Lau Group

About 100 islands and islets make up the Lau Islands of Fiji. The Lau Group, the Eastern Group and the Eastern Archipelago are other names for the islands. Of the 100 or so islands in the Lau Group, about thirty are populated. The Lau Group makes up a land area of 188 square miles and has a population of just over 10 thousand people. The islands are east of the Koro Sea in the southern Pacific Ocean. Famous British explorer of the Pacific, James Cook, reached Vatoa of the Lau Group in 1774. The most historically significant of the islands is Lekeba and was a meeting location for the Tongans and the Fijians.

If your ideal vacation is in an unspoiled land where there are no hotels and no restaurants, the Lau Group should be your destination. Only three of the islands have accommodations for guests. The only official places to stay in Lau are on Vanua Balavu, Kaibu and Lakeba where you will find guesthouses. Search for where you want to stay during your visit to the Lau Group and make a reservation. Food is available at the guesthouses or local general stores.

Being in the Lau Group is all about the water sports. The local government has banned commercial fishing, so scuba diving and snorkeling equate to vivid, abundant shows of coral and tropical fish. Because the Lau Group islands are so isolated, the coral reefs of orange seafans, cabbage coral, sea whips and soft corals are unmolested and among the most pristine in the world. The water clarity makes for amazing visibility on any Lau Group dive or snorkel excursion.

There is no public transportation in the Lau Group and getting there will take a little planning. Air Fiji has one flight a week to each of Balavu and Lakeba in the Lau Group. If you choose, you can also arrive via private plane. Periodically, cargo boats leave Suva, the capital of Fiji, heading for deliveries in the Lau Group.