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.
Situated between the protected waters of Namaka Creek and the steep, green hillsides, Savusavu is the center of activity on the southern coast of Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island and located in the northern part of Fiji. Along with the usual assortment of stores and shops there are three banks, Internet cafes, bakeries, hardware stores, yacht chandleries, car rentals and more. You can find almost everything you need on the one main street of Savusavu!
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.
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!
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.