Queens Road, Fiji

Queens Road in Fiji stretches from Lautoka to Suva, winding along the southern coast of Viti Levu. From the time it encounters the sea, to near Pacific Harbour, this region is known as the Coral Coast. With its beach-front accommodation, sandy beaches and magnificent coral reef, the Coral Coast is one of Fiji's most popular holiday destinations.



Our CEO, Kevin Francis, took some time out of the office and spent five days in Fiji - he happened to stay on Queens Road, so knowing that we were doing a Queen's birthday focus, we asked him a few questions:

How was Fiji?
Great! After recent floods, road rebuilding was in full swing on the main road from Nadi to the Coral Coast. Away from areas close to rivers, there was little evidence of the flooding, particularly in the mid Coral Coast region where we were staying. The weather was perfect for me, 30 degrees with the odd shower from time to time, warm waters ideal for snorkelling and the people are as friendly as ever.

What did you discover about Fiji that you didn't previously know?
It can be pouring in Nadi, yet perfectly fine on the Coral Coast. And also that kava doesn’t get better the third time around!
(Ed: On village visits in Fiji, guests are asked to drink kava with the villagers on arrival. It is customary to drink the bowlful in one gulp. When you have finished the contents, return the bowl and clap three times. The taste of kava is said to take some getting used to.)


Did you get in the water?
We went snorkelling all around the Coral Coast, the best spots we were in were between Hideaway and Naviti resorts.

What did you pack that you realised you didn't need?
I tend to pack very light, although there was so much to do in Fiji that I didn’t manage to get onto my third book!

What books did you take on your travels?
A Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child, and Bernard Cromwell’s Azincourt.


PLAN YOUR OWN BREAK ON QUEENS ROAD

Princely views for the budget-conscious
Travelling on a budget does not mean you have to miss out on the views and island lifestyle when you stay at Sandy Point Beach Cottages. With unobstructed views over the barrier reef, these fully-serviced self-contained cottages (with a barbeque for when you catch the big one) sleep up to five people and are only minutes away from restaurants, snorkeling and beach walks.

Be treated like royalty – say Bula! to five-star luxury
The Outrigger On The Lagoon Fiji is situated on a white sand beach, amongst tall palms and lush tropical landscaped gardens. deluxe rooms and suites, and 47 traditional thatched bures. Be treated like royalty – ask how you can experience the signature 'Talai' (butler) VIP service. The resort is family-friendly with two kids clubs and home to the acclaimed Bebe Spa Sanctuary which features seven treatment rooms. If you’re looking to have your wedding in Fiji, then the Outrigger has a chapel and can help you create the dream island-style wedding.

Be King of the jungle
At the Kula Eco Park you can immerse yourself in a microcosm of Fiji's natural wildlife. Take a relaxing wander through acres of lush rainforest and see Fiji's indigenous fauna in their near natural settings. Bring your camera and have your photo taken with parrots and iguanas. Handfeed hawksbill sea turtles (three times daily - 11am, 1pm and 3.30pm).

Reign the underwater kingdom  experience the freedom of freediving
An underwater realm of marine treasures is right at the doorstep of Queen’s Road. Freedive Fiji combines traditional free-diving knowledge with modern fishing techniques.  Choose from spearfishing, gamefishing, or snorkelling, or private charter – this is a sea-lover’s dream.

Indulge in some royal pampering
Shangri-La Resort and Spa have spa treatments that will make you feel like a king or a queen.

Surf's up on Queens Road
Waidroka Bay offers a range of surfing opportunities and, best of all, it's not crowded. The Frigates break offers big barrels and long rides, and is world famous for its power and consistency, while Resorts Left break is ideal for beginner surfers.

GOOD THINGS TO KNOW

Climate
During the drier winter months of May to November, visitors can expect fine warm days. The interior of the main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu experience cooler night-time temperatures.

What to wear
Dress is generally casual although evening dining may require something slightly more formal. A jacket or sweater may be required for cooler evenings. Skimpy beachwear is not acceptable outside the resorts, on local beaches or in towns. Dress modestly when visiting a village, and remove all hats and headgear - including sunglasses.

Protocol
• When visiting a village, it is customary to take a ‘sevusevu’ (gift) of kava root. This can be purchased from local markets and will be gift-wrapped in newspaper and twine if you advise that it is a sevusevu.
• Women must have their knees and shoulders covered and it is respectful for men to do the same. Sulus and t-shirts are ideal for this purpose.
• Avoid touching a Fijian person’s head, as it is considered an insult.

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