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Lau Group/Fiji

Introducing Lau Group

Scattered across Fiji's southwestern corner, halfway to Tonga, these 57 islands are some of the most remote and sparsely populated in all of Fiji. Thick perimeters of colourful reef wedge themselves between the ocean and secluded bays and beaches, and interiors are hilly and wild.

Lau islanders are known for their woodcarving and masi (bark cloth) crafts, and have been greatly influenced by neighbouring Polynesian cultures. Although the climate here is drier than most parts of Fiji, storms can be fierce and some of the bays are used as hurricane shelters by visiting yachts. Tourism is virtually nonexistent and you'll find no banks, but this is precisely why these islands appeal to hardened and patient explorers.