The “Hidden Paradise of Savusavu” has not changed much in the last 50 years. It is only just now becoming an active tourist destination with it’s several luxury resorts and growing number of boutique villas and beach houses for rent. Investment in Savusavu is picking up speed and it seems that everyone wants to own a piece of this hidden paradise.
With the start of construction of a new 5 star luxury resort on Nawi Island in addition to the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Resort, Tony Robbin’s Namale Resort, Daku Resort and the Koro Sun Resort; Savusavu is set to become a premiere destination for families wanting to experience Fiji while enjoying the comforts of first class accommodations in a truly wonderful setting.
Whether you need fishing gear, scuba equipment, fabrics, tee-shirts, watches, video rentals or just want to enjoy a leisurely walk through the open air vegetable market, Savusavu offers something for everyone. Customs and Immigration offices are also here so clearing your yacht is a simple affair. You’ll find a safe mooring from either of the two marinas located a minute or two walk from the heart of Savusavu and its many local restaurants and bars. There are many different restaurants to choose from in Savusavu. Many of the restaurants feature chefs that have been trained at the leading resorts around Fiji and Savusavu so you may be very surprised at the fine quality of meals available locally.
Originally built in 1917 for copra trading. The Copra Shed today.
More and more yachts visit Savusavu each year. Savusavu is an official clearing-in port.
On the West end of town, a five minute walk from the marinas, is the J. Hunter Black Pearl farm and showroom. Justin and his wife Leanne have become famous in Fiji and many parts of the world for their distinctive pearls and custom jewelry. Stop by the showroom and browse then schedule a farm tour to see for yourself how special these “jewels of the sea” really are.
On the hillside above the marinas is located the famous geothermal hot springs of Savusavu. Used for centuries to cook root crops and other foods in its boiling hot waters, the hot springs are still used today by many of the local women. Down past the pearl farm on the main road is the historic Planter’s Club. The club was founded by plantation owners many years ago and still today is an important center for social gatherings and parties. They welcome outside guests and the beverages are cold and refreshing.
Boutique resorts and cottages are in abundance in and around Savusavu. From 5 Star luxury to a simple room to spend the night, Savusavu has accommodation for any type of traveler. Most resorts are smaller than the mainland resorts of Nadi and Suva, ensuring that your stay will be quiet, memorable and peaceful.
Taxis and car rentals allow you to explore the surrounding area at your leisure. A visit to one of the nearby villages is always a treat and you will see first hand why Fiji was previously called the Friendly Isles!
A Little About Fiji
Sunny, unique and unspoiled, the Fiji Islands are one thousand miles of pristine white sand beaches, fabulous coral gardens and azure lagoons…
More then anything else, Fiji is an exotic destination. It's the exhilaration of a dolphin arching high into the air beside your boat; the long gliding swoop of an orange dove through the rainforest; the smiles of excited children performing in unison to the beat of a hollow log drum.
Our 333 islands can sizzle with excitement or murmur with the quiet calm of pristine nature. Where else can you swim with huge, harmless manta rays congregating by the shore, snorkel over giant rainbow gardens of soft coral, or scuba dive the White Wall and famous Astrolabe Reef. Fiji is where the Cloud Breaker, the incredible six-metre wave found offshore at Tavarua, draws surfers from around the world. It is also where you can float in the calm, quiet waters of a turquoise lagoon at sunset or walk alone through lush rainforest. It is where the sun shines almost everyday and when it does rain, people rush outside for a rain bath in the warm, brief downpour of a tropical shower which ends as quickly as it began. This is where life is lived for the joy of it all, where rushing is rude, and the name of a new friend is never forgotten. Fiji is where people wear flowers tucked in their hair, not to impress visitors, but because they like to.
The Fiji archipelago is at the cross roads of the South Pacific. In the days of sailing ships it was known as The Cannibal Isles and carefully avoided by mariners because of its fierce warriors and treacherous waters. However, in the age of jumbo jets and global travel. Fiji has become the central hub of the exotic South Pacific. More than 85 flights land at Nadi on the main island of Viti Levu every week. From there it is only a quick seven minute hop to one of the offshore island resorts, or less than an hour of flying time to Vanua Levu or Taveuni, the second and third largest islands, where then outside world is quickly left behind.
Here's another reason to visit Fiji! Come to the parade! Here's an experience of the world-renowned Fiji Police Marching Band as they boogie down the main street of Savusavu on the island of Vanua Levu.
Video by Gary Yost
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