Sigatoka was founded in the colonial sugarcane period of Fiji's history. Between 1912 and 1932, banana crops in the area were ravaged by a fungal disease which came to be known worldwide as Yellow Sigatoka. However, Black Sigatoka was named so due to its similarities with the Yellow Sigatoka fungus, not because the disease first occurred in the town.
Today, the town and the surrounding region is nicknamed the Salad Bowl of Fiji because of its valley shape and fertile land suitable for growing fruit and vegetables.
It takes slightly over an hour to drive from Nadi to Sigatoka via Queens Road.
From Nadi International Airport, a taxi ride to Sigatoka will cost about $80.
- 1 Tavuni Hill Fort, Naroro Village (5km northeast Sigatoka along the Nayawa Road), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tavuni Hill Fort was built by 18th century Tongan chief Maile Latumai and later destroyed. Since then it has been semi-restored and preserved by the people of Naroro Village. The guides as the fort provide a glimpse into Fiji's precolonial history, including tribal warfare and cannibalism.
- 1 Sigatoka River Safari, Main Street, ☎ , toll-free: 0800 6501 721, e-mail: email@example.com. Jet boat ride through the scenery of the Sigatoka valley.
- 2 Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, Queens Road, Yadua (4km southwest of Sigatoka), ☎ . Daily 8am to 6pm. The sand dunes are a geological, ecological and archaeological treasure. The dunes themselves stand between 20 to 60 metres tall. The park is rich in endemic wildlife, especially birds. In the 1980s, an ancient burial site was discovered which has been dated to around 2600 years old. Shards of pottery produced by the ancient Lapita people have been and continue to be found within the dunes.
Sigatoka is the shopping hub of the Coral Coast. The local handmade pottery is renowned and an ideal souvenir to take back from your trip.
- 1 Sigatoka Municipal Market, Market Rd (enter via Sigatoka Valley Rd). M-Sa 7am-5pm. A colourful market bringing all the fresh produce around to town. There is a variety of fruits, vegetables and seafood available along with other goodies like home baked cakes.
- 1 Cuppabula Cafe & Bar, Tappoo Fiji Market Complex, Sigatoka Valley Rd, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-F 8am-5pm Sa-Su 8am-3pm. Varied international cuisine with a decent choice of cocktails.
- 1 Gecko's Resort, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. A small 3-star resort that holds Polynesian dance and fire shows every Friday and Sunday night.
- 2 Outrigger on the Lagoon Resort, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. This an awesome place to stay, with superb and friendly staff, great air-conditioned rooms, decent shops and lots of things to do. The beach itself is so-so, but the extra large pool is well maintained and makes up for it to some degree. There are daily activities for children travellers, and a good amount of regularly-scheduled activities for everyone. Catch their amazing breakfast and attend the frog race if you get a chance, often on a Friday night.