14-Day Foodie Itinerary for Fiji
For those who love to discover cultures through local cuisine, want to experience a different way of life, and, of course, try fabulous food, then this Fiji Foodie Itinerary: 14 Days is for you. From the mainland of Viti Levu to nature’s garden of Taveuni to the multi-cultural Vanua Levu, this foodie itinerary takes you all over Fiji exploring the country’s largest islands.
In this 2-week itinerary, we guide you through the food-related experiences and the accommodations with either self-catering facilities or fabulous restaurants.
Note that this itinerary is for foodies who want to see it all. For a more relaxed itinerary with less travel, see How to Spend 14 Days on a Foodie Vacation in Fiji TI011.
How to Get Around Fiji in 14 Days
The 14-day foodie itinerary below involves both land and overwater travel. Here is a quick rundown of how to get around Fiji on a two-week trip.
Road Transport in Fiji
The first week of this itinerary takes you on a road trip across Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island. Car rentals are available at Nadi International Airport, whereas bus transport and taxis offer an alternative option for getting between the destinations mentioned on this itinerary. When staying on Taveuni and Vanua Levu, we suggest staying in one accommodation on each island while making use of the resort transfers, taxis, tours and buses available. Find out more about the transport on each island in the following articles:
- 6 Ways to Get to Nadi (& Get Around Nadi)
- 5 Ways to Get to the Coral Coast
- 7 Ways to Get to the Pacific Harbour & Beqa
- 6 Ways to Get to Suva
- 8 Ways to Get to Taveuni (& Get Around Taveuni)
- 6 Ways to Get to Vanua Levu (& Get Around Vanua Levu)
Overwater Transport in Fiji
This itinerary includes two domestic flights between the islands. Frequent domestic flights run between Viti Levu and Taveuni, and Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. To get between Taveuni and Vanua Levu, we suggest either taking the passenger ferry or a helicopter transfer. Find out more in 8 Ways to Get to Taveuni (& Get Around Taveuni) and 6 Ways to Get to Vanua Levu (& Get Around Vanua Levu).
Day 1 – Nadi
Welcome to Nadi, your arrival city in Fiji! Foodies shouldn’t leave this bustling hub just yet where there is a wealth of foodie experiences to try. Nadi is one of Fiji’s most diverse cities, where food from all around the world can be indulged in, including Fijian and Indo-Fijian cuisine. We’ll go through the specific activities tomorrow, but for now, settle into your accommodation. In the list below, we recommend both self-catering accommodation (as there are amazing markets to make use of), as well as hotels and resorts with excellent restaurants.
Accommodation in Nadi for Foodies
Self-catering accommodation in Nadi:
- Ramada by Wyndham Wailoaloa Beach
- Anchorage Beach Resort
- Wailoaloa Beach Resort
- Grand West’s Villas
- Sapphire Bay Fiji
Accommodation with good restaurants:
- Fiji Marriott Hotel Momi Bay
- Fiji DoubleTree Resort by Hilton – Sonaisali Island
- Smugglers Cove Beach Resort
- Club Fiji Resort
- Fiji Hideaway Resort, Vuda
For more information about each accommodation, check out 10 Accommodation in Nadi for Foodies.
Day 2 – Nadi
You have the full day in Nadi to start tasting the flavours of Fiji, or even learning how to create them for yourself at the Flavours of Fiji cooking school, which offers pick-ups in Nadi (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor). Additionally, you have to visit one of the produce markets, either in Nadi city centre or in the suburb of Namaka. Sellers are friendly and even offer recipe ideas for the array of tropical vegetables and fruit that they sell. Check out more ideas below, or head over to The Foodie Guide to Nadi.
Things to Do in Nadi for Foodies
- Visit the Nadi produce markets in Namaka and Nadi town
- Take a Fijian cooking class at a cooking school
- Try a traditional Fijian “lovo” at one of the resorts
- Sample some Indo-Fijian food at the Nadi curry houses
- Try some Fijian dishes in one of the local restaurants – see recommendations in Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Nadi.
Check out our 10 Things to Do in Nadi for Foodies for more ideas!
Day 3 – Nadi to the Coral Coast
Travel time: 1-2 hours depending on where you stay
Nadi is a great city for foodies but it’s definitely not considered the “real Fiji”, so we suggest hitting the road to see another side of Viti Levu today. The Coral Coast boasts some of the best beaches on the mainland backed with fabulous resorts offering a range of food-related activities and restaurants. Additionally, the Sigatoka River provides access to remote villages where boat tours, such as Sigatoka River Safari, allow you to meet the villagers and be welcomed with a “kava ceremony” and a Fijian lunch (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor). We’ll give you more ideas on what to do on the Coral Coast tomorrow, but for now, check into your chosen Coral Coast accommodation.
Accommodation on the Coral Coast for Foodies
Self-catering accommodation on the Coral Coast:
Accommodation with good restaurants:
- The Warwick Fiji
- Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort
- InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa
- Gecko’s Resort
- Wellesley Resort Fiji
- The Naviti Resort
- Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa
- The Beachhouse
- Mango Bay Resort
- Fiji Hideaway Resort
For more information on each of these accommodations, check out our 10 Best Accommodation on the Coral Coast for Foodies.
Day 4 – Coral Coast
You’ll be glad to spend more time on the Coral Coast, if not for the idyllic beaches than for the food. Resorts offer fantastic cultural entertainment nights where you’ll be able to sample a traditional “lovo” feast – food slow-cooked in an earth oven. Catch a cultural dinner show on Likuri Island Resort or at Gecko’s Resort – both open for casual visitors. Otherwise, find more inspiration in the list below or in The Foodie Guide to the Coral Coast.
Things to Do on the Coral Coast for Foodies
- Experience a Fijian lovo feast
- Have lunch in a village on the Sigatoka River Safari (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor)
- Do a tropical garden tour at the Wellesley Resort
- Enjoy a cultural dinner show
- Experience fine dining at Ivi, Navo and more – check out recommendations in Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants on the Coral Coast
For more information, take a look at our 10 Things to Do on the Coral Coast for Foodies.
Day 5 – Coral Coast to the Pacific Harbour/Beqa Island
Travel time: 30mins-1 hour depending on where you stayed
On the eastern end of the Coral Coast is a small tourist hub called the Pacific Harbour and the off-shore island of Beqa. The area is famous for its marine life in the Beqa Lagoon, as well as inland adventures up the Navua River complete with canyons, rainforest and remote villages. The Pacific Harbour’s five-star resort, Nanuku Auberge Resort, offers the vast majority of foodie experiences available in the area, however, if it’s not in your budget, we’ve listed alternative accommodation options below.
Accommodation on the Pacific Harbour and Beqa for Foodies
Self-catering accommodation on the Pacific Harbour:
- Nanuku Auberge Resort
- ULTIQA Fiji Palms Resort
- Club Oceanus Resort (barbecue facilities)
- Island Villas
Accommodation with good restaurants & food activities:
For more information, check out our 10 Best Accommodation on the Pacific Harbour for Foodies. You’ll also find more self-catering accommodation in our list of 5 Best Holiday Homes on the Pacific Harbour.
Day 6 – Pacific Harbour/Beqa Island
It’s time to get your foodie on today in the Pacific Harbour or Beqa Island! The Nanuku Auberge Resort offers a Fijian Food Safari, teaching you how to catch crabs leading to a medicine walk then visiting a local market for a Fijian warrior to prepare you a traditional meal when you return to the resort. Medicine walks, where you learn about medicinal plants and herbs found on the islands of Fiji, can also be experienced at resorts like Lalati. See more suggestions below, as well as in Foodie Guide to the Pacific Harbour & Beqa.
Things to Do in the Pacific Harbour and Beqa for Foodies
- Check out the restaurants at the Arts Village
- Learn about local herbs and spices in a medicine walk
- Do a Fijian Food Safari with the Nanuku Auberge Resort
- Try moonlight prawning, crab catching or beekeeping
- Treat your loved one to some “destination dining” with a beach picnic
For more information on each of these activities, see our 10 Things to Do on the Pacific Harbour for Foodies.
Day 7 – Pacific Harbour to Suva
Travel time: 40 minutes
It’s just a short drive to Fiji’s capital city, Suva, where you’re met with an array of international cuisine and dining experiences. How about a restaurant in the boat or in a museum-themed colonial building? The Indo-Fijian cuisine at the various curry houses is to die for, while the Municipal Market and Fish Market are both interesting to browse. More on those tomorrow, but first, get settled into your Suva accommodation.
Accommodation in Suva for Foodies
Self-catering accommodation in Suva:
Accommodation with good restaurants:
- Grand Pacific Hotel
- Tanoa Plaza Hotel
- Peninsula International Hotel
- Holiday Inn Suva
- Colo-i-Suva Rainforest Eco Resort
For more information, check out the 10 Best Accommodation in Suva for Foodies.
Day 8 – Suva
In Suva, it’s all about the eateries and markets and you have enough time today to experience several in the compact city centre. If you thought the markets in Nadi were impressive, wait until you see the Suva Municipal Market spanning across two floors inside and out! There are some excellent places to dine too, where both Indian and Fijian food is irresistibly authentic. Get more inspiration in the list below or have a look at The Foodie Guide to Suva.
Things to Do in Suva for Foodies
- Visit the Suva Municipal Market and learn how to prepare Fijian fruit and vegetables from the stallholders
- Take a cooking class to learn how to cook Indo-Fijian dishes
- Try Fijian-style dishes at the Old Mill Cottage
- Have a unique dining experience on Tiko’s Floating Restaurant
- Sample something spicy at an Indo-Fijian curry house
- Get a health kick at Highland Natural, the vegan cafe.
Find out more in 9 Things to Do in Suva for Foodies.
Day 9 – Suva to Taveuni
Travel time: 40 minutes to Nausori Airport, 1h5min flight
It’s time to leave the mainland and discover yet another side of Fiji. Hop on a plane at Nausori Airport to Matei Airport on the island of Taveuni. Taveuni is also known as the “Garden Island” thanks to its rich fertile soils and its fair serving of rain. With that, most of the resorts, villages and restaurants on Taveuni have their own gardens resulting in superbly fresh meals. Many resorts also offer tours of their organic gardens – another plus for foodies. Check out some of the resorts below.
Foodie Accommodation on Taveuni
Self-catering accommodation on Taveuni
- Vacala Bay Resort
- Raiwasa Private Resort
- Taveuni Rental Accommodations
- Aroha Taveuni Beach Front Bures
- Makaira Resort Villas
Accommodation with good restaurants on Taveuni
- Matangi Private Island Resort
- Qamea Resort & Spa
- Paradise Taveuni
- Taveuni Palms Resort
- Coconut Grove Beachfront Cottages
Day 10 – Taveuni
Today, you have more time to explore Taveuni where food is a core aspect of visiting the island. Kava drinking, trying Fijian food in a village stay, coconut husking and fishing are all part of day-to-day life here all making fantastic foodie experiences. Additionally, the Spice of Life Superfood Tour with Gaiatree Sanctuary is a great option for those who want to learn more about healthy living.
Things to Do on Taveuni for Foodies
- Learn how to cook local food in a cooking lesson or demonstration
- Join in on a kava ceremony or kava session
- Learn all the uses for coconuts in a coconut demonstration
- Do a superfood tour at the Gaiatree Sanctuary (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor)
- Sample real Fijian food in a village homestay
Find out more on each activity in 10 Things to Do on Taveuni for Foodies.
Day 11 – Taveuni
Yes, you’ll want to spend an extra day on this magnificent island for all the extra experiences available, such as hiking to waterfalls in the Bouma National Heritage Park, scuba diving at the Rainbow Reef or, you know, more foodie experiences like taking part in a Fijian/Indo-Fijian cooking lesson or sitting down for an educational Fijian medicinal talk. Find out more of Taveuni’s highlights in 10 Must-Dos on Taveuni.
Additionally, get more inspiration from The Foodie Guide to Taveuni.
Day 12 – Taveuni to Vanua Levu
Travel time: 30 minutes by helicopter/1h10mins bus and ferry
From the Garden Island to Fiji’s second-largest island, it’s time to do a bit more island-hopping. Either treat yourself to a scenic helicopter flight between Taveuni and Vanua Levu by taking the ferry from Korean Wharf to Buca Bay on the Taveuni Princess ferry. Once on the other side, a bus transfer takes you to one of the main hubs of Vanua Levu, Savusavu. The picturesque waterfront town has hot springs where locals demonstrate how they use them to cook food, as well as the town having pleasant eateries to enjoy. After you’ve had a look around, take a taxi or a resort transfer to your chosen accommodation.
Accommodation on Vanua Levu for Foodies
Self-catering accommodation on Vanua Levu
- Fiji Lodge: Vosa Ni Ua
- Korovesi Sunshine Villas
- Sigasiga Sands Resort
- Island Breeze Fiji
- Hidden Paradise Guest House
Accommodation with good restaurants
- Savasi Island Resort
- Nukubati Private Island
- The Remote Resort
- Koro Sun Resort
- Namale Resort & Spa
- Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
Find out more about each accommodation with our 10 Best Accommodation on Vanua Levu for Foodies. Plus, check out more self-catering accommodation suggestions in our 10 Best Holiday Homes on Vanua Levu.
Day 13 – Vanua Levu
Much like Taveuni, many of the resorts source their produce from their own gardens, as well as fish from the surrounding waters. Needless to say, this results in fresh and flavourful cuisine, which is presented in international and local ways. If there’s a foodie activity that you’ve missed on the itinerary so far, chances are, the resorts on Vanua Levu will have them on the table. Lovo feasts, private beach picnics, cooking classes, markets, kava ceremonies, medicine walks and even mud-crabbing experiences at all available here. See the list below for suggestions or in The Foodie Guide to Vanua Levu.
Things to Do on Vanua Levu for Foodies
- Mingle with the locals at the Savusavu and Labasa produce markets
- Check out a coconut demonstration
- Experience mud-crabbing as the sun goes down
- Have a private dining experience on the beach, by a waterfall, an overwater jetty or a sea cave
- Learn how to make tasty pina colada with fresh pineapples
For more information on each activity, head to our 10 Things to Do on Vanua Levu for Foodies.
Day 14 – Vanua Levu to Nadi International Airport
Travel time: 1h10mins
After 14 days, you’ve sure had some eye-opening cultural experiences through Fiji’s food. But before you get the holiday blues, enjoy one last scenic flight from Savusavu Airport direct to Nadi International Airport where you’ll be able to make your connecting flight out of Fiji with ease. Perhaps pick up some Fijian snacks and a “kava kit” from the souvenir stores before you leave?