Coral Coast Travel Guide
Viti Levu, Fiji
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Coral Coast, Fiji
One of the most scenic drives in
meanders along the
darting in and out of sleepy roadside villages and crossing numerous creeks descending from the mountains. There are few specific attractions on the
apart from its scenery, but situated mid way between the sites of Sigatoka and the activities of
, and with plenty of accommodation
, it makes a good holiday base to enjoy the two.
Coral Coast Accommodation
Tambua Sands - small beachfront resort
Hideaway Resort - medium size resort for couples and teenagers
The Naviti Hotel - large resort for yound families
The Warwick Hotel - large resort for teenage families
The Beachouse - laid back backpacker retreat on beach
Mango Bay Resort - backpacker / couples only beach resort
Wellesley Resort - boutique retreat for couples
Waidroka Bay Resort - surf and dive resort
Coral Coast Travel Guide
The meandering road along the Coral Coast east from Sigatoka Town hugs the coastline for almost thirty kilometres with spectacular scenery along the way. There's a fine view from the roadside overlooking the peaceful
just beyond Malevu Village
. There’s plenty of roadside parking and you can scramble down the rocks to the grey sandy beach for a walk but with unpredictable currents, swimming is not advisable here. On the far side of the bay is the pretty village setting of Vatukarasa, flanked by two handicraft shops. Both have good quality wares and reasonable prices and if you ask the shop attendants you should be able to organize a walk around the village paying a small donation to your guide. The roadside layby after the bridge on the
side of the village is a good spot for taking photos.
At Korolevu, a dirt road running parallel to the grass runway leads inland for five kilometres through lush tropical forest to
. From the village, where you pay an $8 entry fee, there’s a forty- five minute relatively flat trail which crosses over a small stream half a dozen times and ends at the pretty Savunamatelaya Waterfall where you can swim and jump off the surrounding rocks.
Nine kilometres beyond Korolevu, the
hails in the
and the political division between Western and
. From here on, the
cuts inland to climb over steep hills draped in thick rainforest. On the first ascent, a small road leads to Mango Bay Resort with a beach backed by incredibly tall coconut palms.
There’s another pretty beach with good snorkelling at Namagumagua, accessed down a four kilometre dirt road signposted to The Wellesley Resort, ten kilometres further along the highway. For a wonderful view of this mountain scenery, take yet another dirt road signposted towards Waidroka Bay Resort at the 69km roadside marker, and go past the Dogowale Radio Station track, turning left on
. Walk up the first steep driveway on your left for a panoramic lookout - you can keep on walking for ten minutes up to the tower but the views at the top are sometimes obscured by long grass.
Next Stop - Pacific Harbour and Suva City
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Several tour companies offer organized day tours along the Coral Coast with pick-ups from hotels. Most sightseeing day tours along the Coral Coast are also available from Nadi.
Local Tour Companies
Taxis and Buses on Viti Levu
Buses along the Coral Coast (the Queens Highway) depart Nadi about once every hour between 7am and 6pm and take about 2-3 hours depending on which part of the Coast you are going to. Buses also depart Suva.
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