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 relaxation time at one of the many fabulous day spas, as well as 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 also want to find fabulous accommodation in the 10 Best Resorts on the Coral Coast.
1. Head Out Fishing with Coral Coast Fishing Charters
No Fiji experience is complete until you’ve experienced the thrills of reeling in a South Pacific whopper! Whoever you’re travelling with and whatever your vibe, Coral Coast Fishing Charters has a fishing charter to suit. Take the little ones out for some tropical fishing on the reefs on their Family Fishing Tour – kids under 16 go free! Relax and drink some bubbles as you fish and watch the sun go down on their Sunset Fishing Tour. Or how about the classic? Get out there and catch the big ones, with the likes of mahimahi, tuna, Spanish mackerel, wahoo and sailfish (all depending on the fishing season and conditions) on their Game Fishing Tour! Check out the full list of fishing charters over at coralcoastfishingcharter.com.
Location: Cuvu Beach.
2. 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 Klook). See more experiences like this in the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do on the Coral Coast.
Location: Signposted along the Queens Road, approximately 4km (2.5 miles) from Sigatoka.
3. 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 Klook) 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 one 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.
Location: Biausevu village, take the road inland from the Queens Road at the Korolevu Shopping Centre. The village is approximately 3.6km (2.4 miles) down the road.
4. 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.
Location: Coral Coast pick-ups are included. Alternatively, pick-ups are available from the Tappoo Shopping Centre, Sigatoka.
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 endangered 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 Klook.
Location: Signposted inland from the Queens Road, Korotoga.
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 at Natadola Beach, 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 Things to Do on the Coral Coast.
Location: Maro Road, Natadola. Follow signs for the InterContinental Fiji Resort and Yatule Resort.
7. 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.
Location: Coral Coast resort pick-ups are included.
8. 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 Best Foodie Experiences on the Coral Coast.
9. Take a Day (or Night) Trip to Robinson Crusoe Island
Get the full stunning-island-and-Fijian-cultural experience all in one trip to Robinson Crusoe Island. Also known as Likuri Island, the island is just a few miles north of Natadola Beach with Robinson Crusoe Island Tours offering a myriad of ways to experience the island. Spend half a day chilling at the on-island resort with kayaks and snorkelling gear available, join a Fiji culture tour, join in on a village and mud crab tour, or arrive after a sunset cruise for a fire dancing show! Day and night tour combos are also available. Find out more about these island tours on Viator and Klook.
Location: The boat departs from Natadola. Nadi and Coral Coast accommodation pick-ups are included.
10. 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.
Location: Sunset Strip, Korotogo.
11. 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 The Complete Guide to Golf in Fiji.
Location: Maro Road, Natadola.
12. 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!
Location: All over the Coral Coast!
13. Kayak and SUP!
It’s unlikely that you’ll run out of things to do on the water on the Coral Coast. There are plenty of resorts offering kayak and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) hire and lessons for their guests, so be sure to inquire with your resort whether they offer these services.
Location: Coral Coast resorts.
Surfing is also popular on the Coral Coast, especially at Natadola Beach which is ideal for beginners and bodyboarders. Experienced surfers will find more excitement at breaks such as the Sigatoka Beach Break, Natadola Inside Left and Hideaway near Votua. Check out the 6 Surf Spots on the Coral Coast for more information or book a few nights at the Matanivusi Beach Eco Surf Resort on the edge of the Coral Coast and Pacific Harbour.
Location: See the link above for surf break locations.
15. 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 Adults-Only Activities on the Coral Coast.
Location: See the link above for Coral Coast spa locations.
16. 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.
Location: Ivi Restaurant – Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, Korotoga. Navo Specialty-Dining Restaurant – InterContinental Resort, Natadola.
17. Learn to Cook Fijian Food in a Fijian Cooking Class
If you consider yourself a bit of a foodie, learn how to create tasty Fijian dishes in a Fijian cooking class on the Coral Coast! Use traditional cooking methods, such as coconut fires and wrapping food in leaves, as well as cooking with tropical ingredients found around the Fiji islands. Cooking classes are available at resorts like the Mango Bay Resort and Fiji Hideaway Resort.
Location: See Coral Coast resorts mentioned above.
18. Go Horse Riding on the Beach
Another great experience is horse riding on the Coral Coast. Go horse trekking on the beach with Natadola Bay Horse Riding, based beside the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa. Additionally, horse riding tours can be arranged at the Gecko’s Resort and Mango Bay Resort.
Location: Natadola Beach, Gecko’s Resort – Cuvu, and Mango Bay Resort – Namatakula.
19. Do Some Game Fishing
As mentioned, 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 check out Coral Coast Fishing Charters. 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.
Location: All over the Coral Coast!
20. Do It All on a Coral Coast Day Tour!
Overwhelmed by your options? We don’t blame you. Make it easy on yourself by joining one of the fun-filled small-group tours exploring many of the attractions mentioned on this list of the best things to do on the Coral Coast. Visit the Kula WILD Adventure Park, see a pottery demonstration at a local village and do sandboarding at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes with Excite Tours & Transfers (more info on Viator and Klook) or if you’re coming from Nadi, take a look at Epic Transfers & Tours.
Location: Pick-ups from Coral Coast resorts are included.
More Things to Do on the Coral Coast
That’s it for our guide to the best things to do on the Coral Coast of Fiji. For more advice on planning the perfect trip to paradise. Take a look at the following guides:
- The Travel Guide to the Coral Coast on a Budget
- The Complete Family Guide to the Coral Coast
- The Luxury Travel Guide to the Coral Coast
- The Adults-Only Vacation Guide to the Coral Coast
- The Food Guide to the Coral Coast
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Travel Guide to the Coral Coast.