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Only 20 minutes from the town of Nadi, Port Denarau (on Denarau Island) is the gateway to the stunning Mamanuca and Yasawa Island chains.
Just off the coast of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, Denarau Island is comprised of luxurious hotels, a golf course, immaculately manicured residential estates, palm tree-lined streets and excellent shopping and sporting facilities that are among the best in the Pacific. As well as all this, it provides a port for travelling to the many spectacular islands off its coast.
What To See
Visit one of the stunning islands in the Mamanuca chain
Visiting one of the breathtaking islands in the Mamanuca chain is a must. You’ll see crystal clear waters, amazing white sand beaches, as well as coral and marine life that is more stunning than words can express. Our ‘Tivua Island Sail’ tour has it all. Step aboard your sailboat bound for idyllic Tivua Island, surrounded by 500 acres of coral reef. Afterwards, take a guided snorkeling tour, glass-bottom boat or canoe. Alternatively, you can simply relax under the shade of a palm tree; bask in the sunshine or walking along the beach.
Take a trip to one of the local gardens
Join The Sleeping Giant and Village Tour to discover Denarau Island’s famous orchid gardens. On the way you’ll see several traditional villages. Learn about the legends of these sites and see how the colonial influence has blended with the local culture to produce a unique and enjoyable atmosphere.
Whether embarking on a trip to the islands of Mamanuca and Yasawa, or dining at one of the 35 restaurants, there is something for everyone here. The Port Denerau retail and commercial centre is the newest attraction. It has a major retail, commercial and leisure complex which features restaurants, cafes, great shopping and more.
More About Port Denarau
Your ship will anchor offshore and the ship’s tender boats will provide a regular service to and from Port Denarau throughout the day.
Taxis are available in Port Denarau. Make sure you agree on a fare with your driver before departing. Alternatively, you can take the local Bula bus, which travels around Denarau Island.
You’ll find a number of excellent restaurants, cafes and bars in Port Denarau. The local resort hotels are also famous for their culinary masterpieces. Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products or sandwiches to be taken off the ship, however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
As Fiji’s new upmarket retail centre, Port Denarau is perfect for those who love shopping. It’s a great place to pick up authentic Fijian arts and crafts. In fact, you can get just about anything in Port Denarau, giving strengthened meaning to the term “trading port”. Any souvenirs that are made of plant material or animal products must be declared to quarantine authorities on arrival in Australia or New Zealand. Plant material such as certain seeds and animal products including feathers may be restricted or need to be treated at the owners’ expense on arrival in Australia or New Zealand.
The north-western part of Viti Levu is blessed with a pleasant tropical climate and is generally drier than Suva, in the south of the island.
Credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Foreign currancy may be exchanged ashore or automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign card holders.
Public telephones are available in Port Denarau. Mobile coverage is generally available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home. Internet cafes may also be available in Port Denarau. WiFi is available at Hardrock Café, Lulu’s bar and Cardo’s restaurant.
WHAT TO WEAR ASHORE
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen and bottled water – and don’t forget your swimwear! Snorkelling gear is available for hire or purchase onboard the ship. A conservative style of dress is considered most appropriate in Fiji, so please cover up when walking around villages.
There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in and around Port Denarau. Tours can be booked onboard at the Shore Tours desk and kiosks, subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each Shore Tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.
Coral is an extremely precious marine organism. In an effort to preserve its natural beauty and habitat please avoid touching it in all circumstances. During your time ashore we also ask that you dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.
Cruise Ship Tours (4 to 6 Hours Tours)
PVV TOURS offers private guided tour. You choose where to go and what to see. It’s super flexible and designed for those on a cruise ship docking at Port Denarau . Pick up and drop off from the wharf is at any time you like. The idea is to look through all the options below and have a think about what you would like to see. Then on the day you’ll discuss your preferences directly with your guide and he/she will then advise you on the best way to do the tour.
Your guide will be waiting for you inside Lautoka Wharf, Port Denarau and Suva Wharf holding a sign with your name on it. Cruise Ship tours are always available, no need to check availability; All our vehicles are modern and come air-conditioning. All prices are per vehicle, not per person.
Below is the list of all the things to see and do for a tour that starts from Lautoka and Port Denarau. All entry fees will be at your own cost. Your guide can stop at an ATM machine if needed.
Places to Explore at your own time …
- Explore the Lautoka Fresh fruit and veg market and get a rundown on what the locals eat and how they cook. Not open on a Sunday.
- In Lautoka you can also visit the fish market next to the wharf. Not open on a Sunday.
- Take a walk around the Presidential Village of Viseisei (meaning to “spread out”) is fabled to be near the place where the Fijian people first settled Fiji about 3500 years ago. Opportunity to buy some local handicrafts. The Garden of Sleeping Giant is a beautiful orchid garden started in 1977 by the late Raymond Burr, star of Perry Mason and Ironside. Originally designed to house Burr’s private collection of tropical orchids, the gardens have developed into a popular attraction after years of flourishing. Raymond Burr loved these orchids just as much as he loved Fiji.
- Take a dip at the Sabeto therapeutic Mud Pools & Hot Springs followed by a traditional Fijian Bobo (Massage) by the Fijian ladies of Sabeto village (optional).
- Visit the Zip Line and enjoy unlimited zipping over forest and streams.
- Do the Waterfall Walk and enjoy a much deserved swim. Takes around 20 mins one way and not suitable for push chairs. Please note that due to lack of rain the waterfall might not be so “magical” but there will always be a swimming hole. This walk is at the same place as the Zip Line. Allow 1 hour for this stop.
- Stop in and see the kids at a local Orphanage, open 7 days. You’re welcome to bring gifts, please no lollies. Games are good. .
- Go to Church on Sunday and enjoy a very local experience with lots of singing.
- Visit a local School – closed on Sat, Sun and school hols. Allow 15mins for this stop. You’re welcome to bring gifts, please no lollies. Games, books, pens, paper etc are all good.
- Shopping in Nadi Town. We’ll drop you outside the best handicraft shop in Nadi Town, not the biggest but the best for truly local crafts. Feel free to wonder around town. .
- Visit the largest Hindu Temple in the southern hemisphere, reflects an architectural style rarely seen outside India, and houses sacred statues designed by craftspeople brought over from India. Located at the end of Nadi town.
- Visit to the historic Momi gun emplacement, entry fee required – on the way to Natadola Beach. Allow 15mins for this stop.
- Visit to Natadola Beach with optional horse riding and massage. Stunning white sandy beach. Allow 1 hour at least for this stop. Natadola Beach is a 50 minute drive from Nadi Town or a 1 hour 15 min drive from Lautoka wharf.
Entry Fee to Attractions
|Fijian Village- Entry fee $5 FJD pp.||Not open on a Sunday. Allow 20mins for this stop.|
|Mud Pool – Entry fee adult $20 pp FJD, kids 6 to 15 $10 FJD.||Open Mon – Sat 9am – 5pm|
|Zip Line – Entry fee $75 FJD pp.||Open 7 days. Allow 45mins for this stop.|
|Water Fall Walk- Entry fee $50 FJD pp.||Open 7 days.|
|Hindu Temple – Entry fee $8 pp FJD||Open 7 days.|
|Momi gun emplacement- Entry fee $8 pp FJD||Open Mon – Sat 9am – 5pm|
|Fresh Vegetable, Fish and Kava Market Nadi/Lautoka||Open Mon – Sat 9am – 5pm|
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Half Day 4 hour Private Tour with a Local Guide
Saloon (suitable for 2 people): FJ$250
3 to 6 seater people mover: FJ$350
7 to 10 seat van: FJ$550
12 to 15 seat van FJ$650
Saloon (suitable for 2 people): FJ$350
3 to 6 seater people mover: FJ$450
7 to 10 seat van: FJ$650
11 to 15 sear van: FJ$750