For much of Fiji’s modern history, sugar has been the driving economic force, and is responsible for the Indo-Fijian population settling in Fiji. Many prominent Indo-Fijian academics, politicians and professionals were reared on humble farms around this area.
Accommodation choices vary, depending on location. Nadi offers the greatest selection, with Lautoka having some good budget options as well as higher-end places. You'll also find resorts and holiday lodges along the coast.
Travelling the Sun Coast is a great way to experience Fiji’s rich, diverse culture. Lautoka has many mosques, temples and churches reflecting the city’s mix of Indo-Fijian and indigenous people. Further inland you’ll find beautiful parks which are great for hiking and birdwatching.
There are eateries in some of the small towns along the Sun Coast, but most restaurants are in Lautoka. While it doesn’t have as many dining options as Nadi or Suva, there is plenty of good quality, reasonably-priced eateries and a couple of bars.
There are plenty of taxis in Lautoka and Ba, and buses operate a continuous seven-day route between Nadi and Suva. They also continue around the island via Lautoka, Ba and Rakiraki.