Denarau Activities You Can’t Miss!
As the tourist hub of Fiji, there’s seriously no lack of things to do in Denarau Island. Whatever your mood, taste or budget, you’ll find some amazing things to do in Denarau. From relaxing with Fijian spa treatments to family fun day cruises out to the Mamanuca Islands, all these types of tours and activities can be done from Denarau. 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.
For more tips on planning your Denarau holiday, check out our Complete Guide to Denarau Island.
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
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. 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. 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!
4. 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 our The Complete Guide to Golf in Fiji.
5. Cruise to the Mamanuca Islands
One of the Denarau must-dos, sailing to one of the outer islands is a great way to experience the real Fiji. Cruises, boat trips, jet boats and sailing tours depart daily from the Denarau Marina taking you on excursions to the nearby Mamanuca Islands. Day tours usually include boarding the boat in the morning, hopping off at an island resort for lunch, swim and a snorkel before being picked back up again. Check out our Best Island Day Tours From Denarau TI101 to pick the right trip for you.
6. Make a Splash at the Water Park
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 Water Park 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.
7. Go 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). For our top picks, see the Best Fishing Trips from Denarau.
8. 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 flight require a minimum of two passengers for flights to go ahead.
9. Do a Skydive
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.
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10. 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 where kayaking is available to see coral reefs from the water’s surface and explore the volcanic islands of Fiji.
11. Treat Yourself at the Spa
If there’s one thing that Fiji does well, it’s relaxing. They don’t call it “Fiji time” for nothing! All the resorts in Denarau have some sort of spa service where you can enjoy all sorts of treatments, from traditional Fijian massages done with the masseuse‘s feet to romantic couples’ massages. Some resorts will show in a free massage as part of their welcome pack.
12. Take Her to Dinner
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.