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Nadi is the third-largest conurbation in Fiji. It is located on the western side of the main island of Viti Levu, and had a population of 42,284 at the most recent census, in 2007. A 2012 estimate showed that the population had grown to over 50,000. Nadi is multiracial with many of its inhabitants Indian orFijian, along with a large transient population of foreign tourists. Along withsugar cane production, tourism is a mainstay of the local economy. The Nadi region has a higher concentration of hotels and motels than any other part of Fiji.
With its large Indo-Fijian population, Nadi is a centre for Hinduism and Islam in Fiji. The downtown area is defined by the Nadi River and Viseisei village on the west side, and the Sri Siva Subramaniya temple on the east. It is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere, and is a site for pilgrims. Nadi International Airport located 9 kilometers from the town, is the largest airport in Fiji. Thus, Nadi is the principal port of entry for air travelers to Fiji, even though it is on the opposite (western) side of the island of Viti Levu from the nation's capital and largest city, Suva.
Nadi is a transit point for other destinations in Fiji. It may not be such a great place to spend any time but you may find yourself here whilst awaiting ferries, boats to outer islands or planes to and from home.
If you do decide to stay in or around Nadi, make sure you are prepared to be approached by people trying to get you into their shop as you walk down the main street. These people aren't threatening, but you do need to watch your valuables.
You may also encounter an underlying air of racism between the Indian and native Fijian populations, but this rarely comes out in the open.
Nadi Township was established in 1947. Around that time the colonial government of Fiji established offices on the higher grounds of Nadi. A few businesses were then established around the government offices to service them, and other business organizations from other parts of Fiji followed suit. Some concerned citizens of Nadi attempted to move the town center to Martintar because the existing center was prone to flooding, but this did not eventuate because the move Nadi Township had already developed strong roots in its existing location.
Elective local government was introduced in 1967. Dr A. H. Sahu Khan was the first elected Chairman of the Nadi Township Board. With the introduction of the Local Government Act in 1972, the status of the Board was changed to a Town Council. H. M. Lodhia became the first Mayor of Nadi in 1972 and remained in office until December 1973. The most recent Mayor of Nadi was Councillor S. Sami. At present, elected municipal government in Nadi (and also throughout Fiji) is suspended, and government-appointed Administrators are carrying out the functions normally fulfilled by the City Council.
Climate data for Nadi, Fiji
|Record high °C (°F)||36.7|
|Average high °C (°F)||31.6|
|Daily mean °C (°F)||27.1|
|Average low °C (°F)||22.7|
|Record low °C (°F)||19.0|
Fiji Airways, formerly Air Pacific has its head office at the Air Pacific Maintenance & Administration Centre at Nadi International Airport in Nadi. Fiji Airlines Limited, operating as Pacific Sun, is headquartered in the Pacific Sun building in the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAFI) compound at Nadi International Airport.
Prices in Nadi
MARKET / SUPERMARKET
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||$|
|Bottle of Wine||1 bottle||$12.00|
|Dinner (Low-range)||for 2||$|
|Dinner (Mid-range)||for 2||$45.00|
|Dinner (High-range)||for 2||$|
|Mac Meal or similar||1 meal||$8.50|
|Beer (Imported)||0.33 l||$3.40|
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||$2.90|
|Coctail drink||1 drink||$|
|Men’s Haircut||1 haircut||$|
|Mobile (prepaid)||1 min.||$0.27|
|Pack of Marlboro||1 pack||$6.00|
|Toilet paper||4 rolls||$|
CLOTHES / SHOES
|Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)||1||$50.00|
|Dress summer (Zara, H&M)||1||$22.00|
|Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)||1||$82.00|
|Local Transport||1 ticket||$|
Transportation - Get In
Nadi International Airport (NAN) is Fiji's main international gateway. It is responsible for over 95 percent of Fiji's annual international passengers.
Nadi International Airport's main airline providers include: Fiji Airways, Air New Zealand , Pacific Blue, Korean Air, and Air Fiji, among few others.
Visit Airports Fiji Limited for more information.
Transportation - Get Around
- There is a great local bus service at your disposal. Travel with the locals in open-air comfort for a fraction of the price of a hire car. All buses are marked on the front with the names of the two towns they travel between. If unsure, ask the driver.
- If you are staying at the Nadi Bay Hotel, simply walk to the end of that road and catch the local bus heading right (towards Nadi Town). The buses run every 20 minutes or so, and are just 50 cents FJD one-way to town.
- Taxis have their hometown printed on the front bumper, if they are travelling back home they are not allowed to charge more than the busfare.
- You are able to barter with the taxi driver prior to the trip in order to get the price of your trip down before you leave to your destination, ask your hotel or research reasonable prices prior to your ride. The taxis can be flagged down, or found at taxi stands
- It is recommended that you do not hire a personal car to take you around, simply for safety reasons.
- Rental Cars are available through many known names such as Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Budget, etc. many can be found in the airport. You must have a valid drivers license and be above the age of 25 (or 21 depending on the company) in order to rent a car. The average price is around F$100 per day.
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- The currency is the in Nadi and all of Fiji is the Fijian dollar, the Fijian dollar is worth $0.49 for every American dollar
- Nadina Restaurant, Lot 6 Khalil St, Nadi (opposite the Capricorn hotel), (679) 672 7313. Authentic Fijian cuisine: Fresh seafood, chicken and meat served with rice or Fijian vegetables. Outdoor dining and very friendly staff. Locals sit outside playing the guitar and singing Fijian songs as you dine. Meals around $FJ20-30. This has now moved to Denarau.
- The Bounty Restaurant & Bar. Located in the Martintar "strip" is a favorite spot for locals and tourists. It has an excellent atmosphere and a friendly environment with good food and a selection of local and imported beers and spirits. The Bounty is popular for its steak and seafood dishes, particularly lobsters.
- The Royale Thai Restaurant. Located beside The Bounty Restaurant in the same premises offers a fine dining experience in authentic Thai cuisine. This has closed.
- Tu's Place. Is a great local restaurant also in the Martintar area of Nadi. It's over the road from the Bounty and next to Ed's bar. The menu is varied with some Asian inspired dishes, European dishes, local dishes and definitely great fish and chips. If you like a good Thai curry, get one at Tu's place. Tu makes his own fresh curry pastes - it makes a big difference. Also try the lassi and smoothies.
- Amalfi Italian Restaurant, (679)6750200. Is a very nice and new restaurant in Port Denarau (very close to Nadi). At this elegant restaurant, Italians serve Italian food and wines. Prices medium-high.
- Continental Cakes & Pizza Tel: 670 3595 This bakery located on Queen Road in Nadi town has gotten great reviews from numerous places. There are many cakes, pastries, bread, pizzas and delicious flaky croissants. The bakery serves breakfast, sandwiches, and flat crust pizzas Monday-Saturday from 8am-6pm.
- Daikoku Restaurant, . P.O.Box 1900, Nadi Town Daikoku restaurant is a popular Teppan-Yaki steak house located on the corner of Queens Road and Northern Press Road in Nadi Town. Call the listed telephone number for a reservation! They are open for lunch and dinner from 12pm-1130pm Monday-Saturday.
- Hard Rock Cafe, 679-670-3131. Located in Port Denarau, this Hard Rock is the home to items from Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Shakira, Seal, Jethro Tull and many others. Open daily from 10am-11pm.
- Saffron Tel: 670 1233 Located on Main St in Nadi Town. This Indian restaurant is said to have the best Indian food in all of Fiji, created by Chef Eugene Gomes.
Sights & Landmarks
- Visit the Hindu Temple at the southern end of the main street of Nadi. It is the largest in the Pacific and is very colourful.
- Visit the Wailoaloa Beach, at a 1/2 mile long the beach located in the northern area of Nadi. There are multiple beach clubs and resorts located on this stretch.
- The Newtown Beach has public access as well, it is located about 10 minutes away from Nadi town by bus.
- Visit the Nadi Garden of the Sleeping Giant. Originally started to make a place for the private collection of tropical orchids of Canadian actor Raymond Burr, this garden now houses many beautiful plants and trails for walking. It is open Monday-Saturday, entrance fee is F$10.
- Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool, Wailoko Rd (About 10 minutes past the Garden of the Sleeping Giants), 6798340088. Bring your bathing suit and slap on some mud, dry in the sun, then rinse in the three ever cleaner and cooler pools. Don't mind the frogs at the edge of the ponds, they won't come in, it's too warm. $F20.
Things to do
- Hop on a local bus (FJD$2) to Lautoka and visit a real Fijian city away from the tourist eye. The bus terminates at the local markets, where you can buy tonnes of fresh produce.
- From Thursday to Sunday, drop in to the Capricorn Hotel between Nadi airport and Nadi town at around 8pm. You can sit under the bungalow and listen to a wonderful group of Fijians playing traditional and modern songs on guitar, ukulele and keyboard. You may even be invited to try some of their kava drink (an experience in itself)! The Hotel also serves meals and there is a bar.
- Hop on a ferry at Denarau Port and visit the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands right off the coast.
- Visit the Nadi Town market, there are hand crafts, fruits, other produce, music, and much more!
Ed's Bar is a short walk from the Nadi Bay Hotel. Just head out to the main road and turn left (away from Nadi Town). You'll find pool tables, a small dance section and a beer garden. There is no cover if you are a traveller and no dress code either.
- The Bounty Restaurant & Bar. Is a popular watering hole for locals and travelers. Located in the heart of Nadi and just walking distance from Ed's Bar,Mercure hotel, Capricorn hotel, Lazy Cactus, and Ohana. You'll find a variety local and foreign beers, also draught beer. Live sports games (IRB 7s, SUPER 14, etc) are screened on the big screen. The Bounty has a great atmosphere and also offers karaoke for the daring.
Safety in Nadi
You will hear on the grapevine quite a few stories of pickpockets and scams in Nadi. You may be told to put down your bags for respect at a temple and the bags are gone when you get back.
Avoid quiet streets and beach away from resorts near New Town, even during daylight. Taxi to center is only F$8, and ask hotel staff to call one for you. After dark, stay at your resort.
There is a police station in the centre of the main street if you have any problems.