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Many visitors to Fiji opt to stay on the mainland and laze around the hotel pool and unfortunately miss out on a lot of what this beautiful Pacific nation has to offer.
On our first day in Fiji, we headed straight for Denarau Marina and boarded the Yasawa Flyer. As the name suggests, the vessel services the Yasawa group of islands consisting of 20 ancient volcanic islands. It is jaw-dropping to sit back and take in the view as we pass these gigantic islands surrounded by stunning white beaches and lagoons of coral that make you want to jump overboard and start exploring.
Upon arriving at our destination for the night at Tavewa Island, one of the northern most islands, and were greeted on shore by every member of the resort with a genuine Fijian smile, a cool drink and the welcoming Bula song. After exploring the island we are served a traditional Fijian meal and spend the evening dancing, laughing and making new friends. By the time it comes for bed, the weather is still warm enough to make the many hammocks lining the beach almost tempting. This really is a five star location.
The next morning we were all looking forward to our adventure out to the Sawailau caves. Just a short speed-boat ride further out into the remote islands and we are faced with great lime stone walls that leave us in awe. On goes the swimming gear and in we go. It was amazing to see how deep the water is inside these caves. For a little more excitement there is an underwater swim through tunnel where you surface on the other side in complete darkness and are shown around by the guide with his torch.
Our journey then took us back down the chain of islands to Naviti Island and our next resort where all their produce is grown locally in what they call “Iteni” meaning “The Garden of Eden”. We were lucky enough to be invited by the staff to be included in their Kava ceremony and enjoyed the evening by the beach under the stars talking and drinking Kava. After a good nights sleep it was time to meet the local sea life. Just a short walk from the shore into the sea you are greeted by some of the most amazing coral and fish you will ever see when snorkelling. The visibility is crystal clear and there is no shortage of new life to experience.
It was time to board the Yasawa Flyer again and head down to Waya LaiLai Island where we were again greeted by the locals singing the Bula song (which never gets old) and soon heading out on the water again to feed the sharks. The local guide seems to have no fear as he dives off the speeding boat with his spear and disappears, not to be seen again until he lets us know he has found the sharks. Sitting on the bottom of the ocean floor with no scuba gear on, he holds onto the small reef shark like it’s a pet while he hand feeds it with the fish he’d caught with his spear. During the evening, the local villagers preformed their traditional dance and we turned in for the night knowing we had an early start.
We woke the next morning about an hour before sunrise to commence our hike up the great peak of Waya LaiLai in time to watch the sun rise from the east starting the new day. The views from up here were unlike anything else, looking out over the vast Yasawa Islands. We had now finished our time in the Yasawas, but had one last stop before finishing our trip: The Mamanuca IslandsGetting Around the Yasawa Islands
South Sea Cruises operates regular Resort Transfers to your Fiji Island Resort in the Mamanuca Islands. You can also take the Yasawa Flyer which goes to all the Yasawa islands once a day