7-Day Foodie Itinerary for Viti Levu, Fiji
For those who love to discover a culture through the local cuisine and, of course, try fabulous food, then this Fiji Foodie Itinerary: 7 Days (Viti Levu Self-Drive Tour) is for you. This Fiji itinerary starts in Nadi, taking you along some of Viti Levu’s most stunning coastline, to Suva. From Suva, you can take a flight back to Nadi to complete the loop.
In this 1-week itinerary, we guide you through the food-related activities and the accommodations with either self-catering facilities or fabulous restaurants.
Note that this itinerary is for foodies who want to be on the move through Viti Levu. For a more relaxed itinerary with less travel, see How to Spend 7 Days on a Foodie Vacation in Fiji TI057. For a 1-week foodie itinerary seeing different islands, take a look at Fiji Foodie Itinerary: 7 Days (Islands & Culture).
How to Get Around Fiji in 7 Days
This seven-day foodie itinerary solely involves travel over land. Here is a quick rundown of how to get around Fiji on a one-week road trip.
Road Transport in Fiji
This foodie road trip itinerary takes you across Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island. Car rentals are available at Nadi International Airport, where many rental companies allow you to drop rentals off in Suva where this itinerary ends. Check out Fiji car rental companies in The Best Car Rentals in Fiji. Find out more about the transport to each Viti Levu destination in the following articles:
Day 1 – Nadi
Welcome to Nadi, Fiji! Foodies shouldn’t leave this bustling city just yet where there is a wealth of foodie activities to experience. Nadi is one of Fiji’s most diverse cities, where there’s food from all around the world to indulge in, including local Fijian and Indo-Fijian cuisine. We’ll get more on the specific activities on Day 2, but for now, settle into your accommodation. In the list below, we recommend both self-catering accommodation (as there are amazing markets to buy produce from), as well as hotels and resorts with fantastic restaurants.
Accommodation in Nadi for Foodies
Self-catering accommodation in Nadi:
- Ramada by Wyndham Wailoaloa Beach
- Ratsun Nadi Airport Apartment Hotel
- 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
- Tanoa International Restaurant
- Club Fiji Resort
- Fiji Hideaway Resort, Vuda
For more information about each resort/hotel, check out 10 Accommodation in Nadi for Foodies.
Day 2 – Nadi
You have the full day in Nadi to start tasting Fiji’s cuisine, or even learning how to create them for yourself at the Flavours of Fiji cooking school at the nearby Denarau which offers pick-ups in Nadi. Additionally, don’t miss visiting one of the produce markets, either in Nadi city centre or in the suburb of Namaka. Sellers evoke the friendly Fijian hospitality and even offer recipe ideas for the array of tropical vegetables and fruit that they sell. Check out more ideas on what to do in Nadi below or head over to The Foodie Guide to Nadi.
Things to Do in Nadi for Foodies
- Visit the Nadi fruit and vegetable markets
- Take a Fijian or Indo-Fijian cooking class at a cooking school
- Try a Fijian Lovo, a traditional style of food, at one of the resorts
- Sample some Indo-Fijian food in the city centre curry houses
- Try some Fijian food at 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 inspiration!
Day 3 – Nadi to the Coral Coast
Travel time: 1-2 hours depending on where you stay
Now it’s time to get out of the city and discover the “real Fiji”. Just an hour’s drive away is the Coral Coast boasting some of the best beaches on the mainland. Many of these beaches are backed by fabulous resorts offering a range of food-related activities and eateries. Additionally, the Sigatoka River provides access to remote villages where there are authentic cultural activities involving food to be had. Boat tours, such as Sigatoka River Safari, allow you to meet villagers, partake in a “Kava ceremony”, and try a Fijian lunch. We’ll give you more ideas on what to do on the Coral Coast on Day 4, but for now, check into your chosen Coral Coast accommodation.
Accommodation on the Coral Coast for Foodies
Self-catering accommodation on the Coral Coast:
- Blue West Villas
- Shalini Garden Hotel & Apartments
- Shambala Fiji (holiday home)
- Sea Winds Villa (holiday home)
- Sandy Point Beach Cottages
- Tubakula Beach Bungalows
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
- Bedarra Beach Inn
- Mango Bay Resort
- Fiji Hideaway Resort
- Robinson Crusoe Island Resort
For more information, 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 then for the gastronomical experiences. One of which is a cultural entertainment night where you’ll also be able to sample a traditional “Lovo” feast, which is where food is wrapped in banana leaves and slow-cooked in an earth oven. Catch a cultural dinner show on Robinson Crusoe Island Resort or at Gecko’s Resort – both open for day-trippers. Otherwise, check out more ideas in the list below or in The Foodie Guide to the Coral Coast.
Things to Do on the Coral Coast for Foodies
- Divulge in a Fijian Lovo feast
- Have lunch in a Fijian village on the Sigatoka River Safari
- Do a medicinal garden tour at the Wellesley Resort.
- Be entertained by a cultural dinner show
- Experience fine dining at Ivi and Navo – check out more recommendations in Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants on the Coral Coast
For more information on each activity, 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 with big adventures. The Pacific Harbour and the off-shore island of Beqa are famous for its marine life in the Beqa Lagoon, as well as inland adventures up the Navua River complete with canyons, rainforest and isolated 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, check out alternative accommodation options below.
Accommodation on the Pacific Harbour & Beqa for Foodies
Self-catering accommodation on the Pacific Harbour:
- Nanuku Auberge Resort
- ULTIQA Fiji Palms Resort
- Club Oceanus Resort (barbecue facilities)
- Tsulu Backpackers & Apartments
- Island Villas
Accommodation with good restaurants & food activities:
For more information on each accommodation, check out our 10 Best Accommodation on the Pacific Harbour for Foodies. You’ll also find more accommodations with kitchens 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 on Beqa Island! While the Nanuku Auberge Resort offers a range of food-related activities, their Fijian Food Safari incorporates all the highlights. Learn how to catch crabs before taking a medicine walk with your guide. Then visit a local market to buy produce 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 in Fiji, can also be experienced at resorts like Lalati and Kulu Bay on Beqa Island. See more recommendations below, as well as in our Foodie Guide to the Pacific Harbour & Beqa.
Things to Do in the Pacific Harbour and Beqa for Foodies
- Check out the stalls and restaurants at the Arts Village
- Learn about local herbs and their uses in a medicine walk
- Join Nanuku Auberge Resort for a Fijian Food Safari
- Try a hands-on experience like moonlight prawning, crab-catching or beekeeping
- Treat your loved one to a private beach picnic
For more information on each of these activities and more, see our 10 Things to Do on the Pacific Harbour for Foodies.
Day 7 – Pacific Harbour to Suva
Travel time: 1h20mins drive and 30 minutes flight
We recommend hitting the road early so you have time to check out Suva before taking your flight back to Nadi International Airport. It’s just a 40-minute drive to Fiji’s capital city where you’ll be met with an array of international cuisine and dining experiences. How about a restaurant on a boat or in a museum-themed restaurant serving Fijian food? The Indo-Fijian cuisine at the various curry houses is cheap and to die for, while the Municipal Market and Fish Market are both interesting to visit. Check out more activities below. Then it’s a further 40 minutes to Nausori Airport where you’ll be able to catch one of the frequently scheduled flights back to Nadi.
Things to Do in Suva for Foodies
- Visit the Suva Municipal Market
- Take an Indo-Fijian cooking class
- Have a dining experience with a difference in Tiko’s Floating Restaurant
- Sample something authentically spicy at an Indo-Fijian curry house
- Get a health kick at Highland Natural, an exclusively vegan cafe.
Find more activities in 9 Things to Do in Suva for Foodies.