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Places to visit around the country

Losalini Vuki
Thursday, February 01, 2018

FIJI is blessed with abounding attractions and activities in the western side of Viti Levu.

From the picnic area called Lololo nestled in the pine forest north of Lautoka to visiting a forest fire watch station, which offers an incredible view of the north-west side of Viti Levu and the Yasawa Islands off the coast. Below are the list of some places you might want to check out from website fijiguide.com.

Ba

Ba is a classic, Indian sugar town 62 km from Nadi International Airport that most tourists drive through. While the town's economy has always revolved around sugar, in recent years several small manufacturing firms have started up here.

A walk through the main shopping area shows you what a 'blue collar' community this is. The Rarawai Sugar Mill is on the edge of Ba. The most noticeable landmark in town is the large mosque near the Ba River in the centre of town.

Tavua

This is a relaxed market town 91 km from Nadi International Airport where you can catch buses for Vatukoula and Nadarivatu. The Tavua Town market is a good place to stock up on fresh fruit. If you plan to spend time in Nadarivatu, this is the last chance to buy supplies.

Activities on offer include picnic trips to a nearby sandy beach, and to the Vatukoula Gold Mines area, as well as barbecues and lovo with entertainment on the terrace. In nearby Vatukoula, one can play tennis, golf and bowls.

Yaqara

Halfway between Tavua and Rakiraki, and 107 km from Nadi International Airport is Yaqara, Fiji's biggest cattle ranch — a 7000-hectare estate with 7000 head of cattle. Visitors should not be surprised to see Fijian cowhands in Western hats rounding up cattle.

Nananu-I-Ra

This island has become very popular with visitors who wish to visit a more natural setting and get away from the commercialism of the Nadi area without travelling too far.

The island is pretty and has beaches, snorkeling and good shelling. It's five km off the Rakiraki coast, 150 km from the airport along Kings Rd. Three of the places to stay are relatively close to each other, the fourth (Kon Tiki), is on the other side of the island.

You need to bring groceries to all of the island's accommodation, except for up-market Mokusiga's, as there is no food available.

(Vaileka has a market and several shops which sell groceries, but you'll find a better selection elsewhere, like Tavua or one of the cities.)

Linen, a refrigerator and cooking implements are provided at the resorts. (Photo of One, pronounced "ohnay", Bay beach at the back of Nananu-i-ra Island courtesy of Steve Leavitt, Union College).








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