Fiji’s biggest and main island is Viti Levu (the second is Vanua Levu), and the capital City of Fiji is Suva. There are two international Airports in Viti Levu, which is Nadi International Airport located in the city of Nadi (western part of the island), and Nausori International Airport in Suva (eastern part of the island). There are 15 airports in Fiji, and with the two main airport located in Viti Levu, the other 13 airports are scattered around the the other island. However, most international flights land in Nadi International Airports.
Me and my friend arrived at Nadi International Airport from Singapore after 7 hours direct flight by Fiji Airways. We only had 6 days to explore Fiji, and with the limited time we had we planned to spend one day in Resort within Viti Levu, three days island hopping in Yasawa islands, and the rest to explore Nadi.
We did not have a chance to explore Suva or Vanua Levu no matter how much we wanted to since Suva is about 3,5 hours away from Nadi. So, with only one day in total we visited some interesting place in Nadi.
Garden of the Sleeping Giant
After spending one day in Fiji Marriot Resort Momi Bay, we decided to rent a car for 24 hours. We checked out about 1 pm and ride our car to visit Garden of the Sleeping Giant. It takes about an hour ride to Reach Garden of the Sleeping Giant from Fiji Marriot Resort Momi Bay, but it only takes 15 minutes drive from Nadi International Airport.
The admission ticket for the garden is 18 FJD for adult and FJD 9 for children, and it opens daily from 9 am to 5 pm (to 12 pm on Sunday). This garden is a rainforest garden, and has 30-40 varieties of orchid according to its website. It was once a private collection of the late American actor Raymond Burr.
To me, the garden exude mystic vibe and a bit eery to walk alone which I think made it all interesting at once. It was not big at all, and with several turns you will cover almost all of the area. Small ponds in the middle looks beautiful and give the forest a magical touch like the one you see only in fantasy movies. I would call it a small mystical forest rather than a garden though. Try using repellent in advance or wear long sleeve as you may encounter mosquitos and other bugs. however, don’t let the bug distract you from this beautiful small enchanted forest in Fiji.
Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple
We had a chance to visit this Hindu temple on our last day in Nadi. At that time, we stayed in Oasis Hotel in the city center, and took a bus to reach this temple. Hindu is the second largest religion in Fiji after Christian. You will find a lot of Hindus temple in Fiji, but this one has its own charm. The temple opens daily from 6 am to 7 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday and to 8 pm on other days. It is said that the temple is the largest in the southern Hemisphere.
As the main port to access Mamanuca and Yasawa, Port Denarau is more than just a port. It has a shopping mall, apartment, and many shops and restaurant. During the night, there’s traditional Fijian dance show with fire as well, making the area more alive and jammed. Try eat in one of those restaurants as well. Although it may be a bit pricey compared those restaurants in downtown Nadi.
Downtown Nadi is a lively place of all area in Fiji where you can feel the daily busy life and busy street of Fiji. Along the way is so many shops, I bought souvenirs here in one of those shops. I bought T-shirt with unique Fijian pattern printed on it.
I did not take any picture of the downtown, but I had put it in highlight of Instagram Story on my Instagram profile.
This is the last place I visited in Nadi, which is also the last place in Fiji. I could not stress enough how beautiful Fiji Sunset as seen from Wailoaloa Beach. The sunset is right on in front of you when you enter the beach right before the sunset.
I did not go to many places, but these places I visited brought me so many great impression and the vibrant spirit of Fiji. Although I went only 6 days, it was the most culturally rich, happy, and invigorating experience.