Northern & Regional Fiji Islands
Compared to many of Fiji’s significantly more developed islands, the inconspicuous Northern and Regional Islands offer no shortage of things to do for the adventurous travellers who make it to their forgotten shores.
Before you book your tickets, a word of warning: once in Savusavu, there is a very good chance you won’t ever want to leave.
The town of Savusavu is the centre of a wonderfully diverse range of accommodation, Fiji’s Best Scuba Diving, activities and adventures, and is pioneering Fiji’s first truly integrated partnership with traditional Fijian villages.
Savusavu’s main street is a shabby-chic mix of cosmopolitan restaurants, secondhand shops, well-stocked supermarkets, eclectic watering holes and a busy market. As the sole point of entry for yachts on Vanua Levu – and home to two excellent marinas – Savusavu is constantly abuzz with dropped-anchor old salts mingling with lively locals and travellers looking to escape the well-trodden trail.
Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island, is less tourist-oriented than Viti Levu, making it a great destination for the more adventurous traveller. From beach cottages to dive resorts and luxury retreats, accommodation on Vanua Levu covers all the bases.
On Vanua Levu, cross an item off your bucket list by getting up close with a pod of local dolphins. In Natewa Bay, both Spinner and Bottle-Nose dolphins are common sights. Even if the dolphins don’t make an appearance, stunning diving and snorkelling will make the trip worthwhile.
If you’re keen to stay on dry land, you can meet the locals at Vuadomo Village, discover hidden waterfalls and tropical flora in the rainforest.
Known as the garden island, Tavenui is the third largest island in Fiji. Lush jungle, gorgeous beaches, secluded waterfalls and abundant wildlife make Taveuni an eco-tourist's dream.
Taveuni has a selection of great resorts dotted around the coastline, with most clustered at the northern tip of the island near Matei airport. Many specialise in nature retreats and diving activities for their guests.
On Taveuni, you can choose between tropical rainforests or tropical reefs. Cool off under a waterfall in the heart of the jungle, or under the waves at world-famous dive sites.
The Bouma National Heritage Park is rich with hiking trails and wildlife, being home to more than 100 species of birds, including Kula Lorikeets, Silktails and Orange Doves. Marine life is equally abundant at the nearby Rainbow Reef and Somosomo Strait, where up-close encounters with colourful corals and over 1500 fish species will provide the diving experience of a lifetime.
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