Expert travel tips and advice for Sigatoka, Fiji: Where to eat, what to do

 

JAY WHYTE

Visiting Fiji as a 13-year-old with his family, Jay Whyte was welcomed into the Fijian highlands like long-lost family, and thought that other people needed to see this side of Fiji. In 2006, the Berowra Heights boy founded Sigatoka River Safari, which combines jet boating and village visits, sigatokariver.com

SEE

Here in Sigatoka, we do not have any museum as such, but we do have a great rugby gallery of legends. Check out the RugbyTown Walk of Fame, which has legends of the game enshrined with plaques on the town's footpaths. They include David Campese, Waisale Serevi, Jonah Lomu, Bryan Habana, Lote Tuqiri and George Gregan, to name a few. fijicoralcoastsevens.com

DO

Have a swim at either Natadola Beach or Sovi Bay. Both are great spots to enjoy the beauty of the Coral Coast with beautifully coloured, clear waters, with wonderful views of the bays and of course the cool water of the Pacific Ocean. Also, check out Tavuni Hill Fort as a great way to see the old hill fortresses of the past. Tavuni means "cannot be hidden," and allows a spectacular view of the Sigatoka River and the hills of the interior. It's a wonderful glimpse at Fijian history, in particular the history of Sigatoka, the end of World War II and of course, Tongan migration.

EAT

Try the Bula Burger at Flying Fin, on the Sunset Strip at Korotogo. It's guaranteed to challenge even the biggest eaters. If you can finish the burger you will win a Fiji Gold or Bitter to help wash it down. The burger is as big as your outstretched hand!! It's BIG! Overlooking the magnificent Pacific Ocean, you will not find a better place to watch the sun go down in the evening.

DRINK

Fiji Gold is a great local ale, helping quench the thirst, and all of best watering holes have it in great supply. I suggest you try the 19th hole at Natadola Golf Course after a great round of golf at the best championship golf course in the region See natadolabay.com

AVOID

Instead of saying "Bula!" when you are here on the Coral Coast, try using the local dialect word "Cola," which is the Nadro way of saying Bula. People will think you have been here many times to know the difference. Note that as 'c' is pronounced as 'thi' in Fijian, so 'cola' is pronounced "Thola!"

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