On the western side of Viti Levu is Nadi. Once a small farming community, it’s grown in recent years becoming Fiji’s third largest city with a population of nearly 20,000. Most travellers who book flights to Nadi stop by on their way from the airport, since the international airport is conveniently located there. But apart from just passing through, visitors who stay for a few days are pleasantly surprised with all it has to offer: golf, diving shopping and some good restaurants.
The outskirts of the city provide a good break from busy Nadi Town. Denarau Island to the west is a stunning creek and forest area where visitors can go for some peace and quiet. Or for a more adventurous side trip, the Nausori Highlands to the east provide some of the best mountain trekking in the country. So when you do book a flight to Nadi remember to pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes.
Nadi is a year-round destination with a tropical climate: mild temperatures and rainfall.
When booking a flight to Nadi remember that there’s never a bad time to visit, but during the wet season between November and April, tropical cyclones have been known to pass through.
During the summer months of December to March temperatures reach 85 F but slighter cooler at night. Although it rains throughout the year, Nadi receives less rain than most of the other Fijian cities.
Flying is the easiest way to get around Fiji’s islands. Once in Nadi taxis are easily found and sometimes stationed at local hotels and resorts. Buses will be a cheaper option though, especially between major cities. You can find comfortable, air-conditioned buses on Fiji Express.
Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple: For religious enthusiasts planning flights to Nadi, you won’t be able to get enough of the Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple. Away from all the hustle of the city, this tranquil Hindu temple is set against a beautiful mountainous backdrop. Filled with woodcarvings of deities from all around the world (but mostly India), and gorgeous ceiling frescoes that brighten the space, this place is a visual gem. No matter when you get a flight to Nadi, you’ll be sure to see an incredible festival here. Celebrations like Karthingai Puja (monthly), Panguni Uthiram Thiru-naal (April) and Thai Pusam (January) pull in visitors all year.
Navala Village: If you’re looking for a truly authentic preservation of the past when you travel to Nadi, then look no further than the Navala Village, where traditional bures (huts built with thatched roofs and poled in the center). You won’t find concrete homes here, and that is exactly the lure of this picturesque, historic village.
Scuba Diving: When you step off your Nadi flight, you’ll probably be sick of being in the air, and after a day or two on land, you’ll crave the water. Scuba diving is the perfect way to see and take advantage of everything in that deep blue bliss. You can start of moorings, or just anchor off the reef. Do wall dives, swim through caves and underwater canyons, and make friends with the plethora of marine life in the sea. You’ll find it all here.