The Blue Lagoon.
One of the most beautiful places you'll ever visit
Fiji's Yasawas - 6 nights
Sunday, October 20-Saturday, October 26, 2019
Our oceanswimsafari to Fiji's Yasawa islands group in 2019 now spends more nights in the Yasawa, and we split our time with three nights in each of two glorious locations -- the fabled Blue Lagoon of Tavewa (of movie fame), and the elegant Paradise Cove, near the Manta channel. At this time of year, at the tail-end of the Manta season, we may still find those graceful creatures in the area. It's a night longer than we've offered in previous years, but it's only fair to give you a bit longer in one of the world's most beautiful locations.
Our Yasawas oceanswimsafari in 2019 runs from October 20-26, after the Mana Fiji SwimFest (six nights in the Yasawa). We're using the best accommodation available on the Blue Lagoon (beachfront bures). Our accommodation at Paradise Cove is already pretty darn good. It's fair to say, we've gone a bit more upmarket.
The Yasawas are a long, skinny, mountainous island chain that runs along the outer reef to the nor'-west of Fiji's main island, Viti Levu. From Mana Island's North Beach, you can see, on the northern horizon, a shadowy mountain, like Michener's Bali Hai (which for Michener actually was off Santo in Vanuatu). That's the bottom of the Yasawas. The journey up there on the Yasawa Flyer, a daily, ocean-going ferry service, is worth it for the journey alone: the islands are stunning in their craggy, looming presence. The journey on the Flyer stops at tiny resorts all the way up, and all the way back. We go all the way, to the fabled "Blue Lagoon", Tavewa lagoon.
By Tavewa lagoon, we base ourselves at a small, boutique resort, also named, Blue Lagoon. From there, we embark on a new swim each day, over reefs, across channels between islands. And we visit the heart of the Yasawa, the caves at Sawa-i-Lau. The locals reckon that, unless you've been to the inner cave at Sawa-i-Lau, then you haven't really been to the Yasawas. It's in that inner cave, they say, that the spirit of the Yasawa resides.
You can fish; you can dive; you can visit local schools and villages; you can attend local church services -- the singing is beautiful -- or you can just laze on the beach between swims, sipping cocktails, reading, enjoying soothing massages under the palms, nodding off to the music of the wind in the palm fronds...
Tavewa lagoon is surrounded by the islands of Nanuya Lailai, Nacula, Matacawalevu and Tavewa. At its southern end is Nanuya (levu -- big Nanuya), otherwise known as Turtle Island, one of the world's most exclusive resorts. The Yasawas are one of the most remote places on earth, and one of the most glorious places to swim.
Blue Lagoon Resort is renowned in the area for its location (on a long, sleepy beach, with a glorious, arc-ing reef that runs over a kilometre out from the shore), and water that's good for swimming all day long, no matter the tide. Not to mention the food at Blue Lagoon: it's easily the best food in the Tavewa region.
The beach at Blue Lagoon.
Back down the Yasawa chain a bit, after three nights on the Blue Lagoon, we transfer to Paradise Cove, an elegant resort with a new section set aside especially for adults. There are no kids allowed in the Cove Villas section, which has its own two pools, bar and restaurant. The bures are magnificent, as is the water, the coral reef, and the sea life around this small island.
From Paradise Cove, it's a few minutes by boat to the Manta channel -- who knows, it's still Manta season and there may be some there to greet us. If conditions permit, we'll also swim around the island (a bit more than 3km), which is a fascinating swim offering a wide variety of water and swimming types. There are plenty of other reef and channel swims around that area, too.
At both resorts, you can do yoga morning and afternoon, if you like. And dining at Paradise Cove is a step up from most resorts we've tried, anywhere.
We've been involved in tours to the Yasawas since 2004. We've been running our own tours there since 2010.
Yasawas oceanswimsafari - Dates are October 20-26, meeting at Port Denarau (Nadi) to catch the Yasawa Flyer, returning to Nadi on October 26. In 2019, we are not including overnights in Nadi prior to and after the Yasawas in view of the range of accommodation options readily available and the desire by many guests to arrange their own. We'll meet at the ferry terminal at Port Denarau, and bring you back there afterwards.
Our Yasawas oceanswimsafari includes -
- 3 nights accommodation, Beachfront Villa, Yasawas (Blue Lagoon Resort)
- 3 nights, Paradise Cove Resort, Cove Villas
- All meals in the Yasawas
- Swim escorts and programmed transfers, including excursion to Sawa-i-Lau Caves (swim courses, distances depend on conditions on the day)
- Return transfers between Port Denarau and the Yasawas (via Awesome Adventures hi-speed ocean-going ferry, the Yasawa Flyer, Captain's Lounge)
Package cost - from $A5,087 pp based on twin/double share.
NB: Package prices are under continuing review in view of exchange rate movements and variations by suppliers.
Other options available include air transfers (which can eliminate the need for nights in Nadi).
We can also arrange other dates to suit your group, if you'd like to travel at a different time.
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Arrival and departure at Paradise Cove: we use the Yasawa Flyer (Captain's Lounge).
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Paradise Cove: nice reef right out the front.
Cove Villas at Paradise Cove. Quite nice.