Surrounded by soft ocean waves, a mellow pace and the swish of palm trees, it's impossible to fight the relaxed vibe of Vanua Levu. Yes, we said impossible, so really, just embrace it. Less frequented than Viti Levu, Fiji's second-largest island is a laid-back getaway. Adventure and relaxation await you with Vanua Levu packages, complete with underwater escapades and rejuvenating beaches.
For a little island, Vanua Levu has lots to explore. Luckily, Vanua Levu package deals make it affordable to spend several days seizing all that's on offer. Be sure to pack solid shoes, as you'll want to spend some time snapping pictures of the island's natural wonders. Get lost on the rainforest trails at Wasali Nature Reserve, or take the lush hike to Nakawaga Waterfall for an afternoon swim. Diving and snorkelling opportunities abound in Vanua Levu's coral reefs and cerulean waters. At Natewa Bay, you can also make the acquaintance of the island's local dolphin pod, which regularly frolics in the waves; do give Flipper our regards, if you please.
The anthropologically inclined should visit the Naag Temple, or Snake Temple, near the town of Labasa. The temple's centrepiece is a stone in the shape of the Hindu snake god. Supposedly, the stone rapidly grew of its own accord until the local priests prayed for relief from the constant remodelling! The Wasavula Ceremonial Site is also an interesting experience. We recommend hiring a guide to get a full understanding of this site, which was originally used for cannibalistic ceremonies. Fun! (Please don’t eat your guide.) Next, embark on a road trip full of phenomenal views and lush rainforest scenery when you take a drive along the Hibiscus Highway. You can explore this coastal road all day with a Vanua Levu car rental.
Shoppers can peruse the markets and shops for handicrafts, including locally crafted wooden and woven goods. In other words, yes, you can bring your dear Aunt Esmeralda home the perfect island gift. You won't find much other shopping on this sleepy island, other than some curio shops catering to the tourist crowd.
The nightlife in Vanua Levu is equally relaxed. A couple of bars offer patrons a quiet drink at the end of a full day. Many of the local clubs (such as the marina and the yacht club) also welcome foreign visitors as temporary members, so feel free to sidle up to their bars for a drink with a seaside view.
At dinnertime, seafood lovers can enjoy incredibly fresh fish—often straight from the ocean—at any of Vanua Levu's eateries. The adventurous can sample delicacies including octopus, sea cucumber, seaweed, and shark. Sound intimidating? Hey, you’re on holiday—try something weird! Other Fijian staples include sweet potatoes, coconut and rice melded together into innovative dishes that do not include the local sea life.
Whether you're eager for a natural adventure, a beach holiday or a cultural experience, Wotif can help you get there with Vanua Levu hotel packages. With deals like these, and other packages to beach getaways like Beachcomber Island, we put that tropical holiday you’ve been fantasising about finally within reach. Make your daydream a reality today!
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