Savusavu & Around
Before you book your tickets, a word of warning: once in Savusavu, there is a very good chance you won’t ever want to leave. Preposterously picturesque and affable beyond all expectations, Savusavu is a swashbuckling throwback to the days of high-seas adventure and tall tales told in rollicking, rickety taverns.
The area around Labasa is a great place for 4WD exploration. There are some interesting things to see, though it’s definitely the adventure of finding them rather than the sights themselves that make it worthwhile. For all of these, you’ll need to turn left onto Wainikoro Rd, just past the sugar mill and across from a secondary school.
North & East of Savusavu
Nestled in the mountains north of Savusavu, the 120-hectare Waisali Rainforest Reserve is home to thousands of birds, flowers, trees and plants, some of which are used in local traditional medicines. There's a pleasant 30-minute walk through dense greenery down to a waterfall (watch out for its slippery death-trap rocks).
Hardly any travellers make it over to Wainunu Bay. The road here is poor and the land has escaped commercial logging, so the surrounding landscape – a patchwork of forest and waterfalls – remains untouched for the most part. Wainunu River, the third-largest river in Fiji, flows into Wainunu Bay.
The island of Kioa (25 sq km) is inhabited by Polynesians originally from the tiny, coral-reef island of Vaitupu in Tuvalu. Because of weak soil and overcrowding on their home island, they decided that the best idea would be to buy another, more fertile island and start a relocation program.
Nabouwalu & Around
Nabouwalu is a small settlement on the island’s southwestern point. Early in the 19th century, European traders flocked to nearby Bua Bay to exploit yasi dina (sandalwood), which grew in the hills. Today, the ferry landing – not active at time of research – is its only draw. Nabouwalu has administrative offices, a post office, a small market and a store.