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“A different sort of Fijian adventure”

Coral Coast Railway
Ranked #15 of 30 things to do in Sigatoka
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Owner description: Chug past a scenic coastline or through a thick green forest, stopping at the Muka Caves for a refreshing underground retreat, on this enchanting train ride.
Reviewed 5 July 2010

A different sort of adventure in Fiji – a journey on a Coral Coast Railway Company’s passenger train, the only passenger train service on the island and that runs from the company’s station at Cuva to the town Sigatoka. The journey ends here as the rail and footbridge across the Sigatoka River was washed away in the last major cyclone to hit the island. The train runs on the narrow gauge system which continues to be utilised in other parts of the island for the transportation of harvested sugar cane. The steam train the Puffing Boto was not serviceable on our visit, therefore we boarded the No. 8 Diesel train and spent quite a while getting to Sigatoka. The lush undergrowth had crept onto the tracks and occasionally had to be removed and as the weather had been a tad inclement during the night and morning, the engineer was required to fill his bucket with sand and dirt to help traction at inclines – a different experience. We journeyed through quite a few local villages and some children approached the train to grab sweets thrown at them by the passengers. These had been purchased at the station before departure from Mr Coconut for $2FJD a bag – a profitable enterprise! There is a scheduled stop at Jueantwo kindergarten where young children sing various rhymes to their audience and you also receive some juice and biscuits. In Sigatoka you can take the opportunity to shop for souvenirs and fruit from the market. In addition to the basic train ride, you could have an extended version where you are bussed to a village for a kava ceremony with a village chief

11  Thank FarEastTraveller33
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Reviewed 29 June 2010

Greeted by our tour guide Mr Coconuts, we boarded the open cane train to meander our way to Natadola Beach. First stop was the village of Rikirikilevu where we were taken on a tour of the village and met the children in pre-school, visited the church and received an explanation of village life. Onwards through the jungle for a short walk to Muka Caves - a place of shelter for villagers during storms. After winding through farmland and villages for about an hour we passed through the Intercontinental Resort to Natadola Beach where we were treated to a BBQ lunch prepared at the Natadola Beach Resort. We then had use of their change rooms and bar while we enjoyed the beach for the afternoon. Horse riding was available for an additional cost however, we chose to laze on the beach and swim in the beautiful blue waters before returning to the station (located at the front of Shangri-La Resort) by our lovely little Cane Train. A really relaxing day out and fun for the whole family.

10  Thank tez823
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Reviewed 12 July 2009

Went on the trip at the beginning of June to Natadola Beach. On the way stopped at a local village and was shown around. We then stopped at a cave used by the villagers to get away from the cyclones. The trip is interesting arriving at Natadola Beach by lunchtime. The BBQ was already cooked and was not to bad. We then had about 1.5 hours to go for a swim and look about. The water was clear and the sand was clean. The beach is not as white as the islands but good. My kids loved the day. Also went with my 70+ old parents and they had no problems with entering or leaving train. A good day out.

6  Thank samurai01
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Reviewed 11 October 2007

We took the "Natadola BBQ Bash" trip on the Coral Coast at the end of September 2007. The trip itself was enjoyable but not quite what we expected. As there were only 3 people booked on the tour there was no BBQ or entertainment when we arrived at Natadola and we simply went into a cafe at Natadola for our lunch. We were allowed a main, dessert and one soft drink from their menu. This is understandable as it would not be cost effective to have a BBQ for 3 but I was disappointed that this was not made clear to us at the start of the trip but only once we arrived at Natadola. I was also pretty disappointed by the beach itself - not all that it is made out to be in the guidebooks. There are much nicer beaches elsewhere and when we were there the tide was coming in and very very little of the beach was left. Another thing that we did not know before taking the trip was that the staff sell you $2 bags of "lollies" to throw to the children as you are passing through the villages. These are very much expected by the children who come running from their houses to meet the train. So, if you're a soft touch like me you'd need to bring some money for that.

Overall though the actual train ride itself was enjoyable. The views were varied and interesting. We also stopped off at a cave on the way and our guide, Mr Coconut, told us stories of what happened in years gone by. I found the staff very nice. The courtesy coach also collected us from the Mercure Hotel at the far side of Nadi for no extra charge than our tour cost - it took 1 hour to get from there to the Railway station. If you like trains I would recommend the tour, if you're looking for a good beach - go to one of the islands.

6  Thank Emma_Ireland
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Reviewed 25 June 2007

On 21-6-07 we took a trip to Natadola, on the 'Natadola Beach Bash", leaving from the depot by the "Fijian".
On the trip to Natadola we had about a 30 minute delay,owing to a de-railment of a sugar cane train. At Natadola promised entertainers did not arrive. O.K. possibly both of these were beyond the staff's control. BUT, on the return trip to the "Fijian" our carriage became de-railed, and tilted at an angle. After asking if anyone was hurt, the staff advised we would have to walk to the nearest road, and then took off without giving any assistance. My wife and I are both in our 70's, and the drop from the bottom step to the ground was about 2-3 foot. I managed it with some problem, but as my wife is waiting for a hip replacement, no way could she. I went after a staff member, and got a box so I could get her down, but with no staff help. We then set off on what was a 15-20 minute walk to meet the bus, carrying all our baggage.The staff seemed to think it was all a bit of a joke, and commented "good exercise". No joke, for people of our age & handicap.
No positive result from booking staff working at the Resort.

6  Thank arjayAuckland
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