Initially known as Sandalwood Island to Europeans, Vanua Levu had its time as a wild colonial outpost. with sailors and escaped convicts from Australia calling the Island home while trading in the island's timber. Since then, it has calmed down and become the mainstay of Fiji's sugar cane industry with tourism becoming an increasingly important part of the island's economy.
There are a range of homestays and backpackers in Savusavu which are worth checking out. Nearby are resorts that offer amazing beaches and access to the region's famed dive spots.
A trip to Natewa bay, either through your resort or by finding a local guide in the nearby villages, will get you up close with the local pod of dolphins. Spinner and bottle-nose are both common. In the unlikely event that you are unable to find them, the bay still offers great diving and snorkelling spots to make the trip worthwhile.
Pacific Sun has flights to Savusavu twice daily from Nadi and Taveuni. Consort Shipping runs the large car ferry to Savusavu on Mondays and Thursdays calling at Koro on the way to Suva. Wednesday at midnight and Sundays at 0900 the “Sofi” leaves Savusavu for Taveuni. These schedules often change.
Beachcomber Cruises runs the 65-metre car ferry MV Adi Savusavu from Savusavu direct to Suva Wednesdays, Fridays and Sunday. It leaves Taveuni Wednesday and Friday and Sunday.
Regular bus services operate between Savusavu and Labasa and a daily bus does the Labasa/Tavenui run (via Savusavu) that connects with the small ferry at Natuvu. There are numerous taxis at Savusavu market, and they are quite affordable.