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Introducing Nacula

Nacula, a hilly volcanic island, is the third largest in the Yasawas. Blanketed with rugged hills and soft peaks, its interior is laced with well-trodden paths leading to villages and small coves. It is possible to follow a well-defined trail inland through mangroves from the resorts on the southern point to those at Long Beach. Keep an eye out for mudskippers, an amphibious fish that has uniquely evolved to be able to breathe out of water. They live in the tidal streams among the mangroves.

There are four villages on Nacula island, including Nacula, home of Ratu Epeli Vuetibau, the high chief of Nacula Tikina. The tikina (group of villages) includes the islands of Nacula, Tavewa, Nanuya Levu, Nanuya Lailai and Matacawalevu, and is home to about 3500 people. Catching a Sunday church service in one of the villages is a real treat; most resorts will arrange free transport for their guests.

Beach devotees will be ecstatic to know that Nacula also has some of the finest beaches, swimming and snorkelling in Fiji, particularly at Long Beach, and if you need some practice hiking on land, a decent two- to three-hour return hike above Nabua Lodge will take you to 360-degree views across the islands.

Diving is provided by Vertical Blue Diving at Blue Lagoon Beach Resort.