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#11534 - 04/13/04 09:19 PM Questions and Comments for Denarau Island
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#48953 - 10/22/12 10:05 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Denarau Island [Re: ]
Zechenia Offline


Registered: 10/22/12
Posts: 3
I have been reading a couple pages on this thread but haven't seen a direct answer to these question (though I am sure somewhere in all the pages it's probably been answered).

I am researching for a good location for my honeymoon in August of 2014. It's going to be the first tropical vacation for my fiance, so we're trying to get a worldmark location that is right on the beach. However, it's important to us that the beach is also swimmable.

Is the beach at this condo safe for swimming? The resort is located right on the beach, correct? We really want someplace that we don't need to leave the property during our vacation unless we really want to, and ideally would like everything we need within walking distance. Would this be the case for this resort?

Thanks!

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#46900 - 12/21/11 07:06 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Denarau Island [Re: ]
richardo21 Offline


Registered: 03/04/05
Posts: 6
Loc: Alaska
My family and I went in Feb 2010, the 17th through the 2nd of March. We stayed at the resort for 5 nights then stayed on a resort for 7 night. There was a hurricane threatening and just a day or so prior, Lautoka had flooded and there were trees down when we got to Nadi. The mainland was dreary and grey with wind but thankfully the hurricane moved off to the cook islands. The resort was great, the people at the resort and throughout were the best. The nightly serenaders were something to look forward to. Trips into Nadi on the first couple of days were kind scarey, not knowing, but now I know the people were gracious and happy, I honestly did not see one frown or angry person, ( also not many eyeglass wearers...Hmm)
We got lured into a shop. I bought something of course, and I strive to support local markets, the people appreciated that, they also clued me in on taking many snacks and other things to the resort because things are very expensive on the outer islands. Getting around was a breeze, you get a taxi, find out how much and away you. One of our drivers waited for us in the parking lot while we toured, we must have drove 2-3 hours to reach the park where we toured, Taxis abound, also there is a bus you can catch for very little, it makes the rounds into town. It was fun mingling with the locals. They click ( like calling a horse) to make the bus driver stop. The beach at the resort leaves a lot to be desired, but we were saving water fun until out on the resort. The package for the resort was 1700.00 AMD per person which was 7 nights on the resort, and airfare from LAX. A heck of a deal. So we booked the resort for 7 nights but stayed 5. If you can, try to book a day before or pay for a night so that you will be able to go right to your room. The tour of Navala village up the Sigatoka river was outstanding, and so was the Fiji Zipline tour. The diving I did was from the resort, and had a great time, dove with sharks too. We met many great people and collected several emails and offers for homestays, ( stay at a Fijian familys home) The resort food cost was as you would expect, if you buy rice and some staples, you can get by pretty well, I bought a fresh bunch of bananas from a roadside stand for 2.00 FJD and a bag of sweet corn for 3.00FJD. This and rice and some canned goods made a great meal for several nights. The Fijian Coffee Company has great beans and I should have bought more than I did. I did notice that Fiji is not as internet saturated as the US ( meaning not every business is listed in the web). You can rent a cell phone at the airport or just the SD card, just make sure to turn it in. I bought 1500.00 FJD before I went, but there was no need as ATMs are throughout the airport and the hotels. I know much more now for my second trip. Oh a little about the weather...the rainy season is not a "Monsoon" season. It just means that they get more rain. The weather off shore at our island resort was awesome while the mainland got Rain. My suggestion is use the resort for land based activities and get to a resort for a real taste of South Pacific island life.

I will put a request out there that I would like to get 2.5 Kilogram of Fijian coffee from the Fijian Coffee Company. If there is anyone going sometime, please email me and help me PLEASE!!!!!!! This coffee is so good and I have scoured the web looking for some and can't find it.PLEASE!!!!!!!!!! If you are going, email me at richardo21@yahoo.com. I WILL PAY HANDSOMELY!!
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#46777 - 11/29/11 10:55 AM Re: Questions and Comments for Denarau Island [Re: ]
cletus Offline


Registered: 09/11/09
Posts: 6
Loc: Southern Oregon
Does anyone have any input on the construction going on at the resort. I was there in February 2010 for a wonderful 21 days. I am thinking of a trip again this February, but if the construction project is such that it will make the stay unpleasant I will put it off. I plan to leave the resort on many day trips so I am mostly just concerned about the pool and restaurant being open and how noisy the construction is. Thanks
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#46673 - 11/06/11 12:11 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Denarau Island [Re: ]
OregonJohn Offline


Registered: 06/16/06
Posts: 17
Loc: Dallas, Oregon
Our first (but certainly not last) trip to Fiji earlier this year was one of our best vacations ever! Two wonderful weeks in paradise. Resort is beautiful -- spent a lot of time in and around the terrific pool. Lots of fun activities (must do the frog races!!) Resort-sponsored shopping trip to Nadi as worthwhile. It stops at the Aussie-owned butcher shop on the return trip and in Nadi you have plenty of time to shop at the large grocery store and go to the local farmers market (great prices on fresh, yummy produce). Best of several excursions we took was the Whale's Tale sail to their private island (snorkeling, kayak, beach volleyball, good breakfast on the ship and outstanding lunch buffet in covered "dining hall", unlimited drinks made for a great day (from 8:30 to 5:30). Tried several restaurants at nearby resorts and at Port of Denarau. Most were pretty good and fairly priced (but don't waste your time or money on Moo Moo at the Westin). Cross at the Radisso, next to WM is OUTSTANDING! Comparable fine dining to some of the best in San Francisco. Very accommodating too -- Chef/owner Richard Cross visited with us before our first dinner (we went 3 times) and when my wife expressed disappointment that lobster was not on the menu, he said he would personally prepare it for her. Just tell him what size she wanted! Needless to say, the lobster he made for her was scrumptious! Everything we tried in 3 visits was wonderful -- the appetizer tray of several goodies (including a martini!) was especially memorable. One other suggestion: Hire one of the local cab drivers to take you on a tour of the northwest coastal area, into the "mountains" and local villages. We hired one for $150 for all day (4 people) compared to $80 per person for a commercial tour that has nowhere near the personal attention.
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#46540 - 10/10/11 12:50 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Denarau Island [Re: ]
JTapia Offline


Registered: 10/10/11
Posts: 1
Can anyone provide the names of reputable diving companies by the resort? Same question for ocean fishing?

Reputable but affordable would be great.

Many thanks,
Jorge

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#46402 - 09/17/11 09:45 PM Re: Questions and Comments for Denarau Island [Re: ]
helhur Offline


Registered: 01/09/11
Posts: 2
Am going to Denarau Island in the next fortnight and would love some feedback on local restaurants and also info on breakfast and the nearby resorts, Thanjs.

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