Known also as Sandalwood Island, the waters surrounding Vanua Levu have some of the best dive spots in the South Pacific. These include the world-renowned Rainbow Reef and Savusavu Bay.
The island itself does not have the best lazing beaches, but the snorkeling is unsurpassed. In fact, it impressed Jean-Michel Cousteau so much he built a resort overlooking Savusavu Bay.
Savusavu is the fastest growing town in Fiji. It has a lively expat community, a flourishing bar and restaurant scene, and it’s popular with people island hopping by boat to stop and grab supplies at.
The interior of Vanua Levu is heavily forested in parts and offers excellent birdwatching, walking and trekking. The land given over to agriculture supports sugarcane and coconut plantations.
If you’re short on time or not fond of long boat trips then it is best to get to Vanua Levu by airplane; there are a number of reliable carriers and the flight from Vitu Levu is less than 30 minutes.