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Located about 64 kilometres north of the main island Viti Levu, Vanua Levu has been described as an ideal place to visit ‘The Real Fiji’ as it’s unlike the other resort-filled islands. The main town of Savusavu is renowned for diving and water-based activities. Ideal for couples and solo travellers, this island provides a more secluded escape, with plenty of transport options to the other islands.
Flora Tropica Gardens
A beautiful tropical garden five kilometres from Savusavu, Flora Tropica Gardens is a stunning celebration of Fiji native plants. With conservation a key focus of the gardens, unusual and rare plants are promoted and protected. Photo by Steve Tulk, available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
Jean-Michel Costeau Diving
Named after the French explorer who also built a famous resort on the Savusavu coast, this diving tour operator gives you an intimate discovery of the rugged coral reefs surrounding Savusavu. Scuba diving, snorkelling and even boat cruises through ‘Shark Alley’ are some of the tours on offer. No matter your chosen activity, you’ll see first-hand why the reefs of Namena are so highly sought after.
Away from the resorts, beaches, gardens and ocean lies a truly spectacular display of nature. A short walk from the town lies the Nakawaga waterfall which is surrounded by beautiful Fijian rainforest. Recommended by travellers as a must-see, you may even want to take a dip in the crystal clear, refreshing waters.
Savusavu Hot Springs
Savusavu boasts some of Fiji’s best-known hot springs, lined along the Savusavu coast and also further inland. The Hot Springs Hotel is located opposite one of the larger groups of springs and is an ideal base to explore this unique area. At low tide you can see the steam from the springs along the Savusavu foreshore.
Savusavu Pearl Farm
Discover the magic behind black pearl cultivation at J Hunter Pearl Farm. Guided tours will show you the how black pearls are formed, from the oyster harvest to the implantation of the mantle. Snorkel through the nutrient-rich Savusavu waters and purchase beautiful black pearls direct from Fiji’s first commercial pearl farm.