Still fairly isolated, Viti Levu’s Natadola Beach is considered by many as Fiji‘s finest beach. Its remoteness and serene atmosphere make for an ideal day escape from busy Nadi. With a postcard perfect backdrop, excellent snorkeling and even horse-riding tours on offer, you are sure to spend a moment like no other at Natadola Beach.
Relatively isolated and remote, Natadola Beach is the finest beach in Viti Levu and one of the best in Fiji. Natadola is a curved, pristine white sandy beach bounded by palm trees which stretches on 1.6km ( mi) and slides into crystal-clear azure waters. Off the shore, the reef forms a splendid lagoon of clear and shallow water, providing a safe environment for swimming at all tides. However, caution is required as strong rips have been reported at the end of the beach, where the rocks are. The beach and its surroundings remain fairly undeveloped, but yet various resorts’ projects are currently under development and may make the beach much busier in the future. Natadola Beach is located South of Nadi on the West coast of Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest island. When travelling to Fiji, visitors are often given the advice to get out of the main island as soon as they can to explore some of the hundreds of smaller and nicer islands around. While we can’t disagree with that, Natadola Beach may well be the exception to the rule. Definitely a must-see and a good reason to stay on Viti Levu for a little while.
Remote and isolated, Natadola Beach still lacks of facilities (except barbecues for picnic…). However, it is ideal to just forget about anything else and enjoy the idyllic, picture-perfect setting that one can expect from a tropical Pacific island. Natadola is the perfect place for relaxed activities such as swimming (possible at all tides) and snorkeling or simply lie down on the beach and sunbath all day long. A popular activity at Natadola Beach, horse riding is an original way to explore the surroundings and add some romance to your stay.
For quite a while, there used to be only two accommodation options at Natadola Beach, the Natadola Beach Resort and the Yatule Beach Resort. The former has only 11 Spanish-style suites surrounded by lush tropical gardens. The latter is more of a budget-style accommodation featuring 50 timber bungalows. Both resorts are intimate and have a relatively good service standard. They have swimming pools and all the necessary facilities. More recently, after years of development, the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa opened its doors at Natadola Beach. The high-end hotel occupies the southern end of the beach and features a convention centre, an 18-hole golf course and a 30-boat marina.
The gateway to the Fiji Islands is Nadi International Airport. Fairly isolated, Natadola Beach lies 36km south of Nadi (45km from the airport) and 25km northwest of Sigatoka. You may either drive, catch a bus or a train to get there.
by road Buses head to Natadola several times a day from both Nadi and Sigatoka. If you choose to self-drive to the beach, take the Queen’s Road south from Nadi for approximately 35km or north from Sigatoka for 25km. Turn off the Queen’s Road at the sign indicating the Natadola Beach Resort. The next turn-off, 6km further, is easy to miss because there is no sign saying ‘Natadola’ – look for signs saying Natwa Village, Yatule Beach Resort or Robinson Crusoe Jetty. A 4km-long unsealed road finally leads you to Natadola Beach.
by rail Another way to visit Natadola is the Coral Coast Scenic Railway, which operates day tours to the beach. The restored sugar train locomotive departs at 10am each day from the village of Cuvu, near the entrance of the Shangri La Resort. Winding its way through villages, sugar and banana plantations, across rivers and along the shore, it takes you right to Natadola Beach.