Top Things To Do In The Outer Islands
Picture perfect islands, blissful retreats and an intriguing history are just some of the reasons why you should visit Fiji’s outer islands. Browse through our list of must-dos below to find out what your next off-the-beaten-track adventure should be.
Visit Levuka: Fiji’s Only Unesco World Heritage SiteLevuka was Fiji’s capital for only 8 years before it was moved to Suva in 1882 but the town’s roots stretch back to much humbler beginnings as a whaling station, decades earlier.
Hemmed in by 600m cliffs, the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage town oozes old-world charm from the tip of its clock tower church to the rows of weatherboard buildings that line the aptly named Beach Street.
You can brush up on the town’s ‘colourful’ history at the community centre in the middle of town where they’ll set you up with a guided walking tour of many Fiji firsts – like the first school, post office and newspaper. Make sure you top off your tour with a cold drink at the historic Ovalau Club or grab lunch at the Royal Hotel (circa 1860s) – the Pacific’s oldest operating hotel.
See Levuka Historical Town
Dive Spectacular Remote ReefsWhen it comes to spectacular diving, Lomaiviti’s network of reefs rank amongst Fiji’s best dive sites. Access them from the comfort of island resorts like Leleuvia, Toberua or Wakaya or go all in on a multi-day trip on the ‘Nai’a’ liveaboard.
Captain Cook Cruises are your other ticket to diving the pristine, uncrowded reefs of these remote regions. With an onboard dive partner, you’ll be able to dive pretty much anyplace the ship drops anchor. Cruises to these remote regions only happen a handful of times a year, so check itineraries to book your spot.
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Dive Spectacular Remote Reefs
Discover The Islands On A Small Cruise ShipDespite being some of Fiji’s most striking regions, the lovely Lau and Lomaiviti islands remain some of the remotest in the country. With only a handful of resorts, airstrips and ferries to service them, their simple, unchanged nature is what makes these regions so beguiling.
Captain Cook Cruises run expeditionary cruises to these islands only a few times a year. On a 7-night Colonial Cruise through Lomaiviti you’ll discover Levuka’s quaint colonial charm, walk through an isolated former leper colony and visit a turtle and clam nursery. The slightly longer 11-night Lau Discovery Cruise gives you the chance to swim Qilaqila Bay’s awesome sea caves and kayak past the tiny mushroom-shaped islands that dot Fulaga’s turquoise lagoon. With new islands to hike, swim and explore everyday, you’ll find cruising here nothing less than magical.
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Discover The Islands On A Small Cruise Ship
Sail Through Remote Islands And ReefsThere’s something awfully romantic about exploring the world on a yacht – with the freedom to take your time hopping from island to island, anchoring in secret bays and spending sun-filled days hiking, snorkelling and living off the ocean.
The Lau islands are one of Fiji’s most sought after cruising regions, not only for its exquisite islands but also for region’s rich cultural experiences. You can charter a yacht from Taveuni or plot a discovery course through the islands on your own craft.
If you’re entering Fiji from the east, make sure you stop by Savusavu before sailing through Lau. As the most easterly Port of Call, it’s an excellent place to fulfil your Fiji Customs duties and stock up on supplies. Don’t forget to call in at the local market to purchase Kava (a root of the Piper methysticum plant) while you’re there. You’ll need to present an ‘i-Sevusevu’ (traditional protocol presenting a gift to request permission to visit) to any remote villages whose territory you cross.
If you haven’t picked up a copy, the annual Fiji Shores and Marinas guide is packed with excellent tips and useful titbits for sailing the Fiji group.
Sailing Fiji (Looping)
Go Dolphin Watching At Moon Reef
Crescent shaped Moon Reef off the coast of Tailevu (facing the Lomaiviti group) is home to a large pod of spinner dolphins and your likeliest spot to view them year-round. The fun loving dolphins usually spend most mornings playing in the sheltered lagoon before heading out to hunt at night.
You can watch their lively acrobatics and daredevil bow riding antics up close on a boat tour of the reef. The local community are extremely protective of the dolphins and have declared the reef as a marine protected area. To preserve their natural behavior, feeding or swimming with these delightful creatures isn’t allowed but they’re so close you won’t even mind.