Nadi (pronounced Nan dee) is situated on the western side of the main Fijian island of Viti Levu. Nadi is one of the more densely populated regions of Fiji, it has highlands, hot springs, sand dunes and excellent diving locations with plenty of hotels. Flights to Nadi are popular with tourists and pilgrims alike, as it is where the main airport and one of the largest Hindu temples in the southern hemisphere are located.
July and August are high season and flights are at their most expensive. The school holidays in Australia and New Zealand (Christmas, Easter etc) are also busy times in Nadi. Christmas is a busy time as those working overseas book flights home to visit family and friends. Travellers visiting Nadi in July can join the locals in their biggest festival in the event calendar, Bula Festival. Tourists and natives party the week away together through an array of entertainment such as themed nights, parades, beauty pageants and games whilst tasting traditional Fijian delicacy’s at the variety of food stalls on offer.
February to April is low season, although the streets of Nadi come alive at the end of February with vibrant colours, parades, music and dancing during the Hindu Festival of Colours, Holi Festival. The weather is humid and wet during these months but if this doesn’t bother you it’s a good time to get a cheap flight to Nadi.
One of the highlights of Nadi is the Sri Siva Subramaniya, the largest Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere, at the end of the main street. It’s a swirling, fabulous mass of pastel colours and delicately carved statues.
Another highlight is the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. Full of magical, tropical foliage and colourful orchids, the gardens were created by Raymond Burr, of Perry Mason and Ironside fame.
While the beaches of Nadi are, as you’d expect, beautiful (the most popular are Natadola and Wailoaloa), a less-well-known attraction is a muddier affair. The Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Baths are thought to have healing powers and will reinvigorate your skin.
Nadi has a tropical climate and there’s not much variation year-round. January and February are the warmest months and July and August are the coolest ones. March is the wettest month, July the driest.Getting downtown:Nadi International Airport (NAN) (website: www.airportsfiji.com) is located 10km from Nadi Town on Viti Levu island. Several rental car companies have desks at the airport. To drive in Fiji all you’ll need is a valid licence for the same class of vehicle. Buses range from air-conditioned coaches to open-windowed vehicles. If taking a taxi, visitors must request that the meter is switched on before setting off. Drivers are not allowed to refuse this request.
Local buses are the cheapest way of getting around Nadi. Taxis are plentiful, but you may need to be firm with the driver and ensure that they are using the meter or settle on a fare before you set off.
Bright, yellow motor scooters are available to rent. Hire cars, from international companies, can be hired at the airport.
When you are ready to leave Nadi and visit the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, there are lots of ferries departing from Denaru Port.