Chiefly Viseisei Village in Vuda is just 20mins from the Nadi International Airport. Legend has it that the first Fijians landed their canoes and settled there, The village remains prominent and has even produced one of Fiji’s Presidents.
For much of Fiji’s economic history, sugar was King. Lautoka – Fiji’s second city - was built on this industry and still boasts the country’s largest sugar mill. In fact the entire Suncoast is sugar country!
Most places to stay are clustered in hubs along the coast.
The handful of resorts and retreats at Vuda are a welcome respite from the bustle of Nadi. Its close enough to all the major attractions in Nadi including watersports and island-hopping daytrips to the Mamanuca and Yasawa island group.
The largest cluster of resorts is in Viti Levu’s northernmost peninsula and on the offshore islands of Nananu-i-Ra and Dolphin Island. The area is chock full of things to do and is one of the best places on the island to watch the sun rise and set.
Vuda Marina provides excellent severe weather shelter for yachts cruising the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands. With a great restaurant and relaxed vibe, it’s also perfect for sunset cocktails.
Mountainous Koroyanitu National Heritage Park dominates the Lautoka skyline and a great hike for some stunning views. There’s even a summit overnight option for those who don’t mind a little rustic rooming.
Picturesque Navala village – in the mountains behind Ba town - maintains its traditional Fijian style houses (bure) and the remote location is picture postcard worthy. Arrangements must be made with a tour company prior to visiting the village.
With its abundant sunshine, majestic mountain backdrop and deep water channel, the Ra Peninsula and offshore islands is a tourist haven. Explore the mangrove-fringed coastline by kayak and paddleboard or hike to a hidden waterfall. There are some great beaches but the area is best known for gamefishing, wind-surfing, kite boarding and diving on world-class reefs.
Lautoka has a variety of shopping and dining options so make sure to pick up a bite to eat before heading further north. There are fewer dining options in the small towns but many of the resort restaurants will whip you up a cool drink and some delicious fare.
Municipal food markets are also great places to stock up on snacks for the road!
The best way to experience this gorgeous expanse of coastline is a leisurely self-drive. All you need is a valid home country driver’s licence to hire a rental from any of the companies operating out of the International Airport. Alternatively you could have your resort arrange an airport pickup and just sit back and enjoy the ride.