Things to do in Nadi, Fiji
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This blog includes information on the different things to do in Nadi, Fiji, You’ll find tips for visiting and important information to know before you go to make your holiday Fiji that much more enjoyable!
Things to do in Nadi, Fiji
If you are visiting Fiji, chances are that you fly into the Nadi International Airport. Many tourists leave Nadi immediately and head off to a remote island for their holiday in Fiji. But if you choose to stay in Nadi, even for just a couple of days, you will be rewarded with the long list of things to do in Nadi!
While the beaches in Nadi are subpar in comparison to the beaches on the island, there is just so much to do and see in Nadi which makes it worth visiting. And to be honest, the beaches aren’t too bad anyway!
I recently spent 3 nights in Nadi and I truly loved it! I would stay there again if I ever return to Fiji! The Wailoaloa Beach was nice and I liked being close to the city where there was lots to see and do. Plus, going on day trips or excursions from Nadi is really easy as well!
During my time in Nadi, I did a lot! But out of everything I did and saw, I’ve come up with this list of the best things to do in Nadi, Fiji.
Visit Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple
The Sri Siva Subramaniya temple in Nadi is just gorgeous! It is very colourful and the paintings on the roof on the inside are incredible. It is definitely one of the most unique things to do in Nadi!
This temple is one of the many Hindu temples in Fiji. In fact, Hinduism is the second most popular religion in Fuji due to all of the Indian immigrants.
The temple costs $5 FJD entry fee and enforces a strict dress code. Women must have their knees covered, but don’t worry if you are wearing shorts as they will provide a shawl you can tie around your waist. You’ll be asked to remove your shoes to visit the temple and to only take photos outside.
You can explore the entire temple in only 20 minutes or so but it is just beautiful and you will want to take some photos so allow a little more time.
Many day tours of Nadi include a visit to this temple. But if you want, you van simply a hire taxi driver to take you directly from your hotel. It is only a 10-minute drive from Wailoaloa Beach or 15 minutes from Port Denarau.
There is simply no point in visiting a new country unless you try to learn about their culture. From Nadi you can easily visit villages or go on a cultural tour.
I went on an evening trip to the Fiji Culture Village where I learned all about village life. I also watched traditional dancing (including fire dancers), tried Kava, at a Lovo (and if you don’t know what these things are then you really should go for yourself!)
There is so much to learn about the way people of Fiji once lived and the way they live today. It’s also great to watch traditional dances and listen to songs. But for me, the highlight of experiencing a new culture is trying new food!
I highly recommend the Fiji Culture Village as one of the best things to do in Nadi!
For more information, check out my blog all about my experience at the Fiji Culture Village!
The main street in Nadi has tons of shopping! Here you can load up on souvenirs or just do some shopping for new clothing.
If you are heading out to the islands for a few days, going to a grocery store in Nadi is a good idea to load up on whatever you may need as the prices on the islands can be twice as much as Nadi!
Garden of the Sleeping Giant
The Garden of the Sleeping Giant is a beautiful orchid garden just on the outskirts of Nadi. This garden has tons of different orchids on display along with many other flowers and trees.
You walk along a path through all the flowers until you reach a lily pond. Here, you’ll be sure to be entertained by the dozens of frogs hopping about. If you continue further, you can wander the trails through the native trees and around the property a bit.
It is a serene garden and a nice way to relax in Fiji that is different than the beach!
Entrance to the Sleeping Giant Garden is $17 FJD and it includes a fresh fruit juice at the end. You could explore the garden in 30 minutes if you wanted, or take hours – it is totally up to you!
The reason this garden is called the Sleeping Giant is because of the mountain behind it. If you look at the mountain from the right angle, it looks like a giant laying down sleeping!
For those looking for a challenging hike, you can actually climb this mountain. It takes about 5 hours (return) to climb and offers incredible panoramic views.
Just like the temple, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant is often included on tours on Nadi, but you can also just hire a taxi to take you. From the Nadi airport, the garden is only about a 20-minute drive.
Tip* If you are you going to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, only a two-minute drive down the road is the mud baths. If you hire a driver, ask them to take you here as well If you want!
Buy some Fresh Produce
In Nadi, there is a huge fruit and vegetable market! You can go here to have a look around and even buy some fruit to have as a snack in your hotel room!
If you don’t have time to go to the markets, don’t worry, there are people selling fresh produce on the sides of the roads everywhere around Nadi! Simply just ask your taxi driver to pull over and try fresh coconut water or buy some mangos to go (that’s what I did!)
Have Lunch at Port Denarau
Only a few minutes from Nadi is Port Denarau, an area of fancy hotels and where the ferries to the islands leave from. Here, there are lots of shops and restaurants to have a look at.
I recommend having lunch at Port Denarau as the view of the harbour is simply gorgeous. These restaurants are known to be pricey, but I found lots of lunch deals as well as midday deals on drinks that were very reasonable. Choose a restaurant on the waterfront and enjoy your meal with a view!
Go on an Island tour
While in Fiji, you need to visit at least one island! Even if you don’t choose to stay on an island, going on an island tour is a great option.
From Nadi, there are various different tours to different islands. The most popular are South Sea Island, Robinson Crusoe, and Malamala Beach Club,
I went on the Robinson Crusoe Island tour from Nadi and had a last. It was great to get away and relax for the day on the beach!
Expect to pay between $100-$250 FJD for an island day trip. The price range is so large due to the distance of the island, if lunch is included, if alcohol is included, and if other activities such as snorkelling are included.
Tip* Check the website Book Me for deals of island day trips! You can save up to 70% off!
There are so many things to do in Nadi, you are guaranteed to have a good time! If I forgot anything that you recommend to do in Nadi, be sure to tell me in the comments!
January 16, 2019