Located in Fiji, Denarau Island is a popular up-market tourist destination, which is also connected to the main island of Viti Levu. It is positioned towards the north, at about 5 kilometers from the city of Nadi and about 10 kilometers from the Nadi International Airport. Denarau’s origins as a resort hub can be traced all the way back to the 1960s.
Denarau is recognized as home to several international hotel chains and an extremely popular 18 hole Denarau Golf course. The island houses the Port Denarau, which is a major shopping district on the island. Other attractions at Denarau include a range of exquisite beaches and a wide array of dining experiences.
There are plenty of locations to explore in and around Denarau. For instance, visitors can visit the Garden of the Sleeping Giant located in the nearby city of Nadi. The garden, which once belonged to popular actor Raymond Burr, is a plant lovers delight. It occupies an area of 20 hectares and is home to several exotic varieties of flora, especially the native Fijian orchid, which is one of the major attractions here. The garden is open to visitors from 9 AM to 5 PM and entry is around $10.
Paradise Island Yasawa FijiVisitors can also hop over to the neighboring islands of Mamanuca and Yasawa, which are famous for their beaches and coral reefs.
Another interesting location, for adults and children alike, is the Fiji Museum. Visitors curious about Fiji’s history will find their curiosity satiated at the museum, as it houses several historical artifacts and exhibits that highlight various aspects of Fiji’s culture and tradition.
Activities in Denarau
As an island destination, Denarau has a lot to offer tourists and visitors in terms of activities. One of those activities includes water sports, diving, and snorkeling. There are plenty of operators on the island who provide these activities as part of packages or individually. One of the biggest operators for such activities is Adrenalin Watersports. Visitors can also go island hopping through the Mamanuca and Yasawas archipelagos.
But one of the most popular activities here is Golf, since the island is home to an extremely popular 18 hole Golf Course. The course is designed to cater to all kinds of golfers, irrespective of skill level. Combined with a magnificent view of the ocean and the mountains, this Golf Course has one of the most scenic locations on the island.
As for shopping, the Port Denarau Retail and Commercial center is the place to be. From top of the line stores to spas, visitors can find anything here. The center also houses fine dining spots and offers various activities for all age groups.