Nadi

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Nadi

Containing the busiest airport in Fiji, Nadi (pronounced ‘Na-n-di’) is a hub of activities, attractions, culture and general bonhomie.It has one of the largest concentrations of population at a little over 50,000 as well as the biggest group of hotels, shops, restaurants, bars and land/water sporting activities in the island nation. Yet, it is relatively undiscovered because most tourists zoom away to Mamanucas and other resorts, barely staying for a night! Established as a township in 1947, Nadi grew as a melting pot of cultures, ethnicity, cuisines and religions over time to become today’s smorgasbord of visual and sensory delights. As a result, there is a great deal to see, shop and eat in Nadi. A walk down its high street will see travellers listening to Indian movie tunes, Chinese tracks and being serenaded by local shops to see their wares. Culturally, Nadi is a treasure-trove as it houses the biggest Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere, a mosque a few streets down and a plethora of churches. A visit to the Nadi Garden of the Sleeping Giant will enchant visitors with rare and profuse blooms of tropical orchids, a Fijian love-note from Hollywood actor Raymond Burr. Then, there are beaches. Since the town has an excellent transport system of public buses, taxis and car rentals, moving around is never a problem.  Nadi is close to Wailoaloa and Newtown beaches, great spots for idly watching burnished sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. As a gateway town, it is also a launching point for great many tours, island escapes and activities.  A short hop away is Denarau, a manmade island with top-notch luxury resorts, a bustling port and a host of charming restaurants, bistros and pubs perfect for clubbing. A recommendation: Do check out the kava bars. With several ‘noble varieties’ of yaqona, a kava session is a different experience in itself.