Culture on Fiji's Coral Coast

An hour and a half from Nadi International Airport lies a special kind of Fijian paradise. The Coral Coast offers a cultural experience in the South Pacific like no other.

Sigatoka is home to some of the best Fijian markets. For authentic Fiji-made souvenirs, from jewellery to handicrafts, the Tappoo Fiji Market is a one stop shop. For native Fijian artefacts, the Kula Boutique makes it on our must-visit list. What makes popping into this boutique an even richer experience is knowing that the proceeds of purchases support hands-on environmental education for local school children.

If you’re after art, we recommend making a special stop at Sigatoka’s Art Cart. This shop is small but mighty. You’ll find traditional basketry, hand-painted sarongs, and original artworks by local artists.

To experience Fiji’s magnificent landscape in a more active way, swing your way through a round of golf. The InterContinental has an incredible 18-hole championship golf course that attracts pros and novices alike. Or bump up the action by heading to Fiji’s adventure capital district, Pacific Harbour. Jump in a canoe or raft to float on the Navua Rivers. Don’t miss the breath-taking waterfalls!

Avid surfers won’t want to miss the chance to surf the Fijian waves in Natadola or legendary Cloud Break. Located off of the Mamanuca Islands, Cloud Break is a thick grinding left hander and is known for being a consistent wave area in every tide.

Of course, the ultimate relaxing resort experience that so many travellers look forward to is so widely available. With spas aplenty and all of the dining options you can dream of, the Coral Coast is ready to serve body, mind, soul. To the east of Sigatoka, a group of resorts are lined up on the sand, including The Warwick Fiji, Naviti Resort and Fiji Hideaway Resort and Spa. With this mix of resorts, visitors keep their options open for dining - it’s great for those who like to try something new each day. For a more settled experience, a number of the islands on the Coral Coast have all-inclusive resorts, including the Shangri-La and Robinson Crusoe. For great holiday stays at a resort like these, call 7travel at 1300 297 577.

Whichever way you choose to spend your Coral Coast holiday, make time to participate in a Kava Ceremony and embrace the 'Fiji time' pace of island life to fully immerse yourself in the beautiful culture.