Nadi and Surrounds

A Wonderful Cultural Welcome

Known as the 'Gateway to Fiji', Nadi is often used as a travel stopover, but it is also an interesting destination in its own right. Situated in the north- west of Viti Levu, it is the country's third-largest city, with a multicultural population of more than 15,000.

A vivacious tourist-focussed centre with bustling shopping precincts, an excellent selection of restaurants and a vibrant nightlife, Nadi (pronounced Nandi) is easy to explore on foot or via taxi. It offers a fascinating glimpse into everyday Fiji, with its intriguing blend of Polynesian, Melanesian, Indian and European cultures, and provides an exciting contrast to the traditional rural villages.

Nadi's pride is Sri Siva Subramaniya Hindu temple. A striking site of significant historical and religious importance. Another of Nadi's cherished attractions is the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, a stunning tropical garden that is considered a must-see by many Fijian visitors.

While most people just use Nadi as a gateway to the islands, there are some surprising accommodation options in and around the town. Party-hungry backpackers, romance-seeking couples and families just looking for some fun in the sun will all find an ideal base in Nadi itself, while Nadi's surrounding beaches offer some undiscovered gems at Lautoka, and on Sonasali Island you can enjoy all the romance and adventure of being on a South Sea island, yet only 20 minutes from the airport.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Visit Sabeto Hot Springs: Relax in the geothermal hot springs or play in the mud pool and paint your loved ones with mud.
  2. Garden of the Sleeping Giant: Set in the picturesque Sabeto Valley, the gardens are a tropical oasis that cover 20 hectares, with more than 2000 different kinds of orchards
  3. Visit Sri Siva Subramaniya: The largest Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere, built in traditional Dravidian Indian architecture.
  4. Explore the City Streets of Nadi: Handicrafts, jewellery, artwork and souvenir garments make a great gifts

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