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Being the nearest town to the airport, Nandi (Nadi) is full of souvenir shops. They are cheaper than at the resorts, so buy your kava bowls here. There is a great massage place/beauty parlour next to the service station with caring, strong therapists. Be prepared be covered in coconut oil! Again, this is much cheaper than at the resorts. In terms of local Fiji attractions, there is the Garden of the Sleeping Giant - a peaceful tropical garden that is on a mountain that looks like a sleeping giant.
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A great place for snorkelling and water activities with friendly natives who are extremly laid back my style.It is warm but not so bad but can be deceiving I was severely sunburned even though I put on sun lotion and the sky was full of clouds so be careful slap on plenty of sunblock.If you cut your feet be careful swimming in the water you get could get some nasty type of coral that could grow in your foot and cause a bad infection ,I had a big blister that was on my foot and had to refrain from water activities it sucked but at least I didnt lose my foot.Dont be too trusting of the natives the majority are good honest people but there are a few bad eggs as in all parts of the world so dont take free rides off people you dont know or get dragged into shops to buy stuff its all common sense though.A guy we know got ripped off major paying over the amount for souvenirs but he did get his money back later .Be careful about what boat tours you take to the islands as some of these guys tend to scrimp on safety jackets not good if you get caught in the unexpected storms of fiji.Dont go to the big resort type islands they are not as much fun as the small islands and you pay more ,stick to a smaller island you will have a blast and staff are nicer .Tip the locals if possible they desrve it they make hardly no money and work rediculous hours and they really do alot for the tourists and put up with alot and are genuine unlike some places in Thailand .One guy we paid drove us out to this fantastic beach picked up ice and beers waited while we were there an even came out and played some soccer with us and was good fun and very friendly he did alot that we didnt ask for and was more like a tour guide than a driver .Fiji is a good place to go for beach an sun and water activities .
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For me, nadi was more a place where you can travel through very fast - for example to get to the western Fiji Islands (wich are very nice, especially Beachcomber and Turtle).
There is not really much to see in Nadi except the Market where you can get nice local fruits, food or Kava and the hindu temple which is very nice and colorful (wear cloth that cover most of your body (schoulders and knees))
Because Nadi has Fiji's international airport you will probably see the city - but don't plan there to stay longer than one or two days before visiting the rest of the islands!
(btw. most people living there are not native fijians, they are indians - so if you like to bargain, do it! The indians do it but the fijians don't like to).
If you don't want to rent a car, Nadi is a good place to get arround by bus! Most hotels have maps of the different bus lines - so just ask for it!
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Nadi is where the airport is located in Fiji. On the plane wear clothes with layers so you can take some off before disembarking as you will feel the heat as soon as you step off the plane (even at night!). All you will need is your bathing suit and a pair of jandals! Just like many citiies on the main land the sea is not as clear as it is on the outer islands so spend a couple of nights in the islands or take a day trip or island hopping as they call it! Learn their phrases, as the fijians are lovely friendly people and love to just say bula (hello) as your passing by and because they are such helpful people and great with children vinaka (thank you) is a must too!
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