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The Luxury Travel Guide to Taveuni

© Mark Snyder- Tourism Fiji

The Complete Guide to Luxury Holidays on Taveuni and Surrounding Islands

Taveuni island an island where luxury finds you. Whether you see luxury as having every need attending to in a five-star resort, whether it’s the exclusivity of retreating to a private island, or whether it’s being in a place where much of the landscape and seascape remains unspoiled… This island and its surrounding islands of Qamea, Matangi and Laucala, hold some of Fiji’s most exclusive resorts away from the hustle and bustle of Fiji’s main tourist islands. Dive a bit deeper with this luxury travel guide to Taveuni.

Before we begin this luxury guide to Taveuni, take a moment to bookmark The Complete Luxury Travel Guide to Fiji. Trust us, there’s a lot of essential tips there.

10 Luxury Activities on Taveuni

  • Scuba dive among the famed Rainbow Reef and the White Wall
  • Sail to Honeymoon Island on a yacht cruise
  • Enjoy spa treatments in the midst of the jungle
  • Indulge in a private dining experience in-villa or on the beach
  • Catch some of the ocean’s most sought-after game fish
  • Explore the island, beaches and villages on horseback
  • Chase waterfalls and visit towns on a Taveuni highlights tour
  • Discover Taveuni on an all-inclusive cruise
  • Play on an 18-hole championship golf course on a private island
  • Escape to an adult-only retreat.

For more information on each activity, see our 10 Luxury Activities on Taveuni.

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How to Get to Taveuni

Located some 300km (186 miles) from Nadi International Airport, across the rugged island of Viti Levu and the azure waters of the Koro Sea, Taveuni is best reached by plane. Either enjoy a scenic flight over the islands via one of the domestic flights or make the journey extra special by hiring your own fixed-wing aircraft. Once you arrive at your destination, the luxury resort staff will be waiting for you, ready to whisk you off, whether it’s over land or over the sea, to your five-star abode.

Charter Flights to Taveuni

An intimate and breathtaking experience, flying on a charter flight to Taveuni is one way to make the journey in style. Seaplane and fixed-wing flights are available to make the journey to selected luxury resorts on Taveuni and its surrounding islands. Find out more about charter flights in Where to Hire a Plane or Seaplane in Fiji.

Flights to Taveuni

Still rather intimate on a 16-seater plane, most get to Taveuni via a domestic flight from Nadi International Airport, Nausori Airport in Suva or Savusavu Airport in Vanua Levu. Flights arrive at Matei Airport on Taveuni taking approximately 1h15mins from Nadi and 50 minutes from Suva. Find out more about flights in the Taveuni Transport Guide: 8 Ways to Get to Taveuni (& Get Around Taveuni).

Cruises to Taveuni

An alternative way to discover Taveuni is on a small ship cruise departing from Port Denarau. Find out more about cruises to Taveuni in the 7 Ways to Get to Taveuni (& Get Around Taveuni).

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Luxury Services on Taveuni

It’s the little things that turn a great vacation into an exceptional one. The five-star services of Taveuni’s resorts can certainly provide, whether you’re a family, a couple or celebrating a special occasion.

Adult-Only Resorts

Set the tone right with a tranquil stay at one of Taveuni’s adult-only resorts. Matangi Private Island Resort and Qamea Resort & Spa are exclusively for guests aged 16 years and above, ensuring a peaceful stay on Taveuni without kids. With private luxury villa accommodation available at Raiwasa Grand Villa and Vacala Bay Resort, you’ll be the only guests making your version of “Fiji time” just the way you like it. See our Adult-Only Guide to Taveuni for more information.

Children Services

While there are no formal kids’ clubs on Taveuni, there are some fantastic resorts for families offering services for the whole family. The five-star Taveuni Palms Resort offers a complimentary nanny for the duration of your stay or a children’s guide for older kids, giving mum and dad some well-deserved time together while you’re little one is exploring Taveuni through exciting and educational activities. Other resorts which offer nanny services include Paradise Taveuni, Tides Reach Resort and Aroha Taveuni. Find out more in our The Guide to Taveuni for Families.

Weddings and Honeymoons

If there’s only one thing that the luxury resorts on Taveuni specialise in, it’s romance. Thanks to the array of wedding packages available, organising a destination wedding couldn’t be easier, while the honeymoon packages include a range of special romantic experiences for starting the rest of your lives together. Check out all of the details in our Wedding & Honeymoon Guide to Taveuni.

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Luxury Activities on Taveuni

Land and sea, Taveuni’s luxury experiences are sure to make an unforgettable vacation in paradise. From top scuba diving locations to grand waterfalls hidden deep in the forest, there’s much to discover across the islands of Taveuni.

Luxury Water Activities

With the famed Rainbow Reef right on Taveuni’s doorstep, it’s plainly obvious that scuba diving is a must. The reef boasts 30 dive sites, many of which were named and discovered by Taveuni Island Resort‘s owner, Ric Cammick. Needless to say, the resort is a fine choice for a diving experience, taking you to some of the most vibrant and exciting sites in Fiji, such as the White Wall. Look out for large groupers, blue ribbon eels, sea turtles, sharks, lionfish and hundreds of colourful tropical fish among the soft and hard coral. Scuba diving is available to organise at every accommodation list alongside this guide, so you won’t miss out.

Discover the pristine cruising ground of Taveuni on a sailing cruise. Vacala Bay Resort‘s very own yacht is a good place to start, taking their guests to secluded beaches, uninhabited islands and past sunken volcanoes. During their full-day cruise, you’ll head to the team’s favourite snorkelling hotspot, being served morning tea en route and a multi-course gourmet lunch on the way back. Alternatively, choose the half-day sailing trip to Honeymoon Island where you’ll be able to lounge together on the yacht’s expansive nets, sipping wine and taking in the mesmerising views.

For those looking for more adventure, swap a relaxing cruise for an exciting fishing charter where you’ll get the opportunity to snatch up some of the monsters in Fiji’s waters. Mahimahi, giant trevally, yellowfin tuna, sailfish… They are all waiting in the depths of Taveuni’s waters. Tides Reach Resort is a particularly excellent base for fishing, whether it’s a deep-sea sports fishing charter you crave or something new like spearfishing or handline fishing. Whatever you choose, you’ll depart straight from the beach with your own guide, equipment and 28ft Edgewater boat.

Luxury Land Activities

While you certainly don’t need help to relax on Fiji’s Garden Island, there are ways to spoil yourself into a pure state of relaxation. Taveuni and its surrounding islands are home to some of Fiji’s most secluded and award-winning spas, such as the Jungle Spa on Qamea Resort & Spa. Perched deep in the jungle of Qamea Island, the Jungle Spa offers a fusion of Fijian and French spa treatments using Guinot products. Or experience complete comfort and privacy by having an in-villa massage overlooking the ocean at Raiwasa Grand Villa. Get more recommendations in the 7 Best Spas on Taveuni.

Taveuni is one of the rare places in Fiji where it’s possible to explore the land on horseback. With Taveuni Palms Resort, join a local guide in Wiwi Village where your horse trek will take you some 1000ft (300m) up a stunningly beautiful mountain with expansive views and the option to canter across the beach. The private island resort of Laucala Island has eight majestic Fijian horses for guests to explore the island with. Horseback riding is also available at Tides Reach Resort and Vacala Bay Resort.

Finally, don’t miss the majestic waterfalls, beautiful birdlife, lush jungles and rich culture of Taveuni. Luxury resorts make discovering Taveuni’s main attractions easy with a full-day tour capturing all the highlights on this compact island. Take Vacala Bay Resort‘s Taveuni Introductory Tour where you’ll discover the west coast wonders, such as the Waitavala Waterslide, 180-degree Meridian Line and the picturesque Wairiki Church. While staying at Matangi Island Resort, you won’t miss out on the action thanks to their Taveuni Island Day Tour where you’ll discover the Bouma Falls, visit the Civa Pearl Boutique, explore the town of Naqara and much more.

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Luxury Dining on Taveuni

Using fresh seasonal ingredients combined with the skills of top chefs from all over the world, Taveuni’s luxury restaurants removes all doubt that Fiji isn’t an exceptional foodie destination. Find out more about experiencing this island through its food with our Foodie Guide to Taveuni. But keeping to the luxury theme, here are some ways you can enjoy some five-star dining experiences.

Fine Dining on Taveuni

The luxury resorts of Taveuni are where you’re going to find your finest dining experiences on the island. While resorts boast a more relaxed atmosphere with no particular dress code other than “Fiji time”, there are rare finds where you can celebrate a special occasion in style. Taveuni Island Resort‘s restaurant open-air restaurant serves artfully presented dishes of usually four-course meals with a Pacific Rim influence. Of course, on the island reserved for the rich and famous, Laucala Island has five restaurants including the fine dining Plantation House set in a replica colonial mansion. Finally, the sunsets accompanied by gourmet meals prepared by French chefs are nothing short of “fine” at the Raiwasa Grand Villa.

Private Dining on Taveuni

Enjoy exclusive dining experiences at Matangi Private Island with their Romance Package including a private candlelit dinner for two complete with fine wines, serenaders and meals from their Special Menu. A dinner for two under a private gazebo on the beachfront is a must if staying at Qamea Resort & Spa, as is in-room dining on your private deck, which is sometimes understandably too good to leave. And it’s no surprise at Vacala Bay Resort, where you are the only guests, you’ll get to choose your dining locations across the property, whether it’s on the outdoor sea view bar or on a deserted white sand beach.


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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