The small islands surrounding the city of Suva and Pacific Harbor are great spots for a day trip. They possess beautiful white sand beaches and offer village home stays accommodating tourists and locals alike. You can experience village lifestyle and catch a moment in time of the Fijian way. Take part in a traditional kava ceremony or watch and listen with delight to a traditional ‘Meke’ (Fijian dance). This is an experience which will bring home to you the simplicity and beauty of traditional Fijian lifestyle.
Ovalau is an oval shaped volcanic island, around thirteen kilometers wide lying sixteen kilometers off the east coast of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. There is no flat land on the island apart from the Lovoni Valley in the interior which is home to traditional ancient sites which were once villages as well as indigenous forts. The old capital of Fiji, Levuka, which is where Fiji was ceded to Great Britain in the 1800’s, is also listed as a historic site with many of the old buildings in the town remaining unchanged for more than a century.
A trip to Levuka will reveal Fiji’s colonial history in its infancy. Levuka has managed to retain most of its historical sites and buildings and has preserved the rich culture still evident amongst the residents of this small but historic island. Levuka is a town of firsts. Fiji’s first hotel, bank, post office, school, newspaper, hospital and municipal government all originated in Levuka.
Entering Levuka is like stepping into a time machine. It’s a fascinating and educational experience not to be missed.
Beqa lies south of the town of Navua, is located just before Pacific Harbor, known as the Adventure Capital of Fiji. Beqa has a land mass of approximately nine thousand acres. The fringing coral and barrier reef has developed over hundreds of years. Beqa lagoon is known worldwide for the brilliance and abundance of its soft coral and diverse species of fish found in its unspoiled environment. The island hosts world class resorts including ‘Royal Davui’, Lalati Resort and Spa and Beqa Island Resort.
Beqa diving is internationally recognized particularly for its soft coral diving and shark diving and feeding. Observe shark feeding, carried out by experts, viewing up to 8 species of shark on any one dive, including bull and tiger sharks. There are also 4 dive wrecks on sunken Taiwanese Trawlers that had seen better days making perfect homes for many varieties of fish such as cod, grouper, barracuda and schools of fusiliers. The wrecks are also covered in beautiful and colorful soft coral making excellent photographic subjects.
Beqa is also renowned for surfing. Voted as one of the best two waves in Fiji, Frigates Passage is home to these world class waves, Fiji Pipeline and Cloudbreak.
Fishing at Beqa lagoon is favorable all year around. Experience an adrenaline rush whilst struggling with yellow fin tuna or hunting for Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Wahoo or Spanish mackerel. You’ll find these and more right here in Beqa complimented by state of the art vessels with the best equipment money can buy.
Beqa is also famous for producing the fearless firewalkers of Fiji. It’s a breathtaking yet dangerous tradition highlighting age old skills and courage. Fire walking is strictly limited to males with the tradition upheld that Beqa villagers do not teach this art to anyone outside their own tribes.
One of Fiji’s most beautiful islands, Kadavu is located in the southern region of the Fiji group of islands. It is a popular destination for travelers looking for pristine beauty, beautiful beaches and fantastic scuba diving. The island is one of the most rugged and picturesque locations in Fiji and has some of the most pristine and untouched areas in Fiji. There are a number of popular diving resorts on Kadavu where you can make the most of your diving experience on the fourth largest reef in Fiji.
Kadavu is situated approximately 90 kilometers south of the main island of Viti Levu and is Fiji’s fourth largest. The island is one of the most rugged areas of Fiji with a number of high mountains and few roads. The main method of transport is by boat and small ferries. The Kadavu group also includes Ono Island, off the eastern tip of Kadavu, as well as a number of smaller islands.
Kadavu has internationally recognised resorts such as; Matava which is by far the best and most popular, offering honeymoon and ocean view rooms with a myriad of activities including diving, surfing, bird watching, snorkeling, trekking, fishing and sea kayaking.
Papageno offers a more laidback experience with equally relaxing activities ensuring your stay is a memorable one. Waisalima Beach Resort offers snorkeling and a great dive experience apart from the beautiful beach front villas and ocean view rooms
Kadavu activities and attractions:
Great Astrolabe Reef
Cultural Village trips
World class scuba diving
Nukulou Island, off the east coast of Suva, has a rich history. I’s a short boat trip from Suva and is popular with locals and yachties due to its deep water harbor which is ideal for mooring and its protected white sand beach and pristine waters. Before embarking on a trip to Nukulou it is required to obtain a permit which can be obtained from the Royal Suva Yacht Club.