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Overnight Denarau Island or Airport?

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Overnight Denarau Island or Airport?

First time going to Fiji. Arriving too late to catch the resort transfer from Port Denarau, suggestions on a good place to overnight? Not looking for anything fancy.

Thanks!

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Reno, Nv
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1. Re: Overnight Denarau Island or Airport?

Hi mjmorrisssey, and welcome to the forum.

I suggest you book at room at the Gateway Hotel across from the airport. It is very popular with those waiting to transfer to an outer island resort. There is a restaurant, bar, and pool onsite.

https://www.fijigateway.com/

Here are some tips/thoughts you might find helpful as this is your first vacation to Fiji:

1. The voltage in Fiji is 240V, and the frequency is 50Hz. Coming from Canada, you will need a three-pronged plug adapter angled for Australia/New Zealand for charging camera, phone, laptop, batteries etc. Be sure to check the label on your device. If the power input label ranges from 100V-240V, 50/60Hz, the adapter is all that is needed. I recommend taking an adapter with you as the resort you are staying at may not have them available. To be on the safe side, and for peace of mind, we take an adapter with built in power converter with us. There is a chance the resort might not have them should you need one. For charging more than one battery at the same time, we also took a small power strip. Again, be sure to check the input label range.

2. If taking a taxi or private transfer to Port Denarau to connect with the ferry to an outer island resort, ask your driver to stop at a market on the way for snacks, sodas, bottled water, etc. It will be cheaper than purchasing them at the resort. You could also purchase items you want at Denarau, but it will be more expensive. Recommend comparing prices with the below companies as to which is best.

https://www.micksfijitours.com/

https://uniquelyfijitransfers.com/

https://bulataxi.com/ Epic Transfers

https://www.tewaka.com.fj/

https://www.nadiairporttaxis.com/

3. You will need FJD for taxis, as the drivers don't take credit cards. Be sure to get some bills in small dominations as your driver may not be able to make change. Money can be exchanged at the currency exchange booths or ATMS at the airport in Nadi. They are open for all arriving/departing flights, and have a good exchange rate.

4. For other suggestions of what to take with you, as well as helpful information, have a look at the following compiled by current and past forum posters. Though the link is old and can no longer be edited it is still relevant.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g294331-c134773/Fiji:Faq.Wh

Have a wonderful vacation in Fiji, and enjoy your countdown until you arrive in paradise.

Edited: 1 year ago
Sydney, Australia
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2. Re: Overnight Denarau Island or Airport?

Another place to consider is The Terraces, a 5 min walk to Port Denarau.

https://theterracesfiji.com/

Adelaide, Australia
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3. Re: Overnight Denarau Island or Airport?

Also next to the Terraces is the Palms Denarau which is a little more budget friendly. Certainly still nicer than staying in Nadi though.

However if you’re arriving late and want something convenient by the airport works fine. There are a number of options, but the Gateway is the most recommended.

https://thepalmsdenarau.com/

Sydney, Australia
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4. Re: Overnight Denarau Island or Airport?

We find the Gateway hotel very convienient for the situation you are in and also it has free pick up if traveling to the Islands on the south seas cruises or Yasawa flyer boats. You just need to book the complimentory pick up when booking the flyer transfers

Eugene, Oregon
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5. Re: Overnight Denarau Island or Airport?

I have questions on the market . I am staying in Denarau , is the market in Denarau ? There is a shuttle that takes you to all the big resorts and marina , if market is not in Denarau how far from marina ?

Reno, Nv
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6. Re: Overnight Denarau Island or Airport?

Hi Anthony,

There markets on the way to Denarau that your driver can stop at. Yees Xpressmart is located at Port Denarau, and Fresh Choice Supermarket is in Business Park at Denarau. You can take the Bula Bus, or your resort will be able to arrange for a taxi for you.

https://bulabuses.com.fj/

Eugene, Oregon
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7. Re: Overnight Denarau Island or Airport?

Thanks ,

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