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“Quirky, fun and definitely not the Orient Express.”

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 July 25, 2012

What fun, a bit different, not what you would expect and definitely not a glitzy tourist excursion. But it's so much fun, slowly winding through the bush, villages, down the coast to the beach. Sometimes locals with their produce to take to market jump on and off, the local kids in the villages have a bit of fun with you and the train winds past their village. Think of this as a fun day out, and by going on this train ride you are helping out the locals that use the train and those that work on the train too. Don't over think it. If you want a first class train ride don't catch the Puffing Boto......actually you won't get that train in Fiji, if you want a bit of unglamerous fun and don't take yourself too seriously this trip is worth your while. Enjoy.

4  Thank MotherSimon
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Reviewed May 20, 2012

We took the trip from outside the Shangri-La to Singatoka. Small group (a dozen, incl kids). Train trundles along slowly. Guide gives interesting commentary. Train pushes through thick vegetation, but very carefully and slowly. Kids come running alongside and following. Crew occasionally get out to dig sand out of the tracks and avoid derailing. We were followed by a man on a horse, saw piggeries, and a better view of the reef than you get from the car. We were dropped in Singatoka and taken on a low-pressure tour of the visitor shops. No problem getting away (we'd done the shops earlier in the trip) and we dined in the supermarket and drank in the Singatoka Club before being driven back in a modern minibus. I wonder how long this authentic relic of the sugar industry will survive as the loss of bridges down the line means that there is no commercial sugar traffic any more. It will depend on tourist usage, I suppose. Note that they only run if they get sufficient demand, but it is worth still being there at departure time as they got enough last minute bookings for our trip to run.

3  Thank BacklaterMelbourne
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

Laugh a minute as they untie cows etc. tied to the track and dig their way through sand covered crossings.

4  Thank skeg66
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

The Coral Coast railway trip was a delight. A very pleasant and fun journey. Enjoyed the scenery and make sure you take lots of lollies for the kids along the way. A different experience for us and very enjoyable. Fun to have to stop and see the overgrown trees being chopped down with a machete so the train can "make it" through. Terrific guide and worth the trip. Take some water with you and definitely insect repellent!!!

6  Thank AntoinetteS1104
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

A really nice day out visiting the village, caves and natadola beach. The beach was the disappointment of the trip, as according to my wife and another couple who were there, the beach was hundreds of times better 20 and 15 years ago respectively. The intercontinental hotel has been built there recently, which looks very sterile and lets the beach down. Still had a nice lunch and swim there, though didn't look like what people had raved about.

Thank SimsyAu
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