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Ben riding along the beach in Fiji.
Ben riding along the beach in Fiji.
The pool at the resort.
Sitting around drinking some Cava.

Outrigger Reef

Thursday, January 24, 2002
The Outrigger occupies nine hectares of lush, tropical land, with winding pathways lined with frangipani and hibiscus. Eat, drink and be merry in Fiji!

The Coral Coast is on the island of Viti Levu, which is the main one of Fiji's 330 islands. Outrigger Reef is the first resort to be built there for 20 years and is just over one year old.

The Outrigger occupies nine hectares of lush, tropical land, with winding pathways lined with frangipani and hibiscus. It takes just an hour to drive there from Nadi Airport, along the scenic Queens Road. You will see many people and their animals walking along the road, day and night, smiling and waving at visitors.

The designers of Outrigger have strived for, and achieved, a totally Fijian feel in its architecture and ambience, and their choice of staff adds to the enjoyment of your stay. Outrigger gives the feeling of being in a village, with a good dose of luxury added.

There are 207 ocean view rooms, which are air-conditioned, and 47 breeze-cooled, thatched bures with vaulted ceilings, which are lined with hand-painted nasi bark cloth. All rooms have a balcony, and most bures have a verandah.

The pool is surrounded by palms and has plenty of tables and comfortable lounging chairs. It is Fiji's biggest pool and holds 4½ million litres of water. Evaporation takes care of 64,000 litres each day! It has a whirlpool spa, which is a flat area with water overflowing from the pool and has jet sprays strong enough to safely propel small people into the main pool. Each night, a Fijian in warrior garb lights torches around the pool and through the gardens, which give a pretty, soft light as the sun disappears.

Bars and restaurants are in plantation style or casual beachside. You can enjoy a cool, tropical juice or cocktail in the Baravi, Takia or Sundowner bar before enjoying dinner in the Ivi Restaurant. The Sundowner Bar holds a kava ceremony each evening at 6.30pm, and guests are invited to taste the traditional drink, which is made from plant roots. Vale Ni Kana is open for all meals, and on Friday and Saturday nights, the Point Nightclub opens from late until early.

On Friday nights, you can witness an amazing fire dance and partake in a feast that has been cooked in the ground. Wandering musicians set the evening mood.

Daytime activities include kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkelling, and there is a PADI diving operation if you want to go deeper. If you fancy learning, the dive shop is there to help. Something new and fun are spyboards — surfboards with a perspex window so you can see the coral and fish below. If you prefer to stay dry, there are tennis and volleyball courts, or you can horseride along the beach.

A program for children is very popular and gives parents a little time to themselves. Activities include treasure hunts, beach outings, pool time and learning some of the Fijian language. Bula means welcome, and it is a word you will hear often during your stay.


Fiji's Coral Coast, between Suva and Nadi.


Qantas Holidays have an Outrigger Reef Resort package which is valid for sale until November 30, 2001. The package includes return economy air travel with Qantas/Air Pacific, four nights' accommodation at the Outrigger and return airport/hotel coach transfers. Prices are $929 ex- Sydney and Brisbane for travel to December 13, 2001 and $855 for travel January 15-March 22, 2002, and $979 and $905 for the same periods ex- Melbourne. Prices are per person, twin share. Taxes, levies, charges extra. Seasonal surcharges and conditions apply.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Outrigger Reef Fiji
PO Box 173 Sigatoka Fiji Islands
Ph: 0011 679 500 044
Fax: 0011 679 520 074
Qantas: Ph: 13 14 15
For a safe and healthy journey, talk to the travel doctor: 1300 658 844 or visit

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