Date of stay: September 2016
Where you stayed: The Warwick Resort
Tour or pre planned: Pre-planned holiday with
The Fiji islands lie roughly 2100km north of Auckland, New Zealand and around 2700km north east of Sydney, Australia. Fiji’s two largest islands are Vitu Leevu and Vanua Levu and the country’s capital city is Suva which is located on Vitu Leevu. There’s also two international airports, one in Nadi and the other in Nausori Suva.
In September of 2016 we flew to Fiji to spend 8 days relaxing at the Warwick Resort, located on the Coral Coast. We booked a package holiday and our flights were with Fiji Airways where you can find some great deals throughout the year. Flying from Brisbane, Australia the flight was only about 3 ½ hours to Nadi, Airport and we’d pre-arranged transfers through the resort which cost $260 Fijian dollars. On arrival to Nadi airport we were ushered to the arrivals hall where we had a very long wait before getting through customs to collect our bags, 4 airlines had landed at the same time which caused a few disruptions and as you could imagine was quite difficult with children.
Driving from Nadi to the Coral Coast takes around 1 ½ to 2 hours depending on the resort, on route to the Warwick we passed the Outrigger, Naviti & the Shangri La resorts so you have plenty of choice when searching for some where to stay. The Warwick is a 5* resort and you have everything you need to keep you entertained while on holiday, from kids club for the children to the water sports activities. Click on the following link to read our review of the resort.
Things to do: We’ve listed a few things we chose to do while on holiday. Some of these activities can be booked through the resort but we opted to buy from the beach stall for the Village tour and water fall visit, this also helps support the local village and of course cheaper than buying through the resort. The beach hut location: head to the beach towel hut at the Warwick Resort near the end of the main pool, then turn left and walk around 500-700 meters down the beach, (Just ask for Leno Cappuccino and he’ll help you out) Cappuccino was in the first hut waving to get our attention. They also sell water, coke, do massages and hair braiding which is very popular with the children. We booked the village tour which included a visit to the local school and village, kava tasting and a guided hike to the Biausevu waterfalls (awesome and easy walk and highly recommended). This tour cost $70 Fijian per adult and $10 for children, under 3’s were free. You can also hire a horse to ride up to the falls if you’re not too keen on the walk. It’s recommended to bring some good sandals for walking as you’ll go through around 4 or 5 streams. The resort has plenty of other daily activities plus the snorkelling and kayaks are free to use around the coral reefs daily unless it’s rough weather.
Glass bottom boat tour – we did this tour from the Naviti resort as the boat was broken down at the Warwick resort. We booked the tour and transfers through the resort which cost $25 Fijian (taxi for 8) and the boat tour cost $60 per adult I believe and $30 for children over 3. This tour was ok but some of us started feeling sick with the bumpy waves and smell of diesel from the motor.
Kula Eco park – its Fiji’s only Wildlife Park and home to birds, snakes, Fijian iguanas, tropical fish and other various animals. On entry to the park you get a chance to meet the Iguana’s and snakes and have photos holding them. You’ll also find a number of walking tracks and you can also purchase lunch here but it’s nothing to write home about. Entry cost $30 Fijian for adults and $15 Fijian for children (under 2’s were free) Location: The wildlife park is near Sigatoka & opposite the Outrigger resort. Getting there, we booked a cab for half a day which cost $70 Fijian. Taxis are easy to find, we just walked out the front of our resort to the bus stop and Mohammad greeted us and gave us some prices. Worked out a lot cheaper than using the resort transfers. In complete honesty, at the time we visited it wasn’t really worth the money we spent but we saw that they were building a few activities whilst there so it may get better.
Golf range – the golf range is located next to the Kula Eco park and also just across the road from the Outrigger resort, we actually noticed a path going under the road which leads you directly into the Outrigger grounds so this would be a great location to stay while taking in some other activities. Balls cost $15 Fijian for 50 and $25 Fijian for 100 balls.
Good places to eat – The Warwick resort has a number of restaurants to choose from and the Wicked Walu (Seafood Restaurant is highly sought after and has good ratings. Another restaurant with good ratings is the Eco Café but unfortunately this was closed for refurbishments during our visit. I’ve heard great things about this place and that they make amazing wood oven pizzas. We’ll be back next year for a visit.
Tips: The following are just a few tips that may help during your visit to Fiji.
- Bring some local money with you, we used our bank to get some currency a few days prior to leaving as you’ll get a much better rate then using the airport kiosks.
- On arrival to Nadi airport you’ll see the duty free items while waiting to collect your bags, don’t bother buying beer, wine and water here as it’s much cheaper from the local mini marts. We purchased some Fiji Gold at the airport and then some more from the mini mart later in the week and it was almost $30 Fijian cheaper than the airport.
- We’d suggest buying a few bottles of water from the mini marts as well, a 1l bottle at our resort cost $8 Fijian and a 1.5l from the mini mart was about $2.50 Fijian.
- The drive to most resorts on the coral coast take around an hour to 2 hours or more and if your departure flight is around 8am then a good tip would be to spend your last night at the Tokatoka resort which is just opposite the airport. We opted to do this as we had 3 young children in our group, the Tokatoka also has some great facilities for the children including a large water slide.
- If you plan to visit the local schools and villages it’s a good idea to bring some pens, pencils, colouring books and stickers for the children. They don’t have much in the villages and loved the gifts we gave them.
- If you have children and want to try to avoid the busy periods and hiked prices a good tip is to take the kids out of school a week early. The resorts are still busy but not as busy as it would be during school holidays.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Would you recommend your tour: N/A – Resort & Self-guided
Would you recommend your hotel: Yes, The Warwick
Overall rating destination (FIJI): 5 out of 5