Fiji's Coral Coast

The Coral Coast is resort key for Viti Levu, Fiji's largest as well as most Westernly-developed island.

If yous hadn't been to i of the smaller, to a greater extent than pristine islands equally I had, CC would seem similar a lot of sky - palm trees arched over blueish water-lapped beaches, exotically landscaped resorts alongside all-inclusive or a la carte du jour arrangements that are filled alongside jolly Aussies as well as Kiwis, a metropolis alongside ATMs as well as shopping (Sigatoka), as well as excursions - jet boat trips to inland villages, rafts to cannibal caves, jaunts to waterfalls as well as pottery villages.

You tin toilet walk the beach, loll around the puddle (this one's at Hideaway) where smile servers volition choose yous nutrient as well as beverages or knock yourself out on activities as well as physical challenges.  What's non to like?

Tip: Well, if yous are a Leveler, many of those resorts come upwardly alongside lots of stairs as well as non all activities are worth the effort.

Resort Reviews
I visited 5 - Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa, Outrigger on the Lagoon Resort, Republic of the Fiji Islands Hideaway Resort & Spa, Naviti Resort as well as Warwick Fiji. Stayed at one, Hideaway, as well as compared notes alongside guests at all the others.


Naviti received universal thumbs downwards from its guests despite its sophisticated landscaping as well as appearance. Management intransigence as well as inadequate supplies of basics such equally towels as well as lather seemed to move the major problems. Good expose of stairs here, too.



Shangri-La has everything which is a work - there's also much of it; purpose of the joy of visiting Republic of the Fiji Islands is the feeling of intimacy. However, its convention facilities are excellent... i time yous accomplish them. Lots of walking but it does induce got outstanding cuisine as well as a "camp" of huge, flight fob bats.

Outrigger has stairs everywhere. Although at that topographic point is a real tedious elevator, it volition entirely eliminate stairs inwards the master copy building. The resort does induce got an ATM, bully "Bula!" greetings as well as a real friendly staff. This is where the firewalkers perform.

The Warwick has well-nigh equally many stairs but a proficient beach as well as a most odd agency of serving a festive buffet breakfast: they gear upwardly tables on the beach as well as float the nutrient on kayaks. Guests wade out to serve themselves. Again, a signature of Fiji, friendly staff.

The Hideaway is the most Fijian inwards spirit as well as despite its proximity to the highway it is the i I recommend. Accommodations are inwards bure-like duplexes that human face upwardly the sea as well as come upwardly alongside indoor as well as outdoor showers, a porch as well as sitting hammock. When chef gets dorsum to his Indian roots, the cuisine is difficult to beat. Best of all, steps, merely a few, non stairs, although yous volition induce got a laid of stairs downwards to the beach.
Tip: This is the best selection for Levelers, but larn a room midway betwixt the oft noisy poolside bar as well as the halt of the occupation of duplexes, which is a hike from the centre of activity.

Tip2: If yous don't desire to move deluged past times children as well as teens, avoid the dates of New Zealand as well as Commonwealth of Australia schoolhouse jump breaks. Personally, I flora the older ones fun; it was the crying babies that got tiresome. 

Excursion Reviews
Sigatoka (SING-a-TOE-kah) River Safari. Basically, yous pack into jet boats as well as hurtle upwardly as well as downwards the Sigatoka River earlier stopping at i of ix participating villages for the traditional kava drinking as well as greeting ceremony, the mekes singing as well as dancing and, depending on the fourth dimension as well as village, lunch. On the agency dorsum there's an chance to create 360-degree spins.
Warning: Getting from riverbank into the boat isn't bad but depending on which hamlet yous see getting out, upwardly the banking concern as well as thus dorsum downwards tin toilet move a challenge, although villagers as well as guides squad to larn fifty-fifty the haltest as well as lamest there. Still, it tin toilet move a flake scary. Watch where yous stride as well as inquire for assist earlier yous ask it.

The singing as well as dancing is bully fun as well as our tiffin was first-class (it helps non to move a picky eater). You'll autumn inwards dearest alongside the people. All inwards all, a fun experience.

Cannibal Cave. Levelers, inwards a word, DON'T. The tour group, Adventures inwards Paradise, is bully but yous volition displace seemingly forever along a fossil oil stretch of road, cross the Sigatoka River inwards rickety rafts, scramble upwardly a bank, hike along a flow crossing its rocky as well as slippery bottom iv times thus caput upwardly a hillside.

When yous accomplish the cave its opening is tiny as well as yous induce got to wade through H2O to enter. There are rougher stretches within - or thus they told me. One expect at the opening as well as claustrophobia took over.  There was a "cannibal oven" to a greater extent than similar a elementary sacrificial spot, but other than that, non much. The tour crew tin toilet larn yous upwardly to, through thus dorsum out i time again as well as fifty-fifty choose lights. The countryside is beautiful but if it has rained lately, getting dorsum into the rafts tin toilet move treacherous. Best part: beer at the end.
Tip: Better to choose the same company's waterfall tour.

Pottery Village. It requires no physical dexterity to see i of 2 expanse villages where residents brand pottery equally it has been done for thousands of years past times their ancestors equally good equally inwards North Africa. Rosie Holidays provided the tour as well as remove Rony was excellent, filling us inwards on Republic of the Fiji Islands as well as the area's background, life as well as hamlet etiquette - Don't comport on the occur of a Fijian's head, ladies piece of work along your knees as well as shoulders covered as well as how to accept, imbibe as well as give cheers for a bowl of kava, the ubiquitous, muddy looking, mildly narcotic, non-alcoholic drinkable from the roots of the pepper tree.

The women of the hamlet - this is a farming community as well as most of the men volition move out inwards the fields - volition perform the singing as well as dancing meke, a gay potter volition deportment the kava ceremony as well as thus the ladies promise yous purchase some of their pottery. No, yous don't induce got to but you'll experience similar a heel if yous don't.
Tip: Keep your purchases small; this pottery chips easily as well as doesn't send well, fifty-fifty wrapped inwards muddied wearing clothing inwards a suitcase.
There volition move a brusk halt for shopping inwards Sigatoka. This is a pleasant agency to pass a morn or afternoon, peculiarly alongside a remove equally affable as well as informational equally Rony.

Kula Eco Park was a hit, peculiarly alongside photographers.

Not worth it was the consensus on the salt making, cherry-red prepare and Robinson Crusoe Island tours.

Links
Tourism Fiji
www.coralcoastfiji.com
sigatokariver.com
www.adventuresinparadisefiji.com
www.rosieholidays.com.au

Fiji's Coral Coast