The Coral Coast is around 80kms (50 miles) of beaches, bays, rocky outcrops and lush vegetation along the southwest of Viti Levu. It’s home to some of the popular Fijian’s resorts, such as Warwick, Shangri-La Fijian, Outrigger on the Lagoon, Fiji Hideaway.
As you traverse the southwest coast of Viti Levu enroute through the Coral Coast, you begin to see how the people of Fiji really live. Villages line the road and the locals will greet you with a wave and Bula! If you can, stop at a roadside market and see a fisherman selling his day’s catch or a farmer displaying freshly harvested fruits of all descriptions.
About 30-minutes from Nadi is the unique Sonaisali Island Resort located on an isthmus just one minute across the waters from the mainland. This resort is a fun-seekers haven and a jumping off point for the southern Mamanuca Islands. Nearby is the famous surfing area of Cloud Break and Tavarua Island Resort.
On the southwest side of Viti Levu is Momi Bay, site of gunnery placements that guarded the bay during WW2. But the main feature of this area is Natadola, the largest horseshoe shaped beach in Fiji. Sitting astride the white sands of Natadola is the lavish InterContinental Golf Resort & Spa. The resort is in close proximity to the challenging Natadola Bay Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course designed by noted pro Vijay Singh.
A bit further on the Queens Road is the Shangri-la Fijian Hotel complex located on its own small island that is connected by a causeway to the mainland. Next are the Sigatoka Sand Dunes which have historical significance as the site where the first settlers came to Fiji’s shores. A short drive brings one to the colourful market town of Sigatoka (pronounced Sing-a-toka) and the gateway for the Sigatoka River Valley known as the “breadbasket of Fiji”. Let PacificIslands book you on the award-winning Sigatoka River Safari, a thrilling jetboat ride up river to villages, waterfalls and sites important in the development of modern day Fiji.
Just past Sigatoka is the start of the Coral Coast. The road bends and turns with contours of the picturesque coastline for the next two hours. The name is apt as the coast is wrapped by one of the largest fringing reef systems in the world. Along the way, are the sprawling Outrigger on the Lagoon Resort and adjacent Kula Eco Park and bird sanctuary, the Fiji Hideaway, the Warwick Fiji Resort and nearby sister property The Naviti. As you cross the mountain plateau heading east, the scenery becomes more verdant with forests of native pine.