This Island In Fiji Is Off The Beaten Path And Promises A Relaxing Vacation

Encompassing tranquil beaches, tropical rainforest, and rocky terrain, Kadavu Island is a natural wonderland. Unencumbered by crowds, Fiji's top-rated island allows visitors to fully unwind and connect with nature. Although Kadavu feels tucked away, a flight is less than an hour from the city of Nadi, which is located on the largest island of Viti Levu. With minimal roads, water taxis are the common mode of transportation. As you settle into Kadavu, you'll discover there's even more to this island than meets the eye.


Also known as 'Bird Island,' Kadavu is a haven for shining musk parrots, honeyeaters, whistling doves, and fantails. Accompanying these four endemic species are hundreds of bird species that can be found throughout the island's lush forests and gardens. Additionally, you'll have ample opportunity to experience underwater wonders through incredible snorkeling and diving. In Kadavu, swimming with manta rays is a must-do activity. Boasting an abundance of blue marlin, mahi-mahi, and wahoo; game fishing is popular too.

Visitors can gain a deep understanding of the community at one of the island's eco-friendly resorts. Kadavu has a vibrant culture rooted in tradition. Whether you're joining a kava ceremony or adventuring at the beach, you're bound to tap into the refreshing energy of Kadavu Island.


Authentic experiences on Kadavu Island

There are about a dozen eco-friendly resorts on Kadavu Island. Consider booking your stay at Oneta Resort, which has amassed an impressive five-star rating on Tripadvisor. This beachfront oasis features five bures, which are wooded bungalows with straw rooftops (approximately $425/night) and two villas (about $700/night). The price covers on-site activities and meals, with various excursions provided at additional costs. There's also a spa where you can relax with a deep tissue massage.


Beyond the dreamy locale and luxurious accommodations, Oneta Resort has been lauded for its personability and authenticity. One former guest wrote on Tripadvisor, "Oneta is superb in every way. I usually hate personalized service as it often feels fake, but at Oneta it's like hanging out with friends who can't do enough to make you smile – and it's genuine."

Eager to enrich your appreciation of local culture? Immerse yourself in native customs and lifestyles by visiting a Kadavu village. Resorts typically help coordinate these trips. Papageno Resort, for instance, can customize your tour of Daku Village. Here, you'll learn about traditions such as mat weaving and Tapa making, as well as the national drink, kava.


Unparalleled dives and majestic hikes

The Great Astrolabe Reef, the world's fourth-largest barrier reef, offers sublime diving and snorkeling adventures. Manta rays, dolphins, turtles, and shellfish species make up its diverse ecosystem. Aside from colorful reefs and magnificent marine life, this prime Kadavu destination contains diving sites suitable for beginners and experts alike. An example of such is Matava Resort's Mad Fish Dive Centre, which provides multi-level diving courses as well as excursions to an array of stunning sites. Sea kayaking is another popular activity on Kadavu Island. Visitors can partake in one to 10-day guided paddling trips through Tamarillo Active Travel. Along with resort stays, the voyages include snorkeling and hiking.


There are a range of hikes to explore Kadavu's majestic scenery. A moderate trek, Kavala Bay Waterfall Trail leads to a picturesque waterfall and swimming hole. Recognized for its spectacular views, Vatalutu Trails features lush greenery and unique rock formations. Travelers can set out on a three-hour or full-day hike. No doubt, Kadavu Island is a serene paradise for travelers who cherish the outdoors.