Tropic of Capricorn – Modest and central with beach and street frontage.
(Note: The resort is shut for renovations as of Nov 1, 2020.)
This combined resort seems to have a split personality: the Tropic of Capricorn faces the main street and caters to boisterous groups of young people, while the Bamboo Tropic fronting the beach is more upmarket, and probably appeals more to couples. Together, options range from large mixed dormitories to the Oceanfront Superior Rooms, with a separate lounge, and balcony offering extended views of the sea, village and undeveloped beach – but the security wiring around the windows is off-putting. Less appealing are the compact Budget Rooms that overlook the sidewalk. The overall setting is lovely and the vibe congenial. Other attractions include the helpful staff; beachfront café/bar; two pools, each attracting different sorts of guests; modest games room; and, especially, the location, surrounded by places to eat and drink.
Tropic of Capricorn – The Basics
- Location: 11 Wasawasa Road, on the bend along the main street through Wailoaloa Beach, on the main island of Viti Levu. About 6 km from downtown Nadi and 8km from the airport.
- Guests: Primarily caters to those aged under 30. Not good for families.
- Beach: The beach throughout Wailoaloa is fairly ordinary. The sand is grey and gritty, and there’s far too much flotsam washed up ashore. But the sea is calm, the breezes welcome and the views delightful.
- Views: A couple of rooms on the top floor of the main building face the sea, while others overlook the street or other rooms quite close by.
- WiFi: Free throughout the hotel and grounds for all guests.
- Parking: The management can arrange for guests to park a car securely and for free nearby.
- Nice Perks: Free pick-up from the airport and transfer to the port at Denarau for inter-island travel.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (679) 891 4141
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: tropicfiji.com
Tropic of Capricorn – Amenities
- Pool: There are 2 small pools. Both would be very crowded during high occupancy, while the one facing the street is always busy and noisy.
- Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at a resort of this standard.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.
Tropic of Capricorn – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: Facing the sea under the main building, The Tropic Café on the Beach serves good-value meals, with more on offer than the usual pizzas, burgers, and anything-with-fries. The bar is more affordable than most.
- Breakfast: Not included.
- Room Service: Not expected or provided.
Tropic of Capricorn & Bamboo Tropic – Rooms
- Room Types: Dormitories with 6, 8, or 12 beds • Budget Room with fan or air-con • Oceanfront Standard and Superior Rooms with air-con
- Smoking Rooms: Not permitted in the rooms, but allowed in the grounds.
- Best Room: The Oceanfront Superior Rooms have direct views across the sea and right down both ends of Wailoaloa beach and village from the balcony. But ocean views are blocked a little by the café underneath.
Tropic of Capricorn & Bamboo Tropic – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
These are only a short stroll away within the Wailoaloa area:
- Ghostship Bar & Grill – In the Smugglers Cove Beach Resort. Elegant décor and modern cuisine with a Polynesian flavor. Ideal for brunch. Also, seafood platters, curries, and Chinese food. Children’s menu available.
- Travellers Beach Café – In a backpacker lodge, 100m up the end of the street. Huge menu, convivial setting, scrumptious food, and great value.
- Bitu Café – Attached to the above café. Sandwiches and shakes.
- Awesome Grill – Friendly, alfresco and indoors for burgers, pastas and salads. Bring your own booze. At the crossroads to the beach, about 500m away.
- Grace Kitchen – Shares the premises with Awesome Grill. It’s all Korean, so there’s plenty of noodles, rice, and dumplings.
Nearby Market or Grocery
- A ‘superette’ in a tiny shopping center opposite the Awesome Grill offers a reasonable supply of life’s necessities.
- Most tourists use taxis, but find (or order) one with a meter. Public buses and minibuses head to downtown Nadi every 15-30 minutes via the shops and cafés on Queens Road.
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