10 Archipelagos of Fiji

A satellite Map of the 10 different Archipelagos Of Fiji Islands

Fiji is composed of ten very diverse groups of islands, from the very mountainous landscape in the southern island of Kadavu with its rough and rugged high peaks and rolling hills to the beautiful beaches of the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, from the pristine natural wonder of the rainbow reef hugging the northern islands of Vanua Levu to the rich cosmopolitan hubs of Viti Levu and the culturally historic islands of the Lomiaviti group, within touching distance of the capital Suva. There is an island to suit everyone.

Kadavu Group

Kadavu Island Coast Line
Kadavu Island Coast Line | Image: Supplied

A secluded tropical island paradise, the Kadavu Group makes for an amazing getaway. With lush rainforests to hike through, incredible reefs to dive in, excellent surfing, and a whole host of water-based activities to enjoy; this island group is an idyllic retreat. Situated some 100 km south of Viti Levu in the Great Astrolabe Reef, the Kadavu Group comprises of Kadavu, Fiji’s fourth largest island, Ono, Galoa, and a number of small isles.

The main island of Kadavu is mountainous, rough, and rugged with high peaks, rolling hills, and deeply indented bays. On the southwest of Kadavu, you will find the imposing Mt. Washington or Nabukelevu, which stands 838 meters high. Lush dense rainforests are also found across the island, especially on the eastern end, which plays host to a variety of indigenous bird species.

  • Kadavu Archipelago Coordinates: 19.0333°S 178.567°E
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  • Group of Islands:  Dravuni, Galoa, Great Astrolabe Reef, Kadavu, Ono

Lau Group

Aerial View of the Lau Group of Island in Fiji.
Aerial View of the Lau Group of Island in Fiji | Image: Supplied

Spread out over 400 km, the Lau islands are often quite small and are either volcanic in nature or have been formed from pure limestone. Because of its close proximity to Tonga, the people who live here are greatly influenced by Tongan values and Polynesian culture. Life is traditional here, with most Lauans renowned throughout Fiji for their woodcarving and masi craft skills.

  • Lau Archipelago Coordinates: 17°50′S 178°40′E
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  • Northern Lau Islands: Cicia, Kaibu, Kanacea, Mago, Malima, Munia Island, Namalata, Naitaba, Nayau, Tuvuca, Vanua Balavu, Vatu Vara, Wailagi Lala, Yacata
  • Southern Lau Islands: Aiwa, Fulaga, Kabara, Komo, Lakeba, Moce, Moka, Namuka-i-lau, Ogea Driki, Ogea Levu, Olorua, Oneata, Vanua Vatu, Vuaqava, Yagasa Levu.

Lomaiviti Group

Batiki Island | Lomaiviti Islands
Batiki Island | Lomaiviti Islands | Image: Supplied

Laidback and tranquil, the Lomaiviti Group of islands sits just off the eastern coast of Viti Levu in Fiji. Rustic and idyllic, this island group is made up of 9 main islands as well as a number of smaller isles. Covering a total area of 411 sq km, the Lomaiviti archipelago is known for its rich history, excellent diving, and picturesque indigenous villages.

  • Lomaiviti Archipelago Coordinates: 17.709°S 179.091°E
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  • Group of Islands:  Batiki, Gau, Koro, Makogai, Moturiki, Nairai, Ovalau, Wakaya, Yanuca Lailai, Yanuca Levu

Mamanuca Group

Aerial View of Castaway Island Resort Mamanuca Islands Fiji
Aerial View of Castaway Island Resort Mamanuca Islands Fiji | Image: Castaway Island

A volcanic archipelago of 20 or so small islands in a lagoon, the Mamanuca Group in Fiji is the perfect playground for those who are looking for sun-kissed beaches to have some fun. You can enjoy a whole range of water-based activities here, from paddle boating and windsurfing to snorkeling, diving, sailing, banana boating, kayaking, waterskiing, jet skiing, fishing, and parasailing.

Located west of Nadi and the main island of Viti Levu, the Mamanuca Group has a plethora of gorgeous white sand beaches and numerous resorts on hand for a utopian vacation.

  • Mamanuca Archipelago Coordinates: 17°40′S 177°05′E
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  • Group of Islands:  Beachcomber. Eori. Kadavulailai (aka Bounty). Kadomo. Malamala. Malolo. Malolo Lailai. Mana. Matamanoa. Modriki. Monu. Monuriki. Namotu. Nautanivono. Navadra. Navini. Qalito. South Sea Island. Tavarua. Tavua. Tokoriki. Treasure. Vomo. Vomolailai. Wadigi. Yanuya

Moala Group

Double canoe off Moala Feejee Islands Sept 26th 1849
Double canoe off Moala Feejee Islands (Sept 26th 1849 | Image: Wikipedia)

A subgroup of the Lau Archipelago, the Moala Group sits midway between the Southern Lau Group and the Kadavu Group. Located southeast of the Lomaiviti Group, the Moala Group consists of three islands, Moala, Totoya, and Matuku, all of which are administered by the Eastern Division. Having a total land area of just 119 sq km, these islands are more or less inaccessible to visitors, and you need to be invited by a villager to come here.

  • Moala Archipelago Coordinates: 18.83°S 179.92°W
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  • Group of Islands:  Matuku Island, Moala Island, Totoya

Ringgold Group

Cobia Island with submerged volcanic crater is part of remote Ringgold Isles archipelago north of Taveuni
Cobia Island with submerged volcanic crater is part of remote Ringgold Isles archipelago north of Taveuni. | Image: Supplied

The Ringgold Isles is 218 hectares in size and mostly uninhabited, an area that supports globally and regionally significant populations of marine turtles, humpback whales, seabirds, and semi-nomadic reef fish.

  • Ringgold Archipelago Coordinates: 16°30′10″S 179°41′20″W
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  • Group of Islands:  Cakau Matacucu, Cobia, Lailai, Maqewa, Mota Levu, Nanuku Levu, Nukubalati, Nukubasaga, Qelelevu, Raranitiqa, Taininbeka, Tauraria, Vetauua, Vucovuco, Yanutha

Rotuma Group

Pristine coastline Rotuma Island
Pristine coastline Rotuma Island ( | Image: Rotuma Tourism Board)

Stunning but very remote, Rotuma is a tiny isolated island that sits some 450 km north of Fiji. The landscape here is very beautiful with some superb beaches and intriguing archaeological sites that are definitely worth seeing if you are up for an adventure. A volcanic island of roughly 30 sq km, Rotuma has been a Fijian province since 1881. However, what makes Rotuma unique from the rest of Fiji is that the culture and people here are more Polynesian than Melanesian.

  • Rotuma Archipelago Coordinates: 12°35′S 177°10′E
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  • Group of Islands:  Rotuma, Solnohu, Solkope, Sari’i, ʻAfgaha, Husia Rua, Husia, Husiameaʻmeʻa, Hạua, Hạuameaʻmeʻa, Island chain (Uea, Hạfhai, Hạfhahoi, Hạfhaveiaglolo, Hatana, Hạfliua)

Vanua Levu Group

View of Savusavu Vanua Levu Fiji
Savusavu Coastline | Image: Savusuavu Tourism)

Vanua Levu is Fiji’s second-largest island and is an independent traveler’s dream. Often referred to as one of the best-kept secrets in Fiji, this island is now fast becoming a tourist haven. Easily accessible from Viti Levu, Vanua Levu still retains much of its remoteness and isolation making it a popular destination for tourists who are looking to travel off the beaten path. Life is more traditional here and the surrounding landscape is filled with stunning views, lush rainforests, and a plethora of coconut plantations.

Similar to Viti Levu in that it has two distinct climate zones, Vanua Levu is dry and dusty on its northern and western sides, while its southern and eastern zones are wet with lush forests and several rivers. Volcanic in origin, there are not many beaches on Vanua Levu, however, the stunning Rainbow Reef can be found off the coast here. The Rainbow Reef is home to some of the best snorkeling and diving, not only in Fiji but on the entire planet.

There are several bays and rivers as well on Vanua Levu, where you can go kayaking, while the island’s interior is excellent for bird watching with the dense forestation found here. There are two main towns in Vanua Levu, Savusavu, and Labasa.

  • Vanua Levu Archipelago Coordinates: 16°35′S 179°11′E
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  • Group of Islands:  Buca Bay, Cikobia-i-lau, Kioa, Laucala, Matagi, Namema Lala, Qamea, Rabi, Taveuni, Vanua Levu, Yadua Tabu

Viti Levu Group

Coral Coast in Fiji Sunset
Sunset on the Coral Coast Viti Levu Fiji | Image: Intercontinental Resort and Spa Fiji

Covering an area of 10,400 sq km, Viti Levu, or Great Fiji is the largest of the Fijian islands. Home of the national capital Suva, Viti Levu is also the administrative, political, and industrial hub of the country. The fifth-largest island in Oceania, around 75% of Fiji’s population can be found living here. Roughly circular in shape with a mountainous interior, Viti Levu is thought to be the oldest of Fiji’s 300-plus islands.

While many tourists use Viti Levu as a base camp when exploring the rest of Fiji, what they don’t realize is that this island has its own unique charms and sights. What Viti Levu lacks in idyllic beaches, it more than makes up for with its many interesting places to see and tons of activities to enjoy.

  • Viti Levu Archipelago Coordinates: 18°23′34″S 177°47′40″E
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  • Group of Islands: Bau, Beqa, Leleuvia, Naigani, Nananu-i-Cake, Nananu-i-Ra, Nukulau, Vatulele, Viti Levu

Yasawa Group

Yasawa Island Cave System Fiji
Yasawa Island Cave System Fiji | Image: Supplied

The Yasawa Group is a chain of 20 volcanic islands famed for its rugged hilly landscapes, dazzling beaches, and striking blue lagoons. A favorite destination for those touring Fiji, these pristine islands stretch from north to south for some 90 km, forming a roughly straight line. Located north of the Mamanuca Group and 40 km northwest of Viti Levu, the Yasawa Group is sparsely populated, giving it a secluded and tranquil ambiance.

Made famous when the romantic movie The Blue Lagoon was filmed here in the 1980s on Turtle Island, the Yasawas today is a tourist hotspot

  • Yasawa Archipelago Coordinates: 16°55′S 177°20′E
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  • Group of Islands:  Drawaqa, Kuata, Matacawa Levu, Nacula, Nanuya, Nanuya Balavu, Nanuya Lailai, Nanuya Levu, Nanuya-i-Ra, Nanuya-i-Yata, Narara, Naukacuvu, Naviti, Sawa-i-Lau, Tavewa, Tiliva, Waya, Waya Laitai, Waya Sewa, Vawa, Viwa, Yaqeta, Yasawa, Yawini
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