75 Fiji Islands Ultimate Guide Broken Down by Location and Area
The Fiji Islands are a touch of heaven on earth. There are 330 islands in total in Fiji, and each is uniques in its own way.There are 2 main islands in Fiji, Viti Levu where the 2 main cities are Suva and Nadi. And Vanua Levu the second biggest Island in Fiji, home of another 2 cities Lambasa and Savusavu. The majority of the tourism is in the Nadi part of the main island and Suva. There are 2 famous groupings of islands off of mainland Fiji called the Yasawa Islands and the Mamanuca Islands respectively. We visited many of these places last year and found that there was a lack of high quality information on the internet.
I decided to put together this very detailed list, so that you will be able to choose what Fiji islands are best for you to visit. You will find that the most luxurious resorts will be found on the Mamanuca stretch of islands, and the most affordable will be on the Yasawa stretch as there are many locally run guesthouses here. In Fiji the most beautiful places to go will be in the Yasawa island and the Mamanuca island. I hope this and some of the other Fiji guides we have written will help you make a good decision. You’re going to love this place!
23 Best Yasawa Islands in Fiji | Yasawa Island Resorts
The Yasawa islands are an archipelago of 20 Volcanic islands northwest of mainland Fiji. It is a massive 135 square km long and is also north of the famous Mamanuka islands. Before 1950 tourists were forbidden from going to the Yasawa island, but the government has opened it up to develop their focus on ecotourism. The Yasawa islands are famous for the best scuba diving in Fiji and they are also known for their beautiful secluded beaches. Most of the accommodations here are fit for backpackers and budget traveller, however they do have some luxury resorts as well. Because of it’s remoteness most of the islands are secluded and run by local tribes, giving you the ultimate Fijian experience. Here are the islands of the Yasawas and the resorts available on these island.
One of the top things to do on this island is to visit the famous Sawailau Caves. You can swim in the flooded caves in crystal clear water with light coming from above. Cave jumpers and adventurers love this place. There are no hotels on this island, it is a day-trip destination.
The Yasawa-I-Rara Island is the longest island stretch in the Yasawa islands. There are many beaches here including Nadala beach, Teci, Mbukama and Nabukeru. The Yasawa island resort and spa is on this island and caters to those wanting a good mix of luxury and tradition. The resort often has local villages come in and entertain guests. They also serve local foods.
Yawini Island has no resort, however you can take a day trip to this island. It has a nice beach and is located beside a sandbar at the northernmost point of Yasawa Island.
Yalewa Kalou Island
This is also a tiny island to the north of Yasawa island. It is remote and there is no accommodations here. It is known for scuba diving and birdwatching.
Vawa Island is a small island beside the main Yasawa island. It is very small and has no accommodations on it. However you can do a day trip to this island and it has a beautiful beach and good hiking. The diving and snorkelling here are also very good.
Nacula Island is another large island in the Yasawa Islands. When I say large, I only mean large for a Yasawa island. They are all pretty small. This island has many places to stay in all price ranges. Starting from the Yasawa homestays tha are for the budget traveller, located beside the Novotua Village. There is also the Oarsman bay lodge, the blue lagoon beach resort close to the Nacula and Malakati villages. And las the Nabua Lodge and Safe Landing resort and ecolodge in Sisili neighbourhood. This place is a hikers paradise!
There are 2 resorts on this island, Coral view island resort and Coconut beach resort. This island is so small that you can hike it is around an hour. Surrounded by several other small islands, there will be little movement in the water. Clear blue water, great for snorkelling or diving.
The Budget place to stay on this island is the sunrise lagoon homestay on the east side of the island. There are 2 really nice resorts on the north west part of the island called Gold Coast Resort and Nanuya Island resort. This island is north of turtle island. Most of the resorts on the island cater to backpackers and there is a ferry that comes and goes twice a day.
Turtle island is beautiful and very popular for the turtle island resort. They offer luxurious accommodations, spectacular beaches and great food.
Mataca Levu Island
This is another large Island in the Yasawas, the places to stay on this island are the long beach resort and the Waitui Basecamp. Another backpackers paradise. The island is located west of Nanuya island and Turtle island. There is a bay here that has an amazing reef and there are local villages on this mountainous island. The main things to do are chilling out, snorkelling and diving.
There is only one resort on this island called the Navutu Stars resort. It is located at the north of the island by the local Yageta village. Things to do here are scuba diving, sailing, swimming and relaxing.
Viwa island is a small island on the western side of the Yasawa stretch. It is remote and distant from the main island stretch and has one resort on it called the Viwa island resort. The resort has luxury bures on it. This would make a great honeymoon destination, as you would have the ultimate in privacy and luxury all in one place. The resort offer water sports, diving, snorkelling and restaurants.
There are 2 main resorts on this island. The Naviti island homestay which is a budget hotel, and the Botaira resort that has Fijian Bures right on the pristine beach.
Nanuya Balavu Island
Nanuya island is located in the Yasawa stretch of islands sandwiched between Drawaqa island and Naukacuvu Island. There is one major resort here called the Manta ray island resort. Named so because of the great diving with manta rays off of this island. There is also the Nanuya island resort that has a mixture of price ranges to suit almost anyone coming to the island this resort offer traditional treetop Fijian Bures to stay in. This is a really cool island that can give you unique experiences.
Naukacuvu island is nestled in a beautiful cove in the Yasawa islands of Fiji, there is one luxury resort on the island called Paradise Cove that boasts beautiful pools and luxury bures. This island is surrounded by white sand beach and crystal clear water, perfect for diving and snorkelling. There is a local village here that works alongside the hotel to offer, the real Fijian experience to guests.
There are no accommodation or villages on this island. You can visit the island from Naukaucuvu island as they are very close.
Drawaqa is tiny and has one resort on it called the barefoot manta resort at the northern tip of the island. One nice thing about this island is that it is very remote, but still has large islands with amenities around it.
There is one resort here called the naqualia lodge, This is another backpackers island. Wayasewa is a volcanic island that has great hiking on it. Also surrounded by great beaches and clear water. There are ferries here daily from the mainland
Kuata Island is a tiny island at the base of the Yasawa islands, closest to the Mamanuca Island stretch. It is said to be a part of Ba province. There is one highly rated resort on the island called the Barefoot Kuata Island resort. This island offer scuba diving, snorkelling, nature walks, weddings and more!
Octopus Island/ Nalauwaki Island
This is the home of the Octopus resort, located right on a beautiful beach. This is located on a marine reserve so the snorkelling and diving here is to notch. They have a keen focus on local Fijian culture. and a strong connection with the local village. You can experience the real Fiji here.
How to get to the Yasawa Island Group?
You can get to the Yasawa islands by Ferry from the mainland in Nadi. They take Denerau Port to bring you to the island. You can also get here by seaplane and by helicopter. It takes around 30 mins by seaplane or helicopter to reach the Yasawa’s.
13 Best Mamanuca Islands in Fiji | Mamanuca Island Resorts
Tokoriki island has 2 major resorts the Sheriton tokoriki and the Tokoriki island resort and spa. We stayed on this island and they have a lot to do including, hiking, diving, dining, snorkelling and all water sports. I wrote a detailed review of Tokoriki island with all of the best thing to do here.
This is a large island across from Tokoriki island, there are no resorts here however there is a local village. You can visit the island and they have really nice beaches, great fishing and a beautiful coral reef.
Tavua island is a large Island in the Mamanuca island stretch. There is no resort here, however there is a local village.
Monu Island Is in between Yanuya Island and Monuriki island. It does not have a resort on it, this island has good hiking.
This island is tiny and awesome. It has one resort on it called the Matamanoa Island resort. It is a luxury resort with bures. The entire island is a beach and around it is a gorgeous coral reef. You can walk around the entire island in 20 minutes. This is the perfect island if you are looking for seclusion or for a honeymoon. The island also offers a great view of the surrounding islands that you can visit as day trips from this island. But in all likelihood you are going to want to just chill out here and relax.
Mana Island | Tadrai Island
Mana Island is split up in 2 and has 2 names….weird right. There are also 2 distinct resorts on the island. The first being Mana island resort and spa and the second Ratu Kini Backpackers and dive resort. The mana island resort is a luxury
Beachcomber island is a tiny little party island on the Mamanuca stretch of islands in Fiji. It is not a backpackers hostile but it does have very reasonable rates. The entire island is a beach and around it is a coral reef. There are ferries coming and going everyday on this island so getting there is a breeze. The resort is rated highly. This is a party island on the ocean.
Treasure island has Fijian style bures for rent at the treasure island resort. They are not a luxury resort, I would call this hotel mid classed and well priced. The island itself is very small and located beside beachcomber island. It is a marine conservation, so the snorkelling here is awesome. There are all sorts of things to see here including Fijian Crested iguana’s and Ocean birds. The Ferries that come here offer island hopper passes, so that you are free to explore
This is where the famous Castaway island resort is located. This island is not very far from mainland Fiji. The resort is a four star resort and it is a beauty. This island has hiking, water sports, diving and more. This is one to check out.
Malolo island has multiple resorts on it including Likuliku Lagoon resort, Malolo island resort, Tropica island resort, My Vanubaka Resort, and the Funky fish beach resort. There are all price ranges on this island. The island itself is large and offers all of the amenities you can think of. One side of the island has parties at the resorts and others are quiet. There is diving, snorkelling and all other water sports here.
Malolo Lailai Island
This is the island south of Malolo island. There are 3 resorts here, the musket cove island resort, the plantation island resort and the Lomani island resort.
How to get to the Mamanuca Islands?
You can get to the Mamanuca islands by ferry from the mainland at Denerau port, by sea plane or by helicopter.
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