Vanua Levu (Great Land of the People) is the second largest of Fiji's 333 islands and seldom visited by travellers. However, Vanua Levu has a lot to offer, particularly if you want to discover the 'real' Fiji, away from
the tourist resorts of Viti Levu and the Mamanuca and Yasawa island groups. Vanua Levu is largely a cane growing area with around 20% of Fiji's population. The island has quite good transport services which make it
a fairly easy island to visit. Getting around the island's main routes is possible by bus but it's easier to
explore those wild, tropical roads by 4WD. Vanua Levu has an area of about 2,140 square miles. It is divided along its length by a mountain range with peaks rising to more than 3,000 feet. The predominantly indigenous-Fijian southeast of the island has gorgeous landscape brimming with rainforests, coconut plantations and fantastic views of the ocean. The area is popular with yachters and divers. Its nearby Rainbow Reef has some of the best dive sites in the South Pacific. The many deep bays are fantastic for kayaking and the lush, rugged interior rainforest provides good bird-watching. The main towns are Labasa on the north coast and Savu Savu in the south. Savu Savu is a charming town surrounded by copra plantations and is famous worldwide for its diving. Situated on the shores of a large picturesque, deep water harbour, it was originally established as ort for sailing ships plying the north-eastern regions of Fiji. Although Labasa is the larger of the two, Savu Savu is more popular with travellers as it is a popular transit point for ferries and flights to other islands.
Here are some of our accommodation recommendations:
Koro Sun Resort
~ Our northern, unspoiled location on the island of Vanua Levu offers a luxury resort setting, the genuine warmth and friendliness of the Fijian people and lush tropical surroundings with warm, crystal clear waters. Our 24 enchanting bures offer private and exclusive accommodations with air-conditioning, in addition to breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the majestic Fiji island reefs. The waters surrounding our Fiji island resort are perfect for snorkeling, Fiji sea kayaking and even enjoying a Fiji diving adventure.
Nububati Island Resort
~ Nukubati (pronounced nook-ooM-bah-tee) is situated inside the Great Sea Reef,
off the North Coast of Vanua Levu. The nearest town is Labasa. From Nadi International Airport, it is just a
40 minute domestic flight to Fiji's northern capital town, Labasa, followed by a one hour adventurous drive through coconut plantations, rice fields and Fijian villages to Nukubati's jetty for the five minute boat ride to the island. Nukubati is a private island resort, a natural extension of a gracious and simple style of South Pacific living. Catering for a limited number of guests, Nukubati is locally owned, preserving its incomparable Fijian style in an atmosphere of total seclusion. Nearby is the Great Sea Reef, reputed to be the third largest barrier reef in the world. Nukubati is the only resort in Fiji with access to this vast underwater treasure, where manta rays, dolphins, turtles, whales and innumerable fish species parade around the corals.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort
~ Located on the island of Vanua Levu on 17 acres of a coconut plantation, the luxury accommodations overlook the peaceful waters of Savusavu Bay. Son of the late Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel is dedicated to sharing with environmental adventurers his love of land, ocean and
culture -- and his commitment to their preservation. The acclaimed resort is an international favorite for romance, honeymoons and weddings; scuba diving; and families, who want to combine heavenly surroundings and exceptional dining with an unsurpassed range of eco-friendly activities. This special resort features
25 spacious bures. Built of local timbers, these traditional thatched Fijian bungalows provide privacy,
comfort and personalized service.
They are a chain of 16 volcanic islands and dozens of tiny islets stretching 80 km in a north-east direction off
the west coast of Viti Levu. They are special because of their beautiful, isolated beaches, cliffs, bays and reefs, unspoiled by much tourist development. The group of islands has four quite distinct regions although all are blessed with outstanding beaches. The Waya Islands , in the southern part of the group, are similar in nature to the outer Mamanuca Islands with high mountain peaks, dramatic rock faces and fantastic coastal and hill walking tracks. These three islands are the closest to the mainland taking just over an hour from Lautoka and are by far the most interesting to visit with the deep bays and pretty villages being regular stops for overnight cruises. To the north is the largest island in the group, Naviti, with rolling grassy hills and a dozen small offshore islands where manta rays congregate in the protected bays between May and October. About half an hour north of Naviti is a collection of eight small islands around Nacula, with three up-market resorts and the freehold island of Tavewa boasting the original backpackers in the group. The surrounding islands remain the backpacker hub of Fiji . Its main attraction is its white sandy beaches and sheltered lagoon nicknamed Blue Lagoon. The group was romanticized in the movie 'The Blue Lagoon' twice, once in 1949 with Jean Simmons and again in 1980 with Brooke Shields. The Yasawa islands can be reached by boat, helicopter and seaplanes.
Here are some of our favourite accommodations we would like to share with you!
Nanuya Island Resort
~ Situated on 10 acres of land and is located on the northern tip of Nanuya Lai Lai Island, adjacent to Turtle Island, on the Blue Lagoon midway in the Yasawa Group. White sandy beach, fabulous snorkeling, amazing diving only minutes away and with only 4 deluxe villas and 8 traditional tree house bures you will never feel crowded or restricted in what you do or don’t do within cultural bounds. There are deluxe Villa’s are located amongst the swaying palms and just a short walk to the beach. Tree top traditional bures are nestled along the hillside overlooking the bay. Fringed by coconut palms, white sandy beach and azure waters with spacious grounds and designed for minimal environmental impact. You can do as little or as much as you like.
Navutu Stars Resort
~ Imagine a little archipelago of lush volcanic islands, 60 nautical miles from the main island of Viti Levu, a secluded island inhabited only by 400 pacific and tranquil Fijian Indigenous villagers ,
one boutique Resort with a maximum of 20 guests, miles and miles of uncontaminated shores for you to explore and venture ,away from roads, shops, traffic noises, pollution and crowds. Navutu Stars’ offer only nine individually crafted thatched roof bure, nestled along 2 bays, secluded in the lush tropical vegetation and swaying palms, creating a sense of unique privacy and an exclusive and timeless atmosphere. IF the beauty of your surroundings and the slow rhythm of nature are too relaxing for your adventurous self, take the chance to explore one of the most uncontaminated and beautiful reefs of the world, by joining our daily changing snorkelling trip, our coral restoration dives, or by scuba diving in a nearby PADI certified centre. Complimentary activities offered are: snorkelling, kayaking, hiking trails, village tour, volleyball, kava, medicine walk, basket weaving, coconut demo.
Yasawa Island Resort
~ Yasawa Island Resort and Spa is an exclusive retreat on one of the most remote and unspoiled islands of Fiji. The resort can only be reached by seaplane. Just 18 luxury bungalows are hidden among the palms, each just a few steps from a pristine white beach. Each air-conditioned bure is superbly fitted in contemporary Fijian style, with a thatched roof, plantation shutters, an expansive sun deck, an outdoor shower, a personal hammock and a private beach hut on the edge of the sands. Swim in crystal clear waters, dive on vividly colored corals, connect with an ancient culture or indulge in Fiji’s first beachfront spa. Whatever you choose to do at Yasawa, you’ll do it in complete seclusion.