Yasawa Islands, Fiji
The Yasawa group of islands are located in north-western Fiji. There are about 20 islands of volcanic origin, which lie in a chain just off the northwest coast of Viti Levu. The island chain begins about 40 kilometers northwest of Lautoka and stretch for approximately 80 kilometers. There are approximately 30 resorts spread over the 12 major islands in the Yasawa group.The islands are famous for their beautiful white sandy beaches, lush tropical rainforests and spectacular mountain-top views of the Yasawa Islands.
There are a wide variety of activities on offer on the islands. Guided trekking, beach snorkeling and boat snorkeling trips to the reef, village trips, sunset sailing, fishing and picnic-beach boat trips. Some highlights include hiking on Waya island, swimming in the caves and snorkeling in the blue lagoon on Nanuya Levu.
Things to see and do
* Snorkeling & scuba diving
* Village trips
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Fiji dollar (F$)
Language – Fijian, English & Hindustani
Land Area – 135 km²
Population – 6000 approx
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus twelve hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 679
Port Location – Resorts around the islands have their own areas for mooring boats.
Transport Links – Awesome Adventures Fiji provide the Yasawa Flyer as the primary transport to and through the Yasawa Islands from Nadi. The trip takes about 2 hours.
Another means of travel is Turtle Airways, which offers special rates for budget travelers to the Yasawas. Flights leave for the Yasawas daily, with the journey taking 30 minutes from Nadi to Nacula.
Octopus Resort on Waya island has its own transfer vessel, the Amberley, a 35 ft purpose built aluminum tri-hull water taxi. The Amberley departs daily from Lautoka at 10am and takes approximately 90 minutes to reach the resort.