Charmingly attached to the mainland by a causeway, Denarau is the pampering hub of Fiji, with eight resorts and an 18-hole championship golf course, as well as plenty of world-class dining spaces, shopping and adventure options. Boasting ultra luxurious villas and five-star resorts all manicured to perfection, whether you’re a family, a couple or a solo traveller, you’re sure to find a resort fantastic for your needs. Easily accessible from Nadi International Airport, Denarau Island is ideal for those seeking a more exclusive and luxurious break; think divine cocktails, soothing massages, infinity pools and butler service, so you can truly disconnect and be rest assured that everything is taken care of.
The marina here is home to some of the best fine dining restaurants and luxurious shopping malls so if you’re looking experience the very best of what Fiji has to offer then Denarau Island certainly won’t disappoint. The island is a hassle-free way to experience a Fijan paradise.
You’re likely to find more mesmerising beaches on the mainland and other islands since Denarau is built on former mangrove swamps, but the in-resort facilities and activities available here definitely make up for that and are not to be missed. Radisson Blu resort is a haven for families, foodies and solo travellers with four on-site restaurants to indulge your senses. For a more romantic getaway, the adults-only Sofitel Resort & Spa gives you that added touch of privacy with private balconies and even a waterfront wedding chapel if it takes your fancy. For more space to enjoy a plethora of beachfront activities, retreat to the Hilton Beach Resort & Spa, home to 2.5km of private beach and nine swimming pools — you’re spoilt for choice. Whatever type of traveller you are, one thing is for sure when you visit Denarau Island, you’re guaranteed an exceedingly high level of luxury.
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.
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.