The Yasawa Islands consist of over 20 volcanic islands that lie in the western region of Fiji. These islands are mountainous and covered with lush forest and grass. The mountain peaks throughout these islands can range from 250 to 600 meters high and provide excellent opportunities for backpacking and hiking. Visitors will find this area to have some of the most breathtaking views that Mother Nature has to offer. Here are five of the Yasawa Islands attractions that visitors to these island will not want to miss.
1. Sawa-I-Lau Caves
There are three different caves that make up the Sawa-I-Lau Caves. Visitors must swim through the entrance of the caves to experience the beauty that these limestone caves have to offer. Stairways have recently been built on the interior of the caves for easier navigation. Parts of the Sawa-I-Lau Caves were used during the filming of the Blue Lagoon, which was a popular 1980 movie that starred Brooke Shields. Visitors to the caves will find the mystic limestone formations around the caves to be both beautiful and amazing, creating a sight all their own.
2. Naviti Island
This is the largest island that makes up the Yasawa Islands. Naviti Island is quite hilly and covered with sparse forest and grassy ridges throughout its region. There are clusters of five smaller islands situated around the southern tip of Naviti Island, which allow visitors to swim with Manta Rays through a period of May to October. The white sandy beaches around this island offer visitors the ideal areas for rest and relaxation from the outside stresses of the world.
3. Kuata Island
The Kuata Island is the ideal location for backpackers. This uninhabited island has resorts set up for backpackers that visit the area. This island offers visitors excellent opportunities for snorkeling and diving as well. Tourists and sightseers will experience the beauty offered by the rocky peaks and sheer cliffs that drop straight down into the picturesque bay below.
4. Village of Bukama
A visit to the village of Bukama is considered a real treat. Guests must obtain permission from the chief of Yasawa to gain access to this area. Upon arriving guests will be welcomed by schoolchildren that offer their hospitality in song. During the evening, a special feast followed by a dance ceremony is available to honor guests that visit this small resort area. Ideal if you’re looking for a very personal experience on your Yasawa Islands holidays.
5. Coral View Island
A visit to Coral View Island provides visitors with breathtaking views and unlimited outdoor adventures. From backpacking to a relaxing swim in the lagoons situated around the island, guests are sure to be amazed at the time spent in this area.