Wanting to know about buying groceries/food supplies. We will be staying in September 2019 with a 6month old, and 2 year old. Wanting to self cater as much as possible. Where’s the best place to do our grocery shopping?
And how much are coffees at the coffee hut on site?
Hi, Totally agree with CaptKirk's response - spot on. We did exactly the same for supermarketing and meat. Meat still not cheap but it is good quality and far better than anything else you will buy that is prepacked in shrink wrap and expensive. If you are there over a weekend there is also a fruit and veg market in nadi (straight across from where the bus stops). Fruit and veg is cheap. We took a small suitcase of dried food with us, crackers, packets of rice, noodle, cereal, pasta etc - basically anything that is pre packed is allowed (except cheese). Catch the yellow bus - tickets can be purchased from reception for $2 each way each person.
Like the others said buy your water. You can get this cheaper in Nadi but its heavy to carry back so you might want to utilise the on site store (which is expensive) or go down to the shops opposite the entry to The Golf Club (easy to walk). There is a convenience store there that is cheaper than the on site shop - there is wine is cheaper as well:) . If your keen and you have a taxi driver that doesn't mind - negotiate your price from the airport first and then tell him you want to stop off at the supermarket on the way to get water - that's what we did and gave him an extra $5Fiji for his trouble.
I agree with the other answers re shopping in Nadi. If you have access to a car, there is a great supermarket as you come across the bridge onto Denarau and then turn left at the roundabout and follow that road and you will find a supermarket and a butcher.
I 100% agree with ”joyoftravel2018’s” response. We also packed some of our own snacks from home that came in super handy. The restaurant on site has good food and great drinks but expect to pay a premium since you’re staying at a beachfront, top notch resort. I honestly loved the location and the wonderful resort staff. Make sure to say hello to Mireani, a fantastic gal at the front desk. She’s great and will help you with any and all questions you may have. Oh and take advantage of the onsite office to help you plan excursions. They’re very helpful and booked us on some fun day trips.
The answers posted are all good ones. In a pinch, the on site store has "emergency" supplies but quite expensive. Planning ahead will answer most of your needs. The kitchens were well equipped, we did very little cooking so can't add to great suggestions made by others.
Take all your dry food with you as it is super expensive over there - cereals, crackers, pasta, noodles, chips, biscuits, muesli bars etc. some food is available at the store in the reception area but is cheaper in the small supermarket at Port Denarau (catch the Bula bus), there is another bigger supermarket that you have to catch a different bus to but I didn’t go to it. We bought eggs to make scrambled eggs as they were cheap, the fresh bread at the hot bread shop is cheap and delicious. We cooked at home on average every second night. I also recommend buying a six pack of water bottles if you can carry them - as the water in the taps needs to be boiled before drinking
Take local bus into Nadi ( almost the final stop) , there is a fresh produce market sells fruit and vegetables amount other things . Also supermarkets and small stores around . Supermarket in and near resort are expensive. Couple of nice cafe on the same side of resorts about a minute walk better price than on site, can’t remember the price !
1. You can spend at very high cost at the on-site small supermarket. ( I would not). The range is very small.
2. Get on a West Bus (Yellow) and spend the morning in at Nadi at the supermarkets (Cost $2), and buy what you need. except any meat. On the way home just after the round-about, get off at the South Sea Meats (It is exactly like an Aussie butcher shop) and you can get anything you wish. Get back on another Westbus and go back to the resort. The kitchens in the rooms are great
Great advise from everyone. It is easy to waste money if not smart. If you need a SIM card do not buy at airport. Vodaphone Nadi excellent and set it all up.
Airport over 2 options and call charges etc higher.
I’m still in Fiji and 10 days I was in Denarau. Food is double to triple price of Australia.
Tomatoes at the moment $15.80 kg at market $8 in supermarket imported.
Lettuce $27 per kilo for iceberg. I have to say in supermarket crawling with cockroaches. Cheese $7 for 125 grams.
Resort double Nadi. Some Aussies brought in cheese etc and had no problems even declaring it. Long life milk used. Coffee $7. All quoted in Fijian dollars.
Make sure you negotiate taxi from airport before getting in. $25 max $30 dong hesitate if you have more questions as I will have stayed here 3 different locations 3 weeks.
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