Review: Fiji Airways Tabua Lounge, Nadi International Airport, Fiji


The flag carrier of Fiji is Fiji Airways which is based in Nadi, Fiji. It is formerly known as Air Pacific and operates flights to thirteen countries and twenty three cities. As a member of One World Select, and by offering reciprocal privileges, it hosts connecting flights through the Nadi International Airport as its home base hub. We would get the opportunity to test out its Fiji Airways Tabua Lounge at Nadi International Airport on our international departing flight.

This post is one chapter on our trip to Fiji, New Zealand and French Polynesia. This trip was redeemed through Alaska Mileage Plan and AAdvantage frequent flier programs and enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Review: Fiji Airways Tabua Lounge, Nadi International Airport, Fiji

We booked a hotel taxi from The Westin Denaru Island Resort back to Nadi International Airport. It was a flat rate of $45 Fiji Dollars ($21.50 USD). A van was made available to us without a prior formal reservation at 6:30 AM and we had pleasant conversation from our driver Charlie. This experience was typical of our time in Fiji with friendly people. We were twenty easy minutes up the road as the sun rose for the day and we arrived at the Nadi International Airport.

Fiji Airways Check In at Nadi International Airport

The Nadi International Airport seems to be in a partially completed construction zone. We queued up at the Fiji Airways Tabua Club / Business Class check in which was one person deep. There was a separate queue for Qantas Chairman Status and Qantas Gold

Fiji Airways Premium Check In
Limited Flights Departing NAN
An Eclectic Mix of International Departures from Nadi, Fiji

Our tickets were validated and all our checked and carry on bags were weighed on the scale. Since we did not have a return ticket on Fiji Airways with the end of our Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan reward ticket, the agent asked to see proof of our onward travel from New Zealand.


Locating the Fiji Airways Tabua Business Lounge:

We were given instructions to the temporary Fiji Airways Tabua Business Class Lounge, located immediately after exit immigration. We proceeded through security. MrsWT73 located the business class express line for immigration and we were stamped out of Fiji. The lounge was located in this temporary location while they constructed the new flagship Fiji Airways Premier Lounge.

Looking for the Fiji Airways Temporary Tabua Lounge

The lounge itself is in a dark spot underneath the escalators to the departure concourse.

The Entry to the Fiji Airways Tabua Lounge

Accessing the Fiji Airways Tabua Lounge:

There are many ways to access the Fiji Airways Tabua Lounge.

There is complimentary use for Fiji Airways Business Class guests, Tabua Club and Tabua Club Plus members and, premier guests of our partner airlines.

Tabua Club and Tabua Club Plus members must be travelling on a Fiji Airways ticket and (FJ) flight number. Fiji Airways Tabua Club Plus Members are welcome to bring Infants under 3, two children under 12, and one adult on a complimentary basis.

Fiji Airways Tabua Club Members are welcome to bring infants under 3 and two children under twelve into the Lounge on a complimentary basis

Fiji Airways defines partner airline guest eligibility is as follows:

  • Qantas Gold, Platinum, Platinum One, and Chairman’s Lounge Members. Qantas members of these respective programs must be booked on a QF flight number to be eligible to access the Fiji Airways Premier Lounge.
  • Cathay Pacific Business Class Guests
  • American Airlines Business Class Guests
  • British Airways Business Class Guests
  • Korean Air Business Class Guests, Premium Class and Elite Plus Cardholders
  • Air New Zealand Business Class Guests
  • AirCalin Business Class Guests, Abonnement and Elite Plus Cardholders
  • Air Niugini Business Class Guests
  • Solomon Airlines Business Class Guests
  • Hong Kong Airlines Business Class Guests
  • Priority Pass Cardholders
  • Dragon Pass Cardholders

Inside the Fiji Airways Tabua Lounge:

This temporary Fiji Airways Tabua Lounge was located in a windowless room. The lounge offered both lounge chairs and a small dining zone offering food and breakfast. It was very full on our visit as there was a Fiji Airways Sydney flight (Airbus 330), a Fiji Airways Wellington flight (Boeing 737) and our Fiji Airways Auckland flight (Airbus 330), all leaving at the same time.

Fiji Airways Tabua Lounge Seating
Fiji Airways Tabua Lounge Seating
Fiji Airways Comfortable Lounge Seating

Lounge Food and Beverage:

Although a temporary facility, it was nice on Fiji Airways to offer a full hot buffet breakfast available in the lounge. We had sparking wine, caffe latte, scrambled eggs, hashbrowns and baked beans for breakfast. This was paired with unlimited bottled Fiji Water in giant commercial coolers.

Fiji Airways Buffet Zone
Fiji Airways Hot Breakfast Buffet
Sparkling Wine and Unlimited Fiji Water
Regional Food Handling Signs
A Cappucino and an Champagne for Breakfast

We enjoyed a solid breakfast in the lounge prior to our onward Fiji Airways Business Class Flight Nadi – Auckland.

The Bottom Line: Our Experience with the Fiji Airways Tabua Lounge

Although the temporary lounge was located under the stairs, it offered a functional space for travellers. Fortunately, the catering by Fiji Airways was much better than anticipated, and we actually were able to get a substantial meal here prior to our flight. We didn’t stay too long since aside from the food, there wasn’t much redeeming quality to the space. Hopefully the new Fiji Airways Premier Lounge will be a much better facility coming soon!

If you had the opportunity to visit the Fiji Airways Business Lounge, was it refreshing for your departure or stopover ?

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