Choosing The Right Island | Captain Cook Cruises Fiji

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Captain Cook Cruises, Fiji Islands | Image: Supplied

Choosing a holiday in the magnificent Fijian islands can be a hard choice, but only because there are so many islands to choose from!  Fiji is the perfect holiday destination, blessed with 333 tropical islands that cater to every kind of traveler and budget. It’s home to affordable hostel-style bunks, exclusive five-star bures, soft coral diving, white sand beaches, and a pristine natural environment.  Whatever it is you want from your holiday, you’ll find it in Fiji, but where exactly? How do you know you’re choosing the right island to suit your needs?  To help you out, here’s a guide…

Viti Levu


Coastal Aerial View of Fiji Beachouse Coral Coast Fiji
Coastal Aerial View of Fiji Beachouse Coral Coast Fiji | Image: Supplied

The international gateway to the Fijian islands, Viti Levu boasts a taste of everything the country has to offer. It’s the largest of the Fijian islands and is the pivotal point about which politics, commerce, and industry revolve. It’s also where roughly three-quarters of the Fijian population reside.

Nadi is a culturally diverse city of 30,000 people, and Nadi Beach is a wide strand that’s perfect for lazing in the sun and admiring beautiful sunsets. Places of interest in Nadi include Sri Siva Subramaniya, the largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere, and the Sleeping Giant orchid gardens. From Nadi and Port Denarau, there is easy access to the Mamanuca Islands and Tivua Island Day Cruise and Sunset Dinner cruise.

The Coral Coast is popular with families, with many great resorts and plenty of opportunities for diving, fishing, golf and surfing. Suva is worth a visit to see modern Melanesian life at its liveliest and Pacific Harbour is Fiji’s adventure capital.

The Mamanucas


Sunbathing at Plantation Island Resort Mamanuca Islands Fiji
Sunbathing at Plantation Island Resort Mamanuca Islands Fiji | Image: Supplied

The Mamanuca islands are the typical “postcard-perfect” islands, with white sands, waiters wielding cocktails, sparkling waters, and swaying coconut palms. The Mamanucas is where Tom Hanks spent months filming the movie “Castaway” and where several reality shows including “Survivor” have set up camp. The Mamanucas are made up of 25 tropical atolls, with some islands uninhibited while others feature well-known resorts. Just a 20-minute boat ride from Nadi, they’re some of Fiji’s most accessible islands and popular with all types of travellers.

Tadrai Island is perfect for honeymooners, created exclusively for couples wanting their own private paradise. Vomo Island is historically favoured by Fijian Royal Chiefs and Likuliku Lagoon Resort wow’s visitors with Fiji’s only overwater bungalows

Families can find pure relaxation and fun-filled adventure on Treasure Island, Castaway Island, and Plantation Island and those looking to party will love Beachcomber Island. Bounty Island offers excellent value for money for the budget-conscious.

Whether you’re looking for water sports, island hopping trips, romantic beach picnics, or kids’ clubs, the Mamanuca Islands have it all. A great way to experience many of the islands in the Mamanuca group is aboard Reef Endeavour for 3 or 7 nights

The Yasawas


trekking Nacula island fiji, Oarsman Bay Lodge, Yasawa Island, Fiji
trekking Nacula Island fiji, Oarsman Bay Lodge, Yasawa Island, Fiji | Image: Supplied

A high-speed catamaran ride from either Viti Levu or the Mamanucas will find you in the Yasawas, a group of sparsely populated islands rich in intense natural beauty. You won’t find shops, banks, and medical services here, but you will find gorgeous beaches, abundant sunshine, and a range of affordable backpacker resorts.

As well as snorkeling and kayaking, the Yasawas are great for sailing, and chartering a sailboat is a must. Swimming, fishing, and village visits are common activities and dining is usually a group affair.  If it sounds like the Yasawas might be for you, check out our 3, 4, and 7-night Yasawa Island cruises.

3 Night Southern Yasawa Island Cruise | 4 Night Northern Yasawa Island Cruise | 7 Night Yasawa & Mamanuca Island Cruise

Ovalau & The Lomaiviti Group


Levuka Fiji Colourful Vibrant Street Old Colonial Capital Fiji Levuka Town Ovalau Island
Levuka Fiji Colourful Vibrant Street Old Colonial Capital Fiji Levuka Town Ovalau Island | Image: Supplied

Levuka on Ovalau was once the capital of Fiji and is today one of the only towns in the South Pacific to boast Wild West-style colonial buildings. Outside of the town, you’ll find jungle-clad mountains, undeveloped coasts, and traditional villages.

The islands of Leleuvia, Naigani, and Koro offer low-key resorts and the chance to watch native birds fly overhead from the comfort of your hammock. Wakaya Island offers one of the country’s most exclusive and beautiful resorts and unparalleled scuba diving and snorkeling. Why not plan to experience these beautiful islands by ship aboard Reef Endeavour departing 6 times a year from Port Denarau on 7-night colonial discovery cruises?

Vanua Levu


Landscape Nakama Creek Savusavuv Vanua Levu Island Fiji
Landscape Nakama Creek Savusavuv Vanua Levu Island Fiji | Image: Supplied

Vanua Levu is Fiji’s second-largest island and is ideal for the adventurous traveller looking to river tube, bathe in a hot mud pool or snorkel off a bilibili bamboo raft.

Savusavu town is picturesque and houses a protected bay that is a popular mooring for yachts. As more yachts arrive, tourism in the town grows. Wasali Nature Reserve is an untouched rainforest with hiking trails galore. You can get up close and personal with dolphins at Natewa Bay, dive the soft corals and explore the Hibiscus highway.

Visit Vanua Levu on our 4 Cultures Discovery Cruise.

Kadavu


Coast hugging Restaurant at Kokomo Island Resort, Kadavu Island, Fiji
Coast hugging Restaurant at Kokomo Island Resort, Kadavu Island, Fiji | Image: Supplied

Easily accessed via plane or ship from Viti Levu & included on the Reef Endeavour’s Lau and Kadavu Discovery Cruise departing in November and March, Kadavu is an eco-adventurer’s paradise. Many of the resorts grow their own organic produce and work closely with the local villages. If it’s the true Fijian culture you’re after, you’ll find it here.

Kadavu is also home to the world-famous Great Astrolabe Reef, one of the largest barrier reefs in the world left largely unspoiled.

Taveuni


Hiking at Tides Reach Resort Taveuni Fiji
Hiking at Tides Reach Resort Taveuni Fiji | Image: Supplied

Taveuni is Fiji’s “Garden Island”, and is rich in lush tropical rainforest, flowers, and waterfalls. Most of the forests are protected and there are peaks to ascend and coastlines to meander. Explore Lavena Coastal Walk and discover black sand beaches, traditional villages, and a picture-perfect waterfall.

Taveuni offers a range of accommodations, with average prices ranging from $20 a night to $2,000 a night.

If you’d like to visit the north coast of Taveuni and the Bouma National Park, check out Captain Cook Fiji’s Colonial Discovery Cruise or the Lau & Kadavu Discovery Cruise to visit Lavena

The Lau & Moala Groups


Vatuvara Aerial View of Vatuvara, Lau Islands Fiji
Vatuvara Aerial View of Vatuvara, Lau Islands Fiji | Image: Supplied

The Lau and Moala Groups lay virtually untouched by tourism, and flights and boats to the islands are few and far between, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be explored. If you have the patience to work out how to get there, you’re in for a treat with turquoise waters, hardly touched jungle, and the most traditional of Fijian villages. Or simply board the Reef Endeavour for an 11-night Lau & Kadavu Discovery cruise in November or March.

Choose The Island That’s Right For You!


Aerial View of Lau Islands with Captain Cook Cruises Vessel moored offshore Fiji.
Lau Cruise Captain Cook Cruises Fiji | Image: Supplied

Selecting the perfect island can be difficult, especially if you have never been before! We hope this guide has simplified the selection process in any way, shape, or form. Once you do select the islands you wish to visit, check out our small ship cruises and book in fast. Enjoy!

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