The Top Places to Visit on Kadavu
You’ve made it all the way to one of Fiji’s less-visited yet unspoiled islands; don’t waste your whole time here sipping cocktails in your resort. There are many exciting day trips on Kadavu, from excursions to uninhabited islands to villages full of cultural wonders. Admittedly, the main way to get around Kadavu is by boat or walking, so in most cases, you will need to organise transport with your accommodation. Nevertheless, we’ll give you the best day trips on Kadavu to ask your resort about, as well as list guided day tours, in this guide to the best places to visit on Kadavu.
While you’re here, be sure to bookmark The Complete Travel Guide to Kadavu for more trip-planning success.
5 Best Day Tours on Kadavu
Before we dive into the amazing day trips on Kadavu, here is a quick list of guided options where all of the transport is included:
The Best Day Trip on Kadavu for Foodies
Travel time by boat: 10 mins from Matana Beach Resort/1 hour from Ono Island resorts one way
The arrival village is worth having a look around on either end of your vacation on Kadavu. There is a handful of local shops, while the small post office here gives you a sense of the supplies and services available on such an undeveloped remote island. Head north toward the jetty and you’ll find the odd eatery, such as Maichowmychow Bistro which is set in an attractive art gallery.
For more about your arrival or departure day from Kadavu, see the Kadavu Transport Guide.
The Best Day Trip on Kadavu for Couples
Travel time by boat: 10 mins from Ono Island one way
Relevant tour: Vatulutu Day Trip with Oneta Resort
Venture to the uninhabited island of Vatulutu for one of the best hikes in the Kadavu Group. The three-hour hike here is on a well-maintained trail from the bayside of the island all the way through lush rainforest, emerging on the other side. Your reward at the end is snorkelling, hopefully among turtles that are often spotted in the area, as well as enchanting views of the Great Astrolabe Reef.
See more amazing hiking day trips in the 8 Best Walks in Kadavu.
The Best Day Trip on Kadavu for Luxury Travellers
Travel time by boat: 10 mins from Ono Island resorts one way
Relevant tour: Sunset Cruise to Yabu Island with Mai Dive Astrolabe Reef Resort
Just off the shores of Ono Island is one of Fiji’s largest seabird rookeries, Yabu Island. It’s an impressive sight to watch thousands of red-footed and brown boobies flying too and from their nests to roost. Oneta Resort offers kayaking tours to the island, while Mai Dive Astrolabe Reef Resort offers sunset cruises for the best time to watch the birds.
See more of Fiji’s top birdwatching spots in the 10 Best Places to See Birds in Fiji.
The Best Day Trip on Kadavu for Families
An offshore island of Kadavu, Ono Island not only has a small offering of down-to-earth resorts but worthwhile experiences. Resorts like Oneta Resort and Mai Dive Astrolabe Reef Resort can take you to the island’s remote villages, whether it’s for experiencing a Sunday church service with the locals or indulging in a traditional lovo feast.
Learn more about Kadavu’s cultural experiences in the 10 Must-Dos in Kadavu.
The Best Day Trip on Kadavu for
Travel time by boat: 10 mins from Vunisea one way
Relevant tour: Turtle Calling Tour with Matana Beach Resort
Kadavu’s villages have their own distinct cultures, especially the village of Namuana. The village on the edge of the pretty Namalata Bay performs an occasional turtle calling ceremony where it’s said that two maidens are lost at sea and are only summoned to the surface if the local women chant. The turtle calling ceremony can be witnessed with nearby resorts and Captain Cook Cruises (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor). Another highlight of the village is a 20-minute walk to the top of a hill behind the village offering amazing vistas before continuing to Waikana Falls.