Fiji's Best Snorkeling

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Fiji's Best Snorkeling

Fiji's Best Snorkeling experiences are discovered at The Remote Resort, Fiji Islands. The Remote Resort offers snorkeling on the world-famous Rainbow Reef, as well as snorkeling with Manta Rays, Black Magic Snorkel, Kioa Snorkel and even snorkeling right off the shore from the resort on the house reef, offered both night and day

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Ever seen a waterfall that drops right into the ocean?

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Ever seen a waterfall that drops right into the ocean?

Lavena Coastal Walk

Lavena Coastal Walk in Taveuni is a full day hiking, kayaking or boating experience that will take you through rainforest, across suspended bridges and swimming in some of the most breathtaking waterfalls you can imagine.  

Your day starts with an early breakfast at The Remote Resort and then you're off on a high-speed boat ride over to Taveuni (20 mins) where you'll meet your guide and taxi driver.  They'll take you on the scenic drive up the coastal road of Taveuni (50 mins) until you reach the entrance of the Bouma and Lavena Heritage Park.

The visitor centre at Lavena/Bouma Heritage park in Taveuni is where you will pay your nominal entry fee and start the Lavena Coastal Walk. 

Depending on the tides we'll plan in advance whether you'll hike one-way and then perhaps kayak or boat back for a different perspective and access to different areas.  The hike each-way can be as short as 1.5 hours or as long as 4 hours depending on your pace and number of stops to dive into the falls and take a picture of each of the stunning sights you'll see (hundreds!).  

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The Remote Resort Gardens

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The Remote Resort Gardens

The gardens at the resort are teaming with fresh produce (most growing wild) like pawpaws, bananas, pineapples, watermelons, eggplants, pumpkins, soursops and chills.  The fruit and vegetables we have planted are also going well including passion fruits, local root vegetable cassava, beans and cucumbers.  Our guided Nukuni Nature Hike is well worth the time while you are here and your guide will point out both the fruit and vegetables, as well as the local medicinal plants growing here.  

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What to do on a Nadi stopover

Nadi markets

Located just off the Nadi Main Street, you'll find the Nadi fresh produce markets which will give you a good taste of local life in Nadi even if you just have a couple of hours to spare.  You can easily grab a taxi from Nadi airport and for around 10-15 Fiji dollars you can take in both the markets and the more general stores in the main street including the duty-free stores. 

 

The Sri Siva Subramaniya temple 

The Sri Siva Subramaniya temple is located at the southern end of the main road through Nadi and is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere. This is an hour well-spent if you're looking for a way to get a feel of the local Indian culture. Remember to dress modestly and be respectful as this is a place of worship. You aren't allowed to take any photographs inside the temple but you can take photos of the exterior.

Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple - Things to do in Nadi 

Lunch and Shopping at Port Denarau

If you're looking for more international-quality shopping and dining in Nadi then your first stop should be Port Denarau.  Port Denarau is open 7 days from 9am till 11pm (including school holidays) and is home to a collection of restaurants, bars, shopping, retail and clothing, tour operators, car rental agencies, as well as services such as spa, hair, nail and banks.

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Where is The Remote Resort, Fiji Islands?

By Remote Concierge

Check out our google map to see how to get to The Remote Resort Fiji Islands

The following airlines provide direct flights to Nadi, Fiji (the international airport - airport code NAN): Fiji Airways, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, Air Calin and Air Niugini.  

Once you land in Nadi you need to take a domestic flight to Taveuni on either Fiji Airways or Island Hoppers.  

REMOTE CONCIERGE TIP: If you're flying into Fiji on Fiji Airways, book your trip all the way through to Taveuni to enjoy your international luggage allowance the whole way.  If not, the 15kg domestic luggage allowance will apply from Nadi to Taveuni.

When you land in Taveuni we will be there to pick you up for the short car and boat ride to the resort.  The transfers from Taveuni are complimentary with our all inclusive rates.  

Contact us at request@theremoteresort.com for any assistance with your flight plans, we are always happy to help!

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Fiji Geography

By Remote Concierge

Located north of New Zealand and southwest of Honolulu, Fiji is made up of over 330 islands, of which about 106 are inhabited.  The largest island is Viti Levu and is home to the city of Suva (capital) and Nadi (home of Fiji's international airport).  The large island of Viti Levu is home to nearly 70% of Fiji's population. 

Fiji's northern islands are Vanua Levu and Taveuni island (both a 1 hour flight from Nadi).

Vanua Levu represents 30% of Fiji's land area but is home to just 15% of Fiji's population.  Vanua Levu's main towns are Labasa and Savusavu.  Savusavu is known for it's yacht club and has a number of tourist resorts while Labasa is a more agriculture and government center of Vanua Levu.

Vanua Levu is very mountainous, with peaks up to 1300 metres and with rainfall of up to 120 inches annually, it is covered with tropical forests on the southeastern side.  The western side is more sheltered with a dry season and sugarcane crops.

Southeast of Vanua Levu is Taveuni Island, Fiji's third-largest island (after Viti Levu and Vanua Levu).  Taveuni is known as the Garden Island. The somosomo strait separates Vanua Levu and Taveuni and is home to the famous Rainbow Reef and Great White Wall, the crown of Fiji diving.

The Mamanuca Island group and the Yasawa Islands are both accessed via Nadi and are the most popular tourist destinations in Fiji, with many resorts and cruise options available.

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What to wear and bring to The Remote Resort, Fiji Islands

By Remote Concierge

Dress at The Remote Resort is casual. Light fabrics, golf shirts, short-sleeve shirts, summer dresses, sandals, t-shirts and shorts are all good bets. Bring a sweater or wrap for the winter months (June - August).

Good sun protection is a must and insect repellant is recommended just-in-case (usually mosquitos are around only after wet weather).  

When visiting villages and towns modest dress is appropriate - women should cover their shoulders and legs.

Bring appropriate shoes for hiking (joggers/sneakers).  For ladies, flat sandals/thongs/flip-flops are best and for guys wet shoes/boat shoes are good bets. 

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Phone Coverage/Signal at The Remote Resort, Fiji Islands

By Remote Concierge

We have excellent mobile phone coverage but you likely will not want to incur the data roaming charges that will be incurred if you use your phone overseas. We also have found that some overseas carriers work, yet others do not. During your stay we will issue you with a local mobile phone so that you can call the Resort team at any time for anything you need no matter where you are on the property or beyond. You may give this number out during your stay so that your loved ones or work colleagues may contact you during your stay (be sure to tell them the time difference).  Another emergency number is the Manager on Duty phone +679 8307909 or Natasha (Resort Owner/Manager) mobile which is +679 97931116. Please note that down for your travels to the resort also, in case you need any help enroute.

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WIFI at The Remote Resort, Fiji Islands

By Remote Concierge

We have internet access available in our Main Pavilion Restaurant and Bar at The Remote Resort, Fiji Islands. Like most outer-island locations, it is slow.  We do not charge for it but we do recommend that if internet is very important to you then you can consider popping into the Vodafone Fiji store at the airport (it is immediately on your left after you collect your luggage past customs).  At the Vodafone Fiji store you can purchase either:

        - A Prepay Flashnet stick if you want internet on your laptop.  
        - A Prepay microsim if you want internet on your iPad and it has a 3G data slot.

These are likely to be faster than our resort internet.  Vodafone Fiji have a great live chat service on their website where you can get your questions answered on latest prices, compatibility, etc before you travel. We recommend any items be installed and set up by the Vodafone team in the store so you know it’s working before you leave the airport as there is no Vodafone store in Taveuni.

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Duty-free allowance in Fiji*

By Remote Concierge

Every person entering Fiji is allowed 2.25 litres of Spirits OR 4.5 litres of Beer OR 4.5 litres of Wine as well as 200 grams of cigarettes. *These amounts are current as of March 2014. Duty Free prices for liquor are generally better in Fiji (don't hold us to that) though the selection may be more limited. The duty free shop in Nadi is open for every incoming international flight and is right after you go through immigration.

 

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Fiji currency and ATM's

By Remote Concierge

The currency in Fiji is the Fiji Dollar (FJD). You will generally get a better exchange rate once you're in Fiji - either at the bank or ATM (don't hold us to this). There are two ATM machines in Nadi airport, one in the international arrivals hall and one in the domestic departures hall (both ANZ). There is an ATM also on Taveuni (Bank of South Pacific).

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Do I need a visa to enter Fiji?

By Remote Concierge

Nationals from countries considered visa-exempt including the US, Australia, NZ, UK, Canadam China, Hong Kong SAR, are issued a 4 month tourist visa upon arrival as long as they have

(i) a passport that is valid for 6 months from the date of arrival in Fiji

(ii) return or outbound tickets

(iii) entry/re-entry visa to the return or outbound country

(iv) evidence of sufficient funds for your stay in Fiji (if requested)

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Best time of year to travel to Fiji

By Remote Concierge

Overall Fiji enjoys a mild tropical climate averaging 31 celsius (88 fahrenheit) during the summer months of November to April and 29 celsius (84 fahrenheit) during the winter months of May to October. The best time to visit Fiji is from May to the end of November. This is winter in Fiji but beautifully warm and not as humid as the hotter and wetter summer months of December – April. At the end of the day Fiji is beautiful year round, it’s just that more tropical rain is experienced during the summer (December – April).

The Remote Resort, Fiji Islands Beach

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