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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- Trip Introduction: Fiji, New Zealand & French Polynesia via Fiji Airways and Air Tahiti Nui Business Class
- Alaska Airlines First Class: Vancouver – Seattle
- Alaska Airlines Board Room – North Satellite – Seattle – Tacoma, USA
- Alaska Airlines: Seattle – Los Angeles
- The Los Angeles International Lounge, Tom Bradley International Terminal, USA
- Fiji Airways Business Class: Los Angeles – Nadi
- The Sheraton Resort and Spa Tokoriki Island, Fiji
- The Westin Denaru Island Resort and Spa, Fiji
- Fiji Airways Tabua Lounge, Nadi International Airport, Fiji
- Fiji Airways Business Class: Nadi – Auckland
- Air New Zealand – Auckland Domestic Lounge, New Zealand
- Air New Zealand – Auckland Regional Lounge, New Zealand
- Air New Zealand: Auckland – Blenheim
- The Marlborough Vintners Hotel, Blenheim, New Zealand
- Four Sauvingon Blanc Wineries and One Lunch, Blenheim, New Zealand
- Four Pinot Noir Wineries and One Lunch, Blenheim, New Zealand
- A Circle Driving Day: Blenheim – Nelson – Picton – Blenheim, New Zealand
- Air New Zealand Blenheim – Auckland
- Air New Zealand – Auckland International Lounge, New Zealand
- Air New Zealand Economy Sky Couch: Auckland – Papeete
- Le Meridien Tahiti, Papeete, French Polynesia
- Visiting the Papeete Market and Taking the Ferry: Papeete – Moorea, French Polynesia
- The Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort, French Polynesia
- Cycling in Teavaro and Snorkelling in Moorea, French Polynesia
- Air Tahiti: Moorea – Bora Bora
- Le Meridien Bora Bora, French Polynesia
- Air Tahiti: Bora Bora – Papeete
- Air Tahiti Nui Salon Manuhiri Business Lounge, Papeete, French Polynesia
- Air Tahiti Nui Poerava Business Class: Papeete – Los Angeles
- The United Club, Los Angeles Terminal Seven
- American Airlines First Class: Los Angeles – Vancouver
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.
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
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.
The lounge itself is in a dark spot underneath the escalators to the departure concourse.
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.
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.
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!