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Discount Hotels in Fiji : Nadi, Mamanucas, Outer Islands, Coral Coast, Lautoka - Rakiraki, Suva Pacific Harbour, Savusavu, Taveuni, Denarau Island

 

Fiji

Visit Fiji and the word "Bula" will forever remind you of a vacation in a land of generous smiles and clear tropical waters. "Bula Venaka" is the ubiquitous greeting resounding throughout the islands and signifying both "hello" and "welcome". Fijians are a gregarious bunch with a lust for life and joyful enterprise. Cast away any worries of boredom on a sleepy South Seas island and embrace the bubbly reality of Fiji with its fantastic array of 'fun in the sun' activities. Vacationers are heading for the beach, the mountains and the outer islands in search of adventure or ultimate relaxation. From the lively streets of Suva to the uninhabited islets of the Lau group, Fiji has it all.


Fiji is in a unique position to witness the dawning of each day. This cluster of verdant islands in the South Pacific is situated on the 180th meridian and is therefore the first country on the face of the earth to see the sun rise. Over 300 islands make up the Fiji group of islands with a total land area of just 18,272 square kilometres. Of the 300 islands, only a 100 or so are inhabited. The rest are left as protected nature reserves. The two major islands in the group are known as Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Almost 80 percent of the population live on these two islands with the majority inhabiting the rural areas and the outer islands. Only about 40 percent of the population live in urban areas.

Suva


Suva is the nation's capital and largest city located on the peninsula that juts out from the south western corner of the main island of Viti Levu. The peninsula forms the southern portion of an extremely well protected harbour. Suva is about the only city that has modern buildings taller than coconut trees. The city is a great mix of colonial homes and buildings beautifully balanced by the modern era. The mountains north and west catch the southeast trade winds, producing moist conditions year round. The city reflects its tropical origins in colourful flowering gardens and waving palm trees as well as the multiplicity of cuisine (Chinese, Indian, traditional Fijian and European). There are tours to landmarks such as the Thurston Gardens, next to Government House, the official residence of the President of the Republic of Fiji. The museum is recognised as one of the best of its type in the South Pacific. Bargain hunters should head for the sprawling complex of market stalls if searching for handicrafts. There is Fiji's oldest cultural centre at Orchid Island near Suva where visitors can view some of Fiji's unique fauna and flora. Aviation history buffs should take in Albert Park where Charles Kingsford-Smith landed the 'Southern Cross' on his trans-Pacific flight in 1928.

Some 50 kilometres west of Suva is Pacific Harbour. This joins the eastern most fringe of the Coral Coast. Here visitors can visit the Na Fijian Cultural Centre and Dance Theatre with its demonstrations of handicraft-making techniques. Not too far from here you can visit the legendary Beza Island, home of the Fijian fire walkers who often perform their fire-walking ceremonies at several major Fijian hotels and resorts.

Nadi

Once a small community, Nadi (pronounced Nandi) has mushroomed into Fiji's third-largest city, largely due to the proximity of the international airport. The town itself is small compared to the capital, Suva, but it is still a bustling burg with a bunch of hotels dotted along its undulating coastal fringe. Nadi is a jumping off spot to other Fijian destinations. The countryside surrounding Nadi is splashed with sugar cane fields and the highest concentration of resorts in the entire country. The town is normally hot and dry in contrast to humid and wet Suva. The centre of activity is along the main street. Nadi town is probably the best place in Fiji to pick up souvenirs and there are a great many good places to eat should hunger forestall your shopping.


Mamanucas

The Mamanuca (pronounced Mama-noo-tha) islands start just a short distance from the mainland of Viti Levu, curving to the north-west in a graceful arc towards the Yasawa chain. Sandy beaches, waving palms, and crystal clear waters form the common thread among the 13 islands of the group. The Mamanucas are of volcanic origin, some of which are especially significant in Fijian folklore. A number of resort islands are scattered throughout group. There are boat excursions and fishing trips as well as a host of water sports like water skiing, wind surfing, snorkelling, and diving available to the guests. Malololailai is the main port of entry to and from the Mamanucas. It is a cosmopolitan community of Fijians and Indians that has a safe anchorage and an airstrip serviced regularly from Nadi. Resort islands within the group entice visitors with exotic names such as Beachcomber Island, Castaway Island, Malolo Levu Island, Mana Island, Matamanoa Island, Musket Cove, Naviti, Plantation Island, Tavarua Island,Treasure Island and Tokoriki, which is located the furthest from the mainland.

Yasawa Islands

Of all the Fiji islands the Yasawa group is perhaps most represents the South Pacific ideal. (Both versions of Blue Lagoon were shot on location in the Yasawas.) The group is comprised of about 20 islands, which lie in a chain just off the northwest coast of Viti Levu beginning about 40 kilometres northwest of Lautoka and stretching out over roughly 80 kilometres. These islands are unique because their beautiful, isolated beaches, cliffs, bays and reefs, are largely untouched by tourism. The Yasawas are dry and sunny with crystal clear waters. The islands are a major attraction for cruise vessels originating in Lautoka, and in the last several years a number of accommodation options have opened up on Waya Island. Above all, the Yasawas are a place to relax and enjoy the solitude.

Coral Coast

The southern coastline of Viti Levu became a popular tourist retreat before the Mamanuca Islands were made accessible. This wonderful strand of tropical paradise is known as the Coral Coast. It is located between Nadi and Suva along the Queen's Highway. From here you can take tours to nearby islands as well as to sights on the mainland. Roadside stalls and village shops along the coast sell a good variety of handicrafts. One of the villages, Nakabuta, known as the pottery village, has a wonderful variety of exquisite work. Tours to a pristine beach called Natadola are available on the sugar train which runs from Kalevu Cultural Centre at Sigatoka. The Cultural Centre, located on the Sigatoka River, has duty free shopping. For an interesting side trip, head to the Sigatoka Sand Dunes, where an important archaeological dig displays pottery dating back to 1,500 BC. The site was once a burial complex where 55 skeletons were buried under elaborate coral formations.

Lautoka-Rakiraki

Lautoka is a major seaport and home of the Fiji Sugar Corporation. There are quite a number of other industries in evidence but none so large as to infringe on the title of Lautoka "the sugar city". Lautoka has paved roads, proper drains, well planned subdivisions and buildings constructed to the local building standards. The streets are lighted and there are even public toilets and park seats throughout the city. A visit to the bustling Lautoka marketplace is worthwhile for the fresh produce and the boisterous bargaining that exemplifies a way of life. From Lautoka you can take a cruise to Beachcomber Island aboard the Tui Tai, a 140 foot three masted schooner, which makes the trip twice daily.RakirakiThe Rakiraki region is located adjacent to the Kings Road on the north coast of Viti Levu about 120km from Nadi. Rakiraki is located in one of the driest areas of Fiji. The economy is primarily based on agriculture. Tourists in the area are content to explore several nearby islands.

Savusavu


Savusavu is a rustic little town with a certain charm. A new mining operation in the mountains and increased tourism is slowly adding dollars to the economy. The most remarkable features of Savusavu are the stunning bay and the hot springs scattered around the city limits. Steam rises from the cracks in the sidewalks, in grassy lots, from the seashore and even from the municipal pier, which has to be paved from time to time due to corrosion from the thermal activity. Diversions include trekking, diving, sailing and windsurfing. (The lagoon nearby has excellent sail boarding conditions.) Local haunts include the Planters Club, (for a cool beer and local gossip. Head to the shed-the Copra Shed that is-for a cup of coffee or a scone while taking in the view of incredible Savusavu Bay. The Copra Shed was formerly a warehouse for copra awaiting shipment to processing plants. The building was gutted, completely rebuilt and now is home to various offices including the Savusavu Yacht Club and Eco Divers-Tours.

Taveuni

Taveuni is known as the Garden Island. It lies only seven kilometres off the southeast coast of Vanua Levu and is 42 kilometres long and averages about 11 kilometres wide. Its vegetation is particularly lush and flourishes unabated throughout the landscape. Fortunately (unlike other island in the Fiji archipelago) the mongoose was never introduced to Taveuni and consequently many of the birds that have vanished on Viti Levu and Vanua Levu still thrive on the Garden Island. There are Kula parrots, orange doves, and a lot of wild chickens too, which makes the island a special place for bird fanciers and bush walkers. Taveuni has an incredibly diverse reef system that provides some of the world's top dive sites. Strong currents in the strait nurture the corals, which are truly magnificent. A breathtakingly beautiful island, Taveuni has winding roads that meander through lush tropical forests, past magnificent waterfalls and sparkling white sand beaches. One of the world's rarest flowers, the Tagimaucia is found only on Taveuni, thousands of feet above sea level on the fringes of the lake formed inside a crater.


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