With a population of around 130,000 and located 64km north of the larger island of Viti Levu, Vanua Levu is the second largest island of Fiji. Accessible by ferry and air, this island off Viti Levu isn’t as popular as the other tourist hot spots around Fiji but instead you will discover true traditions, culture and a heritage that is intriguing. Explore the winding rivers, hike along trails and bush walking tracks that will take you along peaks and mountain ranges, get up close to many different animal species both in and out of the water and simply enjoy and soak up the vibe that make Vanua Levu so attractive to all tourists.
Vanua Levu sets the scene for the perfect holiday with its postcard beaches, palm trees swaying in the breeze and ocean waters that mirror the blue skies. Surrounded by extensive underwater coral gardens and a beautiful marine park that you simply have to see to believe, you can spend hours upon hours being close to the brightly coloured reef fish, migrating whales, turtles and dolphins that can be found in these waters. The roads on Vanua Levu aren’t as well maintained as they are on the island of Viti Levu but you can still find yourself winding down the paths to the main centres of Savusavu and Labasa where you will be greeted with ample attractions to enjoy.
In recent years the locals of Vanua Levu have put a lot of effort into the aesthetics of the island by doing up certain areas to make it more appealing. The two main villages on Vanua Levu is where you will find a collection of shops, retail outlets, markets and a newly developed marina complex in Savusavu. Shop for black pearls, find hand woven rugs and mats, pick up arts and crafts made by the locals and sample some of the local Fijian foods along with international cuisines at the eateries, cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy here. From a great tasting surf and turf through to beautiful curries, excellent breakfasts, pizzas and more, there are plenty of places to eat out at for when you need to fill up the tank.
Accommodation on the island of Vanua Levu is more than affordable and most of the accommodation properties will place you within easy walking distance if not directly opposite or on the beach. There are bures surrounded by palm trees and tropical gardens, budget accommodation that will save you plenty and have you waking to views out across Savusavu Bay and fully equipped resorts that will have you entertained and enjoying plenty without even leaving the premises.
Vanua Levu is one of those special places within Fiji that still remains barely untouched, where rainforests run wild, where the mountain ranges look inviting and there is every chance to explore and discover it all for yourself. From kayaking the streams and rivers, to getting out on the ocean waters right through to bush walking, shopping, dining, water sports and more, this is just the beginning of what you will have to look forward to when you come to Fiji the island of Vanua Levu.