Where to go – Denarau, Coral Coast or Island?

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buy cialis 5mg daily use Where is the best location to have a wedding in Fiji? It’s a question posed repeatedly by my brides who have their heart set on the South Pacific island nation as their destination wedding choice, but unsure of where exactly.

In my eyes, there really is no right or wrong choice. All couples are different and has their own tastes. Fiji offers a kaleidoscope of choice for couples on a shoestring budget for a quick elopement to the extravagant all inclusive, 5-star resort ‘take-over’ (or sole use) for a private wedding party of 50-odd. One of my first responses to brides-to-be asking the question is what are some of the key elements of your wedding you envisage in your mind? Is it a beach-side ceremony you have your heart set on, or is it a romantic, intimate chapel, or do you have a large group and need lots of facilities?

Fiji can be broken down into three distinct regions for weddings (and holidays for that matter). There are the multitude of islands, the splendid Coral Coast and the popular Denarau Island – often referred to as simply Denarau. I’ve put together some points of what I perceive as pros and cons for each of the three.

Starting with Fiji’s most densely populated resort location is Denarau Island. Located just 20 minutes from Nadi Airport, the island is home to many internationally graded and recognised hotel & resort brands, including Radisson Blu, Sheraton Resort and Sheraton Villas, Westin, Sofitel and Hilton. Resorts here tend to have amazing pools and facilities, and guests are able to venture to neighbouring hotels to have a meal.

Aerial-Denarau-Islands-Fiji-Islands-H0609131684Denarau Island has a golf course and is home to Port Denarau. Accessed by the constantly operational ‘Bula Bus’, resort guests on Denarau can also skip their property’s dining options and head to the Port where there’s a collection of restaurants and dining outlets to add more variety to your stay in Fiji. It’s also a hub for transfers and tours to outer islands or sightseeing cruises. A large proportion of suppliers are located in nearby Nadi and appointments to finalise wedding details can be arranged ahead of time and in person. However, a large amount of Denarau Island is built on reclaimed land, which means it lacks true white sandy beaches. The number of large resorts & guest numbers can also be intimidating for couples on their wedding day.

coral coast aerialAlso on the mainland and about 90 minutes from Nadi Airport is the Coral Coast, home to other international branded groups such as Shangri-La, InterContinental, Outrigger, The Warwick, as well as the boutique Hideaway resort. Groups can access resorts on the Coral Coast 24hrs a day, properties cater for very large groups and there are alternate options for wedding guests who may be on tighter budgets or wish to stay off-site to the rest of the wedding party. The downside is, if you don’t have wheels, it’s not easy to arrange day trips to other islands ex Port Denarau, and due to size, most Coral Coast resorts have lost their intimacy.

matamanoa islandFor the Islands, there’s plenty to talk about. Aside from the picture postcard locations available for your wedding (see page 5), Island hotels and resorts also offer fantastic beaches, tend to be smaller than their counterparts, all wedding guests are likely to want to stay together, there’s adult only resorts, snorkelling opportunities and there’s an authentic Fijian experience assured. However, couples should be aware that getting hitched on an Island isn’t necessarily seamless, as flight dates and times to other islands may not connect, requiring an extra night in another part of Fiji, namely Nadi. There’s also limited dining options and you’ll need to account for the cost of transfers & accommodation for your wedding suppliers.

For the record, I chose Mana Island in the Mamanuca Group as my wedding location 13 years ago and it remains my favourite!

Best of luck with your selection and if you need help getting started, that’s what I am here for. Email me at deahann@idofijiholidays.com.au.

Deahann Urqueza
I Do Fiji Holidays



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