This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Sigatoka. To help you make friends with Sigatoka before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
For backpackers wanting to enjoy sun, fun, and tropical beaches, look no further than Sigatoka, Fiji. A medium-sized town with a population of around ten thousand, Sigatoka is situated on the island of Viti Levu, in the heart of Fiji’s beautiful Coral Coast. Although most visitors to the area head for its flashy tourist resorts, there are also a few nice Sigatoka, Fiji backpacker hostels in town where independent travelers can enjoy all the fun of this beautiful area at a fraction of the price.
There is plenty to do around Sigatoka for adventurous and fun-loving backpackers. The local beaches are legendary, and you can easily spend your entire visit lazing around on them or beachcombing. The town is also a great place for wannabe surfers who’d like to learn the basics from an expert, as well as aspiring divers. Due to its geographical isolation and relatively small population the marine environment around Fiji is pristine, and its coral reefs are reputed to include some of the best diving locations in the world. One of the country’s best diving schools, Diveaway Fiji, is conveniently located in Sigatoka, so that might be worth checking out while you’re in town.
Sigatoka also has plenty of attractions for independent travelers who want to learn more about Fiji’s fascinating history and cultural traditions. Tavuni Hill Fort, just four kilometres out of town, is an ancient Fijian fort, which is now a national archaeological site. Located at Gecko’s Resort, the Kalevu Cultural Centre is another place close to Sigatoka where you can learn about how life in Fiji used to be. It’s been created to resemble an authentic Fijian village, complete with palm-fronded huts, as well as demonstrations of traditional practices such as pottery, cooking, and cloth-making. Those who book in for a tour are often fortunate to see a traditional dance presentation or even get to participate in a Kava ceremony.
Sigatoka offers plenty for nature-lovers too. The unique Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park is right on the town’s doorstep and the Kula Eco Park is the place to be if you want to learn about Fiji’s endangered wildlife species.
Sigatoka is located on Viti Levu, the largest of Fiji’s islands, and is approximately sixty kilometres from Nadi. Fiji’s two international airports are located on Viti Levu, the closest of which is the one at Nadi. To get to Sigatoka from these airports you have three options -- bus, hired car, or taxi. Of course, traveling by bus is cheapest. Two of the main local bus companies are Sunbeam and Pacific Transport.
Written by local enthusiast for Sigatoka hostelsCarsani