Located off the northwest coast of Viti Levu, the Yasawa Islands are a string of 20 volcanic islands best known as the movie Blue Lagoon's filming location. With a reputation for a spectacular natural environment, this popular island hopping holiday destination enjoys panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. 40 km northwest of Lautoka, the Yasawa Islands are also the ideal wedding and honeymoon accommodation location.
With such a beautiful natural environment on offer, the Yasawa Islands don't really need to offer much else in the way of things to see and do. Traditional Fijian culture is still present on the islands and there are always plenty of Fiji locals who teach hand weaving, allowing you to make your very own basket, bracelet or souvenir out of palm fronds or banana leaves.
The locals are also always keen to show off their plantations and are happy to take you through their crops of bananas, mangoes, papaya, cassava, breadfruit and a wide range of other tropical fruits and vegetables for you to learn about and enjoy.
Kava ceremonies are also a big part of traditional life on the islands and take place regularly. Visitors are always invited to join and while it is important to make sure what you are accepting is safe to drink it is also worth noting that on the smaller islands it is considered rude to refuse to take part.
Snorkelling and diving in the Yasawa Islands is considered some of the best in Fiji, with some islands enjoying spectacular sites directly off the beach. There are a number of dive operators on the islands and rates are quite reasonable. You can even obtain certification if you wish, allowing you to enjoy the special diving and snorkelling trips to their fullest.
Hiking is a popular and beautiful way to explore the islands with individual or guided options available. There are also some great day trips offered to the Underground Caves, Blue Lagoon, fishing and snorkelling trips as well as local village tours.