The Must-Dos on the Coral Coast
Ah, this is what island holidays are all about: sipping on cocktails, feet in the sand and lazying by the pool. Well, on the Coral Coast of Fiji, there’s more to it than that. Venture outside of your resort and you’ll be met with an array of exciting experiences, from wildlife parks to jet boat rides to cave tours! Don’t worry, you’ll still get your relaxing time in one of the many fabulous day spas or be able to indulge in Fijian cuisine. Check out some of the highlights of this breathtaking area of Fiji in this list of things to do on the Coral Coast.
While you’re here, you might want to check out the 10 Best Resorts on the Coral Coast.
1. Hike or Sandboard at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park
Fiji’s first national park is a great place to spend the day discovering more of Fiji’s fascinating landscape. Take either the 1-hour or 2-hour walking trail either on your own self-guided walk or treat yourself to a guided walk with the park rangers. Why visit the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park? Well, if the sand dune scenery wasn’t enough then you will enjoy the pockets of forest which are great for spotting native birds, searching for ancient Lapita artefacts and sandboarding with some activity providers! Note that the park is open 8am-5pm daily. Visit the visitor centre first so the rangers can show you the walking trails. Alternatively, tours to the dunes are available with Excite Tours & Travel (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor) and Fiji Eco Tours (on Viator and Tripadvisor). See more experiences like this in the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do on the Coral Coast.
2. Refresh at the Biausevu Waterfall
Who doesn’t love a good waterfall?! The tall lop-sided Biausevu Waterfall is a marvel to see and can be experienced in several ways. Tours can be arranged with your accommodation or Excite Tours & Travel to arrive at the Biausevu village (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor) or you can drive yourself to the Biausevu village where you’ll meet the locals and possibly visit the local school before embarking on a journey to the waterfall with a local guide. The walk to the waterfall is under 1 hour with a couple of very shallow stream crossings. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to do a horse trek with one of the village guides to the waterfall. Remember, it’s “Fiji time” so anything can happen! Once you get to the waterfall, you’ll get to experience this awesome swimming hole and take plenty of photos! Check out more epic trips like this in The Best Day Trips from the Coral Coast.
3. Do a Jet Boat Tour on the Sigatoka River
Discover the fertile valley of the Sigatoka River, its spectacular scenery and local villages mixed with the thrills of a jet boat ride with Sigatoka River Safari. The jet boat tour departing from Sigatoka takes you along the Sigatoka River to a Fijian village where you’ll sit down with the chief for a kava ceremony (see below) and enjoy a traditional Fijian lunch. Find out more about the tour on Viator and Tripadvisor.
4. Try Glassblowing
For creative spirits, head to Hot Glass Fiji where you can watch the master glassblowers at work making all kinds of impressive creations. What’s more, try glassblowing yourself with one of their glassblowing lessons! It’s fun for all the family, as kids can have a go at sand casting too. See more activities like this in our 10 Things to Do on the Coral Coast with Kids.
5. See Wildlife and Do Some Crazy Rides at Kula Wild Adventure Park
There’s something for everyone at the Kula Wild Adventure Park. Immerse yourself in nature on the Nature Walk through a spectacular forest. The park is also Fiji’s only captive breeding venue for endangers species, giving visitors an amazing insight into the local wildlife, such as the Banded Iguana, Pacific Boa and a whole array of colourful birds. On top of all that, the park has a fun park with waterslides and splash pool, a ziprail ride and a jungle waterslide! Find out more on Viator and Tripadvisor.
6. Relax on Natadola Beach
One of the top-rated beaches in Fiji is right here on the Coral Coast! With beautiful white sand and turquoise waters, the beach is sure to lure you in for the day. All your typical beach activities can be done here, as there are plenty of shallow areas that provide safe swimming and it’s always fun to play in the wave sections. (However, look out for parts with strong undercurrents). There are a couple of resorts nearby if you’re looking to do extra activities, get some drinks or a bite to eat. See more experiences like this in the 10 Romantic Activities on the Coral Coast for Couples.
7. Scuba Dive in the “Soft Coral Capital”
See why Fiji is known as the “soft coral capital of the world” with a scuba diving trip on the Coral Coast. Resorts like The Warwick Fiji have their own dive centre offering PADI-accredited lessons and trips to the vibrant Beqa Lagoon marine reserve. Another spectacular dive accommodation is the InterContinental Resort with no fewer than 15 dive sites all within a five-minute boat trip from the resort!
8. Do Some Game Fishing
There’s no lack of fishing tours on the Coral Coast! You are spoiled for choice with fishing charters, so just book one with your resort and be on your way or we can recommend Sigatoka Fishing (available on Viator and Tripadvisor). Sunset fishing tours are a must for some spectacular lights casting across the waters. Family fishing tours are also an option, targeting reef fish that will be great to take back and cook up for dinner. Alternatively, game fishing for Fiji’s finest is an exciting experience for any level of angler. Find out more in The Complete Guide to Fishing in Fiji.
9. Discover the Wonderful Naihehe Caves
This hidden gem of the Coral Coast is one that few get to discover, but once you make the effort to get to these majestic limestone caves you’ll realise it was well worth the journey. Best travelled on a 4WD tour with Off-Road Cave Safari, the road and rivers to get to the caves are an experience in themselves. The Naihehe Caves are bathed in Fijian history, which your guide will tell you all about, as well as showing you through the complex cave network. You’ll also get to enjoy some cave swimming too. Note that some parts of the caves are dark and narrow, so only take “brave” kids on this tour. Find out more about the experience on Viator and Tripadvisor.
10. Surf and SUP!
It’s unlikely that you’ll run out of things to do on the water in the Coral Coast. Another water activity that’s well worth doing is doing a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) tour down the Sigatoka River! Alternatively, there are plenty of resorts offering SUP hire and lessons. Surfing is also popular on the Coral Coast, especially at Natadola Beach. Check out 10 Best Surf Spots in Fiji for more information.
11. Visit the Namana Art Gallery
More from the Coral Coast art scene, the Namana Art Gallery not only is a great place to browse, but it’s also a place to get crafty yourself! Join local artists and learn about Fijian art through the Namana Art Gallery workshops. The art gallery is also a great place to pick up authentic souvenirs for friends and family.
12. Play Golf at a Championship Course
The downside of playing golf on the Coral Coast is that the breathtaking coastal views are too distracting… Otherwise, visitors to the Coral Coast have access to world-class golf courses, such as the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course at the InterContinental Fiji Resort. The 18-hole course is on the bucket list of any keen or casual golfer alike. Find out more in our The Most Luxurious Golf Courses in Fiji.
13. Indulge in a Coral Coast Spa Treatment
One of the most indulgent amenities of resorts on the Coral Coast is the day spa. For instance, enjoy the open-air treatment balconies overlooking the Coral Coast from the Bebe Spa of the Outrigger Resort or relax with Asian treatments combined with natural Fijian oils at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort‘s CHI, The Spa. Dive into our 9 Best Day Spas on the Coral Coast for more recommendations. Plus, see similar activities in the 10 Adult-Only Activities on the Coral Coast.
14. Explore Sigatoka
Get out of your resort and experience the local culture, food and sights of Sigatoka. The largest town of the Coral Coast is full of craft stores, eateries and the Sigatoka Market. The market is a must-do, not only to see the array of tropical fruit and vegetables but to also mingle with the friendly stallholders. Take a look at more “foodie” experiences like this in our 10 Things to Do on the Coral Coast for Foodies.
15. Enjoy Fine Dining at the Ivi or Navo Restaurant
While Fiji is more about casual island-style dining, there are a few spectacular fine dining venues that are worth treating yourself (or that special someone) to if you get the chance. The Ivi Restaurant of the Outrigger Resort serves impeccably presented Pacific Continental cuisine for adults only. Another superb choice is the Navo Specialty-Dining Restaurant of the InterContinental Resort where you can watch the chefs work their magic behind the glass wall. Check out the 5 Best Fine Dining Restaurants on the Coral Coast for more options, as well as more luxury activities on the Coral Coast here.