Yasawa Islands Pictures
famous Blue Lagoon Beach, Nanuya Lailai Island, with a very pricey and posh Blue Lagoon
Cruise ship parked temporarily at the end of the beach.
Blue Lagoon's sand is incredibly soft and the palm-fringed backdrop
perfect, but the thick seaweed takes the colour off the tropical effect,
though it does provide a home and larder for fishies, so snorkellers
like the waters. The lower part of the beach is reserved for the people
using the white Blue Lagoon cruise ship.
There are small resorts on small Nanuya Lailai Island or access to Blue Lagoon Beach from other islands such as Kuata and Waya
Lailai by short boat ride is commonplace.
Island (note: not Islands plural) hosts a couple of the best beaches in Fiji and possibly in the world,
with its northerly beaches coming out on top and visited by the famous
and costly Blue Lagoon Cruise ships. Otherwise Yasawa Island is home
to an expensive hotel, the Yasawa Island Resort that needs to be reached
by plane or via several hours on a water taxi.
Lailai resort is in a particularly stunning location and partly protected from the prevailing winds by the island's lumps so
beach going is a comfortable business.
a chain of a dozen up to four hours from Viti Levu by the Flyer are
- with the exception of the furthest, Yasawa Island itself - low cost
and low profile places, providing basic services and activities, with
snorkelling and kayaking topping the list. The islands are visited
daily - (again, not Yasawa Island) by the Yasawa Flyer catamaran,
lugging backpackers and flashpackers to and fro, some staying their
entire time on one island, others hopping from one to another every
couple of days.
For those prone to seasickness the waters around the Yasawa Islands
are partly protected and the ride not too bouncy; maximum
trip time to/from the furthest island is four hours.
The Yasawas are mostly powered by electricity generators so lighting
is limited and air-con nonexistent; islands mostly offer simple thatched
bungalows and communal meals. Beaches are generally small and unmanicured
but pleasant, with pretty fair coral right near the beach, though
these are not by any stretch of the imagination the world's best beaches.
Ray is a resort where partying hard is the main event in the evening
and swinging in a hammock on the beach is the daytime action, though
the off-beach coral is good here and kayaks are popular.
Coral View Resort on Kuata Island
of the older and more primitive but nevertheless pleasant establishments
in the Yasawa Islands, Coral View Resort offers wonky huts and wobbly food
but is good value and a reasonable beach.
but cheerful Coral View's typical budget backpacker massed dining,
rush-for-the-buffet meal and filling but definitely mediocre food.
beach on a not-unusual summer wet-season day. Cloud, rough seas and flotsam.
Beware the Ides of March!
Best months to visit Fiji and the Yasawa Islands: May, June, September, October. The South Pacific lies in the tropics so all islands are warm and
humid year round. The dry season is climatically best, May to October,
with less humidity, cloud cover, rain, wind, rough seas and seaweed
on beaches. However, July and August get very crowded with visitors,
especially Australians and Kiwis escaping winter back home.
Beware the November to April wet season. Don't believe travel agents
who tell you it only rains for an hour a day. Not true! It may rain for an hour, it may rain for days on end, and even when
it doesn't cloud cover could spoil the sunshine, winds make boating
unpleasant, choppy water makes snorkelling water murky and beaches
wear a coat of seaweed. Hurricane force winds (cyclones) may also
occasionally make an appearance.
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