This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Yasawa Island Group. To help you make friends with Yasawa Island Group before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Formed by volcanic activity, the Yasawa Island Group island chain in northwestern Fiji boast a unique landscape that offers a remote escape from modern civilization. Primarily popular with backpackers and hostel guests, the islands have started to become a more popular tourist destination in recent years.
While hostels have been the more common accommodations sought in the Yasawas, traditionally, there are some smaller resorts and more romantic, luxurious retreats popping up around these mountainous islands. Tourists here now have a range of options for a stay in this beautiful paradise while they explore all that Fiji has to offer.
Getting around the island from your hotel or hostel is easy – everything is accessible just by taking a short walk from your front door. There are no major attractions or landmarks here, but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of things to do while in the Yasawas. There are plenty of impressive lookout points on the islands to take in the spectacular scenery, which is particularly stunning during sunrise and sunset.
Hiking, diving, snorkeling, and watersports are some of the more popular activities while on the islands, but the beaches are also a great spot to just relax and enjoy the beautiful tropical weather. Kava ceremonies are held on many of the islands, and welcome guests to join in the festivities. Tourists can also check out some of the local plantations, to see the papayas, bananas, mangoes, and other fruits grown by residents of the islands.
The quickest way to get to the islands is by seaplane, which is available from the town of Nadi. Catamarans are also available from Nadi, and provide travelers with a more economical option. Some tours offer island-hopping passes, so visitors can explore the Yasawas without worrying about finding transportation each time. However, there are water taxis that can bring guests shorter distances through the islands.
Written by local enthusiast for Yasawa Island Group hostelsJakob Lombardi