While most tourists flock to the south coast of Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island, few fail to discover the hidden gems of the Suncoast. In this list, we’ll show you a whopping 21 things to do on the Suncoast.
On the northern coast of Viti Levu, the Suncoast specifically encompasses the area between the villages of Vatutavui and Nalawa.
The main towns and villages of the area are Ba, Korovu, Drauniivi, Vunitogoloa, Narewa, Volivoli and Ellington Wharf. Rakiraki is the main hub of the Suncoast area and the name you will hear the most when the area is described.
It’s also wedged between the coral-filled Bligh Water and the towering mountains of Viti Levu’s rugged interior.
Needless to say, there is a range of experiences to be enjoyed along the Suncoast of Fiji – best for those who would rather “do” on their Fiji vacation than spend all day sipping cocktails by the pool (although, there is the option for that too).
Find out some of the highlights of the Suncoast in this list of things to do on the Suncoast in Fiji!
Kayak or Wander Around Nananu-I-Ra Island
An island paradise without the associated cost of getting to an island, Nananu-I-Ra is a hilly 3.5km2 (3.8ft2) island with white sand beaches and groves just a 5-10 minutes boat ride from the Suncoast. The island is good for trekking offering amazing views of the mainland and the Nakauvadra Ranges. Kayaking is also a popular activity here where accommodations like McDonald’s Nananu Beach Cottages, or the nearby Dolphin Island, offer complimentary use of their kayaks to guests. Snorkelling can also be enjoyed in the marine sanctuary just off the beach and jetty. Because of the budget accommodation on the island and free activities – it makes an awesome destination for backpackers.
Location: Boat transfers depart from Ellington Wharf, 11km (6.8 miles) east of Rakiraki. Organise transport with your chosen accommodation on Nananu, costing FJ$20-$60 return.
Scuba Dive Among the Complex Coral Structures of the Bligh Water and the Vatu-i-Ra Passage
One of Fiji’s best snorkelling and scuba diving spots is right on the doorstep of the Suncoast, the Bligh Water and the Vatu-i-Ra Passage. The dive sites in the Bligh Water between the Suncoast and the Yasawa Islands are relaxing enough for beginners to feel comfortable yet captivated by the coral and fish displays, while experienced divers will find a new and enthralling underwater world. The Vatu-i-Ra Passage between Fiji’s two largest islands boasts deep dives into soft yellow coral. You’ll also find an interesting seascape around Nananu-i-Ra Island with channels dubbed the “Amazing Maze”.
Location: Scuba diving is easily organised at most Rakiraki and Volivoli resorts and villas – this is Fiji, after all. Volivoli have their own dive shop.
Play on a Waterfall Slide at the Narara Village
Combine culture and adventure with this waterfall tour available from Volivoli Beach Resort and Dolphin Island. Travel to Narara Village where you will be welcomed with a traditional Kava ceremony. Then, you will be guided by foot or horseback for 15 minutes to a cascading waterfall slide plunging into a freshwater pool. Once is never enough so you’ll get ample time to slide before drying off and browse local crafts at the village. This is a fantastic activity to do when travelling with children on the Suncoast.