Find out what the iconic coastline is all about
With dazzling white beaches and a powder-soft shoreline scalloped with secluded bays, it’s little wonder Fiji’s Coral Coast has long attracted holidaymakers. In fact Korolevu, on the banks of the Sigatoka River, is considered the birthplace of Fiji tourism (the Korolevu Beach Hotel opened in the 1950s).
This 80km stretch of dazzling coastline lies in the south-western corner of Viti Levu, an easy drive from Nadi airport. Just offshore is the large coral fringing reef that inspired the Coral Coast’s name. Lush green hills provide the backdrop to traditional villages interspersed with family-friendly resorts and hotels.
The Coral Coast has also been in the limelight thanks to Mango Bay Resort, the secluded location for the popular reality-TV series Bachelor in Paradise. Book into one of the beachfront bures and spend your days swinging in a hammock or, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, head out for a spot of sports fishing and try your luck reeling in a black marlin.
For a more luxurious stay, head to the five-star InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa. Here, you can ride a horse along Natadola Beach – considered the area’s most glorious stretch of sand. Play a round of golf on the 18-hole championship course or splash around in all four of the swimming pools. If you really want to live it up, book into one of the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort’s 47 bures or deluxe ocean-view rooms – these room categories come with butler service.
The best part of basing yourself on the Coral Coast is that plenty of non-beach-based activities are nearby. Head inland on an off-road cave safari or try the thrilling combination of a jet-boat river ride and visiting a traditional village to drink kava and share lunch with the residents. You can also explore Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park at the mouth of the Sigatoka River.
Contact your Helloworld Travel agent to find out more.