Nadi Town is a great place for a day-trip if you are staying by the Denarau Island. Colorful houses and old buses enhance the sights of this small town, where it feels like you are traveling back in time. But, that's what makes it so charming!
What to do?
Explore the Handicraft Market to acquaint with the culture and blend with the local community. You will find a wide selection of souvenirs, clothing, art, and local jewelry. Also visit Jack's of Fiji, as sometimes they sell similar items at better prices. Visit Prince Charles Park – a big green area used for rugby matches and by locals for relaxing walks. There's a splash pool for children, perfect to cool down in hot summer days. If you want to buy local products at local prices, stop by Shop N' Save Supermarket. For a coffee break, drop by the Coffee Museum – their specialty is an ice-cream ball in a cup and a little jar with coffee to pour on top. And voila, you get a refreshing iced-coffee! If you fancy some lunch there's plenty of choices ranging from Indian, Chinese to fast food joints such as Mc Donald's. Maikana Restaurant by the Nadi Bridge is a good spot to eat overlooking the Nadi River. Travelers recommend Corner Café to eat good fish dishes. And if you are looking for a fresh and healthy choice, Grace Road Kitchen is your joint, offering delicious Korean food. Must-see temple One of the highlights of the city is the colorful Sri Siva Subramaniya temple, well worth a visit. Frequented by locals as their main place of worship, it is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere and a popular site for pilgrimage. Its architectural appearance is unique, not commonly seen outside India. Inside, it displays detailed paintings that tell a story and there's a vegetarian café offering delicious samosas and masala tea. To enter the temple, you must dress respectfully – covering knees and shoulders – and you will be required to take off your shoes. It is a great opportunity to experience the local culture and a marvelous piece to photograph too.
An orchid paradise
Lastly, when in Nadi, you ought to take a drive to the beautiful Garden of the Sleeping Giant. Founded in 1977 by actor Raymond Burr, known for his role in the Perry Mason movies, this garden features the most beautiful collection of orchids. Its curious name is after a mountain that has the shape of a snoozing man located nearby. Before heading there, buy some snacks in town to enjoy a picnic in one of the most stunning gardens you'll ever visit!