Itinerary in brief:
- 1 night Nadi
- 2 nights Coral Coast
- 1 night Suva
- 2 nights Rakiraki
- 1 night Nadi
Day 1: Arrive in Nadi
You will be greeted on arrival in Fiji with a traditional lei greeting, you will then collect your rental car, with you for a total of 8 days, and make your way to Nadi, where you will check-in for 1 night on a bed & breakfast basis.
Flight time permitted, you can explore Nadi Town which has a rich Indo-Fijian culture and is a busy tourist town. If you’re after a little more peace, why not head to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, a half day trip to see a beautiful orchid collection and a walk through a lush rainforest.
Day 2: Nadi to Coral Coast
After breakfast today you will be driving to the Coral Coast! Situated on the southern coast of the main island of Viti Levu, it’s a popular destination with lots to offer.
You will check in at your hotel in Sigatoka for 2 nights on a bed & breakfast basis.
The rest of the day is at your leisure – it’s a beautiful region to explore so make the most of the free time! Some of our recommendations include:
The Sigatoka Valley: Head inland along the bank of the river, past the flat green fields full of vegetables (hence the nickname ‘Fiji’s salad bowl!’ If you follow the gravel path after the pavement ends you’ll reach the Lawai Village, where they offer traditional Fijian handicrafts, or a little further on still where you will reach the ‘Pottery Village’ of Nakabuta where residents make and sell authentic Fijian pottery.
Sigatoka River Safari: Jet boat into the wilderness in this action packed adventure over miles of pristine scenery. The tour lasts around 4½ hours and includes the services of a driver and guide, who will explain some of the local customs and culture long the way.
Kula Eco Park: Great for families, this wildlife park is dedicated to the conservation of Fiji’s indigenous fauna. Sat along the banks of a stream in a tropical forest, it has a fine collection of feathered tropical birds and an aquarium showcasing the nearby sea life.
Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park: Around 3kms west of the town of Sigatoka, the dunes are a product of the erosion in the coastal hinterland. The dune system is extensive and covers an area of 650 hectares with dunes of varying ages and heights (from 20m-60m tall!) Visiting is recommended before 11am or after 3pm to avoid the heat of the day.
Sigatoka Market: With Sigatoka the main hub of the Coral Coast and it being a market town, be sure not to miss this bustling market in the heart of the town. It starts in the early hours and offers shoppers a true local experience!
Day 3: Coral Coast
Pick up where you left off the day before and explore what the local area has to offer.
Day 4: Coral Coast to Suva
After breakfast today you will be continuing along to Suva – the capital of Fiji. Situated on the south-east coast, it’s the commercial centre of the nation and worth a stop – you can visit the Fiji Parliament Building, Government Buildings, University of the South Pacific and the colourful Suva market. If that all sounds a little to hectic there is also the Kolo-i-Suva Forest Park, which is a natural forested area with walking trails, waterfalls and native birdlife.
Day 5: Suva to Rakiraki
Today you will be heading to the north western tip of Viti Levu, to the unspoilt Rakiraki which is home to Volivoli Beach, one of Fiji’s best kept secrets.
It’s a relaxed, beach resort in a spectacular corner of the country, with the perfect blend of white sandy beaches, coral reef, water sports and a year round sunny climate! Some of the best diving in Fiji can be experienced from here, with a variety of marine life and fascinating shipwrecks nearby.
You will be checking in for 2 nights bed & breakfast.
Day 6: Rakiraki
Along with the diving, also on offer around Volivoli Beach is kayaking, fishing, snorkelling and beach volleyball.
Nearby you will also find the tomb of UdreUdre – a Fijian chief who hold the title of the ‘worlds most prolific cannibal’. Alive during the 19th century, he reportedly ate more than 99 people!
If that’s all a bit grizzly you can escape the mainland and head to Nananu I Ra, a nearby island popular for kite surfing and wind surfing (just 1km from the coast). It’s a small, hilly island surrounded by beautiful sandy bays and mangroves. Why not take a picnic for a day trip? According to ancient Fijian myth, the island is the point of departure for the afterlife for disembodied spirits!
Day 7: Rakiraki to Nadi
After breakfast this morning it’s time to head back towards Nadi, your final stop on this loop of the mainland. Along the way you will pass through sugar cane fields and green pastoral land, with views of the coastline and ocean on one side, and majestic highland ranges on the other.
Recommended stop off points along the way include:
The Nakauvadra mountain range is regarded as an area sacred to Fijians. It makes for an interesting stop and is also home to the famous ‘Fiji Water’.
This picturesque village is one of the last in Viti Levu with thatched roofs. To get here you take a (fairly rough) road into the mountains above the tow of Ba. Home to almost 200 traditionally thatched bures, the village is an iconic symbol of Fiji. Mingle with the locals and cool down in the waters of the nearby river!
Koroyanitu National Heritage Park
An ideal place for nature lovers and hikers, this National Park is set in the heart of the highlands. There are 6 villages that are part of an ecotourism project, and the villagers help maintain the landscape and tracks. You can bird watch, hike through grasslands and forests and visit waterfalls and archaeological sites.
On arrival back into Nadi you will check back in at your hotel for one night on a bed & breakfast basis.
Day 8: Depart Fiji
Sadly your self-drive around Viti Levu has come to an end. You will check out today and make your way back to the car depot to drop your vehicle off and transfer to the airport.
If you’re not ready to leave yet and would like to experience what the islands have to offer, why not check out on of our island hopping add-ons for a few more days; speak to your consultant for a tailormade option.