Lautoka, Fiji

The second-largest city of Fiji, Lautoka is located in the west, on the island of Viti Levu. It is nicknamed The Sugar City due to its expansive sugarcane plantations producing the island's most important crop. Its soft-sand beaches are fringed with swaying palm and coconut trees reflected in the crystalline turquoise waters. A drive through the city center allows glimpses of tree-lined streets, colonial houses, colorful markets and a vibrant local culture.

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Points of Interest

  • Lautoka
  • South Sea Orchid Garden
  • Sabeto Village
  • Nadi Marketplace
  • Viseisei Village
  • Sleeping Giant Garden
  • Nama Factory & Wellness Center
  • Tukuni's Organic Farm

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  • Lautoka

    The second-largest city of Fiji, Lautoka is located in the west, on the island of Viti Levu. It is nicknamed The Sugar City due to its expansive sugarcane plantations producing the island's most important crop. Its soft-sand beaches are fringed with swaying palm and coconut trees reflected in the crystalline turquoise waters. A drive through the city center allows glimpses of tree-lined streets, colonial houses, colorful markets and a vibrant local culture.

  • South Sea Orchid Garden

    This private property with beautifully landscaped gardens is owned by the Burness family, who immigrated to the island from Scotland. The estate boasts a fascinating collection of photographs, antique furnishings and curios that date back to colonial times. The expansive grounds showcase one of the island's largest orchid collections as well as lovely vistas.

  • Sabeto Village

    The chiefs of Sabeto were once mighty warriors and owned much of the land in Viti Levu. Today, this spirited, cultural village has retained many of its old customs, which the villagers delight in sharing with visitors. Guests are escorted into the village hall for a welcome kava ceremony. Kava is a non-alcoholic beverage made from the root of a pepper tree. It is considered the national drink of Fiji. The kava will be offered to you in a "bilo," a small bowl made from a hollowed-out coconut shell. At the completion of this special ceremony, the locals will perform a number of traditional songs and dances for your enjoyment. A guided tour of the grounds includes a visit to the chief's bure (house), the small church and the cheerful primary school. Please note that clothing must cover knees, upper arms and shoulders and no hats may be worn in a Fijian village.

  • Nadi Marketplace

    Nadi (pronounced Nandi) is Fiji's third-largest city. Its bustling marketplace is a haven for shoppers, featuring authentic yaqona stalls, homemade crafts and local art. "Bula" is the traditional "hello," and with a friendly smile, the artisans and shopkeepers will welcome you to peruse their wares as you look for that perfect souvenir. It's a wonderful opportunity to interact with the Fijians and support their community and to take home pottery, woodcarvings, and brightly colored tapa cloth.

  • Viseisei Village

    Viseisei Village, situated just north of Nadi, is believed to be Fiji's oldest settlement, dating back 3,500 years. The village has approximately 400 inhabitants and three family tribes, the Navicavaki, Sawaieke and Nakelo, who make up the village population. Tours of this authentic environment immerse guests in daily life and include participation in a traditional kava ceremony, which welcomes guests. Kava is a non-alcoholic beverage made from the root of a pepper tree. It is considered the national drink of Fiji. The kava will be offered to you in a "bilo," a small bowl made from a hollowed-out coconut shell. At the completion of this special ceremony, the locals will perform a number of traditional songs and dances for your enjoyment. Exploration of the expansive area includes the village green where the children play games, local dwellings, the Methodist church, and gravestones of important village chiefs. Please note that clothing must cover knees, upper arms and shoulders and hats are not permitted in the Fijian village.

  • Sleeping Giant Garden

    Nestled at the base of the Sleeping Giant Mountain, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant was created in 1977 by the late Raymond Burr, famous American actor and star of "Perry Mason" and "Ironside." A horticultural enthusiast, he created the garden to house his personal orchid collection, which has now grown to be the largest collection in Fiji, showcasing a vast collection of more than 2,000 varieties. The expansive grounds offer a canopy-covered boardwalk, manicured lawns and tranquil lily ponds fed by cascading fountains and populated by croaking frogs. The gardens themselves are truly breathtaking, but the fragrant orchid and other blooming flowers are the showstoppers, perfuming the air and enticing butterflies and hummingbirds to their petals.

  • Nama Factory & Wellness Center

  • Tukuni's Organic Farm

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Best of Nadi

3.5 hours | Lautoka | L A 1 - 2 1 0

Discover the western side of Fiji's main island on this panoramic sightseeing motorcoach tour of Nadi. This popular vacation destination is surrounded by graceful mountain ranges and lush tropical vegetation. Pause for photos at Vuda Marina for panoramic vistas of Port Denarau and at the Hindu Temple. Enjoy time for a little souvenir shopping.

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Fijian Homestead & History

4 hours | Lautoka | L A 1 - 2 2 5
  • South Sea Orchid Garden
  • Sabeto Village
  • Nadi Marketplace

The wonders of Fiji are on full display on an adventure that focuses on the island's natural and cultural delights. Stroll through the beautiful South Sea Orchid Garden, visit the marketplace in Nadi for a little shopping, and in the traditional village of Sabeto participate in a kava ceremony and enjoy a folkloric performance.

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Fiji Natural Thermal Mud Pool

3.5 hours | Lautoka | L A 1 - 2 6 0

You'll be covered from head to toe in mud – and loving it! The Fijian people have been immersing themselves in thermal mud pools for generations for the therapeutic properties and cosmetic benefits. Travel to the foot of the Sabeto Mountains, interact with local villagers in a kava ceremony, then sink in for some serious relaxation.

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Fijian Traditions & Beauty

4 hours | Lautoka | L A 1 - 2 3 0
  • Nadi Marketplace
  • Viseisei Village
  • Sleeping Giant Garden

Colorful and cultural Fiji is on full display on this lovely half-day introduction to the island's traditions and attractions. Experience a Fijian kava ceremony at the authentic village of Viseisei. Stroll the expansive floral grounds of the magnificent Sleeping Giant Orchid Garden and peruse the lively local marketplace of Nadi.

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Fijian Culture Village Tour

4 hours | Lautoka | L A 1 - 2 3 5

Fiji Culture Village in Nacaqara, Navo, Nadi is one of Fiji's most unique destinations. Here you will find Fijian Culture ''alive and strong''.

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Fiji Delight at Hilton Resort Day Out

4 hours | Lautoka | L A 1 - 5 9 0

Spend your day at the world-renowned Hilton Resort on Denarau Island. This is your chance to relax and unwind on the beach or by the pool and feel the relaxed daily rhythm of island life, dictated only by the tropical sun and tides.

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Fijian Firewalking And Cultural Show

4 hours | Lautoka | L A 1 - 2 2 0
  • Lautoka

The myths and legends of the South Seas come alive when you experience treasured cultural traditions. Watch an authentic Fijian meke performance that conveys island themes of love and lore through dance and song. Marvel at a fire-walking demonstration and enjoy morning or afternoon tea served in a resort setting.

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South Sea Island Day Cruise

6 hours | Lautoka | L A 1 - 2 4 0

Climb aboard a high-speed catamaran for a tropical island adventure on a marine sanctuary. Swim, snorkel, and discover the reef's underwater wonders on a semi-submersible vessel. Enjoy a tasty barbecue lunch while enjoying the tunes of traditional Fijian music drifting through the air.

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Oolala Island Day Cruise

6.5 hours | Lautoka | L A 1 - 6 9 0

Kids will love this island adventure aboard a 60-foot motorized vessel that makes the most of Fiji's marine splendor. Cruise the marina, learn the island history and anchor off Savala, an uninhabited island and beach. A glass-bottom boat, a snorkel session and a kayaking ride add fun and excitement. A barbeque lunch is served on board.

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