Fiji is a series of picture perfect coral atolls and small volcanic islands sprinkled like pearls through large lagoons. The sea surrounding these islands is sublime: turquoise coloured, beautifully warm, and excellent for snorkelling and diving. Each island is encircled by soft, white sand.
Discover the castaway magic of the South Pacific within surroundings of incredible natural beauty. The intoxicating combination of swaying palms, sandy beaches, blue lagoons, and Fijian charm creates the perfect paradise for anyone.
Nadi, on the island of Viti Levu, is the gateway for international arrivals and departures. Domestic flights to the Islands depart Nadi in daylight hours.
Upon arrival in Nadi, Elegant Resorts & Villas will arrange for guests to be met and seamlessly transferred to their resort.
Daily scheduled flight to the main islands:
Nadi to Suva: Flight 30 mins
Nadi to Savusavu: Flight 60 mins
Nadi to Taveuni: Flight 90 mins
The rainy season spans December and March so May to October is the ideal time to visit. The Mamanuca Islands are in the driest and warmest area of Fiji so they are a good choice nearly year round.
High Season is officially May to October.
Viti Levu is the largest of Fiji’s 333 islands and is referred to as the Mainland. It is the hub of Fiji’s islands with travellers arriving at Nadi International Airport for their first encounter with the friendliness of Fijian people. The locals will welcome you with sunny smiles, an easygoing manner, and spontaneous good humour.
Three-quarters of the population reside on Viti Levu, mostly in the three largest cities of Suva, Lautoka, and Nadi. Nadi boasts a colourful market and a number of good restaurants and bars. Twenty minutes south of Nadi is Denarau Island, a man-made island of waterways, gardens, and golf courses and has become the preferred locale for larger resorts.
The interior of Viti Levu features dramatic highlands and accompanying cooler temperatures. Here visitors will find national parks, waterfalls, local villages, breathtaking views, and a history of hill forts. The Coral Coast, running along the southern shores, is home to the world’s second largest single reef. As one can imagine, snorkelling and scuba diving here is excellent.
The rainier season usually occurs between December and March so May to October is the ideal time to visit.
Getting Around Viti Levu
Elegant Resorts & Villas will arrange applicable transfers from Nadi International Airport to your resort. Whilst the major roads are sealed, some interior roads can be bumpy adding to the adventure.
The Mananucas are series of picture perfect coral atolls and small volcanic islands strewn across the Malolo Barrier Reef and Viti Levu. Known for its wonderful underwater delights that are waiting to be discovered by snorkelers and divers alike, this charming string of atolls has captured many hearts and imaginations.
Each of the 20+ islands are usually host just one resort apiece. Most of these resorts have facilities for the water enthusiast, including PADI dive masters, sea kayaks, deep sea fishing, and parasailing. The Mamanuca Islands are in the driest and warmest area of Fiji, which means sun and fun for most of the year.
Their location, clearly visible and beckoning from just a few kilometres off the west coast of Fiji’s main island, makes for a popular resort destination. The furthest of the islands, Tokoriki, is less than 32 kilometres from Nadi International Airport.
The reefs around this area drop off to abyssal depths and the Mamanuca Island group has become famous for dive sites such as the Salamander shipwreck, Sherwood Forest, and Plantation Pinnacle. Expect crystal clear wall dives with lots of hard corals, large schools of pelagic fish, and plentiful reef sharks.
Getting To The Mamanucas
The islands are easily accessible from Nadi by regular ferry services from Denarau Island or by privately chartered helicopter and float plane.
Vanua Levu is known for its extraordinary scenery and natural beauty. The rainforests, reefs, and waterfalls are numerous and attract those that love sailing, SCUBA diving, snorkelling, and hiking on an island that sees fewer visitors than its sister island, Taveuni.
The main towns are Labasa, a sugarcane town on the dry north coast, and Savusavu in the south. The quaint little town of Savusavu is situated on the shores of a protected deep-water harbour nestled on a peninsula, which divides Savusavu Bay from the Koro Sea. Savusavu’s excellent harbour makes it a favourite anchorage for yachtsmen from around the world and during the sailing season, from May to October, the town’s restaurants and waterside bars are at their liveliest.
The main attraction for visitors is the region from Savusavu east towards Buca Bay, the closest spot to the colourful corals of the world famous Rainbow Reef. Don’t expect extensive beaches around the island. Further out of Savusavu are some better beaches, howerver, such as at Namale Resort & Spa and also along the Hibiscus Highway coast.
The climate is tropical year round with the mild dry season being May through November.
The warm pristine water of Fiji’s “hidden paradise” is home to the famous J. Hunter Pearls of Fiji Farm at Savusavu. Pearl farm tours are available as are sales.
Diving Vanua Levu
Vanua Levu is home to the diving made Fiji famous: fabulous walls, caves, and overhangs are festooned with all manner of hard and soft corals, a great variety of reef fish, as well as jaw-dropping encounters with mighty pelagic fish. Savusavu provides a range to suit all levels, from easy to more challenging dive spots.
Diving Season: You can dive all year round but the main Savusavu SCUBA season is from April to October. Visibility is best during Fiji’s winter months of July to September.