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Yasawa Islands Transport Guide: 5 Ways to Get to the Yasawa Islands

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Transportation to the Yasawa Islands

Stretching north of Fiji’s mainland, the Yasawa Islands are an idyllic group of paradise islands but take a bit of work to get to. But you didn’t come to Fiji to stay in Nadi! So jump on a hop-on-hop-off ferry, an all-inclusive cruise, a private boat charter or even your very own helicopter transfer and you’ll arrive in paradise in no time! To help sort out the logistics quickly (and to help you get onto “Fiji time” all the more sooner), here’s a list of all the ways to get to the Yasawa Islands.

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1. Yasawa Islands by Ferry

The most popular way to get to the Yasawas is via one of the two ferries. Jump on the Awesome Adventures ferry (otherwise known as the Yasawa Flyer) and travel on a high-speed catamaran, departing from the Denarau Marina, Viti Levu (Fiji’s mainland). Awesome Adventures also offers island-hopping passes where you can choose the length of your trip from five to 15 days. Plus, with daily departures, your transportation is sorted – all you have to do is to pick and pay for your accommodation, meal packages and activities! Can’t decide where to go? Get your pre-planned package, including the ferry to the Yasawa Islands, with Awesome Adventures on Viator and Tripadvisor. Alternatively, travel on the Tavewa Seabus from Lautoka, which offers shorter journey times to the Yasawa Islands. Learn more about taking the ferry in Fiji here.

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2. Yasawa Islands by All-Inclusive Cruises

Surprisingly for a cruise, an all-inclusive cruise with Captain Cook Cruises around the Yasawas Islands actually do offer great value for money! Departing once a week from Denarau, cruises include transportation, accommodation, food and even a bunch of amazing activities such as village visits, snorkelling and glass-bottom boat tours. Jump on a 3-day, a 4-day or a 7-day cruise to explore this jewel of the Pacific with peace of mind. Cruises depart from the Denarau Marina, Viti Levu, while more information can be found on Viator and Tripadvisor. Cruises are also available with Blue Lagoon Cruises, which you can learn more about on Viator, Tripadvisor and The Guide to Cruises Around Fiji.

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3. Yasawa Islands by Seaplane or Helicopter

Arrive in style and get breathtaking views of the Yasawas Islands with spectacular seaplanes or helicopter flights! Easy to hire from Denarau or Nadi, Yasawa Island helicopter and seaplane transfer companies will be happy to discuss what sights you would like to see along the way. Flight companies in Fiji are notoriously flexible! Although it is obviously one of the most expensive options on this list, the views are well worth it! Check out your best options in The Complete Guide to Flights in Fiji.

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4. Yasawa Islands by Charters and Water Taxis

If you are into fishing or have an itinerary of your own, the marinas around Nadi and Denarau are filled with boats and skippers for hire. The most popular charter options are fishing charters and thrilling jetboats. After all, it’s a private hire so you’re in control. You can also arrange a boat charter with your accommodation that often has its own boat and skipper for its most elite guests. Check out other water taxi options in How to Catch a Water Taxi in Fiji.

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5. Yasawa Islands by Skydive

Yep, you’ve read it right. For an extra fee, skydiving companies can organise island landing for your jump in Fiji. After skydiving above the stunning landscapes of the Yasawas Islands you will be landing on a golden-sand beach and taken to your resort. What an entrance! Your trip back to the mainland will be by boat though, so you will still get to cruise the Yasawas. Skydive pick-ups are available in Denarau and Nadi. Check out more ways to experience Fiji to the extreme with our 10 Epic Adrenaline Activities in Fiji.

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Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Fiji Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Fiji. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Fiji’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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