Nadi Travel Tips

Nadi, Fiji
Nadi, Fiji

Nadi Travel Tips: Weather, Money and Getting Around

You’ve got your flight tickets, rooms booked and top tours bookmarked – now let’s tackle the practicalities of staying in and getting around Nadi with these essential tips.

What’s the Weather Like in Nadi?

Fiji is always warm and tropical so the best time to go weather-wise is anytime! Average temperatures range between 21°C/70°F to 26°C/79°F in winter and 23°C/73°F to 31°C/88°F in summer. Water temperatures rarely fluctuate out of the 26-28°C range.

Located on the western, drier side of the main island (Viti Levu), Nadi is blessed with heaps of sunshine and blue skies. Winter or summer, pack light, stay sun-safe and stay hydrated. Read more about the weather in Fiji.

Where’s the Best Place to Stay in Nadi?

Whether you’re a transit passenger on a short layover or here for longer, there are heaps of accommodation options to suit all budgets. Accommodation precincts in Nadi are generally divided into Vuda, Naisoso, Namaka, Martintar, Wailoaloa and Denarau. Read more about the best places to stay in Nadi in this handy guide.

Do I Need Cash or Can I use my Credit Card?

Major credit cards like Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in major towns, tourist areas and larger establishments but they generally attract a 3% surcharge. Some public transport services, smaller shops and restaurants require that you pay in Fiji dollars so it’s a great idea to carry some cash with you.

Where Can I Exchange Money in Nadi?

For a more favorable exchange rate, it’s better to exchange money in Fiji rather than your home country. You’ll find convenient 24-hr currency exchange booths in the Airport Arrivals Terminal to do this.

ATMs are also available at Nadi Airport, Namaka, Martintar, Denarau and Nadi town, allowing you to withdraw up to FJD$2,000 daily. The Fijian dollar comes in denominations of $5, $7, $10, $20, $50 and $100 with coins ranging from 5c to $2.    

If you need to visit a bank during your stay, there are ANZ, Westpac, Bank of the South Pacific (BSP) and Bred Bank branches at Namaka and in Nadi town. Banks open from 9:00am - 4:00pm, during weekdays (except public holidays) and 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturdays in selected areas.

Getting Around

What transport options do I have at Nadi Airport?  

From taxi and car rentals to local buses and resort shuttle services, the Nadi International Airport buzzes with transport options to help you get around. Rideshare options like Uber / Lyft / Ola do not operate in Fiji. The bright yellow taxis at the airport are perfect for short, one-stop drives to a specific location. Just make sure you have cash (Fiji dollars) on hand for payment and that your taxi has their meter turned on before your trip starts. If you want to visit a few places, it’s better to book with a private transfer or tour company totake the stress out of getting around and make the most of your time in Fiji. Prebook online or visit the tour desks located at the airport.

Can I hire a car in Fiji?

If you like the flexibility of exploring at your own pace, several car rental companies are located just outside the Arrivals terminal at the airport. Try pre-booking your car rental online - all you need is a valid driver’s license (in English or an international driver’s license) and a credit card.  In Fiji, cars are right hand drives and use the left side of the road. The national speed limit is 80km/h on the highway and 40-50km/h when passing built up residential and village areas. There are several petrol stations where you can fuel up between the Nadi airport and Nadi town at Votualvevu, Namaka and Martintar. These generally close before 9pm.

Shopping Areas

For supermarket supplies, pharmacies and small shops, Namaka and Martintar are your best bet while the food markets in Namaka and Nadi town are your go-to for cheap, seasonal fruit and vegetables. The Grace Road True mart chain of supermarkets are generally situated in satellite areas like Sabeto, Nasoso. If it is souvenirs and handicrafts you are after, stop by Port Denarau but Nadi town will have a wider selection of souvenir shopping, especially at department stores like Tappoo’s, Jack’s Handicrafts and Prouds.

For unique, Fiji made gifts, visit the Rise Beyond the Reef Shed Shop (Sabeto), The Projects Collective (along the road to Denarau), Sigavou Studios (outside Denarau) or the Nadi Handicraft center (Nadi town) Most shops operate between 9am – 4pm and some close on Sundays and public holidays.


Dining Area

Where are the best places to eat in Nadi?

It really depends on where you stay as well as your access to transport. Your resort restaurant is probably your most convenient option, but you’ll have several other options for dining if you’re staying in Namaka, Martintar, Wailoaloa and Port Denarau.

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