2. Where to Base Your Holiday
Looking for a cosmopolitan atmosphere? Suva is home to about one-third of the country’s nearly million population. Beside high rises, it also reflects through the architecture, its British colony roots. This city is the place for night life, restaurants, markets and entertainment.
Most visitors are not on the islands for the city life though. The miles of white, sandy beaches and coral reefs are the main attractions. For the best beaches on Vita Levu, head to the Coral Coast south of Nadi.
Here you can swim, surf, and golf.
Not far off the east coast of Nadi is Denauru Island attached by causeway to the mainland. It is home to the islands’ only land-based waterpark, great for kids. This island is also an event destination for romantic weddings. You can also use it as base to explore more distant islands by ferry and water taxi.
Mamanuca Islands are a group of 20 islands reached by water from Denauru or by air from Nadia. Here you can surf, snorkel, dive, jet ski or sunbathe – and do so if you wish on a private island. Some of the world’s best surf resorts are based here.
The Outer Islands (there are seven) are more remote being about an hour and a half by air from Nadia off the east coast of Vita Levu. Ovalau is a UNESCO World Heritage town. Off shore is a reef which offers amazing diving opportunities, or you can go fishing in the abundant fish stock that lives around the reef. Part of this group, the Lau Islands in the far outer reaches of the country sport very private and exclusive resorts. If you are looking for exquisite natural scenery, privacy and luxury rolled in to one, these particular islands are for you.