I recently received a blog offer from a company in Australia called Auvisa.org. I passed on their blog but liked some of their photos which come from one of the employees who has his own travel blog. The photos, mostly of the Nadi area, are illustrative of the sights, sounds and tastes you're likely to encounter.
The shot above is most likely of ST Satosh, the resident artist painting a divinity at the The Sri Siva Subramaniya temple located at the southern end of the main road through Nadi. It is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere. New murals are still being commissioned and the visitor was lucky encounter a work in progress.
In the photo above, a visitor enjoys a typical breakfast at a beach side backpackers venue called the Traveller's Beach (on Wailoaloa Beach). Nadi has numerous accommodation of every stripe ranging from the 5-star resort ghetto in Denarau to barebones backpacker haunts in Nadi town. My last count had nearly sixty properties in and around the greater Nadi area and there's undoubtedly more now. Here are my top choices broken down into budget, midrange and 5-star categories. For a complete description of my favorites. see this two part blog series: Nadi's Wailoaloa Beach Hotels-- An alternative to Denarau Part I and Nadi's Wailoaloa Beach Hotels-- An alternative to Denarau Part II. Wailoaloa Beach has several good properties for backpackers such as the one featured in the above photo. In short, the "New Town/Wailoaloa Beach" is an excellent staging point for further adventures in Fiji and in my opinion superior than Denarau.
If you're interested in meeting local people there's nothing better than taking local transportation. Local buses also allow the visitor a chance to mingle with the people of Fiji, who by choice and tradition, treat strangers with gracious hospitality. There are numerous modern, air-conditioned coaches serving resorts and major towns as well as the local style buses that are not quite so fancy but nonetheless, get you from point A to point B. Every town and village has a bus stop, since this is still the most common form of transportation in the islands. You can also hail any public bus from the roadside merely by waving to the driver.
One of the newer developments in the Vuda Point area of particular interest is the Vuda Point Marina (see above), which has a small chandlery, fuel dock, a coffee shop, Internet access and a grocery store. Food and drink can be had at the Vuda Yacht Club, whose thatched building is a leisurely spot to watch the boats pass through the marina entrance. To quote one happy yachtie, “Local hotels also offer “yachtie specials” for dinner; First Landing Resort is next door and you can also get a pass to use their swimming pool; the Anchorage will collect you and deliver you back to the marina free of charge.” All of these spots offer great venues to enjoy the sunset while sipping cold Fiji Bitter. Pacific Marine Services carries out boat repairs and maintenance and provides security for unattended boats.
The Nadi Municipal Market is an obligatory stop for any visitor. Here Polynesian, Chinese, Indian and Fijian vendors hawk fish, meat, vegetables, fruit, coconut oil and nearly everything else that a Fijian household might need. Some stalls deal entirely with kava root (both whole and ground). Other merchants sell Indian spices exclusively, display freshly caught shellfish, sell tomatoes or offer bundles of dalo (taro root). A section of new kiosks toward the bus station is the place to try `Indian sweets’, many of which are not sweet at all, but rather are highly spiced and tasty snacks.
Photos courtesy of Auvisa.org, an Australian visa agency. Auvisa.org was established in 2011 and it provides professional Australian visa service. It has helped thousands of travelers to get the visa to Australia.