Located just over 60 km northeast of Viti Levu, Vanua Levu is the second largest island in Fiji despite being little more than half the size of Viti Levu. Originally a bustling hub for copra trade, its most significant industry is now its large sugar cane fields which stretch into the horizon. The island features rugged terrain with plenty of wide open spaces and its coast is flanked by an extensive coral reef system. Although a beautiful holiday destination with excellent accommodation to match, Vanua Levu remains relatively untouched by modern tourist development and is therefore the perfect opportunity to see ancient local culture and traditions in practice.
Labasa and Savusavu are the largest population centres of the island yet are relatively small and by the majority are comprised of the Indian community. Savusavu is a slightly smaller and less developed town but continues to gain in popularity as a dive holiday destination, particularly within the yachting community.
Easily accessed by local boat or ferry, by far the most spectacular aspect of Savusavu is the incredible beauty of its magnificent bay and the surreal quality of its natural hot springs. Scattered in abundance around the edges of the city, the hot springs are a must see when visiting Vanua Levu. Creating an almost 'twilight zone' quality, the hot springs cause steam to literally rise from cracks in the sidewalk, grassy areas and even the seashore making for an extremely unique sight to see.
A trip to Vanua Levu is not complete without experiencing the amazing snorkelling and diving that takes place. With options available for divers of all skill levels, you can explore brommies (coral heads), colourful hard and soft corals, huge sea fans and Mystery Reef. The diving here is so good that even Jean Michel Cousteau has set up a resort on the island to take advantage of the beautiful dive sites.