Where to Stay in Fiji
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 go in Fiji based on what the area offers. It also includes recommended hotels for every budget type!
Where to Stay in Fiji
When planning a holiday to Fiji it can be hard to know where to stay in Fiji. The main island is huge and then there are another 300+ other islands around to choose from!
Before my recent trip to Fiji, I was really confused as to where to stay in Fiji. So, I am writing this blog to help you decide the best place to stay in Fiji, as well as the best area, based on what you want to get out of your trip! Below are the different areas of where to stay in Fiji, including the advantages and disadvantages of the areas, as well as the best hotels for any budget!
*For the purpose of this post, $1 FJD = $0.47 USD
Chances are you will fly into the Nadi airport which makes Nadi the easiest place to stay. Nadi is a city of about 42,000 people. 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 mix 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
Disadvantages of staying in Nadi:
- The beach isn’t as nice as on the islands
- Lack of “island vibe”
My recommended Nadi hotels:
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
Dorms go for as little as $16 FJD and private rooms are $55 FJD for one person. The onsite bar and restaurant are always busy and offer a social vibe for solo travellers.
Mid-range Price: Smugglers Cove
Beautiful hotel with a nice pool and an amazing restaurant with cheap drinks! Expect to an about $125 FJD per night for a standard double room with a mini refrigerator, kettle, private bathroom, and balcony.
High-range Price: Ramada
Exclusive pool and restaurant for guest use only. It is the tallest building in the area offering incredible views of the coastline and sunsets! A King Studio Room with a sea view goes for around $300 FJD.
Denarau is only a few minutes drive from the Nadi airport and is centred 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 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
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)
My recommended hotels in Denarau
Mid-range Price: Radisson Blu Resort Fiji
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. A two-person king suite will cost around $400 FJD per night.
High-range Price: Sheraton Denarau Villas
This is a 5-star resort perfect for big groups or families wanting a bit of luxury. The villas sleep up for 7 people and cost about $1,000 FJD per night. Close access to shops, as well as tons of activities right on the resort, means you could stay here comfortably for your entire trip,
The Coral Coast is an area located just over an hour away from Nadi. Here, you will find gorgeous beaches and various resorts offering an island vibe without actually having to get on a boat!
Benefits of staying on the Coral Coast
- Beautiful beaches for sunbathing and snorkelling
- Not far from Nadi and no boat transfer required
- Relaxing and away from the city
Disadvantages of staying on the Coral Coast
- Not many budget accommodation options
- Far from shops and restaurants
- Can be difficult to organise certain day trips or excursions
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.
High-range Price: Fiji Hideaway Resort and Spa
Mixing beach life and luxury, this hotel is for those wanting a bit of pampering on their holiday. For $350 FJD you can get a two-person “bure” with air conditioning and cooked breakfast included! There are lots of on-site activities and the snorkelling right in front of the resort is great.
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 the 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
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
My recommended hotels on the Pacific Coast
The Coral 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 centre (or $3 FJD taxi ride) where there is a grocery store and reasonably priced restaurants.
High-range Price: Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji
If you want luxury, 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 centre. 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 hours by taxi.
Benefits of staying in Suva
- Cheap shopping and markets
- Can visit the museum, president’s house, and Grand Pacific hotel
- Lots of restaurants and bars
- City experience to see how most Fijians live today
Disadvantages of Staying in Suva
- Less safe than other areas of Fiji
- Dirty and busy with traffic
- Good beaches are a little ways away
My recommended hotels in Suva
This hotel is right in the city and very secure with locked gates and cameras. You can get a studio apartment for two people with some cooking facilities, private bathroom, wifi, and air conditioning for $120 FJD per night.
Mid-range Price: Novotel Suva
This hotel is 6km from the city centre 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.
High-range Price: 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!
For the best beaches and the most relaxing holidays, you must head off from the main Fiji Island and visit a smaller, more isolated island. If island life is what you are looking for, then this is where to stay in Fiji for you! There are literally hundreds of islands to choose from and they are all beautiful! One main thing to consider when booking is how long the ferry ride is to get there, how much it costs, and how frequent the ferry is.
Benefits of staying on an Island
- The best beaches
- Relaxing holiday
- Island vibe and culture
- Food snorkelling 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
My recommended hotels on the Outer Islands
Budget: Waitui Basecamp (Yasawa Islands)
Budget options are hard to find on the outer islands, but luckily Waitui Basecamp exists! For $140 FJD a night for two people you get a luxury tent with a shared bathroom. Or, for solo travellers, a dorm bed costs $75 FJD per night. This is perfect for those wanting a real island getaway experience as it is located right on the edge of a turquoise lagoon.
Mid-range Price: Paradise Cove Resort (Lautoka)
This island is a little more high-tech than some of the others offering wifi and airconditioned room! At the same time, you get the island lifestyle and a beachfront resort. A one bedroom bungalow that sleeps up to three people costs $280 FJD.
High-range Price: Navutu Stars Resort (Yasawa Islands)
This resort is located on an isolated island. All bungalows are beachfront and there are tons of free activities to keep you busy! The resort is small keeping the experience personal and relaxing. A two-person bungalow will cost about $600 FJD with breakfast included and a patio with an ocean view.
*Note: When booking accomodation 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.
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 days in Nadi as well as a couple 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 jut add it to this guide!
January 16, 2019