North of Nadi through sugarcane plantations and past the Sabeto Mountains is Lautoka, nicknamed the Sugar City for the local agriculture and its big processing mill. With a population of around 50,000, it's the only city besides Suva and, like the capital, has a pleasant waterfront. It's the sailing point for Blue Lagoon and Beachcomber Cruises but is otherwise unremarkable for tourists, itself having few hotels and fewer good restaurants. View more
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Explore Fiji's diverse natural beauty and ancient culture during this scenic and memorable visit to the Orchid Farm, Viseisei Village and the Vuda Lookout.
Depart the pier in Lautoka for the drive south through the beautiful Sabeto Valley, site of one of the area's main attractions.
Known as the 'Gardens of the Sleeping Giant', the Orchid Farm is located at the foothills of the Nausori Highlands. It is renowned for its beautiful collection of orchids started in 1977 by the late Raymond Burr, star of Perry Mason, to house his private collection of tropical orchids. The gardens showcase more than 2,000 different species of orchids and other exotic plants that can be seen during a guided walking tour through these beautiful grounds. Following your tour of the gardens, tropical fruit juice and some fresh fruit are served before continuing the journey to the Vuda Point Peninsula, and a visit to the legendary Viseisei Village.
Regarded as the 'foundation village' of Fijian heritage and culture, it is believed that the first settlers arrived here in a large canoe from Melanesia. During your visit, learn about the life of the early Fijians and view some authentic handicrafts.
Next, your tour proceeds to the Vuda Lookout for panoramic views and photo opportunities of the western mountain range and Nadi Bay. Afterward, some time will be made available to relax in a typical Fijian bure (house); and be served seasonal fruits and juice.
Following your visit, the tour concludes with a return drive to the pier in Lautoka.
This tour involves moderate walking. Guests are advised to wear lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses from the ship. The village visit requires knee-length shorts/skirts and covered shoulders for women, and long pants or knee-length shorts for men.
Spend a day in the sun surrounded by sparkling water as you head to Savala Island where you will find the perfect combination of comfort and utter relaxation.
Your tour begins with a short boat ride across crystal clear water, to Savala Island. On this remote island enjoy your pristine surroundings as you spend a day of relaxation and sea-side fun. On this day tour you have your choice of snorkeling, using stand-up paddle boats, kayaking or viewing coral and sea life from a glass-bottom boat. Optional SCUBA diving and massages are available at an additional fee. Your day is regularly punctuated with Morning and Afternoon Tea and a delicious beach BBQ.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking. Guests must be able to manouvre over sand as there are no covered foot paths. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Wear a bathing suit under a cover-up and suitable water shoes and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship.
Visit the village of Sabeto where giants of men once roamed. The chiefs of Sabeto use to own almost half of Vitilevu (the largest island in Fiji and home of the nation's capital), indicating that they were mighty warriors.
This village has retained may of its old customs and culture. In fact one of the last warriors, who remained undefeated as a wrestler until his death 6 years ago, lived in Sabeto. When you arrive at the village you will be escorted by your hosts to the village hall for a traditional welcome ceremony followed by cultural entertainment. You will then be taken on a guided tour around the village visiting the chief's bure (house), church and the primary school. Get first-hand experience about the daily routine of the native Fijians and learn about traditional ways of life.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking over unpaved roads. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Expect hot and humid weather; dress in lightweight clothing and bring adequate protection from the sun. Shoes/boots suitable for hiking are required.
Visit the landing point where local legend believes that the first people , later to become the Fijians, first arrived to these beautiful Island paradise in 1,500BC. Situated on the beach - known locally, as the Vuda "the source" - is the stunning First Landing Resort. Here you can spend time relaxing as you admire the crystal clear water, or play in the surf. The Resort also has a fresh water pool where you can simply relax in this charming resort. The facilities also are host to a variety of optional spa offerings. During this relaxing tour, you will also be able to partake in a beachside buffet lunch.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of activity and is suitable for those who have limited mobility. However, this tour is not suitable for those who utilise a wheelchair. Please remember to bring your sunscreen, hat and towel. Wear a bathing suit under a cover-up and suitable water shoes and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship.
Escape to the South Pacific and retreat to a Fiji beach resort merging luxury hotel facilities with the destinations natural beauty vibrant local culture and an elegant French touch. Experience a holiday in paradise at Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa.
Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa welcomes guests to savour Denarau Island and discover the Fiji of their dreams whether a fabulous family holiday a romantic getaway or a magnifique event to remember forever.
Our Simply Hotel selection is the perfect choice for those who want a centrally located setting from which to discover - or rediscover - the city. Rooms in these 4.5 and 5-star properties are generally Standard Double or King rooms that provide comfortable accommodations and superior service for those who wish to extend their trip with a cultural or shopping experience in some of the world's most iconic cities.
For your convenience, we can easily organise transfers between the airport and hotel or between the hotel and the pier so that you only have to decide how much or how little you wish to do.
Hotel brands that we consistently feature include Intercontinental, JW Marriott, Fairmont or the Conrad Group.