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Viti Levu’s Coral Coast is a roughly 70 kilometer stretch of highway between Waidroka Bay in the East and Natadola Beach in the West. Historically this was one of the first areas in the country (along with the Mamanuca Islands) to undergo resort development and because of its proximity to Nadi, has always been one of the most popular tourist destinations. Dotting the coastline are a number of resorts ranging from large properties, such as the Shangri-La and Outrigger, to mid-sized and smaller properties such as the Hideaway and the Beachhouse. (The map above shows the Western half of the Coral Coast beginning just south of Momi Bay).
Definitely Do Not Miss
Drive or bus up the Sigatoka Valley or picnic on Natadola Beach and see the nearby Sigatoka Sand Dunes. There is also a good beach (and surfing) at the mouth of the Sigatoka River.
Nestled between the resorts and Fijian settlements are mangroves, beaches, rain forest bays and agricultural land thick with sugarcane. In the distance are sunburnt rolling hills most of which are denuded of vegetation. The beaches along the Coral Coast are not Fiji’s Best. They tend to be rocky and strewn with dead coral which at low tide make them less useable and not as aesthetically pleasing as beaches other areas.
The latest tourism boom in Fiji has witnessed a number of new resorts of all stripes going up in the area including a boutique midrange property called the Wellesley Resort and Mango Bay, an upmarket backpacker haunt.
Sigatoka situated at the mouth of the Sigatoka River, 69 km from Nadi Airport, is the main community on the Coral Coast. It lies in close proximity to rich farmland and a number of hotels. With a population of just over 8000 the town is hardly a metropolis, but instead provides the visitor with a combination of tourist facilities and a genuine ‘local’ farm-town atmosphere. Sigatoka is a quiet community marked by a gorgeous mosque and a lengthy bridge that crosses the river. Duty-free stores are abundant here and it’s much more pleasant to conduct business with Sigatoka’s small-town merchants than with those in Nadi. Outside town there is the river valley road for motorists. Two km north of town are the Sigatoka Sand Dunes near Kulukulu village – a national park well worth visiting. Other points of interest in the area (see more details below) include the Tavuni Hill Fort, Sigatoka Valley Rd, the Momi Guns and Natadola Beach.