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. Offshore to the northwest, the island of Yadua Tabu is home to the last sizeable population of the rare and spectacular crested iguana. It became Fiji’s first wildlife reserve in 1980. Landing here is not allowed.
Nabouwalu has a basic, clean government guesthouse. It’s often booked out with government workers; call ahead to reserve a room. There is a kitchen; bring your own supplies. There are no eateries nearby.
Nabouwalu can be reached by bus from Labasa, but not from Savusavu.
The road from Nabouwalu around the southern coast to Savusavu (127km) is barely passable by 4WD or carrier.