Special Ways to Dine in the Yasawa Islands
In the remote islands of Fiji, food might be a simple combination of fresh local land and sea produce, but the traditions and ritual surrounding the meals are what make dining in the Yasawa Islands an “experience”. Eating in the Yasawa Islands isn’t all about sitting down at a restaurant; it’s about making food an event! Whether you’re looking for dining luxury, a romantic dinner or something classically island-style, you’ll find something to suit your palette in one of the memorable dining experiences of the Yasawa Islands.
While you’re here, don’t miss our Foodie Guide to the Yasawa Islands.
1. Indulge in a Private Beach Picnic
Mix romance, great food and breathtaking landscapes in a Yasawa Islands beach picnic. Resort chefs will prepare a gourmet picnic for you before you’re whisked away with your lucky partner to a secluded beach. We definitely consider this one of the most romantic activities in the Yasawa Islands at least! This dining experience is available at the Yasawa Island Resort, Barefoot Manta, Navutu Stars and Turtle Island Fiji.
2. Dine with a Fijian Family
Looking for an authentic Fijian dining experience? Book yourself a night or two in a village homestay. Fijian families open their home to travellers to share their way of living and, most importantly, share their island cuisine! Food is simple, flavoursome and shrouded in tradition – a must-do for adventurous foodies! Check out our 10 Budget Homestays in the Yasawa Islands where dining with the family is all part of the experience.
3. Attend a Luxurious Dinner Party
Guests at the five-star Turtle Island Fiji resort have the opportunity to attend their “Dinner Parties” at a different unique location each night. Dine among tropical gardens, on the mountaintops or on the sandy shores – the possibilities are endless on a private island! As well as sampling fine wines and cocktails throughout the evening, guests will get to enjoy traditional Fijian performances, storytelling and a kava ceremony. Take a look at more luxuries like this in our 10 Luxury Activities in the Yasawa Islands.
4. Have a Romantic Private Beach Dinner
To celebrate an occasion or to surprise that special someone, treat them to a private dinner for two. Enjoy a gourmet three-course meal at your own secluded private table on the beach. Watch the sunset, dine under the stars and be treated like royalty with your own personal butler. This experience can be enjoyed at resorts such as Mantaray Island, Barefoot Manta and Navutu Stars.
5. Experience a Lovo Feast
While Fijians usually save such feasts for special occasions, visitors to the Yasawa Islands have the privilege to taste the mouthwatering flavours of a traditional lovo feast. Lovo is meats and vegetables slow-cooked in an underground oven. A highlight of the experience is watching the unveiling of the lovo before tucking into a delicious feast of melt-in-your-mouth textures and smokey flavours. At the Barefoot Manta Resort, guests even learn to weave their own dinner plates before the feast and cultural performances. See more resorts that have lovo nights in our 10 Accommodation in the Yasawa Islands for Foodies.