Travel Guide to Nadi, Fiji
Fiji’s hub for international travel is right here in the city of Nadi. Situated on the east coast of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, Nadi is where most holidaymakers arrive in Fiji before scattering to the many nearby paradise islands. That’s not to say that Nadi is not a spectacular destination in itself. You can have just about any Fiji experience in Nadi, whether you’re looking for a family holiday or a romantic wedding venue. We’ll go through all the amazing ways to holiday in Nadi in this complete guide to Nadi.
Fast Facts About Nadi
Location: West coast of Viti Levu (see map at the bottom)
Population: 42,284 (2007)
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Climate: Daily average temperature – 25.5°C/77.9°F, average rainfall 1,826mm/71.9″
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Time Zone: FJT / GMT+12/+13
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How to get to and around Nadi: Direct international flights from the South Pacific islands, Australia, New Zealand and Korea land in Nadi International Airport, all of which have many connecting flights. As a result, Nadi is one of the easiest places in Fiji to travel to from overseas. In terms of getting around, Nadi is a widespread city with suburbs including Central Nadi, Martintar, Namaka, the Sabeto Foothills, Vuda Point, Wailoaloa Beach and Denarau Island (a tourist hub in itself where you can find a Complete Guide to Denarau here). Bus services, taxis, airport transfers and private drivers are just some of the ways to get around. Find out more about how to get around Nadi here.
Budget Holidays in Nadi
You don’t have to break the bank to have an eventful trip to Nadi. Many of Nadi’s sightseeing attractions are extremely affordable. It’s cheap to eat out in the town and there is a wide range of budget accommodation from budget hotels to backpacker resorts. Start planning your cheap trip with The Guide to Nadi on a Budget.
Things to Do in Nadi on a Budget
- See the impressive Sri Subramaniya Swami Temple
- Walk in the forest in the Garden of the Sleeping Giant
- Browse souvenirs at the Nadi Handicraft Market
- Take a day trip to Denarau Island
- Unwind and get muddy at the Sabeto Hot Springs.
For more inspiration, check out our 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Nadi.
Where to Stay in Nadi on a Budget
Nadi provides the perfect dose of Fiji beach time resorts without the price tag to match. Wailoaloa Beach is a popular jaunt for budget travellers and backpackers. Check out our recommendations on where to stay in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Nadi, as well as 7 Best Backpacker Resorts in Nadi.
Luxury Holidays in Nadi
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Nadi is also full of luxurious activities and experiences for those looking for a quick fly-and-flop holiday in paradise. Helicopter tours, island excursions, private day trips and fine dining can all be experienced in the city of Nadi and its surrounds. Find out more about luxury travel in Nadi with The Luxury Guide to Nadi.
5 Luxury Activities in Nadi
- Unwind with a Fijian spa treatment
- Take a scenic flight over the islands of Fiji
- Go on a private fishing charter
- Sail to a private island for lunch and snorkelling
- Experience fine dining in a private waterfront cabana.
Like the sound of those? Get more information on luxury tours in our 10 Luxury Activities in Nadi.
Where to Stay in Luxury in Nadi
If you have that YOLO attitude, then why not truly treat yourself to some special accommodation in Nadi? Whether you’re looking for privacy, sensational views and your own pool, or perhaps a resort with overwater bures, it’s all here in Nadi. Take a look at the 5 Best Luxury Accommodation in Nadi and start planning!
Family Holidays in Nadi
For a quick family getaway, Nadi is the perfect place! There are many resorts in the Nadi area catering to families with excellent kids’ clubs, as well as having access to some fun family activities that every family member will want to get involved with. Find out more about family getaways to Nadi in The Guide to Nadi for Families.
5 Family Activities in Nadi
- Zipline through tropical forest
- Go snorkelling in the soft coral reefs
- Take a family day cruise around the islands
- Make a splash at the Big Bula Waterpark (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor)
- Get the kids involved with your resort’s kids’ club.
And the list goes on! Check it out in our 10 Things to Do in Nadi with Kids.
Where to Stay in Nadi with Kids
Fiji adores children, so families are spoiled for choice when it comes to family-friendly resorts and hotels in Nadi. Many accommodations have family rooms and extra services for families, so check out some of the highlights in the 10 Best Family Resorts in Nadi.
Adult-Only Holidays in Nadi
We get it, not everyone appreciates the wild enthusiasm of screaming children. While Fiji is a very family-friendly destination, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy Fiji alone or with your fellow grown-ups. There are plenty of activities to be enjoyed privately or paired with like-minded travellers. Plan your adult-only getaway with The Adult-Only Guide to Nadi.
5 Adults-Only Activities in Nadi
- Hit the bars and nightclubs of Nadi
- Indulge in a spa treatment
- Skydive over the islands of Fiji
- Surf on the epic reef breaks off the shores of Nadi
- Go quad biking in the Sabeto Hills.
For more ideas and information on each activity, check out the 9 Adult-Only Activities in Nadi.
Where to Stay in Nadi for an Adult-Only Holiday
Unfortunately, there are no adult-only resorts in Nadi outside of Denarau. However, we have selected the next best options with resorts and hotels that have either adult-only areas or attract fewer families in our 10 Best Accommodation in Nadi for Adults.
Foodie Holidays in Nadi
Finally, if you’re a foodie looking to experience Fiji through its tastes and flavours, then Nadi is the perfect place to start. The multi-cultural city is alive with international eateries, as well as foodie activities to engage with the cuisine of the islands. Get more advice in The Foodie Guide to Nadi.
5 Things to Do in Nadi for Foodies
- Browse the stalls of the local produce markets
- Try a Fijian “lovo”
- Take a cooking class in a Fijian village
- Try some Indo-Fijian cuisine at a Nadi curry house
- Scout out some cheap street food.
And if that hasn’t made your mouth water enough, then check out 10 Things to Do in Nadi for Foodies, as well as our Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Nadi.
Where to Stay in Nadi for Foodies
Nadi has a great selection of self-catering accommodation, so you can make your own creations from your produce market purchases, as well as fabulous dining options in some of the Nadi resorts. Check them out in our 10 Best Accommodation in Nadi for Foodies.
Wedding and Honeymoon Holidays in Nadi
Celebrate the start of the rest of your life together in Nadi, Fiji! With romantic accommodation options and trips to stunning beautiful islands, it will be hard to keep your hands off each other in this fabulous wedding and honeymoon destination. Start planning your romantic getaway with The Wedding & Honeymoon Guide to Nadi.
5 Things to Do in Nadi for Couples
- Take a helicopter flight to the Malamala Beach Club for a day of fun
- Do a private sailing excursion of the islands
- Organise a romantic proposal
- Learn to scuba dive together
- Get married or renew your vows at a stunning wedding resort.
Where to Stay in Nadi for Couples
Whether you’re seeking luxury in your own honeymoon villa or looking for the dream venue to have your Fiji wedding, there’s a resort waiting for you in Nadi. Take a look at our 10 Wedding & Honeymoon Resorts in Nadi.