Garden of the Sleeping Giant which contains a vast collection of more than 2000 varieties of magnificent Asian orchids and Cattleya hybrids, was once the private collection of the late American actor Raymond Burr . Take a landscaped tropical walk through natural rainforest.
Location/Driving Direction : Head west from Mercure Nadi , keep left and go through the Votualevu Roundabout , keep left and go past Nadi Airport . Garden of sleeping Giant is located 15-20 minutes drive north of Nadi Airport, It is 4 kilometers north of Nadi Airport. Keep left and turn off right at Wailoko Road . Drive further 2 kilometers along Wailoko Road to the garden.
Sri Siva Subramaniya temple, colourful largest Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere. The Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple embodies the diversity of tropical Fiji in a wondrous display of Dravidian architecture. The Temple is classified amongst the many tourist attractions in the region because of its beauty and religious symbolism.
Location/Driving Direction : From Mercure Nadi , Head West onto Queens Road for less than 10minutes drive as far as Southern end of the main road through Nadi Town.
Denarau Island featuring an 18 hole golf course, resorts, restaurants and marina ( Port Denarau ) which along with transfers to Fiji’s famous Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands offers a number of marine services, shot over jet rides and yacht and fishing charters.
Location/Driving Direction: Less than 10km from Mercure Nadi , Head West for 3KM , turn right at round about and take 1st exit for further 5minutes drive to Denarau Island.
Natadola Beach: Gorgeous Natadola Beach is one of Viti Levu’s best. Its vast bank of white sand slides into a cobalt sea, which provides good swimming regardless of the tide. Natadola’s strong currents often defy the brochures though: instead of glassy, still conditions, you may find sufficient chop for good body surfing – just watch the undertows. And there’s serious surfing here, too. Natadola Inside break – which is inside the bay (surprise) – is good for beginners, and Natadola Outside – at the entrance of the channel – is for experienced surfers.
Location/Driving Direction : Heading to Sigatoka, 30mins or 40km from Nadi Town turn right at the junction and go straight inside 5mins and you will explore the gorgeous Natadola Beach just before Intercontinental Hotel.
Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park: The dunes are the product of erosion in the coastal hinterland and coastal dune forming processes. The extensive dune system covers an area of 650 hectares and comprises a series of parabolic sand dunes of various ages and activities. The dunes range from around 20-60m tall. It is best to visit the area before 11am or after 3pm as doing otherwise, particularly at midday, would be a particularly hot experience. The dunes, which is Fiji’s first National Park, extends for several miles along the coast, two thirds of which is stabilized by grass
Location/Driving Direction : As you pass the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort heading to Suva, keep watching to your right and you can’t miss the visitor centre for the renowned Sigatoka Sand Dunes.The Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park is located at the mouth of the Sigatoka River on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji approximately 3km west of Sigatoka.
Navala Village: The picturesque village of Navala, one of the last in Viti Levu with thatched roofs, is a two-hour, 26-km drive on rough road into the mountains above Ba. Home to almost two hundred traditionally thatched bures, the village of Navala is an iconic symbol of Fiji. Your best bets for transport are a 4WD or a trail bike. The road is passable by ordinary car but the going can be brutal. Village entry fee to be paid direct. To get to Navala, from the Ba side of the bridge make a right turn on Rarawai Rd. Turn left at the next junction, just outside the sugar mill. Follow the road about two km where it forks and take the right fork
Momi Gunsite: Turn off the sealed road at the signpost to the guns, and onto 4km of rattling gravel road. This leads to two 6in guns that were installed here by the New Zealand 30th Battalion in 1941 to defend Fiji against the Japanese. Fiji was, like most other islands, poorly equipped to take on the might of the Japanese Imperial Army: an army that had already swept through Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and parts of what is now Vanuatu.
Fiji Museum : Located in the heart of Suva’s botanical gardens, the Fiji Museum holds a remarkable collection which includes archaeological material dating back 3,700 years and cultural objects representing both Fiji’s indigenous inhabitants and other communities that have settled in the island group over the past 100 years.
Kula Eco Park: Just off the Queen’s Road opposite the Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji, Kula Eco Park is Fiji’s only wildlife park. Kula Eco Park is an environmental showplace dedicated to the conservation of Fiji’s indigenous Fauna and to the environmental education of Fiji’s children. Along the banks of a stream in a tropical forest, it has a fine collection of rainbow-feathered tropical birds and an aquarium stocked with examples of local sea life. It’s a fabulous collection of Fiji’s flora and fauna and the kids will love it.The park lies in a valley of coastal forest less than 1,000 meters from the ocean. Nearby is the river town of Sigatoka .
Location/Driving Direction : Just opposite Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji.
Government House : is the official residence of the President of Fiji. The present mansion was built in 1928 to replace the original building – the residence of the colonial governor – which burnt to the ground after being struck by lightning in 1921. From 1970 to 1987, Government House was the official residence of the Governor-General, and became the presidential residence in 1987 after two military coups resulted in the proclamation of a republic. The building is closed to the public, but a highlight of tourist visits to Suva is the changing of the guard ceremony during the first week of each month.
The building should not be confused with the Government Buildings to the north on the same street (Victoria Parade).
Fiji Government Buildings : The Government Buildings in Suva are the offices of the executive wing of Government of Fiji. Built in the late 1930s, the buildings house the Prime Minister of Fiji‘s offices, the High Court, and government ministries. Parliament was held here until the 1987 coups; since then it has met in new buildings in the Suva suburb of Muanikau.
Location/Driving Direction: Situated south of Victoria Prade Road, along same road as Government House
Fiji Parliament House : Opened in June 1992, the parliament complex must be one of the world’s most striking political hubs. It was designed in the post-1987 atmosphere. The aim of maintaining indigenous Fijian values is apparent through the open-air corridors, traditional arts and structures, and masi cloths throughout. The main building, vale ne bose lawa (parliament house), takes its form from the traditional vale (family house) and has a ceremonial access from Ratu Sukuna Rd.
Location/Driving Direction : The complex is 5km south of the city centre and, depending on the politics of the day, you may or may not be able to look around – check with the guard at the main entrance or phone ahead. Drive along Queen Elizabeth Drive or you may walk along Ratu Sukuna Rd for 1km.
Thurston Botanical Gardens: Take a walk through Thurston Gardens as a prelude to your museum experience. It has European plant and tree life in abundance, a legacy of Colonial times, and sections that display the vibrancy of indigenous tropical flora. Gardens are built on the site of the original town of Suva that was burned in 1843 in one of the bloodiest fights in Fiji’s history. Many of the inhabitants were killed and eaten by the people of Rewa. The Clock Tower and band stand were constructed in 1918 in memory of the first mayor of Suva.Things are a bit different nowadays. People stroll through the gardens taking in the sea air, children play under the historical fig trees, couples picnic in the cooling shade while historians check out the Clock Tower & bandstand.
Location/Driving Direction : Located at Cakobau Rd , Suva
Colo-I-Suva Forest Park: At the top of the Princes Road is the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, a natural rain forested area with walking trails, waterfalls and colorful native birds. Colo-i-Suva (pronounced tholo-ee-soo -va) is a 2.5-sq-km oasis of lush rainforest, teeming with tropical plants and vivid and melodic bird life. The 6.5km of walking trails navigate clear natural pools and gorgeous vistas. Sitting at an altitude of 120m to 180m, it’s a cool and peaceful respite from Suva’s urban hubbub.Slipping and sliding through the forest over water-worn rocks is the Waisila Creek, which makes its way down to Waimanu River and forms the water catchment for the Nausori and Nasinu areas.. Among the wildlife are 14 different bird species, including scarlet robins, spotted fantails, Fiji goshawks, sulphur-breasted musk parrots, Fiji warblers, golden doves and barking pigeon
Location/Driving Directon: Princess road, close to the Rainforest Lodge . This is about 25mins drive . From Novotel Suva , head southeast on Queens Rd toward Solomoni St and drive further about 4.6 km ,then turn left onto Reservoir Rd and drive further 1.3 km, arrive at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Princes Rd for further 13.3km drive , sharp left and further 6.2 km drive to arrive at Colo-I-Suva Forest Park
Koroyanitu National Heritage Park : This Park is only an hour inland from Nadi and Lautoka . Located about 10 km (6 miles) southeast of Lautoka, Koroyanitu National Heritage Park is made up of Viti Levu’s highlands. It’s the ideal place for nature lovers and hikers. There are six villages in the park that are part of an ecotourism project. Villagers help maintain the landscape and tracks. Here one can do bird-watching and hike through grasslands and forests and to waterfalls and archaeological sites.
Lawai Pottery Village : Lawai outside Sigatoka is popular for pottery. A stop at the village hall confirms that the village specializes in pottery. For them it is their only source of income. With only a few of the villagers with paid employment, the rest had nothing to fall back on but pottery.
Location/Driving Direction : Travel up the Sigatoka Valley road and you will never miss this village. It is the first one you see after leaving Sigatoka Town (about 1.5km away).
Udre Udre Tomb : Udre Udre was a Fijian chief. He holds the Guinness World Record for “most prolific cannibal”. During the 19th century, Udre Udre reportedly ate more than 99 people. He kept a stone for each body he ate; the stones were placed alongside his tomb in Rakiraki, in northern Viti Levu. According to Udre Udre’s son, the chiefs of Rakiraki would go to the battlefield along with Udre Udre and they would each give him every body part of their victims, especially the head, preserving what he couldn’t eat in one sitting for consumption later.
Location/Driving Direction : As you turn off the Kings Road in to Vaileka in northern Viti Levu you come across a neatly-kept grave on your right, 12 kilometres after the Rakiraki town.
Sigatoka River Safari: An action packed adventure awaits those willing to embark on the Sigatoka River Safari. This four and a half hour tour will help people appreciate the beauty of a jet boat ride into a veritable wilderness, featuring miles of pristine scenery. A half-day eco/cultural adventure into the heart & soul of Fiji, aboard our custom-built safari jet boats. Cruise your way up the magnificent Sigatoka River to visit authentic Fijian villages and experience a day in the life of the real ‘kaiviti’ (Fijian). Your driver and guide will bring the journey to life, introducing you to the rich culture of the people of Fiji and sharing the history, customs and legends of the area with you.
Location/Driving Direction :Meet the Sigatoka River Safari Rep at their office conveniently located at Tappoos Sigatoka Store, Main Street Sigatoka Town. Morning Tour departs 0845am and Afternoon Tour departs 1300hrs.
Momi Zipline: Adventure awaits in Fiji’s newest zip line which offers jaw-dropping speeds, breath taking ocean views, plus the added adventure of exploring limestone caves . Nadi Zip Line Tour is located at the Tau Village (Momi Bay) which is only 35 minutes from Nadi. This amazing adventures has 5km of zip lines woven into a truly spectacular setting of incredible caves, canyons and breathtaking ocean views. These 16 zip lines are the highest, fastest and longest zip lines in Fiji. Two guides will be with you at all times. Lunch is included.