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For such a small island, there are a lot of different areas to choose from when planning your holiday in Fiji. This blog is a guide to help you decide where to stay in Fiji based on what the area offers. It also includes my personal recommended Fiji hotels for every budget type!
When planning a holiday in Fiji it can be hard to know where to stay in Fiji exactly. The main island (Viti Levu) is huge and then there are another 300+ other islands around to choose from!
Do you stay on a small island? Should you explore the capital city? Are the hotels on the tiny islands too expensive? How hard is it to get there? Is Nadi really that bad? Is it possible to find a nice hotel if you’re traveling Fiji on a budget?
These are all questions I had before I booked my own hotels in Fiji on my recent trip. Chances are, you might have some of the same questions!
So, I am writing this blog to help you decide where to stay in Fiji.
I’ve included a list of the best hotels as well as the best areas based on what you want to get out of your trip! You’ll also find the advantages and disadvantages of each area and hotel recommendations to suit any budget!
Choosing Where to Stay in Fiji – The Different Areas & Islands
Deciding where to stay in Fiji is so much more than just picking a nice hotel.
This tiny island nation isn’t all that tiny when it comes to getting around on a short vacation. Between traffic on the main island and limited ferries to get out to the smaller islands, it is vital that you book a hotel in the area in which you plan to spend the most time.
For this reason, I have selected the best areas to stay in Fiji (shown on the map above and described in more detail below!)
My best advice for deciding where to stay in Fiji would be to decide on an area to stay first, and then choose a hotel in that location. Once you’ve decided where in Fiji exactly you want to base yourself, then it is time to pick a hotel!
Below, I have included the best hotels (for every budget) in each area along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Nadi – Where to Stay in Fiji on a Budget
You will likely fly into the Nadi airport which makes Nadi the easiest place to stay. Nadi is a city of about 42,000 people on Fiji’s largest main island of Viti Levu. It sits on the coast and many hotels are located here.
Nadi offers a city-vibe mixed with a beach-vibe making it a good combination for a place to stay. Nadi is also the most budget-friendly area in Fiji in terms of accommodation.
Benefits of staying in Nadi:
- Very close to the airport
- Lots of affordable and nice hotels to choose from
- Many excursions or day trips available
- Accessible and cheap shopping
- Affordable restaurants and bars
- Lots of fun and interesting things to do in Nadi
Disadvantages of staying in Nadi:
- The beach isn’t nearly as nice as on the islands
- Lack of “island vibe”
- There can be some traffic for getting around
Where to Stay in Nadi: The BEST Hotels in Nadi
The Wailoaloa Beach area in Nadi is very nice with a good beach and several hotels in a row offering a good selection of restaurants all within walking distance. In this area, there are a few hotels but my recommended ones are:
Budget: Bamboo Backpackers
Bamboo Backpackers is the perfect place for, as the name suggests, backpackers to stay! The onsite bar and restaurant are always busy and offer a social vibe for solo travelers. In fact, even if you aren’t staying here, the bar is a great place to meet other travelers.
One of the best things about Bamboo Backpackers is that even though it is cheap, it is located right on Wailoaloa Beach – the best beach in Nadi. Here, you can walk to other restaurants with ease. It’s also only a short 15-minute drive to the airport.
Dorms go for as little as $16 FJD and private rooms are $55 FJD for one person.
Mid-range Price: Smugglers Cove
I personally love Smugglers Cove hotel in Nadi. This small boutique hotel is the perfect combination of comfort and affordability. It features an on-site restaurant with delicious food and cheap drinks! The hotel was clean, had a pool only steps away from the beach, and the staff were lovely.
Smugglers Cove Hotel is located right on Wailoaloa Beach in Nadi – one of the best areas to stay in Fiji if you ask me.
The only downside is that this hotel is small, and rooms do fully book in advance.
Expect to pay about $125 FJD per night for a standard double room with a mini-refrigerator, air conditioning, kettle, private bathroom, and balcony.
Located right on Wailoaloa Beach, the Ramada is the most luxurious hotel in this area. It features an exclusive pool and restaurant for guest use only. It is the tallest building in the area offering incredible views of the coastline and sunsets!
There is also a restaurant and bar on the roof that is the perfect place to go for happy hour at sunset.
This hotel is unique due to the fact that all rooms feature kitchens and are more like suites than actual hotel rooms. Expect a refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, washing machine, and dryer. They have studio rooms, one-bedroom apartments, as well as two-bedroom apartments. This makes it a top choice for families visiting Fiji.
Because of its close proximity to the airport (only a 15-minute drive), many people stay here for a night before or after their flight. It’s a good place to spend some time before catching a ferry out to an island.
A King Studio Room with a sea view goes for around $300 FJD.
Related Read: One of the best experiences in Nadi is the Fiji Culture Village where you can learn all about Fijians, enjoy a traditional show with fire dancers, and of course, dinner!
Denarau – Where to Stay for Easy Port Access
Denarau is only a few minutes drive from the Nadi airport and is centered around the main port. Port Denarau is where all of the ferries to the outer islands depart as well as many day excursions.
If you want to catch a ferry to one of the islands, you may need to stay a night or two in Denarau before or after your island stay due to limited ferry timetables. Many vacationers often stay in Denarau for a couple of nights before heading out to the islands. Here, they can do some shopping and prepare for their island getaway.
Benefits of staying in Denarau:
- lots of hotels to choose from
- close proximity to the Nadi airport and Port Denarau
- good value hotels with luxury pools and services
- ideal location for day trips and excursions
- lots of shopping and restaurants nearby
Disadvantages of staying in Denarau:
- No island vibe
- very touristic with little to no locals around
- limited beach access
- no “budget” accommodation options (for budget options, stay in Nadi which is nearby)
Where to stay in Denarau: The BEST Hotels in Denarau
Denarau is a very touristy area composed of resorts, restaurants, and shops all aimed at tourists. Therefore, out of all of the areas to stay in Fiji, there is the biggest selection of very nice hotels and resorts in Denarau. Here are my personal top picks:
Mid-range Price: Radisson Blu Resort Fiji
The Radisson Blu Resort is just stunning, and for what you get, the price is very reasonable too. This resort is just huge offering tons of activities for both families as well as couples. There is an adults-only pool as well as an area specifically for kids. It is beachfront and offers spa services as well.
The Port is only just around the corner. This is the perfect place to stay before you head out for an island stay, or by simply basing yourself here you can easily go out on as many day trips as you want!
Rooms here range from standard hotel-style rooms with king beds or two queens, up to two-bedroom suites. Some rooms feature courtyard views while others had a view of the lagoon. All rooms have a balcony and minibar.
A two-person king suite will cost around $400 FJD per night.
Luxury: Sheraton Denarau Villas
Sheraton Denarau Villas is a 5-star resort perfect for big groups or families wanting a bit of luxury. The villas sleep up for 7 people. The villas available are all 3 and 3 bedrooms featuring full kitchens, large living spaces, and a huge balcony.
This resort is located very close to the Denarau Marina with close access to shops, as well as tons of activities right on the resort meaning you could stay here comfortably for your entire trip. The resort is so large that you’ll probably never want to leave. At the resort, you’ll find 6 swimming pools as well as 14 restaurants! There is also a spa, golf course, fitness center, and a kids club.
Expect to pay about $1,000 FJD per night for a villa that sleeps 7.
Yasawa & Mamanuca Islands – Where to Stay in Fiji for the Best Beaches
For the best beaches in Fiji and the most relaxing holidays, you must leave Viti Levu (the main island of Fiji where Nadi and Port Denarau are located) and visit a smaller, more isolated island. this is where you’ll find that “island paradise” that you probably imagined Fiji to be.
There are literally hundreds of islands to choose from in Fiji, and they’re all beautiful!
One main thing to consider when booking a hotel on an island in Fiji is how you’re going to get there. Some resorts are easier to get to than others. Some are accessible with a ferry and some require a private transfer.
While there are many different island groups and areas you can choose from, the two main ones are the Mamanuca Islands and Yasawa Islands. Both areas are groups of islands featuring many different resorts and hotels to choose from.
Yasawa and Mamanuca Islands are both easier to get to than many of the other islands. You’ll have to take a ferry from Port Denarau – but this is all part of the adventure. You want an isolated island paradise? Well, this is exactly where you’ll find that.
Benefits of staying on an Island:
- The BEST beaches
- Relaxing holiday
- Island vibe and culture
- Good snorkeling close by
Disadvantages of staying on an Island:
- More expensive for accommodation and food than on the main island
- Must take a long ferry to get there
- Can be limited things to do
- Must eat at the hotel restaurants
- Many resorts have mandatory meal plans which are overpriced
Worried about getting to your island paradise resort? Just ask your hotel once you’ve booked ot help you book your ferry, they are experts! Plus, the hotels I recommend below also all have great customer service.
Where to Stay on the Yasawa Islands: The BEST Hotels on the Yasawa Islands
The Yasawa Islands are made up of a total of 20 pristine islands. They are located Northwest of Viti Levu and easily reached riding the Yasawa Flyer catamaran. From Port Denarau, you can expect the ride to take anywhere from 2.5-4.5 hours depending on where you choose to stay.
Budget: White Sandy Beach Lodge
Budget options are hard to find on the outer islands, but luckily White Sandy Beach Lodge exists! For less than $40 FJD a night you can get a dorm bed! This is perfect for those wanting a real island getaway experience without paying huge amounts of money. In fact, many backpackers make their way out here for an island retreat on a shoestring budget.
If you have a little more to spend but are still budget-conscious, White Sandy Beach Lodge also offers private bures ranging in price from about $200 FJD per night. Some bures sleep only two people, whereas others sleep up to three.
You can easily get to the White Sandy Beach Lodge on the Yasawa Flyer ferry that departs Port Denarau regularly. The ride should take about 3.5 hours and cost about $180 FJD for a one-way trip.
Luxury: Navutu Stars Resort
Navutu Stars Resort is located on an isolated island in the Yasawa Islands. This beautiful resort features only 9 bungalows so it is tranquil and relaxing. All bungalows are beachfront and there are tons of free activities to keep you busy!
The resort features a stunning pool and on-site restaurant with reasonable prices. They also have a day spa! If you don’t want to go to the restaurant, dinner can be arranged to be brought to you and served on your bungalow patio as a candle-lit experience. Navutu Stars is one of the best resorts in Fiji for honeymooners or couples.
Navutu Stars Resort can be reached easily on the Yasawa Flyer ferry from Port Denarau. The ride should cost $190 FJD one-way and take about 3.5 hours.
A two-person bungalow will cost about $600 FJD per night with breakfast included and a patio with an ocean view.
*Note: When booking accommodation on the outer islands be sure to check if they have a compulsory food plan or not. This price is usually in the fine print and not included in the room rate. Both of the hotels I’ve selected above do NOT have this compulsory plan.
Where to Stay on the Mamanuca Islands: The BEST Hotels on Mamanuca Islands
The Mamanuca Islands are one of the most popular areas to stay in Fiji. They are a beautiful isolated group of islands that’s easily reached from Port Denarau. Most resorts can be reached in about a 2-hour or so ferry or boat ride.
You might recognize these islands from the reality TV series Survivor, of the movie Cast Away that stars Tom Hanks. These islands are so beautiful they really are what you see on TV!
The next two resorts I recommend are some of the best in the Mamanuca Islands!
Budget: Beachcomber Island Resort
Located in the Mamanuca Islands, Beachcomber Island Resort is one of the most popular island resorts to stay in Fiji. Its affordable pricing mixed with its close proximity to Viti Levu make it one of the best places to stay in Fiji.
Beachcomber Island Resort is located within a marine sanctuary, making it an ideal spot for snorkeling or diving. Other activities include windsurfing and canoeing, and they even have a Fijian show as entertainment.
You can reach the Beachcomber Resort from Port Denarau riding the Yasawa Flyer ferry. The ride should take about 2 hours and costs $119 FJD each way.
There are many different rooms and bungalows to choose from – something for every budget! Dorm beds go for as little as $85 FJD per night, where you can get a standard twin room for $470 FJD. For those willing to spend a little more, their Oceanfront Bungalow will cost about $650 FJD.
Luxury: Castaway Island Resort
If you’re looking for a luxurious island stay that’s easy to get to, look no further! Castaway Island Resort is a huge private island resort that comes as one of the most highly-rated places to stay in Fiji. Here, you’ll find 4 restaurants, a pool, kids club, and an endless list of free activities to keep you busy all day long. You can also take advantage of the tennis court, pool bar, and day spa.
Castaway Island Resort is one of the easiest resorts to get to, in fact, many guests skip the boat ride altogether and opt for the short (but scenic) flight. From the Nadi airport, you can get to Castaway Island in only 15 minutes. If you want to take a boat, South Sea Cruises has a catamaran that departs daily.
Castaway Island Resort isn’t cheap though, and you can expect to pay upwards of $1000 FJD per night for a bure. But trust me, this luxury resort is well worth the price tag and there are few places to stay in Fiji as beautiful as this.
Can’t decide which island to visit or which resort? Well, then you should consider island hopping!
Island hopping means you will bounce around between different islands during your holiday, this way, you’ll be able to see and do so much more!
There are two different ways you can organize island hopping: 1) book a hop-on hop-off pass with South Sea Cruises and prearrange your accommodation on the islands you want to visit, or 2) go on an organized cruise.
Organized cruises are great because you don’t need to do any planning. There are a few different types of cruises you can choose from, some of the most popular options include:
- 7 Night Cruise – This is a cruise ship where you’ll sleep on the ship and explore different islands during the days. All meals are included and the ship even has a pool! You’ll get to explore both the Yasawa Islands and Mamanuca Islands with plenty of activities to keep everyone (even kids busy.) Expect to pay over $2000 USD per person for this 8-day experience.
- 4 Night Cruise – This is a also a cruise ship experience, just a little bit shorter and cheaper. It also includes meals and plenty of fun activites during the day. Since it is only 4 nights, this is the perfect option for anybody who wants to experience lots in a short amount of time. Expect to pay around $1200 USD for this experience.
- 7 Night Tour – This is an organized “tour” where they prearrange accomodation on various islands for you, and also supply the transport between the islands. It also includes a ton of fun activites like Malamala Beach Club, hiking, snorkeling, caves, and more. Meals are not included in this tour, but it comes in pretty reasonably priced at under $800 USD per person.
Honestly, visiting the pristine islands is not only one of the best things to do in Fiji, but it’s a is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
The Coral Coast is an area located just over an hour’s drive from Nadi. Here, you will find nice beaches and various resorts offering an island vibe without actually having to get on a boat or drive too far!
Benefits of staying on the Coral Coast:
- Good snorkeling
- Not far from Nadi and no boat transfer required
- Relaxing and away from the city
- Better value for money hotels
Disadvantages of staying on the Coral Coast:
- Far from lots of shops and restaurants
- Can be difficult to organize certain day trips or excursions
- Beaches are often filled with coral (not the white sandy beaches you’d expect to see in Fiji)
Where to Stay on the Coral Coast: My recommended hotels on the Coral Coast
On the Coral Coast many of the hotels are larger, more spread out, and oceanfront making them the perfect beach getaway. Expect pools, onsite bars and restaurants, palm trees everywhere, and sunsets on the ocean! Staying in a “bure” (a Fijian-style bungalow) is a great way to experience Fijian living!
These are my specific hotel recommendations on the Coral Coast:
Budget: Tambua Sands Beach Resort
Located right on the beach with a pool, this is about as budget as it gets on the Coral Coast without compromising comfort too much. A two-person “bure” costs just over $100 FJD per night for two people.
Mid-range Price: Maui Palms
Located only 15 minutes from Sigatoka, this hotel offers everything that a resort would without the price point. You can get a taxi into town for local meals, or eat at the reasonably priced onsite restaurant. Expect to pay about $250 FJD for a two-person Bure’ with an ocean view.
Luxury: Outrigger Beach Resort
Mixing beach life and luxury, this hotel is for those wanting a bit of pampering on their holiday. There are lots of on-site activities and the snorkeling right in front of the resort is great. Expect a couple of pools, amazing kids club, tons of delicious restaurants to choose from, and sunset bars!
The location on the Coral Coast means you don’t need a boat to get there but can still experience some of the tranquility and beautiful beach you might find on the smaller islands. There are also a few restaurants nearby, so you won’t be confined to the hotel.
Expect to pay around $300 FJD for a standard king room with a resort view.
A bit further from Nadi than the Coral Coast is the Pacific Coast. The heart of the Pacific Coast is a town called Pacific Harbour where there are some restaurants and shops as well as accommodation options.
It takes about 2-2.5 hours to get to the Pacific Coast from Nadi airport by taxi. Expect a local bus to take 3.5-4 hours.
Benefits of staying on the Pacific Coast:
- Amazing beaches
- Lots of adventure excursions nearby
- Perfect location for the famous shark scuba diving
- Only 45 minutes from Fiji’s capital city Suva, which makes a good day trip
- Super relaxing and quiet
Disadvantages of staying on the Pacific Coast:
- More expensive than the cities
- Less restaurant and shopping options (only one over-priced grocery store)
- Select accommodation available
- Can feel very isolated
Where to stay on the Pacific Coast: The BEST Hotels on the Pacific Coast
The Pacific Coast is more expensive than the cities or even the Coral Coast, but the beaches are incredible and there are lots of different things to do in the area making it well worth it!
Budget and Mid-range Price: Uprising Beach Resort
The dorm beds are good budget-friendly options in the area, a dorm goes for $50 FJD a night. If you want your own room, a bure with a fan and garden view costs $170 FJD per night for two people. The resort is located on the beach and there is a pool. Uprising has a restaurant on-site and is only a 15-minute walk from the town center (or $3 FJD taxi ride) where there is a grocery store and reasonably priced restaurants.
Luxury: Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji
If you want luxury then Nanuku is the place for you! For $1400 FJD a night for a villa for two people with an ocean view, you will have access to 5-star facilities including a pool, bar, restaurant, spa, and a fitness center. The resort is only a three-minute drive from Pacific Harbour Village making it easy to go into town whenever you choose.
Suva is the capital city of Fiji. It often gets a bad reputation with tourists as it is big, a bit dirty, and has limited things to do. While I wouldn’t recommend spending your entire time in Suva, it is worth a night or two in order to experience a big city in Fiji! There is an airport in Suva or you can drive from Nadi which takes about 3.5-4 hours.
Benefits of staying in Suva:
- Cheap shopping and markets
- Can visit the museum, president’s house, and Grand Pacific hotel (there are actually lots of interesting things to do in Suva!)
- Lots of restaurants and bars
- City experience to see how most Fijians live
Disadvantages of Staying in Suva:
- Less safe than other areas of Fiji
- Dirty and busy with traffic
- Good beaches are a little ways away
Where to stay in Suva: The BEST Hotels in Suva
Budget: City Apartment
This hotel is right in the city. You can get a double room with a pool view for two people with a private bathroom, wifi, and air conditioning for around $130 FJD per night.
Mid-range Price: Novotel Suva
This hotel is 6km from the city center making it a bit of an escape from the city while being only a short taxi ride away. They have an ocean-view swimming pool, onsite gym, and offer tons of excursions. A double room with air conditioning and a balcony costs about $200 FJD per night.
Luxury: Grand Pacific Hotel
This hotel is where the Queen stayed when she hosted Fiji! It is pure luxury with an ocean view. It does come with a price tag of about $370 FJD per night for a standard room. IF you want the royal suite, then it will cost you $1,900 FJD per night!
Where to Stay in Fiji: My Personal Opinion
I think the perfect holiday to Fiji is a mix of city and beach. So for me, the best way to visit Fiji is to spend a couple of days in Nadi as well as a couple of days in a relaxing location such as the Pacific Coast or on an island. By doing this, you’ll get to experience the best parts of Fiji- the people and the beaches!
Have you stayed in a particularly great hotel in Fiji ? Tell me about it in the comments and I might just add it to this blog!
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