things to do nadi
things to do nadi

15 Best Things to Do in Nadi

© Chris McLennan – Tourism Fiji

The Must-Dos in Nadi

Welcome to Fiji! As soon as you step off the plane into Nadi International Airport, you’ll be greeted by smiling locals calling Bula! The multi-cultural city of Nadi is a great introduction to Fiji, especially for its cultural side with the sounds, tastes and smells of the city centre with a bustling shopping and foodie scene. Nadi should, at the very least, be checked out before leaving for your holiday in Fiji. Alternatively, Nadi makes a great base for those with limited time in Fiji, especially if you are on a limited budget. In proximity to the city are lush tropical gardens, adventure activities such as ziplining and quad biking, Fijian villages and much more! Check out how you could be spending your time in and around Nadi with this list of things to do in Nadi!

While you’re planning your stay in Nadi, make sure to check out our Complete Guide to Nadi, as well as the 10 Best Hotels in Nadi, for more advice!

1. Check Out the Local Food Markets

A great way to mingle with the locals and try some super fresh produce is at the local farmer’s markets and food markets in Nadi. It’s a true Fiji experience! There are several food markets to choose from in Nadi, one being the Nadi Market, which is located on Market Road just behind the bus station in central Nadi. Another one is the less-crowded Namaka Food Market along the Queens Road near Nadi International Airport. Here, you’ll get to taste some of the sweetest pineapples and the most flavoursome bananas. For more activities like this, check out the 10 Things to Do in Nadi for Foodies.

Location: Nadi Market – Market Road, Nadi Town. Namaka Food Market – Queens Road, Namaka.


2. Have a Soak in the Sabeto Mud Pools

A short drive out of Nadi is the Sabeto Mud Pools. Lather yourself in thick mud and let it dry on your skin before soaking in natural hot spring water. While the treatment is meant to work wonders for your skin, the whole muddy experience will definitely appeal to your childish side! The complex is run by the local village, where authentic Fijian food and souvenirs are on sale too, as well as massage services. It’s the perfect way to experience “Fiji time“. Either drive, take a taxi or take one of the many scheduled tours visiting the gardens, including with Rosie Holidays (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor), Valentine Tours Fiji (on Viator and Tripadvisor) and Uniquely Fiji Transfers and Tours (on Viator and Tripadvisor).

Location: 9km (5 miles) north of Nadi Airport on Wailoko Road.


3. Explore the Garden of the Sleeping Giant

Down the same Nadi backroads as the Sebato Mud Pools, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant is a wonderful place to immerse in Fiji’s nature. The garden full of orchids and flowing plants lies in a valley below a mountain said to look like a sleeping giant. Follow the short walk around a tranquil tropical forest full of birds, skinks and other wildlife, as well as fish ponds. At the end of your walk, relax in the garden with a complimentary fruit drink. Either drive, take a taxi or take one of the many scheduled tours visiting the gardens, including Rosie Holidays (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor), Valentine Tours Fiji (on Viator and Tripadvisor) and Uniquely Fiji Transfers and Tours (on Viator and Tripadvisor).

Location: 6.5km (4 miles) north of Nadi Airport on Wailoko Road.


4. Visit the Sivu Subramaniya Swamy Temple

Fiji is considered to be a melting pot of cultures and religions. One impressive example of this is at the Sivu Subramaniya Swamy Temple in Nadi Town. The colourful exterior of the temple is an amazing photo opportunity with intricate sculptural details. Once inside, you will see many pictorial displays of Hindu lords and goddesses. Ask for a flyer at the reception desk before entering the temple to get information for all the sights of the temple. The temple has a small entrance fee, shoes must be taken off before entering and clothes covering below the knees. Sarongs are provided if needed.

Location: The corner of Queens Road and Nadi Road in Nadi Town.


5. Pick Up Some Souvenirs at the Nadi Handicraft Market

For a cultural shopping experience and a bit of retail therapy, check out the Nadi Handicraft Market. Selling all sorts of trinkets, jewellery, clothing accessories and more, the Handicraft Market is a good place to pick up something authentic for friends, family or yourself (however, there will be some items that you can pick out in any souvenir store but usually they are pretty obvious). Take the time to chat with the stallholders and practice the art of haggling! The market is open Mondays to Saturdays from 8am until the early afternoon.

Location: Koroivolu Avenue, Nadi Town.

© Chris McLennan - Tourism Fiji

6. Take a Scenic Flight Over the Islands

An extra special way to spend some time in Nadi is in the air on a scenic helicopter flight. Departing from Nadi Airport or Denarau Marina, with accommodation pick-up included, the scenic flight will allow you to see the stunning islands of Fiji from the most marvellous aerial perspective. There is a range of scenic flights available with Pacific Island Air (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor). Check out more activities like this one in our 10 Luxury Activities in Nadi. Plus, check out our 5 Breathtaking Scenic Flights by Helicopter in Fiji for more information.

Location: Flights depart from Nadi Airport.

© Roderick Eime on Flickr

7. Grab Some Delicious Food

Eating out in the cities of Fiji has to be done at least once when visiting Fiji. Not only will you find some great Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Chinese and Thai food, but it will be incredibly cheaper than what you will find in resorts. Foodies in Fiji should definitely spend some time wandering the streets of Nadi sampling the local flavours. Find out more in our Best Eats in Nadi!

Location: See the above link for specific locations.


8. Take a Day Trip to Denarau Island

Less than a 10-minute drive from Nadi is a whole new world. Denarau Island is the polished tourist hotspot of Viti Levu, with 5-star resorts, a golf course, a whole town with shops and restaurants and a marina with more activities and island cruises than you will know what to do with. It provides a huge contrast in the shopping experiences in Nadi so if you’re looking for something a little different, head to Denarau Island. Check out our 12 Amazing Things to Do in Denarau Island and more trips in The Best Day Trips from Nadi.

Location: Denarau, approximately 6km (3.7 miles) from Nadi Town.


9. Zipline Through Nadi’s Rainforests

Yes, even adventure can be found in Nadi! There are two fantastic ziplining companies just a quick drive from Nadi, Zip Fiji (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor) and Sleeping Giant Zipline, offering a great mix of nature and adrenaline. Zip over tropical forest canopies or in a valley of caves and canyons! These tours are not just about the ziplining, they often take you to wonderful hidden gems such as caves, waterfalls and beautiful forests. It’s a great half-day out for all types of adventurous travellers. Find out more in our 5 Best Zipline Tours in Fiji or check out more experiences like this in our 10 Things to Do in Nadi with Kids.

Location: Zipline companies offer pick-ups from Nadi and Denarau accommodations.

© Chris McLennan - Tourism Fiji

10. Visit a Fijian Village

Fiji’s indigenous culture and traditions are something to add to the “must-do” list when in Fiji. While Fijian village visits can be experienced just about any way in Fiji, Nadi has a few tours taking visitors to experience traditions like the kava ceremony, where you’ll present a kava root crop while the villagers make an earthy mouth-tingling drink out of it. It’s likely that you’ll watch a “meke” which is a cultural performance, and end the tour with a “lovo” meal prepared in an underground oven. There are a few customs to remember when visiting a Fijian village, which we go over in our Guide to Village Etiquette. Organise a tour with Fiji Eco Tours to visit Abaca Village (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor) or see a mock-up of a traditional village at Fiji Culture Village (on Viator and Tripadvisor).

Location: Tours offer pick-ups from Nadi and Denarau accommodations.

© Chris McLennan - Tourism Fiji

11. Go Quad Biking

Exploring Nadi is fun, but it’s more fun on a quad bike! Choose from tours with Go Dirty Tours Fiji that take you through Nadi’s countryside, visit Fijian villages, stop by highlights such as the Sabeto Mud Pools or get well and truly off the beaten track in the mountains overlooking Nadi, Denarau and the Mamanuca Islands. All you need is a full driver’s license and the guides at Go Dirty Tours will take you on a thrill ride to remember. Find out more about their tours on Viator and Tripadvisor.

Location: Tours offer pick-ups from Nadi and Denarau accommodations.

 things to do nadi© Go Dirty

12. Indulge in a Spa Treatment

Experience true Fiji time and relax with a soothing spa treatment in Nadi. The Island Surf Beaty & Spa offers free Nadi pick-up to get to one of their two spas – one at Wailoaloa Beach and one at Denarau. Alternatively, you can get a spa treatment as soon as you land in Nadi with the Essence of Fiji Rejuvenation Centre (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor). Many resorts and hotels have their own spa too, so check out our 10 Best Resorts in Nadi to see what’s available. So book yourself an appointment for an hour or two of bliss. See more activities like this in our 9 Adult-Only Activities in Nadi.

Location: Island Surf Beaty & Spa – 10 Denarau Road, Nadi. Essence of Fiji Rejuvenation Centre – Lot 1, Nasau, Nadi Back Road.

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13. Do a Private Sailing Excursion of the Islands

For a treat-yourself activity, perhaps to celebrate a special occasion like a honeymoon, why not indulge in a private sailing trip around the Mamanuca Islands just off the coast of Nadi. There are many day trip island excursions to choose from in the Denarau area, just a short drive from Nadi, but we like this romantic private sailing trip with PJ’s Sailing Adventures to Serenity Island. Snorkelling gear, lunch, weaving demonstrations and a coconut tasting are all included. Find out about the trip on Viator or Tripadvisor. Additionally, check out similar activities in our 10 Romantic Activities for Couples in Nadi.

Location: Tours depart from Port Denarau Marina.

© PJ Fiji

14. Take a Fijian Cooking Class

Appeal to your foodie side and engage with the local culture in a Fijian cooking class. You have a couple of great options around Nadi. Join a tour like the Great Taste of Fiji tour with Tourist Transport Fiji and discover the remote village of Navilawa in Koroyanitu National Heritage Park. The tour includes access to scenic walking trails, as well as a Fijian cooking lesson and hotel pick-up (find out more on Viator and Tripadvisor). Alternatively, Flavours of Fiji offers a tour to visit a local produce market before returning to a cooking school to learn how to cook Fijian dishes. Again, hotel pick-ups from the Nadi area are available. Find out more about Flavours of Fiji on Viator and Tripadvisor.

Location: Nadi accommodation pick-ups are available.

© Flavours of Fiji

15. Take a Day Tour to the Coral Coast, the Islands and More!

Nadi makes an excellent base for hitting all the highlights of Fiji. Day tours can take you as far as the Coral Coast where you can explore the heritage and natural wonders of this stunning area of Viti Levu. Boat trips from Wailoaloa Beach near Nadi allow you to spend the day in the Mamanuca Islands for snorkelling, beachcombing and more! Your list of day tours from Nadi seems rather endless, so head on over to our 10 Best Day Tours in Nadi for inspiration.

Location: See the above link for specific locations.

© Chris McLennan - Tourism Fiji


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Fiji Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Fiji. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Fiji’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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