Denarau cruises destination information
|Denarau itinerary and upcoming sailing dates|
|Dec 16, 2019||Fiji Adventure, 12 nights||from $3640|
|May 22, 2020||Fiji Explorer, 14 nights||from $3155|
|Oct 30, 2020||Fiji Explorer, 14 nights||from $3306|
|Mar 22, 2020||Pacific Islands, 12 nights||from $2607|
|May 18, 2020||Fiji Adventure, 12 nights||from $3153|
|Dec 29, 2020||New Year, 12 nights||from $3248|
|Jul 19, 2020||Fiji Adventure, 12 nights||from $2785|
|Nov 1, 2020||Pacific Islands, 11 nights||from $3460|
|Jul 18, 2020||Bounty Adventure, 14 nights||from $4287|
|May 10, 2021||Fiji Adventure, 12 nights||from $3674|
|Jun 23, 2020||Tongan Explorer, 11 nights||from $3003|
|Jul 22, 2020||Bounty Adventure, 14 nights||from $3180|
|Dec 29, 2020||New Years Eve, 11 nights||from $3304|
|Jan 3, 2021||South Pacific, 11 nights||from $3271|
|Jul 4, 2020||Fiji Encounter, 8 nights||from $2121|
|Mar 6, 2021||Bounty Adventure, 14 nights||from $3858|
|Apr 22, 2020||Fiji Encounter, 8 nights||from $1987|
|Sep 17, 2020||Fiji Encounter, 8 nights||from $2189|
|Aug 15, 2020||Fiji Encounter, 8 nights||from $2119|
|Oct 4, 2020||Fiji Encounter, 8 nights||from $2542|
The Stunning Main Port of Denarau
Denarau Island is a small island in Fiji, and the name of the resort area on the island. It is connected by a short causeway to Viti Levu and is 20 minutes drive from Nadi International Airport. The island includes resorts operated by major upscale international chains such as Sheraton, Radisson, Westin and Sofitel.
Tender Port - Wheelchair access limited and some mobility may be required to board tenders.
Cruise Port: What to do in Denarau
Altogether, Denarau covers a tiny 2.55 square kilometres, but offers up countless points of interest, stunning vistas and hidden gems within that small space. It's also just a few kilometres away from the city of Nadi, so you'll have plenty more to explore should you manage to cover Denarau.
The island itself is known for its world-renowned 18-hole golf course, its range of leading hotels, the small port shopping attraction, and its transfer services to small islands nearby.
Getting around in Denarau, Fiji
When the ship pulls into port, you'll be arriving in the shopping district of Port Denarau. This small seaside town is a destination in its own right with plenty of wining and dining on hand as soon as you step ashore. Smaller cruise ships may dock in the port, but larger ones will dock in Nadi Bay nearby and tender passengers to the port.
If you're looking to travel out of Denarau, the public transport option is the West Bus (the yellow bus), which travels around the island of Denarau and can pick you up and drop you off
along this route for 70 Fiji cents per person. The West Bus can also take you to the nearby town of Nadi for $1.15 Fiji per person. Fiji buses are known for never being on time, but when
these buses are scheduled every 5-30 minutes depending on the time of day, you shouldn't have to wait long either way.
The Bula Bus is a fun shuttle service with no windows, offering an open-air experience of the island as it travels on a continuous loop around the major hotels. It's an $8.50 fare, but you can get on and off as many times as you like during the day.
Taxis are able to drop off in Port Denarau, but not pick up. If you do get in one, prepare for it to be quite expensive, and always ensure you ask for the meter to be switched on as per Fijian law, or you may be ripped off.
Cash or credit in Denarau
The currency in Denarau (and all over Fiji) is the Fijian dollar. Usually, you should get around $1.50 Fijian for every Australian dollar.
Most stores will accept credit card, but it is best to have cash on you, especially for smaller purchases and bus fares. There are a couple of ATMs in Port Denarau when you arrive, but getting Fijian dollars out here may incur charges. Therefore, it's best to stock up on cash before you arrive.
Food and drink will cost roughly the same as at home, and tipping is neither required nor expected in Fiji.
Language and life in Denarau
It's safe to say that almost everyone you meet in Denarau will speak English. It's the official language, and you'll hear it everywhere from in shops to restaurants and bars. Many of the locals are also bilingual and speak Fijian, so picking up a few words will always be appreciated. For example, you will hear â€˜vinaka' often, which is the word for â€˜thank you', and â€˜bula' is the usual way of saying â€˜hello'.
Fiji is known as â€˜The Island of Smiles', and this will be immediately obvious as soon as you arrive. The warmth and kindness of locals is infectious, and it makes any visit to this island paradise even more special. Keep in mind that Fiji is generally a religious nation, and respect can be shown by wearing modest clothing, being polite at all times, and avoiding excessive drinking in public.
Connecting to the outside world
Much like the rest of Fiji, any Wi-Fi that can be found here also tends to run on â€˜island time', so don't plan any important conference calls during your visit. Several of the cafes, bars and restaurants offer free Wi-Fi for customers, so you should be able to check in with home and let everyone know what a great time you're having.
Things to do in Denarau
When you're looking for what to do in Denarau, the port should be your first stop. It's where you disembark and is a wonderful attraction where you can easily while away a day enjoying the local shops, eateries, bars and views. Take a stroll around the waterfront and watch as boats and ships cruise in and out, and head down to one of the waterfront bars such as Lulus for a cocktail right in the midst of the action. Be sure to peruse through the local shops for souvenirs and new favourites in your wardrobe, as this area boasts crafts, jewellery, fashion shops and more.
Visiting the islands
As a port, your destination is also a gateway for more incredible adventures. The offshore islands to the nation's west are known as the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands, and they are both popular spots for day trips out of Port Denarau.
See the dolphins, whales and wildlife
There's plenty to do on the land, but just as much to do out on the water, too. The ocean here is teeming with wildlife, making dolphin and whalewatching some of the most exciting tour options available. You can even book in a trip on a glass-bottomed boat, which is a great way to see the fascinating tropical fish and plants under the surface (without even getting your feet wet!). There are options for both day and evening tours, and each one offers its own array of ocean life.
Big Bula Waterpark
The Big Bula Waterpark can be found in the middle of Denarau Island, and it is where you'll find the world's largest inflatable waterpark. There are waves, slides, obstacle courses and age-appropriate challenges for everyone. This is a particularly good spot where you can cool off on those hot sunny days!
On any cruise to Fiji, you'll have the option of booking tours while on board. These shore excursions make it easy to enjoy adventures throughout your destination without worrying about finding your way there or making it on time.
Simply take a look at the options for each port visit when you board the ship and decide if any of them tickle your fancy! Note that you can book several of the island tours through your cruise line, but if you have something specific in mind it may be best to book it independently.
While the option of independent booking can be cheaper and less crowded, be very careful with times as it can run the risk of not making it back to the boat on time after your excursion. All official cruise options have been carefully curated to fit with arrival and departure times of your ship to avoid timetabling issues.
Here are a few of the cruise tour options in Port Denarau, Fiji.
Most cruise lines offer village visits that often include a warm Fijian-style welcome, plenty of singing and dancing, and kava ceremonies. This is truly a special experience and something that will offer a little more understanding of the local region. Plus, many of these visits include a stop in the centre of Nadi on the way back from the village, so you can take a quick look around this town and enjoy a spot of shopping.
Thermal pools and orchid gardens
The Fijian people have been enjoying the warmth and wonders of the natural thermal pools just north of Nadi for generations - and now you can, too. It's an idyllic spot that will help you relax and unwind, and many tours include a traditional kava ceremony to add a cultural aspect to the trip. Plus, you may be able to include a visit to the Gardens of the Sleeping Giant in your tour, which is an unbelievable array of tropical resort gardens that are home to more than 2,000 species of orchids.
If you're not sure where to start and perhaps haven't been to Fiji before, a general sightseeing tour will offer a great introduction to island life and its history and culture. Cruise lines generally help you get your bearing by taking you to see the Sleeping Giant mountains, sugar cane fields, the Hindu Temple and duty free shops. Other tours include trips to introduce you to firewalking, try a spot of fishing, or take you to smaller islands for some resort-style luxury relaxation.
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