The Fijian archipelago is a place of blissful serenity where most visitors naturally choose to spend long days on pearly-white beaches, soaking up the views and pure island air. A famously gregarious and cheerful lot, the Fijians enjoy a vibrant nightlife scene with a variety of venues scattered across the islands. Here’s our guide to some of the best.
For a completely unique experience, take a boat out to Cloud 9 – a floating, open-aired platform that sits atop the kaleidoscopic Ro Ro Reef. Its chic design incorporates a straw-roof cabana, couches, and cream-hued canopies as well as a fully-stocked bar and wonderful pizzeria, making it a particularly stylish and wonderfully intimate venue. With breathtaking 360-degree views across the horizon, you really will feel as though you are floating on cloud nine.
The beautiful and particularly accommodating Mamanuca Islands have become extremely popular with young backpackers over the years, and Beachcomber Island has established itself as the party hotspot of the Fijian archipelago. The islet comes alive after dark – and the Beachcomber Island Resort is its thriving hub. The resort’s varied and dynamic program can cater for stag parties, hen nights, anniversaries, and birthdays as well as hosting in-house parties, themed nights, and cultural performances.
Ed’s Bar is located close to Fiji’s international airport in the bustling backpacker hub of Nadi and has long been a popular meeting place for both locals and travelers. With a variety of themed nights, a cheerful bar crew, and generous offers (a five-hour Happy Hour every day of the week), Ed’s continues to entice a large and varied crowd. You can enjoy a subdued evening drink and game of pool in its breezy outdoor garden, or rave the night through on its vibrant dance floor.
With its sleek, modern interior and atmospheric mood-lighting, Nadi’s Ice Bar is a stylish and trendy locale that has a spacious outdoor balcony as well as an indoor dance floor, where the energy level only begins to dwindle come day-break. Open until 4am, Ice Bar operates shuttle buses to and from the nearby resorts to make sure you get home safely.
Located on McArthur Street, the lively hub of Fiji’s capital city Suva, you’ll find O’Reilly’s to be a relatively chilled sports bar during the day, where locals gather to enjoy food and drinks with friends whilst watching games on its large screens. The bar serves some fantastic drinks and hosts quite a party too. Attracting a particularly fun-loving and light-hearted crowd, O’Reilly’s is the throbbing heart of Suva’s nightlife.
Sheltered by a cluster of majestic palm trees, Sundowner Bar and Grill, part of the Outrigger Resort, is set below a straw-roofed cabana on an elevated platform with stunning views across the ocean. Serving up breakfast, as well as lunch, dinner, and some wonderful tropical cocktails into the evening, Sundowner is a bright and colorful place to while away a serene evening with friends whilst watching the sun set and stars emerge across the uninterrupted horizon.
Each of Traps’ five bar areas has its own mood and character, allowing this hotspot to cater for a diverse crowd. From the laid-back top-floor lounge to the dimly lit labyrinth of back rooms to the live music stage and the animated main bar, Traps attracts students, businessmen, and tourists alike. As one of the longest-running bars in the town, Traps is a fascinating insight into true Fijian nightlife.