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Yasawa Group

Getting there & around

Turtle Airways (672 1888; reservations@turtleairways.com) has seaplanes flying daily from Nadi (from Turtle Airways Base in New Town, 20 minutes drive west from Nadi International Airport) to Tavewa island. The flight takes about 35 minutes and costs $300 one way (a fraction of what the upmarket resort guests pay). It is a spectacular scenic flight and well worth it for at least one leg. The flight, on small vintage planes (Cessnas or the less noisy de Havilland Beaver), is a great experience itself.

Most people travelling to the Yasawas choose to go by the Yasawa Flyer (also called the 'Yellow Boat') operated by Awesome Adventures Fiji(675 0499; www.awesomefiji.com). The comfortable 25m high-speed catamaran has toilets, air-con and snack bar and departs 9.15am daily from Denarau Marina on Viti Levu. It takes about 1¾ hours to Kuata or Wayalailai ($75), two hours to Waya ($75), three hours to Naviti ($80) and 4½ hours to Tavewa ($95). Interisland fares are around $60, even for short distances.

If you want to linger in the islands without a prebooked itinerary then a 'Bula Pass' (seven/14/21 days $250/370/400) can be a good deal. The pass enables unlimited island- hopping within the time period but only one return trip to Denarau. Awesome Adventures also offers three-/seven-night stays (from $300/800 per person) on up to four islands including transport, accommodation, meals and activities. Be warned, however, your choice of accommodation is limited, usually to the lower end of the quality scale. So if you've got a firm idea of what you want from your holiday you're better off booking your own accommodation separately.

At the time of writing there was rumour of another company commencing transfers to the Yasawas, departing from Lautoka.