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Undeveloped Vanua Levu, one of only two significantly sized islands in Fiji , is about half the size of Viti Levu but in tourism stakes it pales by comparison. The island is long and thin in nature, with Natewa Bay , the largest in the South Pacific, cutting deep into its east coast. Flanking the entire north side of the island is the Cakaulevu Reef, the world’s third largest coral reef system covering over 200,000 sq. km of lagoon. The land has a similar pattern to Viti Levu with distinct leeward and windward regions. The dry north coast of Vanua Levu is strewn with sugar cane farms, pine forests and mangroves around Labasa Town whilst the hilly tropical rainforests in the south are planted in coconut plantations between the frontier town of Savusavu and Natewa Peninsula on its southeastern point facing Taveuni. Scenically though it is less impressive than either Viti Levu or Taveuni with few white sandy beaches, less dramatic mountain scenery and a paucity of tangible attractions - and there’s little accommodation outside of its two towns which connect the north and south coast by the islands only good paved highway. The lack of tourism though makes it a joy to explore and its people, both Indians around Labasa and Fijians around Savusavu, will show genuine fascination in your presence.




Accommodation on Vanua Levu


Flights to Northern Islands
Air Fiji and Pacific Sun (Air Pacific) from Nadi to:
Savusavu / Taveuni - 4 flights a day - (1hr / 1hr 30mins)
Labasa - 6 flights a day - (1hr 15 mins)
Local Flights

Passenger and Car Ferry to Northern Islands
Departs almost daily from Suva to Savusavu and Taveuni. Takes about 12 hours.
Local Cruises / Ferries

Buses in Northern Islands
Run frequently from Savusavu to Labasa and Buca Bay where there's a connecting ferry to Taveuni. Some daily services from Savusavu along the south coast of Vanua Levu and from Labasa along the north coast of Vanua Levu.



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