They’re but a streak on the map, the 50-odd islands that make up the Mamanuca and Yasawa groups are a behemoth of beauty that pack a powerful – and paradisiacal – punch. Though they’re easily accessible from Nadi, the region is home to everything far-flung-tropical-island daydreams are made of: rustling palms, obscenely blue waters, blinding white sands and local smiles just as bright. Incredibly, this eden is open to all; no matter your budget, you’ll find quality accommodation and million-dollar views.
The 20 or so picture-perfect coral atolls and islands of the Mamanucas arc west through the large lagoon formed by the Malolo Barrier Reef and Viti Levu. It’s a treasure trove of surf breaks, sea turtles, reef sharks and vast schools of multicoloured tropical fish.
To the north, the volcanic islands of the Yasawas reward visitors with blue lagoons, exquisite beaches, technicolour coral gardens and craggy landscapes aching to be explored.