The Yasawa Islands are a chain of sixteen large islands, stretching ninety (90) kilometers in north-northeast direction, roughly thirty-five (35) kilometers off the west coast of Viti Levu. In the lee of Viti Levu, the Yasawas are dry and sunny, with beautiful, isolated beaches, cliffs, bays and reefs.
The Yasawas are famous for crystal blue lagoons and some of the Pacific's most ethereal beaches. The islands have white sandy beaches and crystalline waters, lush tropical rainforests and soaring volcano peaks that attract fresh tropical rain. The Yasawas are accessed daily from Port Denarau and Lautoka by fast catamaran and resort water taxis; or seaplane and helicopter from Nadi.
Clear blue waters with white sandy beaches and extensive fringing reefs and reef lagoons. The rugged islands provide a backdrop to this spectacular imagery. The rain shadow effect of Viti Levu from the prevailing moist south easterlies provides low rainfall and many sunny days.
Entertainment includes resort activities, village visits (for meke and lovos), sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, diving, trekking and visits to Sawa-i-lau caves.
The Yasawa Islands offer a great range of backpacking properties with their own unique attractions, cultural activities, picture perfect beaches, authentic Fijian food, amazing birdlife and world class scuba diving. There is also a wonderful selection of accommodation ranging from budget to unique five star resorts. The peace and tranquility, combined with the generosity and warmth of the local people make the Yasawas a very special and authentic travel experience and introduction to the real Fiji.
- Cruising Yachts
- The Yasawas have long been a destination for cruising yachts. These yachts are usually sailing around or across the pacific and spend from a month or often longer independently cruising Fiji's waters. A cruising permit needs to be obtained from Fijian Affairs and yachts are required to advise local villages of their presence and offer 'sevusevu' or gift. The Blue lagoon is a very protected anchorage and during the winter months becomes very popular with up to 30 or more yachts anchored near Nanuya. Many yachts anchor at Waya and other islands.
Viti Levu-Yasawas Links
The main transport linkage is awesome adventures "Yasawa Flyer" with daily return trips (maximum 250 passengers) stopping over at many accommodation properties from Kuata through Nanuya from Denarau. Other linkages are by seaplane flights to Nanuya Lailai, Tavewa, Nacula, and Yaqeta. Yasawa Island Lodge has its own airstrip. The Waya and Kuata resorts offer their own transfers using smaller longboat style vessels.