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Fiji's North Highlights


Fiji's North Highlights

story by: Inspire Fiji

The pace of life in Fiji is seldom hectic, but in the northern islands of Vanua Levu and Taveuni, you’ll find that life becomes even more relaxed. These islands are just an hour’s flight from Nadi or Suva, but as you explore the shops and historic waterfront of Savusavu, you’ll feel as though you’ve taken a trip back in time. The region is also the home of Fiji’s eco-tourism movement, which means you’ll find small resorts that endeavour to combine tranquillity and luxury with ecological values. From the way the resorts are constructed to the educational nature of their kids clubs, the whole family will come away with a new appreciation for this amazing environment, and the marine sanctuaries that have been established ensure that the snorkelling and diving is just as fabulous as the fishing.


• SAVUSAVU TOWN – Not too long ago Savusavu was a small and dusty peninsular town with fabulous views across the bay. The views haven’t changed but in recent years the population has grown & now the main street has good restaurants, lively bars and well stocked shops. Yachties continue to arrive with numbers outgrowing moorings.

• DIVING – Fiji’s North is world renowned among divers and offers an endless variety of dive sites to suit all tastes and levels of experience. As a rule while you can dive year round, the best diving is from May through to October. Visability is not as good in January & February due to plankton blooms & northerly winds. With sites like the 32 km long Rainbow Reef, The Great White Wall, the Zoo and Vuna Reef it’s not hard to see why this area is a mecca for divers.

• BIRD WATCHING – Taveuni is one of Fiji’s best locations for bird watching, with over 100 species of birds to be found here. Try Des Voeux Peak at dawn for a chance to see the rare orange dove and silktail. Along the Lavena Coastal Walk keep an eye peeled for parrots, flame doves, the Fiji goshawk and wattle honeyeater.

• FISHING – Fiji’s North has some of the best fishing spots in the South Pacific. The water around Savusavu in particular have abundant marlin, wahoo, tuna and other game fish. Sports fishing is popular in the region with a number of good charter boat operators to take you out amongst the serious fish.

• SAVUSAVU HOT SPRINGS – Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area. The local women use these Hot Springs for cooking and if you visit during the afternoon you’ll see pots of root crops steaming away ready for the evening meal.

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