The Complete Guide to Luxury Holidays in the Lomaiviti Islands
Private island resorts dot the azure waters only a 10-minute flight from Suva, making the Lomaiviti Islands one of Fiji’s most convenient luxury destinations… That people just don’t know about. While travellers flock in their masses to the popular Mamanuca Islands or the Coral Coast, those in the know can enjoy a more exclusive-feeling retreat on one of only three luxury-style accommodations in the Lomaiviti Islands. Each holds its own indulgent experiences. We’ll guide you through it all with this luxury guide to the Lomaiviti Islands.
7 Luxury Activities in the Lomaiviti Islands
- Fly over the Lomaiviti Islands in a helicopter tour
- Retreat to a secluded beach for a private picnic with your loved one
- Indulge in a relaxing spa treatment
- Scuba dive with sharks, turtles and vibrant coral reefs
- Fish for some of the world’s most exciting game species
- Play golf or tennis at a private island resort
- Treat yourself to fine Fijian cuisine.
Find out more about each activity in our 8 Luxury Activities in the Lomaiviti Islands.
How to Get to the Lomaiviti Islands
The Lomaiviti Islands are located off the east coast of Fiji’s main island for international arrivals, Viti Levu. Make your transition from Viti Levu to the Lomaiviti Islands uncomplicated via domestic flights or direct resort transfers. Alternatively, small ship cruises offer an idyllic way of seeing the islands and more around Fiji.
Lomaiviti Resort Transfers
The high-end resorts on Toberua and Wakaya islands offer personal 24-hour transfers between Viti Levu and their resorts. Toberua Island Resort offers transfers by road and boat between Suva city or Nausori Airport, while Wakaya Club & Spa arrange transfers from Nadi International Airport via road and boat. Private helicopter charter flights to these resorts are also available with Pacific Island Air.
Flying to the Lomaiviti Islands
Flights depart from Nausori Airport in Suva, which has connecting flights from Nadi International Airport. Find alternative ways to get to Suva from Nadi in 6 Ways to Get to Suva.
Ovalau – Northern Air operates flights between Nausori and Ovalau. Flights are at 8am Monday-Saturday and 2pm on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, taking about 12 minutes. Ovalau’s airstrip is in Bureta on the southwest side of the island, where a minibus connects passengers on incoming flights to the island’s main town, Levuka.
Koro – Fiji Airways operates flights between Nausori Airport and Koro every Monday at 10.25am, taking approximately 45 minutes, and returns the same day.
Gau – Northern Air operates flights between Nausori and Gau six times a week.
Cruises to the Lomaiviti Islands
The Lomaiviti Islands of Ovalau and Makogai are on the itinerary of an island-hopping cruise with Captain Cook Cruises. The all-inclusive 7-Night Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise departs from Port Denarau on Viti Levu (near Nadi International Airport) and also includes the destinations in Vanua Levu and Taveuni.
Luxury Services at the Lomaiviti Resorts
It’s the little extras that turn a spectacular holiday into a luxury holiday. At the luxury resorts on the Lomaiviti Islands, they go above and beyond to provide extra services for guests, whether it’s for a special occasion or some welcome help with the younger members of the family.
Weddings & Honeymoons
The Lomaiviti Islands makes a spectacular destination for romance. Luxury resorts like Toberua Island Resort offer wedding packages from simple elopement weddings to celebrations with up to 10 guests. The island resort also offers a honeymoon bonus, as well as vow renewal ceremonies. Wakaya Club & Spa offers bespoke wedding experiences where they help with the accommodation, catering, ceremonies, activities and photography. Find out more about these services in our Wedding & Honeymoon Guide to the Lomaiviti Islands.
While there are no formal kids’ clubs on the Lomaiviti Islands, children’s games can be organised at the Toberua Island Resort to keep the little ones entertained. Babysitting can also be arranged while you are staying at the resort. A Kids’ club is available onboard the Captain Cook Cruises on their cruises to the Lomaiviti Islands.
Luxury Activities in the Lomaiviti Islands
The remoteness and undiscovered ambience of the Lomaiviti Islands are their biggest luxury where travellers can enjoy the pleasure in finding a Fiji destination far less-visited. But, we all want a few extra additions to make the trip truly special, so here are some ideas of luxury activities you could be experiencing.
Luxury Water Activities
The Lomaiviti Islands has an abundance of beautiful dive sites with exciting marine life. From Toberua Island, join the PADI dive centre at the Toberua Island Resort to Shark Reef to dive with white-tip reef sharks among dramatic coral overhangs. Sacred Reef offers something for beginners to advanced divers with caves featuring sharks, turtles, groupers, eagle rays and much more! Wayaka Club & Spa also makes an excellent base for diving with the figure-of-eight coral reef wrapping around the islands of Makogai and Wakaya. Those of the Captain Cook Cruises’ Colonial Cruise can enjoy dive sites with their onboard PADI five-star dive centre can dive the Pipeline to spot pelagics, barracuda and mackerel, as well as at the Makogai Outer Reef of colourful wonders and more than 20m visibility.
Some of the world’s most sought-after game fish are found in the waters surrounding the Lomaiviti Islands making for some thrilling sports fishing trips. Spectacular fishing can be found off the shores of Koro Island in the northeastern reaches of the Lomaivitis where Dere Bay Resort offers fishing for various species of Tuna. The team at the Toberua Island Resort are keen to take guests to the outer reefs to catch Marlin, Mahimahi, Tuna, Walu and much more!
Celebrate a special occasion or simply just treat your loved one with a private beach picnic on a secluded beach. Wakaya Club & Spa offers private gourmet picnic excursions on a private beach of its own island, while Toberua Island Resort will transport doting couples to an uninhabited island for a day of snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing.
Luxury Land Activities
While it might be hard to leave the paradise resort at the Wakaya Club & Spa, one reason to step off the island is to take one of their sensational scenic helicopter flights. They work with Pacific Island Air to create memorable experiences flying over vast coral reefs, glistening waters and uninhabited islands.
Getting away from it all on a pristine private island is a relaxing experience in itself, but enhancing it with a glorious spa treatment will take your blissfulness to another level. Indulge in a range of treatments with Pure Fiji products at the Wakaya Spa on Wakaya Island or on the M.V. Reef Endeavour with Captain Cook Cruises. You can also work on your wellness at one of the regular yoga retreats on Toberua Island.
Even on a secluded island, you can enjoy the finer things in life such as playing golf or tennis. On Toberua Island, the 9-hole golf course was founded by the celebrated Australian artist, Ken Done, and offers exciting challenges including nine hole par three, which is only playable at low tide. The golf course on Wakaya Island is also a 9-hole course meandering through a colonial coconut plantation. Both resorts also offer a gym exclusively for adults, while a fully lite tennis court is also available on Wakaya.
Luxury Dining in the Lomaiviti Islands
The cuisine is all part of the luxury experience and the resorts in the Lomaiviti Islands do not disappoint. Characterless resort meals are a thing of the past in Fiji where now, internationally-recognised chefs and highly-trained local chefs are brought in to create divine food with local ingredients.
Dining at the Luxury Resorts of the Lomaiviti Islands
The Wakaya Club & Spa boasts an award-winning chef, Marielle Hajj, bringing her Lebanese and Mexican style to the islands of Fiji. The resort uses around 80% of its own homegrown or locally-caught produce to bring you the true flavours of the South Pacific. The resort also has an extensive wine menu of New Zealand and Australian wines, as well as Campagnes, cognac, tequila and other liquors.
A range of dining experiences awaits at Toberua Island Resort, with a sumptuous meal plan of three-course lunches and four-course dinners prepared by Fijian chefs. An a la carte menu is also available, as well as a barbecue buffet once a week.