Yasawa Islands

You won't find any shops or banks here, but with so much natural beauty it’ll make for a great break from civilisation. Visiting the islands once was limited to cruise ships, and passengers were forbidden to actually set foot on the Yasawas until the 1950s. Thanks to a Government ecotourism initiative, the islands are now dotted with accommodation options.

With gorgeous beaches, abundant sunshine and a range of backpacker resorts, this is the place to come for an affordable retreat in paradise.

Accommodation

The Yasawas are some of the most picturesque islands in Fiji, but accommodation is quite a different experience to the nearby Mamanucas. Accommodation in the Yasawa Islands ranges from five star luxury resorts where international film stars play, to home-stay style villages, though the Yasawas are better known for the backpacking and flashpacking options. Many of the affordable resorts and lodges are run by locals, giving you a true Fijian experience.

A fun and cheap alternative to commercial resorts is the Barefoot Lodge (pictured right). Situated on the southern end of Drawaqa Island the lodge offers a great way to experience village living. The accommodation is simple twin share village-style bures – basic with absolutely stunning views.

However, if you want to splurge, The Yasawa Island Resort & Spa is for you. The 18 traditionally thatched, beachfront bures are understated in their luxury. Each air-conditioned bure has a discreet outdoor shower, expansive deck with daybeds, separate living area, plus your own thatched cabana with sun loungers on the edge of Yasawa Island’s famous white, sandy beach.

Barefoot Lodge
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Experiences

As well as ever-popular snorkelling and kayaking, the Yasawas are great for sailing. Experience the stunning scenery on board a cruise ship or a chartered yacht, where you’ll get a taste of a different island every day. Swimming, fishing, village visits and campfire barbecues are common activities.

In the northern part of the island group, the limestone caves of Sawa-i-lau are a great destination for a day trip. Or, for the more adventurous, you can dive with manta rays on Drawaqa Island and snorkel with sharks on Kuata Island.

Sawa-I-Lau Caves
Tourism Fiji

Getting there

As one of the outer island chains, options to get to the Yasawa Islands are a bit more limited than some of the closer islands to Nadi and Denarau. Getting to the Yasawa Islands is a short 30-minute hop by seaplane from Nadi & sea planes from local airlines (like Turtle Airways) make multiple flights to the Yasawa resorts per day. You’ll want your camera handy – the views are amazing!

If you’re not in a rush, you can relax on a boat trip with one of the ferry companies. Take in the beautiful scenery while enjoying refreshments from the onboard bar and café.

Yasawa boat
Tourism Fiji

The Infinity Experience

Closed to Tourists
Until 1987, Yasawa Islands used to be closed off from land-based visits. However, individuals were able to visit the sea around the islands on a cruise ship, but, unfortunately, they had to stay on their ships and could not set foot on the islands.