Choose from 7 Fun Things to Do in Nadi
Known also as Sandalwood Island, the waters surrounding Vanua Levu have some of the best dive spots in the South Pacific. These include the world-renowned Rainbow Reef and Savusavu Bay.
The island itself does not have the best lazing beaches, but the snorkeling is unsurpassed. In fact, it impressed Jean-Michel Cousteau so much he built a resort overlooking Savusavu Bay.
Savusavu is the fastest growing town in Fiji. It has a lively expat community, a flourishing bar and restaurant scene, and it's popular with people island hopping by boat to stop and grab supplies at.
The interior of Vanua Levu is heavily forested in parts and offers excellent birdwatching, walking and trekking. The land given over to agriculture supports sugarcane and coconut plantations.
If you're short on time or not fond of long boat trips then it is best to get to Vanua Levu by airplane; there are a number of reliable carriers and the flight from Vitu Levu is less than 30 minutes.
Diving around the island is world-class, the surrounding waters are as fertile as the land and you will see sharks, turtles and loads of colorful fish all darting around the spectacular coral reefs. Subsequently the island is home to lots of good PADI approved dive companies. If you’re not keen to dive then most companies offer snorkeling which is also richly rewarding.
The best beaches for swimming are Lavena and Matei on the east and northern coasts. On the south coast there are caves and blowholes that are hard to access but worth exploring.
For stunning 360-degree views of Fiji that you'll never forget, head to Vuda Lookout. The elevated position will give you views over the surrounding farmland to Nadi Bay and Nadi International airport. To the east are the beautiful mountain ranges covered in tropical forests. Fifty miles to the northwest you can see the lovely Yasawa Group of Islands which stretch for miles towards the horizon.
The lookout is a short drive from Nadi Airport it is best reached by taxi or with a tour. A popular tour groups the Vuda Lookout with other highlights of the area including an orchid farm.
- There is an entrance fee for the garden and optional guided walking tours are included.
- Bring sunscreen, a hat, and mosquito repellent.
- Plan to spend at least an hour to explore the gardens, or pack a picnic and make a day of it.
- The garden is not wheelchair accessible, as there are steps along the boardwalks.