What to do on Denarau Island

Bula Vinaka! Welcome to Fiji! If you’re heading to Fiji and are staying on Denarau Island for a little bit of your trip you’re probably wondering what’s there actually to do on Denarau Island. Well, I’ve recently been in the same boat and after spending 1 week on the island I will be sharing the best things to do on Denarau Island and the surrounding area. Fiji is a magical country where 900,000 people visit every year to escape the grind of life and take some time to relax, soak up some sun and engage in the friendly and vibrant culture that Fiji is known for. However, when heading to the resort areas of Fiji it can sometimes feel like there isn’t much to do outside the resort you’re staying at. And whilst, amazingly, everything is available for you, it can also feel like you’re missing out on the outside world. In this article, we will be exploring the Island and what to do on Denarau Island.

Denarau Island is a man-made island made out of reclaimed mangroves. So unfortunately the crystal clear water glistening with coral which Fiji is known for is not here on the island. But don’t let this deter you! The island is beautiful with a vibrant water sports culture and food to die for! The island is made up almost entirely of 5-star resorts and whether you’re looking for a relaxing holiday or adventure-packed it is the perfect gateway to the Fijian Islands. So let’s cut to the chase, what to do on Denarau Island is all below!

Resort Hopping!

Sheraton Resort denarau island

One of the best things to do on Denarau Island is resort hopping, let’s be honest who doesn’t like being a sticky beak and checking out other 5-star resorts? There are paths that connect the Wyndham Resort to the Hilton. This walk takes approx 30 minutes one way along the beach and past all the pools in the resorts where you can scope out your next meal or even have a cheeky beer or two as the day passes by. On this walk, you’ll have access to other resorts restaurants and bars. This walk is one of the best walks on Denarau Island, and shouldn’t be skipped.

Another option for resort hopping is getting on the Bula Bus. For $10pp per day, you can get on and off the bus as many times as you please. The Bula Bus stops at all the resorts on the island as well as the marina and is a great cost-effective way to explore the island and the resorts at your own pace. Families will also be pleased to know that children under the age of 10 can ride the Bula Bus for free.

Book a snorkelling cruise

South Sea Island Cuises

Fiji is best known for its snorkelling so it would be rude to not head out on the boat and go snorkelling! One of the best things to do on Denarau Island is cruise to the nearby islands to go snorkelling. There are many cruise options here, maybe even directly from your resort. However one of the best cruising options is heading to South Sea Island. This is all-inclusive. Yes, you heard right. Enjoy unlimited beer, wine, soft drinks and water while you take in the picturesque scenery of Fiji. You’ll also receive a BBQ lunch and a performance from a local singing group that will share local songs and dances.

South Sea Island also has a submarine-like vessel where you can view the fish and coral of the outer reef without even getting wet! You can also take advantage of unlimited use of snorkelling equipment, stand-up paddle boards and kayaks. The only thing on this island you will need to pay for is scuba diving, cocktails and other premium drinks. You really can’t beat that!

South Sea Island

Water Sports

What to do on Denarau Island

There is a plethora of water sports to enjoy at Denarau Island. Almost all resorts on the island will have access to kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and even tubing. Make sure you check out your resort options once you arrive! It’s important to note that the wind picks up on the island after lunch and most of these sports are only available at low tide, so these may not be an option every day.

Big Bula Water Park

Denarau Island is home to the biggest waterpark in Fiji so if you’re looking for an easy and fun family day out this could be the perfect spot for you! The park includes inflatable slides for all ages as well as over 400 meters of permanent hydro slides. For those not interested in the slides, there is also a spa and cafe on site if you would prefer to relax.

Buying your tickets in advance is best to avoid disappointment and queues during peak season. Buy here.

Do a Heli Tour

One of the best ways to see the islands of Fiji is from the sky. This will give you a bird’s eye view of the dramatic landscapes that the islands are known for. For those looking for a little more adventure, however, why not include a quad bike tour with your helicopter ride? This is going to give you the most unique perspective of Fiji and is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. On this tour, you’ll ride through the forests, sugar cane fields, past temples and local villages taking in the scenery. Once you arrive at the village you’ll take part in a kava ceremony, have lunch and visit a school and then the day ends with a scenic helicopter flight. It is recommended that you book ahead of time for this tour, as it only runs via small groups to ensure a personalised experience for all the guests.

You can book your tour here.

Visit the Garden of the Sleeping Giant

One of the most popular day trips from Denarau Island is visiting the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. This beautiful garden sits at the base of the Nausori Highlands and is approximately 30 minutes from Denarau Island. The garden is home to one of the world’s largest orchid displays as well as native plants, lily ponds, and jungle displays. This beautiful garden is one of the must-see spots Nadi offers and grows in popularity every year.

There is a $25 entry fee for adults and children under 15 are $12.50. Upon entry to the garden, you can also hire a guide for free who will walk you around the gardens offering history, commentary and information about the gardens, plants and the history of the gardens which started in 1977 as the personal collection of the late American actor Raymond Burr.


denarau island things to do

Spend some time by the pool, with a book and a cocktail. You’re on holiday, so remember to relax. Maybe get that massage or facial you know you need. Check out the spa at your resort and make the most of your time. Not your whole holiday should be spent by wondering what to do on Denarau Island. Take time for yourself and take it that sun!

Visit the Marina

what to do on denarau island

The marina on Denarau Island is your one-stop shop for shopping, tours and restaurants. Almost all tours and cruises leave the marina and it’s also where you will be booking and paying for your tours. On top of this, you’ll find grocery stores, surf stores, tourist shops and countless restaurants! You’ll find Italian, Indian, Fijian, Mexican, seafood and cafes here. Make sure you visit during happy hour and you’ll save some serious money. The food here is also significantly cheaper than you’ll find at your resort so make sure you visit early on in your trip to make the most of the savings and compare the prices.

Hopefully this helps you find out what to do on Denarau Island. Enjoy your trip!


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