Cruising the Seven Seas
Port Denarau, Fiji
Port Denarau, Fiji
From humble beginnings, Denarau Island on Fiji’s West Coast has become a five-star luxury resort and golf course hub. Located 20 minutes from Nadi International Airport, the island’s port, aptly named Port Denarau, is the embarkation and disembarkation point of choice in Fiji, as many passengers will opt to stay at one of the island’s luxurious resorts.
Port Denarau gets mostly good reviews from visitors due to its eclectic mix of good restaurants & cafes, shopping and entertainment options. It’s a great place to spend a few hours between transits whilst taking advantage of the available WiFi, post office and more.
- Restaurants – including Indian, Asian, Thai, Italian, Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine
- Cafes & takeaway kiosks
- Children’s play area
- Post Office
- Bank & currency exchange
- Retail stores
- Car rental
- Spa & beauty therapists
- Day excursion & cruise tour desks
Getting to & from the Resorts
For those seeking to exercise their land legs, the walk from Port Denarau to the Denarau resorts takes 10 to 15 minutes depending on your pace.
West & Bula Bus
A colourful open-sided contraption popular with visitors, the Bula Bus travels in a loop through all 7 resorts and the port from 7:30am to 11:30pm every day. Fares are FJ$8 per person can be purchased at the port and the resorts.
The West Bus is a cheaper (less touristy) version of the Bula Bus. Favoured by locals, it’s cheaper at FJ$1.50 per ride.
Taxi from the airport to and from the resorts are only FJ$5 per ride.
Cruise lines operate shuttles between ships, the port, resorts and the airport. Check with your cruise provider to see what’s on offer. Airport Shuttle Fiji’s services can be pre-booked, but the per person rate from the airport to the resorts is rather pricey (FJ$38 per person).
Rental Cars are also available at the port itself, at the Sheraton Resort and at the nearby Nadi International Airport.
The weather on Denarau Island can be described as “pleasantly tropical”.
Rainy Season – From November to April (wettest month is March)
Dry Season – From May to end of October (driest month is July)
Temperatures vary slightly throughout the year.
December to April – Max 31 degrees Celsius
June & July – Max 28 degrees Celsius
Things to do in Port Denarau
Beyond the many dining options, Port Denarau offers many popular day trips to explore the natural marvel that is beautiful Fiji.
Setting sail on a sea catamaran, make your way to nearby Tivua or Yasawa Island where your day trip can include:
- Glass-bottom boat rides
- Buffet lunch
- Morning & afternoon tea
- Kava ceremony
- Beach volleyball
- Sunbathing and relaxing
Charter Boat Fishing
Fijian islands are teeming with fish including trophy fish like marlin, tuna, Spanish mackerel and the mahi mahi. Play your cards right and you might luck into a car-sized tuna that you can resell at the local market for the price of a luxury car!
Denarau island used to be a mangrove swamp so the beaches won’t be of the Aussie-grade golden sand variety. That said, the resorts to keep their stretch of beachfront property well-manicured. The Sofitel Resort allows for day- tripper access and other resorts may too. Enquire with the hotel to see if they can accommodate your day by the beach.
Jet Boat River SafariA high adrenaline jet boat ride through the Sigatoka river with post ride kava ceremony followed by dinner and dancing could be just the ticket. Check out the Sigatoka River Safari for a very Fijian experience.
For a shorter 35-minute jet boat spin at Port Denarau, please see the Excitor Fiji Denarau Blast.
Explore the Garden of the Sleeping Giant filled with more than 2,000 varieties of orchids and the nearby Sabeto Mud Pools before closing out your day with a bit of shopping in Nadi.
Book your Cruise Insurance Cover before you travel
It’s important to get travel insurance, as soon as you put down deposits or pay for your cruise, up to 12 months in advance. Travel insurance doesn’t cost any more if you purchase it earlier, but it does cover you for any cancellations or if you injure yourself prior to your holiday and it inhibits you from going (e.g. breaking your leg prior to a big family cruise).