Bula! Our Denarau and the Coral Coast experience kicked off with an overnight stay at the 4-star Tanoa International Hotel, three minutes from Nadi Airport. The 148-room hotel is set in lush tropical gardens and is a great choice for a transfer or a longer stay if you are exploring this part of Viti Levu.

The rooms are nice and tidy and comfortable, with free in-room high-speed Internet, and there are extensive conference facilities. Just as appealing are the great big Fijian smiles that beam at you wherever you go. The Fijian people are great: they’re kind, helpful and genuinely positive in outlook.

After updating ourselves on the latest offerings from Denarau’s big line-up of resorts, we headed south to the Coral Coast. I have to say, along with many others, that Fiji offers every type of accommodation to suit any budget from backpacker-style to 5-star, and the amenities and facilities are good.

The one property that stood out to me was The Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa at Natadola Bay on the Coral Coast. As well as its great lagoonside location on a white sandy beach, the resort’s amazing facilities offer everything you could possibly want and more. Its room sizes are also the largest in Fiji and are modern Fijian in style. They offer pure indulgence, from the linen to the outside private spa bath.

The Fijian people are great: they’re kind, helpful and genuinely positive in outlook.

Speaking of indulgence, I found the food in Fiji wonderful: it’s fresh, tasty and healthy even though there’s often a lot of coconut cream involved. 

Fijian Chef cooking in the kitchen

Another big highlight of the Coral Coast for me was the Sigatoka River Safari. This is an amazing tour where you zoom up the Sigatoka River on a jet boat, spinning around corners, getting wet and waving out to the locals who are either swimming or doing their daily chores. The tour includes a visit to a village where you get to meet the locals and see how they live their daily lives, and of course have a traditional kava-drinking ceremony with them.

After all that, you can imagine how we had to tear ourselves away to return to reality. But I’ll be back. From its people to its landscapes and tropical seas, Fiji is an all-in one paradise. I highly recommend it as a destination.

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