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Viti Levu: Fiji’s Biggest Island

Viti Levu is the largest island in Fiji and home to the main city of Suva, the nation’s capital. It is the location of Fiji’s international airport and where you will fly into when you start your Fijian adventure.

Fiji’s “gateway” Viti Levu is often overlooked, thought of as a quick stop before heading off on most travellers’ Fijian island-hopping adventures. Not us though, we love this diverse island and spend two nights in two very different locations.

What better way to get your Fiji feels than your first night beachfront at Anchorage Resort Nadi.

The second night we’ll head away from relative civilisation and see what life is like in a traditional hilltop village.

10,388 km²

Island Area

1324 m

Highest point – Mount Tomanivi

24 – 29 °C

All-year temperature

580,000

The island’s population

Anchorage Resort Nadi

anchorage resort in nadi

Just a short drive from Nadi airport, our local crew will have you kicking back and embracing the Fiji lifestyle in no time after touching down!

Set beside its very own white sandy beach, lined with green palm trees, amazing views over the Pacific Ocean on one side and views of nearby mountains on the other, what better backdrop for us to settle in and meet our new travel buddies!

Settle in with a relaxing swim in your choice of two swimming pools or if you’re feeling energised from the Fiji air, grab a kayak and hit the ocean!

Beautifully decorated rooms, with a real “Fijian” feel, all the comforts of home, including air conditioning, fridge and comfy beds… what a place to start and end your Fiji adventure!

Heading off to immerse ourselves in a truly unique Fijian cultural experience, we head inland, away from the beautiful beaches to our stay at a traditional Fijian highland village, passing breathtaking waterways and plantations along the journey. Nestled high up in the Nausori Highlands, we are privileged to call Navala Highland Village home tonight, where we embrace all that this village has to offer with a range of local activities.

Navala Highland Village

Nestled up in the mountainous highland of Viti Levu is the traditional village of Navala, where we will have the privilege to call home for a night.

This village is home to around 100 bures and around 1,000 Fijian people live there.

This truly unique village homestay experience is one of the highlights of our trip.  We are welcomed by the local people with a traditional Fijian kava ceremony.

The village also offers mountain-hiking, tours of the local plantation, you can help to replace thatch on traditional bure huts or learn to basket-weave and even how to prepare a traditional lovo dinner.

You will fully immerse yourself into the Fijian culture and be welcomed into a tradition family Fijian home, known as a “bure” or thatched hut, to spend the night.  Accommodation is very basic and traditional. Most will not have the showers and toilets you have at your own home (some will not have showers at all) and toilets may be ‘long-drops’ that are separated from the main house – a truly memorable experience!

navala highland village