Nadi is the third-largest town in Fiji and is located on the main island of Viti Levu. Along with sugar cane production, tourism is a mainstay of the local economy and as a result the Nadi region has a higher concentration of hotels and motels than any other part of Fiji.

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Nadi is the third-largest town in Fiji. It is located on the western side of the main island of Viti Levu. Nadi is multiracial with many of its inhabitants Indian or Fijian along with a large transient population of foreign tourists. Along with sugar cane production, tourism is a mainstay of the local economy. The Nadi region has a higher concentration of hotels and motels than any other part of Fiji.

With its large Indo-Fijian population, Nadi is a centre for Hinduism and Islam in Fiji. The downtown area is defined by the Nadi River and Viseisei village on the west side, and the beautiful Sri Siva Subramaniya temple on the east. It is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere, and is a site for pilgrims. Nadi International Airport located nine kilometres from the town, is the largest airport in Fiji. Thus, Nadi is the principal port of entry for air travelers to Fiji, even though it is on the opposite (western) side of the island of Viti Levu from the nation's capital and largest city, Suva.

Nearly everyone who visits Fiji comes to Nadi. This bustling multi-cultural town is the main hub for international travellers, and offers great places to eat, drink and shop. Main Street is the centre of action with plenty of shopping, and the latest Hindi or Fijian music playing from every storefront. With its wide range of quality accommodation and close proximity to Denarau Island and the Mamanucas, Nadi is the ideal place to base yourself during your trip.

Nadi Town was established in 1947 as a "Government Station" on the higher grounds of Nadi, and established itself as Fiji's tourist hub in the 1960s. There are several affordable hotels along the main road between the airport and downtown, most of which offer complementary shuttles from the airport. However, if you want to see the beach, head to the luxurious resorts of Wailoaloa Beach or Denarau Island.

There are a huge range of tours and activities in close proximity to Nadi, allowing you to explore the nearby Yasawas and Mamanucas. For some adventure try scuba diving, snorkeling or hiking, or head to Denarau Island and experience the excellent golf and tennis facilities. Nadi has a good selection of shops selling clothing, books, jewellery and souvenirs. This is also a good place to stock up on electronic items such as memory cards for digital cameras.

As a major tourist hub, Nadi offers a wide range of places to eat and drink, no matter your tastes or budget. You'll find a mix of traditional Fijian, Indian, Chinese and Western dishes, and a vast array of affordable eateries downtown. Bus services operate between Nadi and Suva every day, but less frequently on Sundays. These services also continue around the island via Lautoka, Ba and Rakiraki. Cabs and mini-vans run between Nadi and Suva. Scooters can also be rented for the day.

For more information on where to stay and what to do, visit our Nadi directory.

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