Navigating Nadi

Navigating Nadi
Navigating Nadi

Nadi - Home Of Spartan Fiji

Here’s all you need to know about Nadi to help you plan your trip to Fiji. 

General Information

What’s the weather like in November?
November in Fiji offers warm and humid early summer weather with temperatures ranging from 23C-31C (73-88F). Enjoy abundant sunshine but be prepared for brief and warm rain showers as the wet season begins. Pack light, stay sun-safe and carry lots of water.

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Are credit cards widely accepted in Fiji or do I need cash?
Credit and debit cards are accepted in major tourist areas and larger establishments such as hotels, resorts, restaurants, and larger shops but they generally attract a 3% surcharge. However, it is still a good idea to carry some cash (Fiji dollars) especially if you plan to visit smaller shops, markets, remote areas and for getting around by local taxis and buses.

Nadi Airport

Can I exchange money at Nadi Airport?
Some transfers, services, shops and tours require cash payment (in FJ dollars) so it’s best to exchange some money before you leave the airport. 

There are 24-hr currency exchange booths at the Arrivals terminal where you can do this. The Fijian dollar is the basic unit of currency with denominations of $5, $7, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Coins are 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $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 are open from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays) and 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturdays in selected areas. ATMs are located at the airport, Namaka, Martintar, Denarau and Nadi town

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Getting Around

What transport options do I have at Nadi Airport?  
From taxi and car rentals to local busses 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 to take the stress out of getting around and make the most of your time in Fiji.  Prebook online or visit Rosies and other tour desks located at the airport.   

Can I hire a car in Fiji?
Several car rental companies are located just outside the Arrivals terminal at the airport if you prefer to self-drive and take your time exploring the main island’s towns and countryside.  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. 

Keep in mind that in Fiji, cars are right hand drives on 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 10pm.

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Shopping Area

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.

Grace Road True mart chain of supermarkets are generally situated in satellite areas like Sabeto, Nasoso.

If it is souvenirs and handicraft you are after, Rise Beyond the Reef Shed Shop is located right next door to the Spartan racecourse in Sabeto. There’s a small selection of shops at Port Denarau but Nadi town will have a wider selection of souvenir shopping, especially at places like Tappoo’s, Jack’s Handicrafts and Prouds. Also visit the Nadi Handicraft center (in Nadi town) and The Projects Collective (along the road to Denarau) for unique, Fiji-made gifts.

Most shops operate between 9am – 4pm and close on Sundays and public holidays.

Dining Area

Where are the best places to eat in Nadi?
That depends on where you stay. Your resort restaurant is probably your most convenient option, but you’ll have several options for dining if you’re staying in Namaka, Martintar, Wailoaloa and Port Denarau. Try these local favourites:
  • Vuda
    • Vuda Marina - Boatshe Restaurant
    • Nila Beach Resort (Indian curries)
  • Airport / Namaka
    • India Gate
    • Bohai Seafood Restaurant
    • LC’s Restaurant
    • Indiana Restaurant
    • Ikkyu Japanese Restaurant ( based at Tanoa Hotel)
  • Martintar
    • Mamas Pizza
    • Daikoku Japanese Restaurant
    • Small Plates
    • Poon’s Restaurant
    • Dong Sheng Restaurant (based at Nalagi Hotel)
    • Swagat Restaurant
    • Ocean Seafood Restaurant
    • McDonalds and Burger King
  • Wailoaloa
    • Vasaqa
    • Sitar Restaurant
    • Olive Tree (True mart)
    • Any of the Wailoaloa hotels/bars
  • Denarau Island
    • Sails Restaurant
    • Lulus Café, Restaurant
    • Cantina Restaurant
    • Cardo’s Steakhouse
    • Nadina Fijian Restaurant
    • Indigo Restaurant
    • Bonefish

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