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Introducing Savusavu & Around

If you have ever dreamed of a sweetly scented South Pacific port nestled against a sweeping bay, backed by sloping green hills and filled with hibiscus flowers, chances are your image looks a lot like Savusavu (population 4970). It’s a timeless little town where everyone smiles and says ‘bula’, and there are several good restaurants, bars and well-stocked stores. The stunning looks and ease of living continue to seduce folks to stay longer than planned and many foreigners have snapped up land in the hills and surrounding coast. As such, there’s an uncommonly large but very laidback ex-pat community.

Savusavu is also the sole port of entry on Vanua Levu for yachts, and one of the most popular places in Fiji for visiting yachties to put down anchor. There are two excellent marinas here and Savusavu Bay fills up with vessels during the high season. A new marina complex (see www.marinavillagefiji.com) is planned on the waterfront east of town. If it’s ever completed, it will include an international marina, luxury villas and apartments, bars and cafes.

East of Savusavu the Hibiscus Hwy stretches for 70 miles up the coast. It’s a lazy drive through avenues of palm trees, past blue bays and old plantations.