After the Lau Group, Port Denarau came as a shock. There were docks full of Mega Yachts, a plaza, a fountain and shops overflowing with tourists. We tied up to the dock and went to the marina office, it was a relief to get off the boat and into air conditioning after 3 days cooped up on the boat. I took advantage of the internet to send emails to grandparents and friends, then explored the plaza area.
There was a central area with benches and a fountain, on one side there were shops, surfing boutiques, jewelry shops and grocery stores. On the other side there was a whole array of restaurants, food stalls and cafes. I wandered around and bought myself a smoothie from an ice cream shop next to the fountain.
We got our laundry done and cleaned the boat until it shined, I walked up and down the docks and explored the marina. We got little cards from the office that acted as keys, we would swipe them in front of a metal triangle that was outside the gate, bathrooms and marina services.