The second largest island in the Fijian chain, Vanua Levu has a population of 130,000 and an area of over 2,100 square miles. Vanua Levu lies some 100 miles north of Fiji’s capital, Suva, which is located on the island of Viti Levu.
With winsome tropical breezes and sugar-white sand beaches, Vanua Levu draws visitors with the allure of its less-traveled island byways. Sugar cane production is the main industry on Vanua Levu, although the island provides a warm welcome to tourists seeking the solace of its turquoise waters and lush rain forests. Vanua Levu offers visitors exemplary diving in its pristine waters, which are host to a variety of rare fish species in its underwater coral havens. Vanua Levu is known for its spectacular water sports, from sea kayaking to sailing to sport fishing.
Vanua Levu also boasts the 300-acre Waisali Rainforest Reserve, a breathtaking slice of untouched Fijian jungle that offers tantalizing glimpses of pristine waterfalls, exotic birds, lush vegetation and elusive wildlife.
Vanua Levu’s main city is Savusavu, a town that exemplifies Vanua Levu’s charming and laidback island vibe with its one main street that houses all businesses, restaurants and supermarkets in town. Hot springs near Savusavu draw visitors as well as locals, where the waters are hot enough to cook an entire family dinner. At Natewa Bay, just a short 30-minute drive from Savusavu, visitors will be enchanted by encounters with both the spinner and bottlenose dolphins that call Vanua Levu home.
Positioned as it is in the abundant waters of the South Pacific, Vanua Levu offers visitors freshly caught seafood in eateries from casual cuisine to fine dining. Regional influences mean Vanua Levu also offers visitors a variety of international menu choices inspired by Indian, Asian and South Seas cuisines.
Visitors from other islands in the Fiji chain can reach Vanua Levu by taking a car ferry from Fiji’s capital of Suva on Viti Levu. There are also flights to Vanua Levu’s largest city of Savusavu from both the city of Nadi on Viti Levu and the island of Taveuni.