Plantation Island is beautiful. Typical of the Fijian islands.. Lots of tall leaning coconut treas and white sandy beaches. We stayed on the Plantation Island for one week. When you arrive at the Island by boat, the locals greet you by standing on the shore singing the traditional welcome song.
There were many tourists from Australia and New Zealand on the island.
Nightlife at the Plantation Island includes the following:
Bidding on the fastest Hermit crab to cross the finish line
Bidding on the fastest Frog to cross the finish line
A traditional dance and music show by the locals
Bar and disco music from the 80's which lasts maybe only 2 hours
Activities during the day include the following:
Water activities of all sorts including fishing, snorkling, diving and swimming but exluding jet skiing or water sailing.. didn't see anyone do those
Taking a botanical tour of the Island with one of the locals and learn about the trees and bushes
Taking a basket weaving course from BUBA, the local handcrafts expert and a favorite character by the kids
Take a trip on the boat by night to watch the stars and sip on champaigne
However, I would recommend Plantation Island for families rather than singles or Couples. There are many many activities geared towards children every day. It's truely heaven for them little ones..
a quick Tip... "when an activity is scheduled for a particular time.... turn up 1 hour later"
We arrived at the time they told us it was going to start... and Papa turned up 1 hour later and told us "Its Fiji time" LOL
It was a fun experience... learning how to basket weave on the beach. You get to keep the baskets, however check with your home airport if you are allowed to take them back with you.
In the port of Port Denarau you will find a lot of shops around a small square, where you will be able to see various folk-dances of the local people !
This happens of course mainly when big ships like ours arrive in port and they had a performance of about 1 hour in the morning and another show again in the afternoon.
You will find some chairs there and you might also sit on the steps , but all of them are in the open sun, so maybe it will be the best to bring an umbrella with you.
Next to the port you will find a great park and some winding lagoons in that park and a circle-road that will take you to all of the different hotels & beaches around Port Denarau. And you will find there golf-courses and a perfect lawn.
Of course you might walk there as well, but it is quite hot in the Fiji islands and so I decided to take the Bula-shuttlebus instead. - see my transportation-tip !
You will find lots of Cafes and restaurants facing the waterfront in Port Denarau in order to spend the day or wait for your tenderboat to take you back to your cruiseship.
You actually cannot do anything else in Port Denarau than shopping, go to a cafe or restaurant, get some infos about the rest of the island in the tourist-office or take the Bula-bus to take you to one of the many hotels in the bay.
Port Denarau is a great place to watch out for some really exclusive yachts, just take a look at my extra pictures here as well. Quite mysterious was for me that giant grey yacht in my main picture and my 3rd picture, it looks like a russian spyboat from a James Bond Movie ! ;-)
But my favorite ship there was of course the 2mast-sailingyacht that you will see in my 2nd picture !
You will find a tourist-information-stand right at the place, where the tenderboats will unload their cruise-passangers. You will find various brochures there and local tourguides giving you infos about what you can do on your own on this island, in case that you have not booked one of the - mostly quite overpriced - tours that are offered in the tour-office of your cruiseship !
Besides this official touristinfo you will also find various huts where local companies will advertise the tour-offers of their own company.
Sailing lessons were avaiable, and David really wanted to have a go. I did a week's course in the Isle of Wight, learning to sail, many, many years ago, in fact I even qualified with a Royal Yachting Association's Certificate.
However, this was David's big moment. We paid extra for me to be a passenger while he learned. We expected the instructor to stay on the boat with us, but after a few simple directions, he let us out on our own.
We sailed off towards Ragent's own private island, did a few nice little turn, and then David delivered his new-found speciality: underwater sailing! Somehow he manage to steer the catemaran downwards, water started to cover the top, we were getting deeper and deeper into the sea.
Of course, the bouyancy of the boat means that it did "pop" up to the surface again after a little while, but it was an interesting experience!
You dont have to look very far to find coconuts. They are scattered all over the sand.
Rafi decided to take this coconut and try to open it himself... A little secret - he didnt get very far.. LOL we ended up asking one of the locals to cut it open. Taste's GREAT!!
There is not a lot of things to see of any great interest in Nadi . There is a large Hindu temple on the south end of the main street that is worth seeing. Sri Siva Subramanlya Swami Temple is the largest of its kind in the South Pacific and was built by craftsmen flown in from India.
Going for a little walk at night, we wandered down to the deserted beach, which wasn't so deserted after all. Looking closely we could see hundreds of little crabs. They were quite amazing to watch, sliding sideways along the sand.
When we arrived at the Regent of Fiji Hotel, it was just getting dark. There was a man dressed in traditional straw skirt, running around lighting all the torches which lined the entrance road. I really enjoyed watching this little ceremony. As it turns out, he was the only man we saw in Fiji running, all others were so laid back they were almost stationary. All in good time - Fiji time!
Having been on the Shotover Jet in Queensland, New Zealand, we jumped at the chance of signing up for the jet boat ride here in Fiji.
It is only just down the lane from the hotel and they pick you up from your accommodation. The boats are the same style as they use in New Zealand, the main difference between the two trips was 20 degrees! (temperature that is).I sat in the front this time. Same speed, same turns, warmer water. I got soaked! Not just sprayed, the water actuallt poured over me, like somebody had emptied a bucket!
Then we broke down! We seem to have a knack for breaking down in boats - I hope that doesn't go for the cruise too. The driver tried to repair it and sent off for another driver, who also couldn't manage to repair it.
Eventually we had to clamber out and scramble up the bank to wait for the van to come across the golf course to pick us up. Back at base we were offered a refund or another trip. We are goign again of course!
We had a different driver this time, Colin. He was a real showman. The same spin for the camera, then off we went down the mangrove rivers at high speed with a few spins and narrow misses of the sides, stilted huts, bridges etc. I think this was even better than the original jet boat in Queenstown, New Zealand. It was certainly longer and better value for money, although the canyons made the NZ trip more interesting.
People say that the beaches aren’t that beautiful here as in one of the other islands and while it is true that the beaches on any other island has more beautiful, clearer water, the beaches on Denarau Island are made of nice soft sand. The beaches aren’t dirty here but they are a little cloudy because of the run off from the mountains. Denarau Island isn’t really an island either, its separated by a very narrow creek from the main island.
This is where we stayed at our timeshare. There are a few other resorts here like the Sofitel, Radisson, Westin, Hilton and a huge Sheraton that is closed right not and under going renovation. There are also a few condos and some very nice houses in this area. There is a Bula Bus that is free and it goes from resort to resort and to the Denarau Port where you can catch most of your tours.