The Suncoast is a strikingly beautiful stretch of countryside along Viti Levu’s western and northern coast. This land of abundant sunshine, azure skies, and dramatic grass-covered peaks is chequered with sugar-cane fields, rural villages and quaint market towns. Sprawling vistas, slow-paced rural life, and an eternal summer make it easy to fall in love with this corner of Fiji.
Chiefly Viseisei Village in Vuda is just 20mins from the Nadi International Airport. Legend has it that the first Fijians landed their canoes and settled there, The village remains prominent and has even produced one of Fiji’s Presidents. For much of Fiji’s economic history, sugar was King. Lautoka – Fiji’s second city – was built on this industry and still boasts the country’s largest sugar mill. In fact, the entire Suncoast is sugar country!
Vuda Marina provides excellent severe weather shelter for yachts cruising the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands. With a great restaurant and relaxed vibe, it’s also perfect for sunset cocktails.
Mountainous Koroyanitu National Heritage Park dominates the Lautoka skyline and a great hike for some stunning views. There’s even a summit overnight option for those who don’t mind a little rustic rooming.
Picturesque Navala village – in the mountains behind Ba town – maintains its traditional Fijian style houses (bure) and the remote location is picture postcard worthy. Arrangements must be made with a tour company prior to visiting the village.
Lautoka has a variety of shopping and dining options so make sure to pick up a bite to eat before heading further north. There are fewer dining options in the small towns but many of the resort restaurants will whip you up a cool drink and some delicious fare.
Municipal food markets are also great places to stock up on snacks for the road!