes at a cooking school. If you have any energy left, spend it exploring the entertainment hub, Port Denarau Marina. Browse the wide range of shops for jewellery and clothes or tempt your taste buds with seafood or Italian cuisine. Some of the best restaurants in Fiji are found here overlooking the water. Relax with a cocktail and watch the sun go down.
The Bula Bus is the chosen mode of transport for a small fee you can ride the open air bus around the Resorts of Denarau and down to the Port Denarau Marina Complex.
Uncrowded, unpolluted, unspoiled Fiji is a 3 hour flight from Auckland with daily flights operated by several airlines
The town of Nadi is a bustling place with many shops, banking facilities, supermarket, local craft market etc. There is a local public transport system on the main island that operates at intermittent times as well as private coaches and taxis. There are several rental car companies on the island if you wish to hire a car.
Temperatures range between 18 to 30 degrees depending on the month of the year with the rainy season and the more humid months being December through to mid March usually. The local currency is Fijian Dollars.
All resorts have lovely venue options for a beach wedding and several also have a chapel on site if a chapel wedding is preferred.
There is no time difference between New Zealand and Fiji. Fiji is becoming increasingly popular amongst Kiwis, perfect for relaxing on unspoilt beaches or taking an off the beaten track adventure. Fiji is like no other destination in the South Pacific.
This destination gives you the choice of a Fiji wedding on the mainland or one of the many pristine outer islands. There are resorts on the mainland dotted along the Coral Coast and on Denarau Island ranging from 3 to 5 star. Many of the resorts on the mainland have white sand beaches and breathtaking lagoons.
The outer islands are accessed by launch, speed boat, sea plane or helicopter and there are many to choose from to cater for all budgets and preferences and ranging between 2.5 star to 5 star plus. All outer islands are surrounded by a coral reef and have striking beaches and crystal clear lagoons.
The Fijian people are one of Fiji’s best assets with their big smiling faces, welcoming manner and great sense of humour. Sightseeing tours, day cruises, cultural tours, fishing excursions and day trips to the outer islands are all on offer at this unforgettable destination.