With its popularity rapidly increasing, Fiji is witnessing an increasing number of resorts on its islands. Such developments are multiplying at an expeditious rate as a growing number of international investors come to take advantage of the low prices, stunning scenery, temperate climes and multitude of outdoor activities that Fiji has to offer. As such, resorts can be found on many of the larger islands (just over 100 are permanently inhabited), and welcome big names, both in terms of developments, developers and guests. With the increasing development levels, Fiji is maturing into a potential property hotspot.
It is worth keeping an eye on where the big-name developers choose to locate their complexes as they will either be situated near essential amenities or provide their own and as such earmark prime investment areas. Although infrastructure on the island is improving, many of the roads are still of poor quality and outside the main urban areas there is little running water. These are essential criteria that need to be considered; the allure of a secluded villa in the middle of the tropical jungle, although tempting is not very practical.
Nadi, on the main island Viti Levu, is known as the gateway to Fiji as it is the first place the majority of visitors see as they step off the plane in the international airport. It has the greatest amount of tourist facilities in Fiji and tucked away in nearby secluded beach corners are hotel names such as Sheraton, Hilton and Radisson. It is an important commercial centre due to the concentration of facilities, amenities and the large number of residents. One of the largest cities on the islands, Nadi is also the gateway to the Mamanuca Group, a beautiful archipelago of island reefs to the west of Nadi that reputedly have Fiji's highest "sunshine factor" and excellent natural facilities for aquatic activities.
The capital of Fiji, Suva, is also on Viti Levu located to the south east of the island. With remnants of the colonial period visible, Suva contains the University of the South Pacific, many striking government and parliament buildings and iconic constructions such as the Roman Catholic Cathedral. It is a bustling, industrious place, with a natural harbour for sailing enthusiasts, and has lots going on to entertain tourists.
Vatuele and Wakaya
Situated in the wider Viti Levu area, off the Coral Coast, are the islands of Vatuele and Wakaya, both exclusive resorts with restricted access. To the south east of Viti Levu is Pacific Harbour which is renowned as the 'adventure capital' and draws outdoor enthusiasts from all around the world. Developed as a complete visitor destination it has the support of full amenities, including its own 18 hole championship golf course.
Vanua Levu is the second largest island and boasts elite resorts such as the Namale exclusive spa, and the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort. There are many other luxury resorts tailored to the upmarket community situated on the smaller surrounding islands and many more that are leaving the design board and are in the process of being developed.