Kadavu Island Coast Line

The Great Astrolabe Reef shelters Kadavu; lush rainforest cloaks the hills, rivers run with clean water, and uninhabited beaches fringed turquoise lagoons. The waters teem with marine life, the forests are filled with singing birds. Small villages around the coast are home to around 10,000 Kadavu Islanders living lives of ‘abundant subsistence’, their fertile land, and seas offering up plentiful food and resources. Throughout Fiji, Kadavu is respected as a place where ancient cultural traditions are proudly maintained and preserved intact.

Transport Networks

Kokomo Private Island Resort, Kadavu Islands, Fiji
Kokomo Private Island Resort, Kadavu Islands, Fiji | Image: Supplied

Getting to and around the Kadavu Islands

With regular flight and ferry connections to and from the mainland, Kadavu is easy to reach. Once here, visitors can savor the sense of being someplace special and remote, natural, and unique.  Legend – Sacred Turtles of Kadavu

By Air – Inter-island Transfer –  Fiji Link (Fiji Airways inter-island Fixed-wing Aircraft) provides a direct flight from Suva and Nadi International Airport to the Vunisea Airport on Kadavu. As this is a limited service with very few seats, we highly recommend booking the flight at the same time you book your international flight to Fiji. If this option is not available or you wish to take alternative options, there are two local private charters with a flexible timetable: Island Hoppers and Pacific Island Air. By way of a (fixed-wing and sea) private plane or helicopter, they provide a world-class professional service. More details can be found here.  Vunisea (Namalata) | NFKD | KDV | Vunisea Airport

By Sea – Grounder Shipping offers a weekly cargo and passenger vessel from the Capital City of Suva. We recommend looking at the Facebook page to get full details of the times and dates, as the company is using this social media platform directly to communicate with its customers.

Bird Sightings at Bounty Island (Kadavu)

Lesser FrigatebirdPacific KingfisherVanikoro Flycatcher
SilvereyeBuff banded RailPacific Reef Heron
Orange breasted MyzomelaCommon MynaSooty Tern
Great Crested TernPacific Black DuckBlack naped Tern
Red vented BulbulGreat FrigatebirdWandering Tattler
Table: Bird Sightings at Bounty Island (Kadavu)

History of Kadavu (Snapshots)

Whale Boat Australian painting
Whale Boat Australian painting | Image: Supplied

In the 1870s, Kadavu was considered a site for the new capital, with Levuka quickly running out of space. Luckily for those environmentalists and naturalists today, the island was passed over for Suva, leaving it in its present untouched state. In contrast to Kadavu’s current image of environmental conservation and sustainable tourism, the islands were known in the old days for their whaling stations. Kadavu was a port of call for steamers bound for New Zealand and Australia, with ships mooring at the then-whaling station at Galoa Harbour. In addition to the bech-de-mer trade, whaling ships also moored at Tavuki Bay.

As in most other regions of Fiji in the 1800s, Kadavu had its fair share of scoundrels. When the Port Jackson ship Nimrod was at Kadavu in 1838, the now notorious Vedori, a local scoundrel, which makes for a change from the imported variety, kidnapped the mate and a boat’s crew and held them for ransom. For their release, he demanded some large whale’s teeth (tabua), 4 axes, 2 plates, a case of pipes, some fish hooks, iron pots (for cooking whatever! ), and a bale of cloth. Makes for a big difference to current-day pirates whose ransoms run into millions.

Video: Kadavu Fiji
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