The Complete Guide to Luxury Holidays on the Suncoast, Fiji
You have one of the best luxuries of Fiji on the Suncoast: not that many people know about it yet. Yes, this northern side of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, is often overlooked for the busy resort districts of the Coral Coast or the Mamanuca Islands. However, those in the know can find a tranquil retreat on the sunniest side of the island. The Suncoast, typically referring to the northern part of Viti Levu between Lautoka and Korovou, hides a wealth of luxury experiences, from having authentic cuisine prepared in your own private villa to relaxing on your own private island. There’s plenty of room for adventure too, whether it’s diving down the coral walls in the Bligh Water or hiking to the top of Fiji’s highest peak, Mt Tomanivi. We’ll guide you through the luxury accommodation, activities and cuisine with this luxury guide to the Suncoast.
Before we begin this luxury guide to the Suncoast, take a moment to bookmark The Complete Luxury Travel Guide to Fiji. Trust us, there’s a lot of essential tips there.
10 Luxury Activities on the Suncoast
- Arrive on the Suncoast in style by helicopter or seaplane
- Scuba dive among the complex coral structures of the Bligh Water
- Have Fijian cuisine prepared for you in your private villa
- Indulge in a relaxing spa treatment at one of the Suncoast’s day spas
- Go on half-day or multi-day excursions to villages, waterfalls and the highest peak in Fiji
- Enjoy a private beach picnic
- Spend the day on the open water on a sports fishing charter
- Enjoy gourmet dining in Rakiraki and Lautoka
- Take the opportunity to unwind and reconnect by hiring a resort nanny service
- Have a private island “house party”.
For more information on each activity, head to our 10 Luxury Activities on the Suncoast.
How to Get to the Suncoast
The Suncoast is located on the northern coast of Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island and the same island as Nadi International Airport. Both road transport and air transport provide scenic ways to get to your chosen luxury accommodation. See more information below otherwise, find more information in our 5 Ways to Get to the Suncoast.
Suncoast via Private Flight
Arrive at your resort in style by flying in a helicopter or seaplane. Private flights are available to selected resorts on the Suncoast. They depart from Nadi International Airport, taking approximately 1h10mins to reach the Suncoast. Find out more about flight operators, as well as Suncoast resorts to fly to, in our Suncoast Transport Guide. Plus, you’ll find Where to Hire a Plane or Seaplane in Fiji useful.
Suncoast via Private Transfer
Enjoy a scenic 2-hour drive along the coast of Viti Levu. Companies offer private transfers in a range of air-conditioned 4×4 vehicles. Minibuses and even 40-seater coaches are available for larger groups. See which transfer companies service the Suncoast in our Suncoast Transport Guide.
Luxury Car Rental
The Suncoast is a top road trip destination in Fiji, so if you want to enjoy some independent travel with the best set of wheels, consider renting a luxury vehicle. Pick-up a rental vehicle from Nadi International Airport with brands such as Europcar who have luxury rental vehicles in their Prestige range. Hertz also has modern Jeep Compasses and Ford Rangers. See The Best Car Rentals in Fiji for a full comparison of car rental companies.
Luxury Services on the Suncoast
As an up-and-coming tourist destination, the Suncoast is not quite as developed as other Fiji destinations. There are no kids’ clubs, no adult-only resorts… But that’s kind of the charm of the place. The luxury services you do receive are bespoke, so you can be sure you’ll receive undivided attention to your needs in order to make your vacation to Fiji extra special.
At this more secluded end of Fiji, you will not find the large kids’ clubs as found in other resorts, but more personalised child services. Dolphin Island specialises in family holidays, offering exciting activities for your little ones, from children’s cooking classes to snorkelling instruction. The large team of staff on the boutique accommodation island are available to provide babysitting services, should you want some time to reconnect, as well as plenty of adventures that the whole family can do together. See 10 Things to Do on the Suncoast with Kids for examples.
Looking for an island destination wedding in tranquil luxury? Then consider the wedding venues and services of the Suncoast’s resorts. Wananavu Beach Resort offers a range of wedding packages, from a simple island wedding theme (that’s free between November and March) to a Fijian-style affair. Dolphin Island also offers bespoke wedding planning for a destination wedding on their luxury island – perfect if you want a small group of friends and family to join you. Find out more in our Wedding & Honeymoon Guide to the Suncoast.
Luxury Activities on the Suncoast
On this side of Viti Levu, everything is a little more tranquil and a little more “Fiji time“, so even if you choose a group activity, chances are you’ll get the experience all to yourself – true luxury without the premium price. From the depths of the coral-filled Bligh Water to the peak of Mt Tomanivi, you’ll find enriching experiences for the mind, body and soul.
Luxury Water Activities
The Suncoast lies just off the shores of the Bligh Water, one of the snorkelling and scuba diving hotspots of Fiji. While snorkelling at the outer reefs provides a stunning experience, getting amongst it all in a scuba diving trip is unbeatable. The dive sites around Rakiraki are relaxing enough for beginners to feel comfortable yet captivated during their dive, while experienced divers will find a new and enthralling underwater world. The Vatu-i-Ra Passage boasts deep dives into soft yellow coral, while the dive sites around Nananu-i-Ra Island featuring interesting channels dubbed the “Amazing Maze”. Scuba diving can be organised from all the luxury resorts on the Suncoast, with Volivoli and Wananavu resorts each having their own dive shop.
Sports fishing is another popular activity on the Bligh Water thanks to the current created between Fiji’s two largest islands, offering exciting fish to target including mahimahi, black marlin and sailfish. Relax on the open water with a beer in hand and wait for the bite. Join Half Cast Charters at the Volivoli Beach Resort where the resort’s chefs are happy to cook your catch up for you. Trawling trips can also be organised with Dolphin Island and the Wananavu Beach Resort.
For the perfect mix of land, sea and gourmet food, treat yourself to a private beach picnic experience with Wananavu Beach Resort. You’ll be transported to a nearby island of pristine sandy beaches where you can spend the day sunbathing and snorkelling in your own secluded paradise. You’ll also get to enjoy a picnic hamper lunch.
Luxury Land Activities
Wash all the stress of modern-day life away with a luxurious spa treatment on the Suncoast. Daulomani Day Spa at the Volivoli Beach Resort offers massages, facials and more with outstanding ocean views. Dolphin Island offers traditional Fijian massages meant to enhance relaxation and rejuvenation, while the Wai Spa at Wananavu offers spa favourites such as hot stone rituals and couples’ massages.
Don’t miss one of the most fulfilling aspects of visiting the Suncoast, exploring Viti Levu’s rugged interior. Discover waterfalls, remote villages rich in tradition and breathtaking landscapes on a tour of inland Fiji. Make it a day trip to Narara Village where you’ll be welcomed by the locals with a traditional kava ceremony before being taken to their natural waterfall slide. This experience is available with Wananava and Dolphin Island. Alternatively, make it a multi-day journey of discovery with Talanoa Treks who will take you through Fiji’s unique cloud forest on a trip to the top of the country’s highest peak, Mt Tomanivi.
Luxury Dining on the Suncoast
Finally, another way to ensure a five-star holiday is with five-star cuisine. The Suncoast’s resort restaurants only use fresh local produce either from local markets or grown on-site. The finest restaurants can be found around Rakiraki and Lautoka where Fijian and South Pacific cuisine are the main items on the menu.
Gourmet Restaurants on the Suncoast
The closest thing to fine dining on the coast of Rakiraki is at the Nuku Bar & Grill at the Volivoli Beach Resort. The open-air restaurant serves fantastically presented Fijian and Japanese cuisine – the sort of food you’ll want to take a million photos of before you divulge. We recommend the caramelised pork belly or sushi platter.
At Raymond’s Restaurant at The Fiji Orchid in Lautoka, classic Fijian and South Pacific cuisine is served upon banana leaves and tastefully decorated with orchids. Seafood is flown in from the Macuata Province, while fruit and vegetables are grown on-site.
The restaurants at both the Tanoa Rakiraki Hotel and Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka are well-presented restaurants to dine for a special occasion. Tanoa Rakiraki serves up spectacular Indian food, while Fins Restaurant at Tanoa Waterfront offers both a local and international affair.
For those staying on Dolphin Island, you’ll get to choose your own catch to be served up each evening when the local fishermen call in at the island. Some nights, the Dolphin Island team prepare a traditional Fijian “lovo” for you – food slow-cooked in an underground oven.
And finally, for those staying in the luxury Bularangi Villa, the chambermaid is on-call to prepare delectable Fijian dishes right in your villa’s kitchen. She is also available to provide private Fijian cooking classes.
For more recommendations, see our Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants on the Suncoast.