The Must-Dos in Denarau
Let’s cut straight to the chase, the must-dos in Denarau are whatever you want to do! The manmade island made up of five-star resorts prides itself on catering to every holidaymaker’s needs, whether you want to spend your “Fiji time” relaxing with the family or seeking adrenaline activities with your mates. The activities listed below are not the only things you can do from Denarau, as most inland tours on the eastern side of Viti Levu will do hotel pick-ups from Denarau. For more of those activities, check out 12 Things to Do in Nadi and 10 Things to Do on the Coral Coast. But if the decision fatigue is getting to you, don’t worry. We have the list of the best things to do in Denarau to help!
1. Get Some Retail Therapy
Just next to Denarau Marina, Port Denarau is the largest resort town in the South Pacific! That means great shopping! Browse Fijian souvenirs, arts and crafts, clothing, wines and foodie treats at the many outlets and duty-free stores. Of course, there are plenty of restaurant options too, giving you something to experience beyond your resort. You have more than 10 restaurants to choose from, including the Hard Rock Cafe. Check out our top picks in our Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Denarau.
2. Do Some Resort-Hopping by Bus or on Foot
Honestly, you could spend a whole day checking out all the amazing 5-star resorts around Denarau Island! Either get yourself a Bula Bus pass to make your way from resort to resort on the hop-on-hop-off bus or simply walk from resort to resort (for more ways to stretch your legs, check out the 5 Best Walks from Denarau). Jump between the Sheraton, Westin, Radisson Blu, Hilton, The Terrace, Wyndham and The Palms and enjoy their pools, shops and restaurants. Check out our 10 Best Resorts in Denarau Island.
3. Enjoy an Island Day Trip (Including Snorkelling, Kayaking and More)
Denarau Marina is one of the main connections between Fiji’s main island and the glorious outer islands of the Mamanucas. With that, day trips to gorgeous sandy islands with resorts and surrounded by coral reefs are abundant from Denarau. For instance, try a day cruise to Tivua Island with Captain Cook Cruises (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor) or to South Sea Island with South Sea Cruises (on Viator and Tripadvisor). Trips often include a mix of snorkelling, kayaking, drinks, lunch, cultural activities and/or glass-bottom boat tours. Check out our 10 Best Island Day Trips in Fiji for inspiration on islands to visit.
4. Experience Fiji Scuba Diving
Speaking of day trips on the water, another way to experience Fiji’s glistening tropical waters is through scuba diving. Immerse in in a diverse ecosystem of corals, fish and more on a scuba safari with Whitetip Marine Adventures. They offer both introductory diving trips (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor) and trips for certified divers (on Viator and Tripadvisor). Learn more about what to expect in The Guide to Scuba Diving in Fiji.
5. Go Jet Skiing
For a fun fast-paced way to get out on the water, hire a jet ski or jump on a jet ski tour! From short blasts by the hour to full-day jet ski island excursions, there are multiple options available. Our favourite is taking a full-day tour leaving your resort to Bounty Island in the Mamanucas. Once on this paradise island, you’ll get to snorkel with tropical fish before stopping for a drink on Beachcomber Island. What a way to see the islands!
6. Play Some Golf
Yes, Denarau even has its own championship golf course. Enjoy a complex game with plenty of fun water hazards on the par 72 courses at the Denarau Golf & Racquet Club. There’s also the option to take golf lessons, hire electric carts, and check out the golf shop and rental shop. It’s not all about serious golf though. It’s fun to play a few games at the mini-golf course in Denarau too. For more about playing golf in Fiji, see The Complete Guide to Golf in Fiji.
7. Make a Splash at the Waterpark
With gorgeous weather, Fiji is an ideal place for some water park fun! Needless to say, this option is great for kids. The Big Bula Waterpark claims to be the largest inflatable water park in the world, being home to some gargantuan waterslides! There’s something more relaxed in the kiddie’s pool, which there’s something for the parents to try at the mechanical surfboard (think of the mechanical bulls you find in bars!) There’s also a cafe, ice creams and a fully licensed bar, so no one will judge you if you want to stay there all day. The water park is open year-round. Check Big Bula Waterpark out on Viator and Tripadvisor.
8. Experience Game Fishing
We’re not joking when we say there are tons of fishing trips leaving Denarau. There’s a fishing trip for everyone with reef fishing for the family to catching the whoppers in game fishing! (Seriously, check out What Types of Fish Can You Fish For in Fiji). Everything that you will need for the day is organised for you: lunch, all the gear and an experienced guide. All you need is a sense of adventure, an angler’s arm (and maybe some sunscreen). Find out more about Fiji fishing in The Complete Guide to Fishing in Fiji.
9. See the Islands from the Sky
One of the best perspectives of the paradise islands of Fiji is from the sky. Join Turtle Airways (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor) or Pacific Island Air (on Viator and Tripadvisor) for their seaplane trips out of Denarau where you’ll get to see the islands in style. You can land at one of the tranquil islands for the day, such as Sawa-I-Lau or even see the Blue Lagoon, or just enjoy the view on a 20-minute to a 1h30min flight. No two trips are the same, as the pilot usually asks what sort of things you’d like to see before departure. Note, that flights require a minimum of two passengers for flights to go ahead. See more experiences like this in the 10 Luxury Activities in Denarau.
10. Skydive Over the Islands
Not one but two skydiving companies operate out of Denarau Island! Jump from either 8,000ft or 14,000ft (2,500-4,300m). Record the whole experience with a hand-cam or your own dedicated cameraman! There’s nothing quite like the feeling of freefalling at 200km/h (125m/h) with views of coral reefs, turquoise waters and stunning islands. If your budget will allow, there’s even the option to skydive onto an outer island, then stay at an island resort! What an entrance! Book your jump with Skydive Fiji on Viator or Tripadvisor.
11. Do Some Kayaking
Where there’s water, there are kayaks to be hired! Most resorts on the beach will have kayaks for hire so you can explore the coast. Alternatively, choose a day cruise (see #3) where kayaking is available to see coral reefs from the water’s surface and explore the volcanic islands of Fiji.
12. Treat Yourself at the Spa
Giving you the most relaxing experience possible is what Denarau Island does best. The island has a whopping 10 spas, from the luxurious tropical plant paradise of the Heavenly Spa by Westin to the quick treatment go-to at the Island Surf Beauty & Spa. Check out all your options in our 10 Best Spas on Denarau Island.
13. Experience Denarau Dining
Some of Fiji’s finest dining can be found right here in Denarau, most of which are within the resorts. The Radisson Blu Resort alone has six pristine dining locations within its walls! Try some Thai delights at the Chantara Thai Restaurant or experience Loma Ni Wai meaning “in the water”. Other than that, you are really spoiled for choice from buffet to a la carte, from family-friendly eateries to adult’s only bars, ocean views or literally a restaurant in the water, it’s options galore! Check out our top picks in our guide to the Best Eats in Denarau.
14. Try a Traditional Fijian “Lovo”
While Denarau Island isn’t the most “cultural” location in Fiji, the resorts certainly bring the culture to you with their fantastic lovo nights! Lovo is a traditional cooking method of slow-cooking meats and vegetables in an underground oven. The result is a mouthwatering feast, with resorts like the Sofitel Fiji Resort, Wyndham Resort and The Westin Resort putting on special lovo nights for their guests complete with captivating cultural performances. See more experiences like this in the 10 Things to Do in Denarau for Foodies.
15. Unwind in One of the Resorts’ Adults-Only Areas
You’ve probably heard about how family-friendly Denarau Island is, but couples and adult groups have it pretty darn good too! While some resorts like the Radisson Blu Resort and the Sheraton Fiji Resort have cute and quiet adult-only areas, the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Hilton Fiji Beach Resort have full-blown adult-only complexes where you will spend the day in pure luxury! Find out more in our 10 Adult-Only Activities in Denarau.
16. Have a Romantic Dinner at Private Waterfront Table
Celebrate that special occasion, or just the fact that you’re with your favourite people, with your own private restaurant service. The Radisson Blu Resort and Sofitel Fiji Resort both offer private dining experiences where you’ll dine by the waterfront and be served by a personal butler. It makes for a romantic evening with your loved one. Check out more experiences like this in our 10 Romantic Activities in Denarau for Couples.
17. Have a Pool Day
Let’s be honest, who isn’t going to do this during their stay on Denarau Island? Guests at any accommodation on Denarau Island are spoiled for choice with luxury outdoor pools and often several different pools to choose from! There’s a range of kids’ pools, adult-only pools, lagoon-style pools, lap pools and much more. So enjoy a shameless day by the pool doing absolutely nothing! For more like this, check out the 11 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Denarau.