Yasawa Islands | Location of the Resorts
|2-2.5 Star||Gold Coast Inn|
|3-3.5 Star||Nanuya Island Resort, Octopus Resort, Manta Ray Island Resort, Barefoot Manta Island Resort, Coralview Island Resort, Oarsman's Bay Lodge, Blue Lagoon Beach Resort|
|4-4.5 Star||Navutu Stars Resort, Viwa Island Resort, Paradise Cove Resort|
|5 Star||Turtle Island Fiji, Yasawa Island Resort|
|UnKnown Rating | Wayalailai Ecohaven | Botaira Resort | Korovou Eco-Tour Resort | White Sandy Beach | Long Beach Resort | Bay of Plenty | Coconut Beach Resort | Nabua Lodge | Safe Landing Resort|
Getting to and around the Yasawa Islands
Explore the beauty of the Yasawa Islands, skim through the crystal-clear waters via ferry transfer to your beachfront bungalow, or experience a breathtaking low-flying scenic transfer via helicopter or seaplane. We have created a shortlist of the different transports available to and from the Yasawa Islands to help you start your Fijian adventure in style.
Awesome Adventures | Departs from Port Denarau – Explore the Yasawa Islands of Fiji at your own pace. Awesome Adventures offer a range of Passes and Packages. Be it a spur-of-the-moment flexible trip or something a bit more organized, they have the right travel options for you. Departs Daily | Travel Times – 30 mins to 5 Hrs
Tavewa Seabus | Departs Lautoka Daily – provide transfers between Waya & the Nacula region. The vessel is a fully licensed passenger catamaran taking a maximum of 60 passengers at any one time. (Price range from $70 – $160 FJD. Always refer to the official venue for up-to-date pricing.)
SeaFiji | Departs from Port Denarau – offers a fast boat transfer service from Port Denarau to the Yasawa Islands They have been in operating for 16 years.
Island Hoppers | Departs from Nadi Airport – Island Hoppers is simply the fastest way to and from your resort holiday. Experience the thrill of flying in one of our helicopters over the shimmering waters of the inner reef. Air-conditioned courtesy transport operating on Denarau & Nadi Airport ensures fast, seamless transfers between Island Resorts. (Always refer to the official venue for up-to-date pricing.)
Turtle Airways | Wailoloa Beach – Offer our passengers a breathtaking low-flying scenic transfer that is safe, reliable, convenient, fast, and affordable. With limited holiday time in Fiji, our passengers are looking to get more out of their stay. We deliver on this, with flights departing every other hour to the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands. (Flight to the Yasawa Islands takes around 30mins)
Fixed Wing Aeroplane – Island Hoppers | Depart from Nadi Airport – A direct flight to Yasawa Island Resort and Spa | Daily charter service. Flight to the Yasawa Island Resort and Spa is around 25 mins, from the International Airport in Nadi. Domestic Airports | Yasawa Island – Yasawa | NFSW | YAS | Yasawa Island Airport
Pre-1987, the government of Fiji prohibited land-based tourism in the Yasawa Islands to protect the traditions, communities, and unique Flora and Fauna. In the preceding three decades, in partnership with the local villages, small boutique backpackers owned and operated by the local people were established, allowing the islanders to become more economically sustainable.
As the world became more aware of the natural beauty and kindness of the Fijian people, several top-end resorts came into being. With their relative isolation intertwined with the finest luxury resorts, this instantly became a destination for honeymooners and wedding ceremonies. From the stunning Turtle Island Resort to the Yasaawa Island Resort and Spa, each receives international accolades across the world in the tourism profession.
The Yasawa islands and their natural splendour, captured in the 1980s movie The Blue Lagoon, starring the then-teenager Brooke Shields, are still as present today as they were then, a testament to the harmony between the people and the natural environment.
1643 – The first discovery of the Fijian Outer Islands was made in 1643 by the Dutch explorer, Abel Tasman
1774 – The second intrepid explorer to set foot in Fiji was English navigator Captain James Cook in 1774, and he also continued to explore the islands during the 18th century.
1789 – One of the most profound historical events that affected Fiji’s history was the infamous mutiny on the HMS Bounty. Captain Blight and 18 of his loyal crew were cast away on a seven-metre-long whaleboat. Here he navigated through the Bligh waters of Fiji, narrowly avoiding the then-hostile Fijian Cannibles and their famous war canoes. They eventually navigated to Timor in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), 5800 kilometres away. Navigating through the Yasawa Group of islands, the British navigator William Bligh charted the positions of the outer islands with remarkable accuracy.
1794 – Captain Barber in the HMS Arthur visited the islands
1840 – The Yasawa Islands were charted by American explorer Charles Wilkes who arrives in Fiji in 1840. It was part of an exploring expedition (Wilkes Expedition). The expedition consisted of 6 ships and included naturalists, botanists, a mineralogist, taxidermists, artists, and a philologist.