Welcome to Yasawa Group

The chain is composed of 20 or so sparsely populated and surprisingly barren islands. There are no roads, cars, banks or shops, and most of the locals live in small remote villages, surviving on agriculture and tourism for their livelihoods. Most resorts help make the tourist dollar go further by buying local crops or fish, supporting village schools or sponsoring older kids to get further education on the mainland.

While the majority of the Yasawas’ beaches are uniformly divine, the quality of accommodation deviates dramatically: a bure could be anything from a hut that you could blow down with a hair dryer to an upmarket villa with an outdoor shower. The variety of digs on offer – nightly stays range from $40 all the way up to $4000 – now attracts families and well-heeled couples to what was once the sole stomping ground of backpackers. Whatever the budget, it doesn’t take long for guests to fall into ‘Fiji time’, where two snorkels and a bash on the volleyball court constitutes a busy day at the beach.

Apart from ubiquitous island pastimes – book reading, hammock snoozing, cocktail sipping – the must-dos of the Yasawas include swimming with manta rays (in season) and a jaunt out to the mysterious Sawa-i-Lau caves.

The Yasawas are mostly hilly; four of the larger islands have summits close to 600m above sea level. While the relatively dry climate is a plus for visitors, the land is prone to drought. During such times, the need to conserve water is a priority, and you may be asked to take fewer and shorter showers.

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Yasawa Group activities

$132.01 Cultural & Theme Tours

Fiji Navala Village Tour, River, Swim, and Lunch

You will be picked up from your respective hotels before driving approximately 2.5-hours through Lautoka City, Ba Town and the beautiful valleys and picturesque hillsides and great views to Navala. Once at the top of the mountain range, you will have a great panoramic view of the Yasawa group of islands. Set amidst the stunning mountains on the Ba River, Navala is a 200 year old, picturesque village built in the old ways, preserving the traditional native ‘bure’ or thatched hut there are about 100 bures in total; Navala is home to roughly 1000 people. Once at the village, you will be welcomed in the traditional way with a welcome kava ceremony. You will then be taken on a guided tour of the village, the village school, mingle with the locals and hear old legends and stories of this beautiful, ancient village. This will be the perfect time to take pictures with the locals and the beautifully preserved homes they live in. You can then take a dip in the cool waters of the nearby river then lunch at the village. You will also witness various activities such as coconut tree climbing and also sample the cool coconut juice from a freshly picked coconut. All this and more before being dropped back to your hotel.

$434.17 Day Trips & Excursions

Nama Life Tour

7:00am - Pick up from your resort or hotel. Road transfers for Nadi/Denarau locations are provided by shuttle courtesy of Essence of Fiji. Return transfers from Momi, Natadola and Coral Coast are available at an additional cost.8:30am - Depart Nadi with Pacific Island Air. Enjoy a stunning scenic flight over the Yasawa group of islands as you head to your destination at Naviti Island. An approximate half hour flight.9:00am - Arrive and disembark at Naviti Island. Your seaplane will make a grand landing in Somosomo Bay where a boat will collect you to bring you ashore to Somosomo Village.9:15am - Welcome ceremony and Nama briefing. Enjoy your warm welcome by the people of the village and take part in a traditional Fijian kava ceremony. You will then be briefed on the Nama harvesting process by your guide.10:00am - Commence Nama harvest activities. Enjoy a short boat ride out to the Nama harvesting spot where you will learn how to locate and pick strands of Nama sea grapes. Take in your beautiful surroundings as ocean stretches around you for miles.11:00am - Return to the village for free time. Take a break once you return from your harvesting session by relaxing on the beach or snorkelling in the crystal clear waters.12:00pm - Enjoy your special Nama lunch. Gather around together to enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the village, including local root crops and a special Nama dish.2:00pm - Indulge in a special Nama therapy treatment. Be guided down to the beachfront cabana for your therapeutic Nama massage and treatment. Release as you listen to the gentle crashing of the waves.3:00pm - Enjoy free time to relax. After your treatment you may wish to indulge in other spa therapy options that are available, or simply relax on the beach as the day comes to an end.3:30pm - Depart Naviti Island via seaplane. Bid Somosomo Village farewell as you board the seaplane and embark on your trip back to the mainland.4:00pm - Arrive in Nadi for shopping. Once you have arrived back at the Domesitic Airport Terminal, head off on a short drive to the Essence of Fiji Rejuvenation Centre to browse and shop the exclusive Nama skincare range.6:00pm - Transfer back to your resort/hotel.

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