The first night, the captain invites us to a cocktail party.
The champagne never stops flowing and Tui (the third cook) plays guitar for us all to have a sing-song, whilst tasty little snacks are brought round. It really has set the mood for the rest of the evening (hopefully for the rest of the cruise).
Dress Code: Casual, this is not a cruise where you need to dress up.
The crew very much join in the festivities of this cruise, they seem to get as much pleasure from it as we do. They all sing or play an instrument, and sit out on deck strumming and humming in the evening. We try to join in the sing-song after dinner, we don't know any of the songs, so we go to bed instead.
According to the locals, Planters nightclub is the best in the west of Fiji. It's tiny, and more like a bar (compared to Australian standards). But it's supposed to be more classy than most of the other clubs in the Nadi area.
The main party night are Friday and Saturday.
They make some nice cocktails.
It has a mixture of locals and tourists.
If you're not staying on Denarau Island (where the club is), you need to get there before 11pm otherwise they won't let you into the island.
Dress Code: Normal dress standards are fine.
Ed's Bar is more of a pub than a bar, and it's where the young locals hang out. Weekdays are usually quiet, and things liven up a little more on Friday and Saturday nights.
I went on a Friday night and had to pay for entry, but it included a free drink so it wasn't expensive.
Dress Code: You can wear whatever you want.
This is supposed to be an Irish pub - although there is nothing too Irish about it, besides the name. They have big screens for sports and then whent he sports are over it becomes a nightclub. Good mucis and dancing.
Dress Code: Nice dress required.
If you can get to Beachcomber Island for the night (or longer) the bar there is great.
Beachcomber has a traditional type band playing, as well as a sound system. - Make sure that you take part in the famous bula dance if you can!
Dress Code: You can wear just about anything, but no shoes are needed as it is a sand bar.
After dinner we were to have a singing competition: each nation against the others. The Germans (the majority of the cruise passengers) took it all very seriously, whereas we'd made a big joke of it all, singing Old MacDonald had a farm, bringing out the bungy jumping sheep and tying knotted handkerchiefs on our heads. All good fun.
We had trouble singing for laughing so much and the crew were in stitches. We certainly gave the best entertainment value, but we were marked down for laughing whilst singing and for disturbing the other nations: we had made up some score cards with zeros on them, which we held up for all the others, plus cards with ten points on for us!
Needless to say, we didn't win. The Germans did.
Dress Code: The silier, the better, this is supposed to be FUN.
Every eveing before dinner we were served cocktails and some small snacks. The second night dinner was a buffet at 19.30 - Fiji time - which meant that it was waaayyyy later, and by the time we actually got some food, we were all well sozzled!
The weather was beautiful all throughout the cruise, which also meant that we had some lovely sunsets. One of my favourite nightlife pasttimes while travelling is to watch sunrise and sunset. All the better is enjoyed with a drink on deck of a lovely ship.
After dinner, the captain (shown on the left of the photograph, in pink) and some of the crew, would fill a bowl of kava which they'd share with anybody who was interested. Most people took a mouthful or two just to try it, but I managed to drown eleven bowl of this slighly narcotic beverage.
I was a little concerned about the amount of local "drugs" I'd consumed, would I be ill in the night, would it disturb my sleep? I needen't have worried, I slept like a log and felt right as rain the next morning.
Dress Code: Come as you are. Gentlement are expected to wear a shirt, no bare chests (that goes for women too).
Beachcomber is very well known with Fiji travelers as the place to be. It is a very small island with a large dorm and wonderful buffet meals. The cost is a bit above average, at $F75 per night for a dorm, but it is well worth it for a couple nights. But be sure and reserve at least 2 weeks ahead during the busy times.
We went out a couple of nights to some of the popular night spots in Suva. My friends I was with are from there so that was cool. We spent some time at a place called Traps and another place called Wolfhound which is attached to the Bad Dog Cafe. It was a nice bar to stop by for a few drinks and there are tv's and pool tables. Traps is more dance oriented with good music. I learned the tradition of drinking taki style which is when everyone shares a pitcher, and the single glass. I didn't have a problem with it till I saw one guy pouring the last bit of beer from his bottle in there. Ugh.
One thing that definitely caught my attention was the forwardness of some of the fijian guys after having a few drinks. Felt a bit like Mardi Gras. Someone grabbed my arse and then someone else took me by the arm. I looked up trying to figure out if I knew the guy and of course I didn't. I'm just giving an idea of the club culture. Traps wasn't as hands on like that and people were really getting their grooves on. I'd go back to both places.
Dress Code: Found this description of Traps somewhere else...
"Traps Bar, Suva
Perhaps Fiji’s best-known bar. It is the place to be seen in Suva. There are 2 bars and music is varied. Some nights they even feature live jazz and, if you’re lucky, poetry readings by some of Fiji’s most talented poets. It’s been described by the Lonely Planet guide book as "up-market, sophisticated and very popular for people who want to talk or meet others". Some things never change.
Location: 305 Victoria Parade, Suva
Traps crowd: Varied mix made up of expats, business executives etc - a more high-class crowd.
Casual but smart - no flip flops
The Treasure Island Strings (on the resort island) were not all that great, kind of a 'family reunion' type fun but overall, very sweet. Very few people from the U.S. were on the island and in Fiji in general because three months prior there was a military coup.
Dress Code: I believe shoes were required.
If you want some fun and meet a lot of tourists go to Beachcomber. But you will never have a good Kava setion with Fijian poeple there.
It's good fun to have a nice party in such a scenery. The corals are beautiful and very close to the beach.
For each meal you have a big choice of food on the buffet. Try everything, it's exellent !
The Sand Bar, Beachcomber Island.
Everynight a live band. The picture is of the Bula Dance. The band encourages everyone to get on the dance floor for this beachcomber speciality. Give it a try. It's good fun and easy to learn.
This place is unique. Its called the Sand Bar because the floor is sand. No shoes needed here. They have a live band every night and everyone has to have a go at the Bula Dance.
Dress Code: Best things to wear are Bikinis, Shorts, or T Shirts -No collar, tie or jacket required and would be out of place anyway.
What a wonderful place to go on holidays with young children. The staff are so happy and love...more
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Good for: Business
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