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Garden of the Sleeping Giant: Located about half an hour from Nadi, The Garden of Sleeping Giant was started in 1977 by the late Raymond Burr, star of Perry Mason and Ironside. It was originally started to house his orchid collection and now has the largest collection in Fiji.
Hot Mud Pools: The hot mud pools are located a few hundred meters from the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. This is a bit of an adventure as these pools are dug right into the ground. It's totally natural, there are no restaurants, no concrete pathway, no infrastructures except for a shower/toilet.
Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple: The Sri Siva Subramaniya temple is a Hindu temple in Nadi. It is at the southern end of the main road through Nadi. It is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere.
Nadi Markets: Located one block south of Nadi Main Street, the Nadi Market offers a wide variety of fruit, vegetables and other produce, including beautiful flowers. One whole section of the market, about thirty stalls, is devoted to just Kava and they ask you to have a sample!. There's also a large refrigerated section for all types of seafood, you name it they have it, good to buy if you are in self catering accommodation.
Jet Boat Ride: Jet Fiji offers exciting 30 minute jet boat rides on the Nadi River and through mangrove swamps. The rides begin in Port Denarau.
Natadola Beach: Fiji’s most beautiful beach, Natadola, is located 36 km south of Nadi. Just be aware it can be rough with surf and rips at times. Don't swim then. Rips can be recognised by white water going back out to sea.
East from Nadi is the Nausori Highlands, two thousand feet above sea level. You may need a 4whd drive vehicle to get there and visit the traditional village in the highlands. Like all villages you need permission to enter and adhere to cultural protocol as per other village information
Chiefly village of Viseisei, the legendary landing site of the first Fijians, is about 25 minutes from Nadi Airport, at Vuda. The village is home to many local Fijians, and one of the most important villages north of Nadi. There's also a village school. It's right on the water and has scenic views. but please adhere to cultural protocol when visiting, remove your hat and sunglasses, wear a sulu to cover your legs and wear sensible clothing. No bathing gear. They also sell handicrafts. You also need permission to visit to ask your taxi driver or bus driver for assistance. They may ask for a donation/fee to enter.
If you are staying at Denarau Island, remember that the beach there is not blue water nor white sand. Make sure you do trips out to the islands to see the real Fiji. There are some beautiful places to visit for day trips, including the Mamanuca islands and some of the islands in the Yasawa group. South Sea Cruises and the Yasawa Flyer have many day trips, just look at the SSC website, also Whale's Tale, Pelorus Jack, Seaspray and Storck Cruises Oolala, and Malolo Cat. Most have websites.
Denarau Marina - this is where the boats to many of the Mamanuca and Yasawa Island groups depart. You can book day trips at the companies who have booths near the checkin point for the island groups. It 's also the where many of the day trips to the islands depart. The Marina has more than just a departure point for island trips. There's a good choice of restaurants, a coffee shop and a hot bread kitchen all at differing prices to suit all budgets. Much cheaper to eat here than the "chain" hotels situated at Denarau Island. There's also a choice of shops selling clothes and Fijian wood carvings etc. Additionally there's a post office, Westpac bank, ANZ ATM, currency exchange, Yee's minimart for food and alcohol, Newsagency, Video/DVD's available, and Jewellers. Good spot to have lunch and watch the boats coming and going. Local buses stop there, and there's a taxi rank too. The Denarau Island "Bula" bus also stops there.
Fiji local food cooking classes - a half day cooking class and you get to eat what you cook. On Denaru Island, Flavours of Fiji http://www.flavoursoffiji.com/ provides an introduction to cooking typical Fijian and Fiji Indian dishes from fresh local ingredients sourced each day from the markets. Most of the preparation is done and each person has their own chefs station and gets to cook a five course lunch with step by step instruction. Warm, welcoming, fun and a great way to learn about the local cuisine.
Vuda Point Marina at Vuda Point is worth a visit for their Saturday night markets. It's next to First Landing Resort and close to Viseisei Village. The Boat to Navini Island departs here, as do others to some of the islands closer to Nadi. There's a restaurant there, small shop and other facilities for Yachties. http://www.vudapointmarina.com/ Lunch at First Landing Resort is something to consider doing if you are in this area. It is right next door to the Marina with a gate from the Marina to the Resort. Idyllic setting on the beachfront makes for romantic lunches or dinners looking out to the islands. Only about a 15min drive south of Lautoka , you could combine a trip with one to Lautoka.