Situated on Viti Levu, the largest of the 333 Fijian islands, Denarau Island is located across a tiny causeway separating the island from the Nadi end of the mainland.
This major tourism complex is a 20-minute drive from Nadi International Airport and includes The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, Sheraton Fiji Resort, Sheraton Denarau Villas, Fiji Beach Resort & Spa (Hilton), Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island, Golf Terraces, an 18-hole championship golf course, a golf and racquet club and a private-berth marina.
The resorts boast ocean frontage and an island shuttle runs frequent transfers between the resorts and Port Denarau, while golf carts whiz guests around and between the resorts.
Apart from offering a sophisticated hotel and residential experience, Port Denarau, with its shops and growing marina, has become a major transit hub for Fijian tourism.
With many of the smaller islands in the archipelago only accessible by boat, it is now the main transfer point for the resorts off the coast of Nadi in the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands.
Port Denarau is the principle departure point for vessels. Departing from the port are water taxis and jetboat transfers, chartered yachts and catamarans, island day cruises, multi-day island-hopping cruises and brigantines offering sunset dinner cruises.
Sport is big on Denarau with the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club offering a spectacular 18-hole championship golf course. The course has been designed around the island’s extensive waterways. An impressive clubhouse comprising a pro shop and restaurant overlooks the 9th, 10th and 18th holes. A driving range and an adjacent tennis courts extend the club’s facilities.
There is a yacht club and development is continuing on Denarau with other major up-market hotels under construction. There is also a commercial and retail centre, food and beverage outlets, and cultural attractions, making Denarau one of the leading integrated tourism destinations in the South Pacific.
Activities in Denarau
As an island destination, Denarau has a lot to offer tourists and visitors in terms of activities. One of those activities includes water sports, diving, and snorkeling. There are plenty of operators on the island who provide these activities as part of packages or individually. One of the biggest operators for such activities is Adrenalin Watersports. Visitors can also go island hopping through the Mamanuca and Yasawas archipelagos.
But one of the most popular activities here is Golf, since the island is home to an extremely popular 18 hole Golf Course. The course is designed to cater to all kinds of golfers, irrespective of skill level. Combined with a magnificent view of the ocean and the mountains, this Golf Course has one of the most scenic locations on the island.
As for shopping, the Port Denarau Retail and Commercial center is the place to be. From top of the line stores to spas, visitors can find anything here. The center also houses fine dining spots and offers various activities for all age groups.
There are plenty of locations to explore in and around Denarau. For instance, visitors can visit the Garden of the Sleeping Giant located in the nearby city of Nadi. The garden, which once belonged to popular actor Raymond Burr, is a plant lovers delight. It occupies an area of 20 hectares and is home to several exotic varieties of flora, especially the native Fijian orchid, which is one of the major attractions here. The garden is open to visitors from 9 AM to 5 PM and entry is around $10.
Paradise Island Yasawa FijiVisitors can also hop over to the neighboring islands of Mamanuca and Yasawa, which are famous for their beaches and coral reefs.
Another interesting location, for adults and children alike, is the Fiji Museum. Visitors curious about Fiji’s history will find their curiosity satiated at the museum, as it houses several historical artifacts and exhibits that highlight various aspects of Fiji’s culture and tradition.