Took a trip to Fiji with the family for a week’s holiday to just chill. We stayed in the Radisson Blu on Denarau Island, about 30 minutes drive from Nadi International Airport. We were greeted at the airport by BULA, hello in Fijian, along with an airport band! Learn that one as you’ll need it a lot in Fiji! Definitely the country of smiles.
Denarau Island is a purpose-built island full of hotels. You can use the amenities of any of the hotels and there’s plenty of choices in terms of restaurants and cafes (often cash-free so ensure you have a card with you). No night-life to speak of in Denarau though. True family-style location.
I’d make sure to bring plenty of books, magazines, music etc. as you won’t find much of this on the island. You’re looking at $20 for a magazine…
Took a trip to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant for an afternoon. We took a taxi out there and our taxi driver waited for us – it’s not sign-posted so you’d want to figure out how to get there if you plan on taking a hire-car. The gardens could probably be done in a couple of hours; it’s pretty small. The garden was started by Hollywood star Raymond Burr back in the 70s.
We took a trip to Lautoka by local bus to check it out. It was a LONG trip, the bus must have stopped a thousand times! Probably not worth the trip out there but we wanted to see how the locals live so thought why not. We had a quick bite at the Chilli Tree Cafe in Lautoka. Really nice actually and we just happened upon it.