Nadi & Surrounds
A bustling tourism hub on Viti Levu's west coast, Nadi is a great place for travellers to eat, drink and shop. You'll find plenty of options for retail therapy, with the latest Hindi or Fijian music playing from every storefront. Close proximity to Denarau Island and its wide range of quality accommodation also make Nadi an ideal base before you head out to discover the rest of Fiji.
Hindu pilgrims flock to this city to visit Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple, the largest shrine of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, but it’s the travellers jetting in from across the globe to bask in all that Fiji's islands have to offer who’ve made Nadi (pronounced 'Nandi') a major tourist hub.
Just minutes from the airport, this culturally eclectic city of about 50,000 is packed with shops, restaurants, bars, tour outfits and hotels. It's also home to Newtown beach, the Sleeping Giant orchid gardens, Waqadra Botanical Gardens and the 'presidential village' of Viseisei, which is said to be the landing point of the first Melanesian canoeists to visit Fiji and the site of the islands’ first settlement.
Nadi serves as the gateway to top attractions like the lush Sabeto Mountains, stunning Natadola Beach, the fun-packed Mamanucas and breathtaking Yasawa islands, the cultural riches of Sigatoka and the high-end resorts of Denarau Island, among others.
Sonaisali Island - home to the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji is surrounded by the warm waters of the South Pacific Ocean, just a three-minute boat ride from the main island of Viti Levu, and a short 25-minute drive from Nadi International Airport. The resort offers a wealth of amenities, beautiful accommodation and an authentic, warm Fijian welcome.
Guests staying at the hotel can choose from an array of activities, including paintballing, horseback riding and pampering spa treatments. Those looking to enjoy the natural beauty of the area while adopting the relaxed island pace of Fiji can swim in the freeform pool on the edge of the beach, or explore the beautiful coral reefs of the nearby Mamanuca Islands.
Each of the beachfront guest rooms incorporates a furnished balcony with stunning views of the South Pacific Ocean, and a wide range of guest amenities including Smart TV with satellite channels and the signature Sweet Dreams by DoubleTree beds.
With two restaurants and bars to choose from, guests benefit from a wide choice of cuisines and dining experiences in a variety of environments. This beautiful resort also features three conference spaces, making it an ideal setting for a unique corporate event or spectacular wedding.
According to legend, Fiji’s second-largest city derives its name from a battle cry that means ‘spear-hit’. The story goes that when an argument erupted between two local chiefs, one cried out the words lau toka as he killed the other by spearing him through the chest, simultaneously stating the obvious and naming the location.
The city’s municipal market which has a floor area of about 58,000m is another attraction from both outside and inside. The tourist destinations are Abaca, island resorts, day cruises to island resorts and handicraft markets, to name a few. There is a wonderful marina at Vuda Point, Lautoka with surrounding hotels and motels.
The Koroyanitu National Heritage Park is located about 10 km southeast of Lautoka and is the ultimate haven for nature lovers. From hiking to picnicking, travellers have the opportunity to experience and enjoy all the scenic and cultural beauty that Fiji has to offer.
Behind the business district is the Lautoka Market, home to an exceptional variety of fresh, tropical fruits and vegetables, fish and Indian sweets. Enjoy a meal at one of the area's restaurants, serving a delectable variety of dishes, including Chinese, Indian, Italian, Fijian, European and Korean.
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