Port Denerau (Nadi), Fiji

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Cruise passengers typically get only a quick fix of Fiji's largest island, Viti Levu—the South Pacific nation has a total of 333 islands, many mere specks on a map—but between meeting the local Fijian people, the modern retail complex at Port Denarau and easy access to a range of activities, a single day here can be surprisingly fulfilling. Home to both native Fijians, who are of Melanesian heritage, and descendants of indentured Indian laborers brought here more than a century ago, the country is known for both its scenic beauty and its hospitality (the exuberant greeting, Bula!, will quickly become your new favorite word). Denarau Island, a resort complex not far from the international airport at Nadi, features a Westin, Hilton, Radisson and Sofitel, along with a golf course. This makes Port Denarau a convenient gateway to pampering (a few hours in a spa, perhaps?), adventure (some of the world's best soft coral diving) and abundant nature (both rugged rain forest and cultivated gardens). From sipping kava, an intoxicating ceremonial drink, to letting the sweet chords of \"Isa Lei,\" the islands' traditional farewell song, wash over your body, mind and soul, you'll enjoy this little tease of Fijian life and leave wanting more.