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Nadi/Viti Levu - Experience the real Fiji

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Nadi/Viti Levu - Experience the real Fiji

My partner and I are looking to get married in Fiji next March. We are looking to book 7 nights on a private island during which we will be married. However the island doesn't offer much in the way of experiening the local life and culture. Therefore I was thinking of staying in Nadi for a few days before or after to try and experience the local life. Is it best to stay in Nadi and look at some day trips? And if so which..or would it be best to travel somewhere else on Viti Levu. We would be interested in visiting villages and markets and historical landmarks etc. We would not be bothered about beaches or water activities etc as this will be part of the other part of our trip. Any suggestions on what to do would be great! We would be looking at around 4 days for that part of the trip. We are not bothered about luxury or tourist areas and are willing to stay in very basic accommodation or even camping. A genuine experience is what is most important to us.

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1. Re: Nadi/Viti Levu - Experience the real Fiji

We did a day trip to Navala Village (Fiji Eco Tours). It was in a 4WD and the trip took us from Denarau ( but I guess would pick up from Nadi since it drives through there). We traveled through Lautoka and Ba with our driver filling us in with a lot of knowledge. We visited a market place and museum ( as well as saw beautiful scenery on the way - along with evidence of the destruction by Cyclone Winston, before travelling to the village for lunch. The village is a traditional one with about 700 people living there. A village lady took took us on a walk around the village. Would recommend this tour ( and the kids love lollies so go prepared haha)

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2. Re: Nadi/Viti Levu - Experience the real Fiji

Would second Navala - we visited a couple of villages in the islands and on the mainland but Navala stood out the most for us. It is the only village in Fiji which still insists on using natural materials for the bures. Apart from the thatched bures, the setting of the village in the hinterlands of Ba is gorgeous. Truly rugged and remote (2 hours drive from Nadi, longer if coming from Denarau). We had a simple lunch prepared by the villagers, gave an impromptu lesson about our country to the local kids in their classroom (come between 12.30-1 pm just when the classes regroup after lunch), spoke with the villagers/teachers etc. We also brought stationery for the lovely kids.

Agree with OntheGOagain on the suggestions to combine the Navala village with the visit to the towns of Ba and/or Lautoka to see the markets and the Ba Civic Musuem. Those are non touristy towns and your guide (we used Highland Scenic ECO tours) will show your around. Note that Navala village has its own guide which will be included in the tours offered by operators. You can also do a village stay.

Other suggestions for day trips would include:

- Attractions around Lautoka: guided walk in Koroyanitu National Heritage Park and lunch in Abaca village (walk to either waterfalls (easy)/summit of Fiji's 2nd highest mountain (more challenging)), Garden of Sleeping Giant and/or Sabeto Mud Pools

- Attractions on or around the Coral Coast: Sigatoka Sand Dunes, Taveuni Hill Fort, Nakabuta Pottery Village, Biasevu Watefall (short walk), Kula-Eco Park. If coming from Nadi you can also stop by Natadola beach and the Momi guns.

Nadi is convenient in the sense that if offers a wide range of hotels/restaurants to choose from, supermarkets and even a very modern cinema. It is however quite modern and built-up (by Fijian standards). You may prefer to stay in somewhere like First Landing Resort which is between Nadi/Lautoka (and which would be closer to both Navala as well as the attractions around Lautoka).The attractions in the Coral Coast can certainly be visited as part of a comfortable day trip from Nadi or you can stay in the Coral Coast itself.

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