Things to Do in Nadi
In the shadows of Sleeping Giant Mountain in the Nausori Highlands, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant is a horticultural paradise, bursting with flowers, lily ponds, and lush rain forest. Founded in 1977 by actor Raymond Burr, it’s now one of Nadi’s most popular attractions and home to more than 2,000 varieties of orchids.
The Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple is the largest Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere, a wildly colorful and ornate structure that reflects a Dravidian architectural style rarely seen outside of India. In fact, it was Indian craftspeople who painted and carved the temple’s most impressive features, including its detailed wooden deities and intricate ceiling frescos.
A visit here is a must for anybody looking to experience the religious, cultural and architectural diversity of Fiji. The temple complex is divided into three, with the deity Murugan—to which the Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple is dedicated—housed in the main temple. The second part of the complex is the Ganesh temple, while the third is dedicated to the deities Meenakshi and Shiva.
Visit the Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple as part of a half-day tour from Nadi, incorporating stops at a local handicrafts shop and the Namaka Market, as well as visits to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant and the mud pools at Sabeto Hot Springs.
After you’ve experienced the luxurious Essence of Fiji Rejuvenation Centre (also known as the Essence of Fiji Transit Lounge & Spa), airport layovers anywhere in the world won’t ever seem the same. Just minutes from Nadi’s international airport, the center is a sanctuary for weary travelers awaiting their upcoming flight, or a modern retreat for pampering and dining throughout your Nadi stay. If you have time to kill before your flight—or a long layover in Nadi—a transit pass is like having the world’s best airport lounge minutes away. Refresh with a shower, store your luggage, and enjoy a relaxing foot massage, before sinking into a beanbag chair and settling in for a movie. There’s free Wi-Fi for finishing up some work, as well as a café for perking up and satisfying your growing hunger. Head up to the center’s rooftop lounge for a view of the Sabeto, or if you’d prefer to really be pampered before drifting onto your flight, a full service day spa has additional treatments to wish you a fond farewell.