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Nadi (pronounced "Nandi") is on the western side of the island of Viti Levu, the main and largest island in Fiji.


Nadi is a transit point for other destinations in Fiji, and is slightly smaller than Lautoka just to the north, or the capital Suva out on the eastern coast. Many visitors spend a night here waiting for ferries, boats to outer islands, or planes to and from home.

While the many town street and bus station is towards the south, a number of resorts line Queens Road from the airport, with some hostels on the water to the west of the airport runway. Few things are walkable in Nadi, but taxis are plentiful and an open-window, basic bus system used by locals exists.

There is not a lot to do but one great way to pass the time is to go to some of the creek sections near the airport where you may see beautiful finches, mongooses and other birds. Sunscreen and insect repellant are an absolute must due to the severe heat, humidity and risk of tropical disease. Make sure you understand the distances beforehand as walking to the beach in the heat may not be an option and internet is mainly available at the airport. You can use a MAC address changer to get a new WiFi session after the 30 minutes of WiFi is used up.

If you do decide to stay in or around Nadi, make sure you are prepared to be approached by people trying to get you into their shop as you walk down the main street. These people aren't threatening, Nadi is the safest town of Fiji, there is no risk of pick pockets unless there is a festival in town when people from other towns and cities come to Nadi.

Nadi Market Peppers

The upscale Denarau Island is just 5 km north west of Nadi, and is where you will find the region's luxury hotels and resorts. This is also where you will find Denarau Marina, your gateway to the beautiful island chains of the Mamanucas and Yasawas.

Get in[edit]

Nadi International Airport (NAN) is Fiji's main international gateway. It is responsible for over 95 percent of Fiji's annual international passengers.

Nadi International Airport's main airline provider is national carrier Fiji Airways, with service to many South Pacific countries and islands throughout the country. Air New Zealand, Qantas, Jetstar Airways, and Virgin Australia bring a large number of tourists. Service to Asia is provided by Fiji Airways (Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore).

See Airports Fiji Limited [8] for more information.

Exiting the airport parking area to the main road gives you access to multiple public buses circulating between Nadi and Lautoka. The bus fare to Nadi as of early 2019, is around 2 Fijian dollars.

Get around[edit]

  • Bags may be left for $8 FJD at the luggage storage right next to the arrival gate. This area is reasonably secure but people are allowed to come in and look for their bags so it is recommended you do not leave expensive goods. It may be closed for breaks but should be open until late so make sure of the time you can pick up.
  • Taxi drivers will try to hustle you at the airport. They may be an option if you secure your price in advance. If being harassed, be firm and say No. Taxi drivers wear uniforms that may make you think they are airport staff and will do things like go behind the service desk or approach you and offer help. They may try to hustle you by offering incorrect information, such as saying the information desk will not be open today. The service desk may be helpful but they may also try to convince you of false information such as the distance to the buses being longer than it is, or that the next bus would be a long wait though they leave very frequently. This may be to entice customers into the cabs.
  • There is a great local bus service at your disposal. Travel with the locals in open-air comfort for a fraction of the price of a hire car. All buses are marked on the front with the names of the two towns they travel between. If unsure, ask the driver. Buses may be caught from the main road 4 minutes walk from the airport. Fare is paid when getting off and is only a couple dollars. Buses come very frequently and you shouldn't have to wait more than 15 minutes. Bus stops are not clearly marked in most cases, ask a local or go where people are congregating. Buses may offer change but better to get it beforehand.
  • If you are staying at the Nadi Bay Hotel, simply walk to the end of that road and catch the local bus heading right (towards Nadi Town). The buses run every 20 minutes or so, and are just 80 cents FJD one-way to town.
  • Taxis have their hometown printed on the front bumper, if they are travelling back home they are not allowed to charge more than the busfare.
  • You are able to bargain with the taxi driver prior to the trip in order to get the price of your trip down before you leave to your destination, ask your hotel or research reasonable prices prior to your ride. The taxis can be flagged down, or found at taxi stands
  • It is recommended that you do not hire a personal car to take you around, simply for safety reasons.
  • Rental Cars are available through many known names such as Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Budget, etc. many can be found in the airport. You must have a valid drivers license and be above the age of 25 (or 21 depending on the company) in order to rent a car. The average price is around F$100 per day.
  • If you are travelling to Denarau Marina for the Yasawa Flyer, a complimentary bus leaves the airport at 6:50am, stopping at a number of hotels before arriving at the port around 7:45am. Check in with the Awesome Adventures or travel desk to confirm the coach shuttle.
  • If you are headed to a hotel in Nadi from Port Denerau, save over half your taxi fare by taking the frequent local red public bus at the port for FJ$1 to the town center. Get off when most of the bus does, and walk a block down the main street to Prouds department store where a line of taxis are parked. You can often get to any hotel for less than FJ$10 total this way.

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  • Visit the Hindu Temple at the southern end of the main street of Nadi. It is the largest in the Pacific and is very colourful. Admission is $10 per person. Conservative wear is required and signposted. Women may borrow free sarongs from the shop.
  • Visit the Wailoaloa Beach, at a 1/2 mile long the beach located in the northern area of Nadi. There are multiple beach clubs and resorts located on this stretch. According to a traveller, this beach is popular with backpackers and is a $10 cab ride from Nadi.
  • The Newtown Beach has public access as well, it is located about 10 minutes away from Nadi town by bus.
  • Visit the Nadi Garden of the Sleeping Giant. Originally started to make a place for the private collection of tropical orchids of Canadian actor Raymond Burr, this garden now houses many beautiful plants and trails for walking. It is open Monday-Saturday, entrance fee is F$10. One hustle encountered from an insistent market vendor was to offer a private car to this location and to wait for you, at an indeterminate price.

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  • Hop on a local bus (FJD$2) to Lautoka and visit a real Fijian city away from the tourist eye. The bus terminates at the local markets, where you can buy tonnes of fresh produce.
  • From Thursday to Sunday, drop in to the Capricorn Hotel between Nadi airport and Nadi town at around 8pm. You can sit under the bungalow and listen to a wonderful group of Fijians playing traditional and modern songs on guitar, ukulele and keyboard. You may even be invited to try some of their kava drink (an experience in itself)! The Hotel also serves meals and there is a bar.
  • Hop on a ferry at Denarau Port and visit the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands right off the coast.
  • Visit the Nadi Town market, there are hand crafts, fruits, other produce, music, and much more! Food may not always be available, handicrafts are the main supply. Expect to haggle and deal with salesmen as goods are overpriced. Make sure you secure a price for anything before it is carved for you. You may be asked to sit down and chat as a precursor to buying something. Some goods may not be made by the store-owner, as they are also for sale at the airport.
  • If you are religious and wish to attend a church service in Nadi, there are numerous churches that hold their worship services on Saturdays or Sunday. A few to mention are: Assemblies of God, Methodist Churches, Baptist Churches, Pentecostal Church [9], Seven Day Adventists and more [10]. They can be contacted via the local telephone directory [11] or via the internet [12].

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  • The currency is the Fijian Dollar (FJD). One U.S. dollar is worth about $1.88 FJD. ATM fees range from $7-15 FJD, make sure to get enough money out for cab rides.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Nadina Restaurant, Lot 6 Khalil St, Nadi (opposite the Capricorn hotel), (679) 672 7313. Authentic Fijian cuisine: Fresh seafood, chicken and meat served with rice or Fijian vegetables. Outdoor dining and very friendly staff. Locals sit outside playing the guitar and singing Fijian songs as you dine. Meals around $FJ20-30.  edit This has now moved to Denarau.
  • The Bounty Restaurant & Bar [13] located in the Martintar "strip" is a favorite spot for locals and tourists. It has an excellent atmosphere and a friendly environment with good food and a selection of local and imported beers and spirits. The Bounty is popular for its steak and seafood dishes, particularly lobsters.
  • The Royale Thai Restaurant [14] located beside The Bounty Restaurant in the same premises offers a fine dining experience in authentic Thai cuisine. This has closed.
  • Tu's Place [15] is a great local restaurant also in the Martintar area of Nadi. It's over the road from the Bounty and next to Ed's bar. The menu is varied with some Asian inspired dishes, European dishes, local dishes and definitely great fish and chips. If you like a good Thai curry, get one at Tu's place. Tu makes his own fresh curry pastes - it makes a big difference. Also try the lassi and smoothies.
  • Amalfi Italian Restaurant [16] tel.(679)6750200 is a very nice and new restaurant in Port Denarau (very close to Nadi). At this elegant restaurant, Italians serve Italian food and wines. Prices medium-high.
  • Continental Cakes & Pizza Tel: 670 3595 This bakery located on Queen Road in Nadi town has gotten great reviews from numerous places. There are many cakes, pastries, bread, pizzas and delicious flaky croissants. The bakery serves breakfast, sandwiches, and flat crust pizzas Monday-Saturday from 8am-6pm.
  • Daikoku Restaurant [17] P.O.Box 1900, Nadi Town Tel:+679-6703622 Daikoku restaurant is a popular Teppan-Yaki steak house located on the corner of Queens Road and Northern Press Road in Nadi Town. Call the listed telephone number for a reservation! They are open for lunch and dinner from 12pm-1130pm Monday-Saturday.
  • Hard Rock Cafe [18] Tel: 679-670-3131 Located in Port Denarau, this Hard Rock is the home to items from Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Shakira, Seal, Jethro Tull and many others. Open daily from 10am-11pm.
  • Indigo Fiji Restaurant [19] Tel: 675-0026 This restaurant specializes in Indian and Asian Cuisine and is located at the famous Denarau Island, Nadi, Fiji.
  • Bonefish Fiji Restaurant [20] Tel: 675 0197 Bonefish Fiji is a seafood restaurant and they are located at the Denarau Island, Nadi in Fiji.

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Ed's Bar is a short walk from the Nadi Bay Hotel. Just head out to the main road and turn left (away from Nadi Town). You'll find pool tables, a small dance section and a beer garden. There is no cover if you are a traveller and no dress code either.

  • The Bounty Restaurant & Bar [21] is a popular watering hole for locals and travelers. Located in the heart of Nadi and just walking distance from Ed's Bar, Mercure hotel, Capricorn hotel, Lazy Cactus, and Ohana. You'll find a variety local and foreign beers, also draught beer. Live sports games (IRB 7s, SUPER 14, etc) are screened on the big screen. The Bounty has a great atmosphere and also offers karaoke for the daring.

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Fiji offers a range of accommodation types from the budget accommodations to the luxurious up market resorts scattered around the islands.

  • Club Fiji Resort, Nadi, Fiji, +679 670 2189, [1]. On the beach front in a secluded cove, Club Fiji Resort features bungalows and villas, only 2.5 miles from Nadi Town. Each has a private porch, and most have ocean views.  edit
  • Wailoaloa Beach Resort [22]. On Newtown Road, a 10min ride from the airport. The resort provide free pick-up and drop off service. This is one of the cheapest option in this part of Nadi. Clean air-con rooms, swimming pool and free wifi. F$55 for a double room with private bathroom and breakfast. There is also a good and correctly priced restaurant. The resort is a 10 to 15min walk to the main street and so is the beach.
  • Capricorn Hotel. On the Queen's Road between Nadi airport and Nadi Town. This is a mid-priced hotel with fairly basic rooms, but they are air-conditioned and have patios/balconies. They restaurant serves fairly bland western style meals including fish and chips and pizza.
  • Mercure Hotel Nadi [23]. Queens Rd, Nadi Airport, Fiji Islands. Tel (679) 672 2255 Fax (679) 672 0187. The hotel features 84 rooms in two accommodation wings that overlook the resort style swimming pool, beutiful tropical gardens, a restaurant with alfresco dining on the poolside deck as well as a relaxing and welcoming bar.
  • Nadi Bay Hotel [24]. Wailoaloa Road, Nadi NAP 0359, Nadi Airport. Tel 679 672 3599 Fax 679 672 0092. A bustling hive of activity: friendly, good food, lots of travellers to swap stories with, reasonable room rates, music etc. As a small but refreshing detail, orange juice fans are recommended to grab a tall glass at the poolside bar.
  • Novotel Nadi [25]. Namaka Hill, Nadi Fiji Islands. Tel (679) 672 2000 Fax (679) 672 0590. The hotel has 127 spacious rooms, each featuring a private balcony overlooking the landscaped gardens. They offer conference rooms as well as both a restaurant and bar, providing both relaxed indoor or outdoor dining.
  • Tanoa Rakiraki [26]. PO Box 31, Rakiraki, Fiji Islands. Tel (679) 669 4101. Fax (679) 669 4545. The Tanoa Rakiraki Hotel offers 36 homey rooms that offer everything you can possible need for a comfortable and relaxing Fiji vacation. Located in Rakiraki Township, a two-hour drive from Nadi. Online reservation at best rates with instant confirmation start near US$20.
  • The Bounty Apartments [27] located in the heart of Nadi in the Martintar strip. The Bounty Apartments offers an affordable and secure accommodation suited to the low budget traveller. Ideally located and only minutes away from the Nadi International Airport, the main shopping center, restaurants, bars, hotels, resorts, and the Denarau marina. Room rates per night start from US$28 and a bed in the dormitory is US$10 per night per person.
  • Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa [28] located on Denarau, this 5-star resort has 296 rooms all overlooking the beauty of the Fijian Pacific Ocean. To give you the full Fijian experience the walls are filled with traditional Fijian decor ranging from paintings to sculptures and carvings. The large range of amentities include: a private beach, golf club, pool, kids club, cultural activities, water sports, fitness center, spa treatments, numerous restaurants, and more. You truly get the full Fijian experience with this resort. They also offer wedding and conference packages, as well.
  • Tanoa International Hotel [29] P.O. Box 9203, Nadi Airport Tel: (679) 6720277 Fax: (679) 6720197 Tanoa International Hotel is convenientley located less than a five minute drive from the international terminal of Nadi International Airport. The hotel has 148 rooms starting at F$250 a night. This hotel includes many important features such as 24-hour security and reception, internet facilities, a 24-hour airport shuttle, pool, a "Bula" bar and much more to make for the perfect vacation stay.
  • Club Fiji [30]PO Box 9619, Nadi Airport, Fiji Tel: Int + 679 6720 150 Fax: Int + 679 6702 324 Club Fiji has the perfect location for a tropical location. Located on the beach of Nadi Bay, only 8 km from the Nadi International Airport and 4 km from Nadi Town. This resort features very unique Fijian accomodations including Bures, Villas, and Apartments for very modest prices. You also have the option of making your stay a five or seven- night all inclusive package as well which includes your stay, food, wine, excursions, airport transportation and more. A fabulous deal! The resort also has many activities, restaurants, child care, and scuba diving! It is a perfect resort for families, couples, and everyone else as well!
  • Bamboo Backpackers, 6722225. a tenminute ride from the airport, with prior arrangement the taxibill will be paid by the hostel. Clean rooms, friendly atmosphere, often guitarmusic and kava circles in the evening. Small restaurant with reasonable prices providing breakfast, lunch and dinner. Free wifi. F$50-55 for a double room with shared facilities. 20 Fiji Dollars in dorm.  edit
  • Sheraton Fiji Resort, Denarau South, Nadi, Fiji, (679) 675 0777, [2]. Located on Denarau, guests at this 5 star resort have full use of all three adjacent Sheraton and Westin resorts. Very family friendly, kids under 12 stay and eat for free.  edit
  • Stoney creek resort (Stoney Creek), PO Box 143, Sabeto (Take the bus to Smbeto village from Nadi. Then there are many cars going to Stoney Creek), +679 7464-669, [3]. A beautiful and well situated resort set in the heart of the countryside surronding Nadi.It is a fantastic spot with great staff and many activities near by. Waterfalls, mud pit, hot spring, trekking and villages are all within walking distance. The staff are great and will help you organise any further travel. $30.  edit
  • Club Fiji Resort, Nadi, +679 670 2189, [4]. Club Fiji Resort ✅ features bungalows and villas, only 2.5 miles from Nadi Town. Each has a private porch, and most have ocean views. Guests at Club Fiji Islands Resort can relax in the large outdoor swimming pool, or with a massage on the beach. There are hammocks under the coconut trees and lounge chairs...  edit
  • Funworld Plaza Hotel, Nadi, +679 738 5020, [5]. Funworld Plaza Hotel ✅ features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Some rooms include a sitting area to relax in after a busy day. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.  edit
  • Nadi Bay Resort Hotel, Nadi, +679 672 3599, [6]. Nadi Bay Resort Hotel ✅ is a 10-minute drive from Nadi International Airport. It is 2.2 miles from Nadi city centre and a 5-minute drive from Nadi Airport Golf Club.All rooms at Nadi Bay Resort Hotel are air-conditioned and private rooms with an en suite bathroom are available.Mango Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch...  edit
  • Hotel Oasis, Nadi, +679 672 2044, [7]. Hotel Oasis ✅ is located in Nadi. Each room offers a kitchenette and a TV with satellite channels. Hotel Oasis is 5 minutes' drive from Nadi International Airport. It is 12 minutes' drive from the Garden of the Sleeping Giant and Port Denerau. There are restaurants and shops within 5 minutes' walk.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

You will hear on the grapevine quite a few stories of pickpockets and scams in Nadi. You may be told to put down your bags for respect at a temple and discover the bags are gone when you get back.

Avoid quiet streets and beaches away from the resorts near New Town, even during daylight. A taxi to the city center is only F$10, and ask hotel staff to call one for you. After dark, stay at your resort. That said, Nadi (and Fiji) are generally very safe.

There is a police station in the centre of the main street if you have any problems.

People encountered are generally friendly, with good English-skills and willing to help.

Get out[edit]

  • Air conditioned and local buses run from Nadi Bus Terminal and Nadi Airport to Suva multiple times a day, stopping by request at the resorts and towns along the way. Express buses are almost always air conditioned coaches. Services mostly follow Queens Road (Suva-Sigatoka-Nadi-Nadi Airport-Lautoka). Tickets cannot be purchased with cash on board and must be prepaid. Most bus services require a reloadable eTransport card obtained at any Vodafone shop, or consult a travel desk for a reservation. If you have an eTransport card, visit the staffed kiosk at the main Nadi bus terminal.
    • Pacific Transport: six times daily, Suva-Nadi-Nadi Airport-Lautoka Express.
    • Sunbeam (formerly Coral Sun): six times daily, Suva-Nadi-Nadi Airport-Lautoka Express.
    • KBL (Kadar Bukush Ltd) offers a direct Nadi Airport—Suva minibus service daily.
  • A number of bus companies operate regional and local services, including to Lautoka to the north and Sigatoka to the southeast, ideal for day trips.
  • There are numerous ferries and day trips leaving daily from Denarau Port in Nadi, if you would like a simple day trip to the Mamanuca Islands, Yasawa Islands, or other similar islands, many ferries run from 9-4 daily.
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