The Garden Island
Taveuni is know as the 'Garden Island of Fiji' located in the 'Friendly North" is located 7 kilometres off of Vanua Levu. It is well known for it’s flora and fauna is a popular destination for many travellers and tourists.
The island boasts both beauty and serenity, on land and in the water and provides in abundance - fish from the lagoons, dalo from the plantations and spring water from the hills.
The island is approximately 10 kilometers wide and 25 kilometers long and has some of the most fertile land in Fiji. Due to the topography Taveuni offers a great deal of things to do for that active vacation.
SunAir and AirFiji have daily flights to Taveuni from Nadi via Savusavu and AirFiji has direct flights from Suva. Flight time is just under one hour. The Taveuni airport is located near Matei in the north of the island.
The population of the island is approximately 12,000 people with the vast majority being indigenous Fijians.
Just off the shores of is one of the world most famous dive sites, the 'Rainbow Reef'. Divers come from all over the world to dive in the water around Taveuni.
Some highlights you can experience while on Taveuni include:
Cascading waterfalls at Bouma and Levena, Bouma World Heritage Park, scenic lookouts, Somosomo Straits, Rainbow Reef corals, Great White Wall dive site, lagoons, location of the second Blue Lagoon movie, blowholes and natural rock waterslides.
It is a place where travellers go to spend that special vacation or holiday in Taveuni's lush green rainforests.
So, those that do arrive, come with either scuba diving gear, wedding dress or hiking boots.
Have a look at some of our favourite accommodations:.
Taveuni Island Resort
~ Taveuni Island is only 90 minutes flight directly from Nadi. There are four to six flights a day, making your connection from your international flight smooth. The resort sits majestically atop a bluff amidst lush tropical gardens and overlooking the spectacular aqua waters of the Somosomo Straits. Taveuni Island Resort & Spa is the ultimate romantic hideaway. The resort has 12 luxury ocean view bures and one exclusive oceanfront villa. Each has spectacular views of the Somosomo Straits.
This is the perfect paradise for the nature lovers, your dream holiday, a romantic getaway or your honeymoon.
Matangi Island Resort
~ There are daily services with a flight time of approximately 90-minutes from Nadi or
60-minutes from Suva. A mini-bus will meet you at Taveuni Island's Matei Airport, and will take you on a scenic 20-minute drive to the boat landing, where our transfer boat will meet you.
The water taxi takes about
20-minutes to get to Matangi Private Island Resort.
At Matangi Private Island Resort, you are treated to the real essence of Fiji. You'll uncover the tranquillity of an intimate hideaway on our exclusive privately owned 240-acre unique horseshoe-shaped Fiji island paradise; boasting virgin tropical rainforest, white sand beaches, and volcanic rock faces rising from crystal clear waters and fringing coral reefs where a great diversity of marine life abounds. At Matangi Island, our activities are designed to offer you the opportunity to explore our unique 240-acre private island paradise. A variety of wonderful complimentary as well as non-complimentary activities are available.
Matangi Private Island Resort is undoubtedly one of the finest romantic beach resorts in Fiji, specialising in intimate honeymoons, weddings, anniversaries, and offering fine dining, spa services and premier scuba diving.
Qamea Resort & Spa
~ The 90 minute flight from Nadi is a visual adventure as you fly over breathtaking azure blue waters, coral reefs and deserted islands. On your arrival in Taveuni, you will be greeted by a Qamea staff member who will personally accompany you to the resort via private motor vehicle and our transfer boat.
Qamea Resort and Spa is an exclusive tropical destination for discerning travelers seeking a truly unique and authentic Fijian experience without sacrificing luxury or service. From the moment you step onto the island, you will feel as if you have entered a Fijian village set in a South Pacific tropical paradise.
Guests can avail themselves of a wide range of complimentary activities including incredible snorkeling, hobie cat sailing, windsurfing, sea canoeing, hiking, croquet, visiting one of the local villages and lots more. Our diving is also world renowned, and with a fully equipped PADI dive facility our diving staff can introduce you to an underwater adventure you will long remember.
The Nature Island
With a rugged coastline littered with deep bays, Kadavu is the fourth largest island in Fiji , snaking
57 kilometres from east to west. The island is divided into three podgy portions, each connected by a narrow isthmus. The interior is so undulating that the only expanse of flat land is taken up by the small airstrip at the government administration centre of Vunisea. The portion of West Kadavu is laced with stunning scenery and the domineering volcanic cone of Nabukelevu makes a show from most places along the coast, with consistent reef surfing off its western tip. Central Kadavu , east of Vunisea, has the island’s best beaches as well as the fantastic Namalata Reef which are both along the north coast. East Kadavu overlooks part of the immense Astrolabe Reef with a handful of dive resorts backed by steep tropical rainforest with a sprinkling of waterfalls. Diving enthusiasts have the option of either the Astrolabe or Namalata reefs and there are regular snorkelling trips to visit the manta rays at Vuro Island or game fishing off Nabukelevu.
There are 75 villages dotted around Kadavu, mostly on the coast and primarily engaged in subsistence farming and fishing, making it one of the best places to experience genuine Fijian culture.
Daily flights from both Nadi and Nausori ( Suva ) arrive at Vunisea Airport . With few roads, getting around the island usually involves a journey on the water, mostly within the reef. Although there are no official water taxis, every resort has its own fleet of boats and all meet pre- booked guests at Vunisea airport or one of the two ferry jetties. It takes 45 minutes to reach the west point of Cape Washington from Vunisea and an hour and a half a to reach the Astrolabe Reef on the east side of the island where most resorts are located.
Have a look at one of our recommended resorts:
~ Papageno Resort is a small intimate beach resort in Malawai Bay on the north coast of Kadavu. Access is by boat only adding to the intimacy of this resort. The resort is aimed primarily at cultural travellers and scuba divers and prides itself on its organic gardens and home style atmosphere. Non motorised water activities are free of charge and daily diving trips to the Astrolabe Reef can be arranged.