Fiji – Which Island to Choose?

Posted on November 15, 2016 by Guest Writer
Island in Fiji

You’d be hard pushed to find a more perfect beach destination. The archipelago’s exquisite beaches, colourful reefs and pristine, seemingly airbrushed bays are part of what Fiji does best. It’s small wonder that such beauty has lured the film makers of classics like Castaway with Tom Hanks (on The Mamnucas) and the 1980s teen-dream favourite, The Blue Lagoon (on The Yasawas).

Beyond the turquoise waters, Fiji offers fantastic choices when it comes to rain forest treks, zip lines and bird watching, particularly on the lush, green Taveuni islands, and its people, considered to be among the friendliest in the world, all go to make your trip an incredible one.

Fiji is not just one island but 333 islands, 106 of them inhabited. So which to choose for your perfect tropical holiday paradise? Here’s our pick of some of the best:

Traditional houses of Navala village, Viti Levu island, Fiji

Viti Levu

Most international airlines arrive at Nadi, making this island an easy one to access. And why would you venture elsewhere when it boasts a good taste of everything Fiji has to offer? From international calibre resorts to mountain villages with thatched huts, you will find plenty of authentic life here. Dive with tiger sharks in Beqa Lagoon, snorkel in the stunning Nananu-i-Ra reef, raft and kayak on the Navau River, or simply soak up the sun on the Coral Coast’s powdery white sands. For some urban action, drop in on Suva, Fiji’s lively capital city.

The Mamanucas

These tiny white sandy isles, just an hour’s boat ride from Viti Levu hover over turquoise waters. The islands are particularly famous for their surf spots at Cloud Break which lures in the wave riders, while Beachcomber Island attracts avid partying crowds. These islands are well served for tourists and, in addition to perfect weather you can expect plenty of beautiful beaches, cocktails and the company of many other international tourists.

Paradise aerial view: Fiji Yasawa islands, deserted turquoise beach.

The Yasawas

If you’re looking for some peace, hop onto the high-speed catamaran from Viti Levu or the Mamanucas to the lush, laid-back resorts of The Yasawas. This sparsely populated chain of 20 islands is relatively dry and rugged yet the beaches are wonderfully white and sandy, perfect for hammock snoozing and taking in the epic views. There are no roads, banks or shops and most locals live in remote villages, surviving on subsistence farming. Discover the dark, clear waters of Sawa-i-Lau Cave and experience the excellent diving and snorkelling amid manta rays on the reefs.

Dravuni is a volcanic island in the Kadavu Group of islands in Fiji. Covering an area of 0.8 square kilometers, it is located at 18.78? South and 178.53? East, and reaches a maximum altitude of 40 meters.

Kadavu

Arrive by plane or boat from Viti Levu and you’ll discover one of Fiji’s best off-the-beaten-path treasures. Eco-adventurers love the dozen or so resorts that grow their own organic produce. You can get to the resorts by boat from the main village, passing ancient jungle coves inhabited by rare, colourful birds. The eastern part of the island is bordered by the Great Astrolabe Reef – the fourth biggest barrier reef in the world – famed for its cave and underwater tunnels, rich with manta rays and great fishing.

Taveuni

Dubbed the ‘Garden Isle’, Taveuni is the lushest island in Fiji. Rich with tropical flowers, waterfalls, and forests, this is the perfect place to come if you want to explore on foot. Most of the island’s forests are protected and there are several peaks to climb and coastlines to wander along. A favourite walk is the Lavena Coastal Walk which follows the edge of the forest for five kilometres along black and white sandy beaches, past villages and on to a lively waterfall. Rainbow Reef and the small islands of Qamea and Matagi host stunning, remote, white sandy beach resorts. Accommodation ranges from super-luxury to basic backpacking fun.

Savusavu marina and Nawi islet, Vanua Levu island, Fiji, South Pacific

Vanua Levu

Another quiet and un-touristy island, Vanua Levu boasts an abundance of high peaks, strewn with lush waterfalls, along with lowlands containing working coconut and sugarcane plantations. Flower-filled Savusavu is the main settlement and attracts passing sailors, thanks to its sheltered, green bays and a small selection of shops, bars and restaurants. Beyond town, you will find endless stretches of nearly empty beaches, some with small resorts and some with traditional villages. Others need a four-wheel-drive to get through the jungle and explore. Divers love the Rainbow Reef, famous for its forests of soft corals while others head for the nearby Namena Marine Reserve to plunge into Fiji’s most pristine waters.