Golf pro Vijay Singh got his start by hopping a fence and darting across the runway at Nadi International Airport to practice at Fiji's only golf course.
Today, it's this airport plus several golf courses and numerous resorts that have established Nadi as Fiji's tourism hub. Nadi (pronounced nandy), the country's third largest city, is located on the west side of "mainland" Viti Levu. Many international flights arrive here early and depart late, leaving travelers plenty of time to explore.
Nadi, like the rest of Fiji, has a fascinating history. Its 30,000 plus citizens are a mix of indigenous Fijians with roots in Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia; and Indo-Fijians, descendants of indentured Indian laborers brought by the British in the late 19th century to work Fiji's sugar cane fields.
This melting pot occasionally boils over -- most recently in December, 2006, when Fiji's military staged a bloodless takeover. Most Fijians we spoke with -- some of the warmest people we've ever met -- seem nonplussed by the latest political upheaval. Safety is also not a big concern with the majority of tourists who hail from Australia and New Zealand.
Nadi is not the place for beachcombing -- you'll find far better sand and snorkeling at Fiji's idyllic outer islands. But it's ideal for other pursuits like driving along the scenic Coral Coast, savoring delicious cuisine, shopping for handicrafts and enjoying exotic flora and fauna.
Just four miles and a narrow creek separate Nadi from Denarau Island, a reclaimed mangrove swamp transformed into a major real estate development. In addition to an 18-hole golf course, restaurants and upscale resorts like the new Hilton and Radisson, the Port Denarau marina is the departure point for day trips to the Mamanuca islands.
- Sailings begin October 16th
- Cruises from $575 per person
- Flexible booking and cancellation policy
- 20+ eateries, gratuities, WiFi & more included ($600 value)
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