Koroyanitu National Heritage Park
Backpacker hostels and budget apartments congregate around Wasawasa Road in Newtown and here you can enjoy a quiet beer, grab a meal or watch Polynesian dancing at weekends. The island now boasts large resorts — including global giants Hilton, Sofitel, Westin, Sheraton and Radisson — standing in a line along a sombre grey beach, which in places has been powdered white with imported sand. The organized city centre is laid out in a grid pattern with one-way streets, flanked by beautiful tree-lined Vitogo Parade and parallel Naviti Street. It has 12 bunk beds, a living area, cooking facilities, a cold-water shower and toilet.
Koroyanitu National Park
The opulent man-made creation of Denarau Island, 5km west of Downtown, with its five-star resorts, luxury homes and a modern shopping centre has an intuitively hollow, plastic feel. Vuda Point, a 20min drive north of the airport, features a couple of mid-range boutique beach resorts and is closer to Lautoka. For longer stays, try Nadi Beach Homesnadibeach. Inland, the flats of the Nadi River eventually yield to the alpine Nausori Highlands. A few kilometres further on, the busy industrial port of Lautoka offers good shopping and access to the north coast.
In the distance, the shapely Koroyanitu National Park beckons through the haze. Garden of the Sleeping Giant Founded by actor Raymond Burr aka Perry Masonthe Garden of the Sleeping Giant boasts a wonderful collection of orchids and other flowering plants as well as several trails meandering through the landscaped grounds and into the lowland rainforest abutting the Sleeping Giant escarpment.
The entrance fee includes a tropical juice which you can enjoy on their lovely terrace. The mountain forms the belly of the Sleeping Giant, and from the summit you can see all the way back to Lautoka Koroyanitu National Heritage Park across to the Yasawa Islands. Alternatively, an easy two-hour loop trail follows a grassy ridge to Savuione Falls, which tumbles 80m in two tiers to a deep swimming pool.
From the falls, the trail descends into thick dakua forest back to Vereni Falls close to Abaca village. This involves a tough five-hour walk to the remote village of Navilawa. The organized city centre is laid out in a grid pattern with one-way streets, flanked by beautiful tree-lined Vitogo Parade and parallel Naviti Street. A walk around this one-square-kilometre centre takes in the majority of shops, the municipal market and an impressive mosque. The Nausori Highlands Towering over the coastal flats of Nadi are the high peaks of Koromba to the south and Koronayitu in the north, both over m and forming part of the spectacular Nausori Highlands.
With your own transport, Glacier National Park To Great Falls Mt stunning drive starts from halfway along the Nadi Back Road at the turn-off known as Mulomulo Road.
Head inland along this road for 14km, and after a steep hairpin bend, keep an eye out for a walking track on the left-hand side you can park 50m beyond at a roadside clearing on the right ; the track leads up past a triangular survey marker to a steep cliff with superb views over the Sabeto River Valley and out over Nadi to the offshore islands.
The road continues climbing through pine forests to Nausori village. The story of Abaca Abaca got its name by accident. The original village was called Nagara but in a landslide hit the village, leaving only three survivors.
Thankful to be alive, the three went in search of a new home. On their journey they came across a large stone emblazoned with the letters ABC. The letters had been painted by a missionary in the s while teaching the alphabet to the people of Nagara. The island now boasts large resorts — including global giants Hilton, Sofitel, Westin, Sheraton and Radisson — standing in a line along a sombre grey beach, which in places has been powdered white with imported sand.
The beachfront is divided by a rocky point: west beach, facing Malolo Island, has the Sheraton and Radisson resorts and is good for beachcombing, with stronger waves and often littered with driftwood; the north beach faces Nadi Bay, with tranquil views overlooking the Sleeping Giant, a shapely mountain feature separating Nadi and Lautoka.
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On the following day you head down to Abaca and are then transported back to Nadi or Lautoka. A leaflet for visitors details the stories behind the vividly coloured murals. The organized city centre is laid out in a grid pattern with one-way streets, flanked by beautiful tree-lined Vitogo Parade and parallel Naviti Street.