Close your eyes and picture Fiji…
Do you see white sand and turquoise waters? That’s my first thought too and the Yasawa Islands do not fail to deliver on this vision.
The Yasawa Group of Islands are an archipelago made up of around 20 separate islands, found north-west of the mainland. The Yasawa Islands are the perfect holiday destination; with a mixture of accommodation options, everyone will find what they’re looking for fitting into their own budget. Each hotel and resort offers you the opportunity to flop and drop on the beautiful beaches or to be as adventurous as you’d like, with multiple activities on offer every day.
Getting to Nadi International Airport is easy, with direct flights from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne daily, your first step is done.
Once you’ve arrived, it’s time to get to the islands!
- Jump on a domestic flight, it’s incredible to see the islands and clear water from the air
- Top Tip: keep your camera at the ready, you’ll want to capture this experience
- Hit the water on the Yasawa Flyer, a speedy catamaran departing from Denarau Marina daily stopping at multiple spots in the Mamanuca Islands and onto the Yasawa Islands. This option is great with hop-on hop-off passes so you can see more islands during your week away
- Top Tip: upgrade to the Captains Lounge if possible. You’ll get comfortable seating, air conditioning and some free snacks and drinks for the journey
Where to stay:
Mantaray Island Resort – Ranging from Dorms to Beachfront Villas with outdoor showers, you’ll find the room that suits you and your budget. With white sand beaches and a beautiful house reef, you may never want to leave. Make your way to the restaurant snuggled into the trees for incredible views of the water.
Top Tip: travel between May and October during Manta Ray season and snorkel with these gentle giants.
Navutu Stars Resort – With only 10 rooms, Navutu Stars Resort is the place if you’re looking for a quiet location to really step away from the hustle and bustle of normal life. Grab a hammock by the crystal water or rise with the sun for a yoga class on the Sunset Deck – you have the day and the entire island at your disposal.
Top Tip: as you’re further up north, opt for a tour to Sawa-i-Lau caves, only 20 minutes away by speedboat, and the views along the way are breathtaking.
Octopus Island Resort – You can find rooms for any traveller here, from Dorms to Villas with multiple bedrooms. Make the most of the incredible house reef, you might even see Giant Trevally just off the beach.
Top Tip: if you’re fit and healthy, hike to the top of Waya Mountain for some incredible views.
Viwa Island Resort – This adults-only resort is the Western-most hotel in Fiji, the last island before you get to Vanuatu! Dive off the perfect beach into the house reef and spot their clam farm.
Top Tip: ask the activities team to take you spotting for turtles, or to snorkel around the shipwreck nearby.
Yasawa Island Resort – The northern most resort in the Yasawa Islands, you’ll experience a real getaway here. With your meals included, and options for picnics on private beaches or tours to see the sights nearby, you’ll never feel like leaving. Outside of school holidays, this resort is adults-only, with families welcomed during school holiday dates.
Top Tip: catch an internal flight to get here to make the most of the property and their beautiful beaches.
Things to do:
All of the hotels in the Yasawa Islands have daily activities, with friendly staff on hand to show you the best sites on their island and surrounding hotspots.
One that is highly recommended is to visit Sawa-i-Lau Caves. The further north in the Yasawa Islands you are, the easier it is to access. You’ll be able to swim in the natural caves, and even swim underwater into a closed off cave (with guides to assist, it’s not as scary as it sounds).
Many hotels will offer a sunset tubing trip, so make sure you keep one evening free, the water is always warm and it’s a relaxing way to finish the day.
If you don’t have time to hop your way through the Yasawa Islands and want to base yourself on the mainland, here’s some other tours that get you out to some of these incredible locations:
- Visit Sawa-i-Lau Caves from the mainland
- A little closer to the mainland you’ll find the Mamanuca Islands, where you can spend a day like Tom Hanks and Wilson (though more comfortable) at Castaway Island
- Also in the Mamanuca Islands, you can visit Beachcomber Island Resort for the day, with Instagram worthy opportunities and snorkeling spots, it’s a great way to maximise your time in Fiji
The Yasawa Islands truly are breathtaking; in the journey to them, the warmth of the staff and everything you’ll experience while staying there. Plan your next experience to one of the most beautiful parts of the world, and take home memories that will last a lifetime.
P.S: If you want an island experience without travelling as far as the Yasawa Islands, we have some tips for staying in the Mamanuca Islands.