A Travel Guide to the Yasawa Islands, Fiji
As bold as it may seem to say, the Yasawa Islands are everything you want from a holiday to Fiji. It’s got the paradise islands lined with white sands, remote island villages and a feeling of unmatched serenity. What’s more, the island group receives a much drier climate than the rest of Fiji, making it an idyllic destination year-round. With luxurious adult-only retreats, family resorts, budget backpacker resorts and cultural homestays, there’s a holiday in the Yasawa Islands for every type of traveller. We’ll guide you through all the possibilities in this complete travel guide to the Yasawa Islands.
Fast Facts About the Yasawa Islands
Location: Northwest side of Fiji (see map below)
Climate: Daily average temperature – 27°C/80°F, yearly average rainfall – 902mm/35.5″
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Time Zone: FJT / GMT+12/+13
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How to get to the Yasawa Islands: Direct international flights from the South Pacific islands, Australia, New Zealand and Korea land at Nadi International Airport, all of which have many connecting flights. The Yasawa Islands can be accessed by air via Nadi Airport or sea via Port Denarau or Lautoka. See 5 Ways to Get to the Yasawa Islands for more information.
Budget Holidays in the Yasawa Islands
The Yasawa Islands have held onto being Fiji’s “backpacker destination” for years now, even with the introduction of some mid-range and luxury resorts. Budget resorts dominate the accommodation available in the Yasawas, making for an affordable tropical holiday with plenty of amazing experiences available for free or at least very cheap. Get more advice for your budget getaway in The Guide to the Yasawa Islands on a Budget.
Things to Do in the Yasawa Islands on a Budget
- Snorkel just off the beaches
- Explore the water by kayak or stand-up paddleboard
- Discover amazing landscapes on the walking trails
- Do a Fijian craft or cooking lesson
- Enjoy evenings of Fijian song, dance and kava ceremonies.
For more inspiration, check out our 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in the Yasawa Islands.
Where to Stay in the Yasawa Islands on a Budget
The Yasawa Islands is blessed with affordable accommodation making a stay in paradise much more accessible. There are resorts and homestays available for families, couples and backpackers. Check out our 10 Budget Accommodations in the Yasawa Islands, as well as 10 Budget Homestays in the Yasawa Islands.
Luxury Holidays in the Yasawa Islands
The scene of powdery beaches, rugged volcanic islands and lush tropical forest mixed with seclusion and the feeling of “your own piece of paradise” is what makes a luxury holiday in the Yasawa Islands. There’s a feeling of exclusivity in the limited number of five-star resorts due to resorts being “boutique” and adult-only for most of the year. Find out more about luxury travel to the Yasawas in The Luxury Guide to the Yasawa Islands.
5 Luxury Activities in the Yasawa Islands
- Fly to your luxury resort on a scenic seaplane flight
- Scuba dive at untouched reefs
- Indulge in a luxurious beachfront massage
- Swim with giant manta rays
- Go horse riding along a private beach.
Like the sound of those? See more “treat yourself” activities in our list of 10 Luxury Activities in the Yasawa Islands.
Where to Stay in Luxury in the Yasawa Islands
Looking for an all-inclusive getaway, a resort of romance or something secluded and private? Check out your options in our list of 5 Luxury Resorts in the Yasawa Islands.
Family Holidays in the Yasawa Islands
A family holiday in the Yasawa Islands is much more about spending time together than apart in the kids’ clubs (although there are some kids’ clubs available). Resorts and even village homestays in the Yasawas are much more suited to adventurous families that have a bucket list of things they want to do rather than spending every day by the pool. Find out more about family travel to the Yasawas in The Guide to the Yasawa Islands for Families.
5 Family Activities in the Yasawa Islands
- Jump on a boat trip to the Sawa-i-Lau Caves
- Learn how to craft jewellery or weave hats
- Learn how to scuba dive (for 10 years+)
- Get competitive with beach volleyball or football
- Take your kids to the fantastic kids’ clubs.
And the list goes on! Check it out in our 10 Things to Do in the Yasawa Islands with Kids.
Where to Stay in the Yasawa Islands
Find resorts with family rooms, family-friendly activities and child services, such as kids’ clubs and babysitting, in our 10 Family Resorts in the Yasawa Islands.
Adult-Only Holidays in the Yasawa Islands
We get it, over-enthusiastic children are not for everyone. If your idea of “Fiji time” is enjoying a holiday undisturbed, then consider an adult-only holiday in the Yasawa Islands. With luxury resorts not allowing guests under 16 years old, as well as backpacker resorts attracting an adventurous crowd of like-minded travellers, you can be sure that any family “mood-killers” will not be a problem. Get more advice in The Adult Only Guide to the Yasawa Islands.
5 Adult-Only Activities in the Yasawa Islands
- Enjoy an adult-only cruise around the Yasawa Islands
- Sip cocktails from one of the Yasawa Islands’ bars
- Rejuvenate with a morning yoga session
- Snorkel or scuba dive with sharks
- Get involved with the cultural activities at your adult-only resort.
For more ideas and information on each activity, check out the 10 Adult-Only Activities in the Yasawa Islands.
Where to Stay in the Yasawas for an Adult-Only Holiday
That’s right, there are entire resorts dedicated to an adult-only holiday in Fiji. The only guests allowed to stay in these exclusive resorts must be over the age of 16 years old. Check them out in our 7 Adult-Only Resorts in the Mamanuca Islands.
Foodie Holidays in the Yasawa Islands
Any trip away from home should be a treat for the tastebuds and that’s certainly the case for a trip to the Yasawa Islands. No matter what your budget is, whether you’re travelling for the food or not, your palette will certainly be educated with authentic Fijian cuisine in the Yasawas. Food is a central part of the Fijian traditions and customs, which reflects in the activities and dining experiences available in the Yasawa Islands’ resorts. Check out our tips in The Foodie Guide to the Yasawa Islands.
5 Things to Do in the Yasawa Islands for Foodies
- Learn a new recipe in a Fijian cooking lesson
- Try a traditional lovo feast
- Catch your own dinner in handline fishing or spearfishing
- Treat your loved one to a beach picnic
- Get an authentic Fijian food experience in a village homestay.
And if that hasn’t made your mouth water enough, then check out our 10 Things to Do in the Yasawa Islands for Foodies.
Where to Stay in the Yasawas for Foodies
Looking for a place to stay with exquisite food and plenty of food-orientated experiences? Check out our 10 Accommodation in the Yasawa Islands for Foodies.
Wedding and Honeymoons in the Yasawa Islands
The remoteness of the Yasawa Islands just oozes with romance, making the island group a popular destination for beach weddings or honeymoons. With fabulous places to stay and romantic activities to strengthen your bond, a romantic getaway to the Yasawa Islands should be on every couples’ bucket list! Start planning your romantic getaway with the Wedding & Honeymoon Guide to the Yasawa Islands.
5 Things to Do in the Yasawa Islands for Couples
- Indulge in a couple’s massage
- Enjoy a private dinner or beach picnic together
- Stay in a romantic adult-only resort
- Hike to a secluded sunset spot
- Discover the Yasawa Islands on a wedding or adult-only cruise.
So make your special time away together truly special with these 10 Romantic Activities in the Yasawa Islands for Couples. Plus, check out the 10 Wedding Venues in the Yasawa Islands.
Where to Stay in the Yasawa Islands for Couples
Whether you’re seeking a base for a romantic getaway, renewing your vows or starting the rest of your lives together, we list your best options in our 10 Wedding & Honeymoon Resorts in the Yasawa Islands.