The beautiful island of Vatulele (31 sq km) is 32km south of Korolevu, off Viti Levu’s southern coast, and west of Beqa Lagoon. It is 13km long and mostly flat. The highest point is just 33m above sea level, and there is scrub and palm vegetation. The western coast is a long escarpment broken by vertical cliffs, formed by fracturing and uplifts. A barrier reef up to 3km offshore forms a lagoon on the eastern and northern ends, with two navigable passages at the northern end.
Vatulele has four villages and one exclusive resort, Vatulele Island Resort. The villagers live mostly off subsistence farming and fishing and are one of Fiji’s two main producers of masi. There are also archaeological sites, including ancient rock paintings of faces and stencilled hands, and unusual geological formations, including limestone caves and pools inhabited by red prawns that are considered sacred.