Wailoaloa Beach, Fiji, also known as New Town Beach, is for flashpackers what Denarau Island is for tourists on upscale South Pacific package tours. A half dozen reasonably priced places to stay are near the Turtle Airways seaplane base and Nadi Golf Club on the opposite side of the airport runway from Queens Road, a three-kilometer hike from the Nadi Bay Resort Hotel. Ask for a free shuttle bus at the airport or take a taxi. The Shahabud Dean Transport bus to Wailoaloa New Town leaves from beside the toilet block at Nadi Bus Station six or seven times a day Monday to Saturday (no service on Sunday).
Wailoaloa is probably your best bet for accommodations if you’ll be in Nadi on a weekend. You can ride a horse or go jogging along the brown beach sands but swimming in the knee-deep, murky water is poor so look for a place with a pool. Remain aware of your surroundings if you stroll far down this lonely beach, as muggings of tourists have occurred.
The 18-hole, par-70 Nadi Airport Golf Club at Wailoaloa is pleasantly situated between the airport runways and the sea. Greens fees are reasonable and you can hire clubs and a caddy. There’s a bar and billiard table in the clubhouse and tourists are most welcome. The course is busy with local players on weekends but quiet during the week. World champion golfer Vijay Singh got his start here a quarter century ago.
Be aware that only Tropic of Capricorn Resort, Smugglers Cove Beach Resort, Aquarius Fiji Resort, Travelers Beach Resort, and Club Fiji Resort are right on Wailoaloa Beach itself. Nadi Bay Beach Apartments, New Town Beach Motel, Horizon Backpackers, Edgewater Backpackers Accommodation, Beach Escape Villas, Bluewater Lodge, and Beachside Resort are just a block or two away from the beach but the Wailoaloa Beach Resort and Grand West’s Villas are poorly situated on Nadi Bay Road adjacent to the airstrip.
(Text from Moon Fiji published by Avalon Travel – reproduction prohibited.)