Decorating the southern shores of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, the Coral Coast shines brightly, characterised by its secluded bays and white sand beaches. It is so named, due to its expansive, exposed coral reefs just off the mainland and brims with family-friendly resorts that benefit from their very own habitat of tranquil Fijian paradise. From the Sigatoka Sand Dunes to the Namosi Highlands near Pacific Harbour, travellers venture here to take advantage of the abundance of cultural and outdoor activities on offer. Accessible from Nadi or Suva, the Coral Coast is a go-to Fiji favourite; with close proximity to the Sigatoka river and calm waters, families can enjoy snorkelling or diving or even jet boat safaris along the river. For the adrenaline seekers, Pacific Harbour is a real treat; shark feeding, surfing, four-wheel drive tours and island excursions are sure to satisfy those searching for a thrill, whilst more easygoing activities include fishing along the harbour reefs and trips to the local arts village with food, drink and crafts.
Staying in the heart of the Coral Coast is made easier by the large choice of luxurious accommodation at your fingertips. The beachfront Warwick Fiji stuns within its 28 acres of tropical gardens and idyllic position along a stretch of golden sands and clear lagoons. The Naviti Resort is an all-inclusive paradise nestled within its own 38-acre gardens amidst coconut trees and immediate proximity to the beach. Located in the Korolevu district, you really can’t get more central than this — a resort you’ll never want to leave. Or, how about the highly exclusive Shangri-La located on the private Yanuca Island; picture panoramic sea views, and a luxurious Fijan spa using fresh and rejuvenating ingredients. Whatever your desire, whether for couples or families, the Coral Coast offers a little something special to everyone.
There are a number of villages along the Coral Coast where you can buy exotic artifacts. These will make perfect souvenirs of your Fiji trip and they also make for some excellent gifts. Kula Eco Park is Fiji’s only wildlife park. It is of close proximaty to the Coral Coast and you can definitely ask your hotel’s help desk to arrange a visit.
The Arts Village in Pacific Harbour is also an excellent place to shop. The prices are quite affordable and there is a good range of products. The Arts Village is also famous for its Fijian cultural shows. If you stay until nightfall, you will be able to witness a fire walk.
There are many restaurants in the Coral Coast area to to experience. IVI Restaurant, Ocean Terrace Restaurant, Eco Cafe and Beach Bar ‘n’Grill are some of the well known hotels on the Coral Coast.
Don’t forget to try the famous Fijian delicacies such as Kokoda (sliced fish, topped with tomatoes, carrots, onions, dunked in lemon juice), Duruka (a vegetable similar to asparagus cooked in coconut) and Taro (a potato like vegetable cooked in various ways).
You can also experience a lovo feast. Meat such as lamb, pork and chicken are packed in banana leaves and placed on sizzling hot rocks. On top of the package, tubers like cassava and wild yam are placed. The whole package is then covered with earth and allowed to cook for two to three hours. Fijian curries are also very tasty especially chicken and fish curries.
Another food item you must try is fried breadfruit. Each of the breadfruit are dipped in batter and deep fried till they are golden yellow. There is also a local brew called kava. It has a small alcohol content, so be careful.
If you want to experience rustic Fijian culture, head over to a Fijian village. There are many close to the Coral Coast and are famous for their handicrafts. The Coral Coast is also famous for watersports. Beqa Lagoon is nearby (pronounced as benga). Often called ‘the Mecca of Pacific Diving, Beqa Lagoon is known for shark sightings. Other interesting places to visit here are the Sigatoka Sand Dunes, Namosi Highlands, Sigatoka Valley, Tavuni Hill Fort and Pacific Harbour.
The Sigatoka Valley (river) Safari is a well known tourist magnet. The Sigatika river is perfect for idyllic boat rides. When you go up the river, the boat will cross villages like Nakbuta and Lawai and you can get down and visit them if you want. The Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park is a nice place to visit too. Remains of human settlements dating back to 3000 years have been discovered here.
Pacific Harbour is called the adventure capital of Fiji. You can catch a fishing charter from here and go fishing in the ocean. Pacific Harbour’s Art Village offers an interesting peek into Fijian culture. There are also some waterfalls in the area where you can go trekking.