Bula! That’s hello in Fijian. Just recently, I embarked on a magical 6-Day Fiji adventure to Savusavu Island and Tokoriki Island with Fiji Airways (Fun fact: Fiji is made up of 333 islands in the South Pacific and has a population of approximately 896 000!) It was like living the dream honeymoon, except there was no “honey” in sight for me (Imran couldn’t leave Singapore for work!): We got to chance to stay in upscaled-luxury versions of what the Fijians call “Bures” (Fijian for a wood-and-straw hut) with direct access to the beach or the sea from the balcony of said Bures, explored tucked-away waterfalls which we had all to ourselves, went on a romantic sunset cruise, swam in private pools I can only dream of – I mean seriously! Fiji is paradise.
Today’s blog posts – Part 1 and 2! – will hopefully give you a visual insight into what life and culture at Fiji is like. Apart from the postcard-esque landscape, the Fijian hospitality is unparalleled, and at times, I couldn’t help but feel guilty for not matching up: am I saying “thank you” enough? We’re ending off our Fiji series with an amazing giveaway: one lucky ready will stand a chance to win a pair of roundtrip Economy flight tickets on Fiji Airways. So head on to for Part 2 for that!
We started our Fijian journey with a direct 10-hr flight from Singapore to Nadi International Airport on Fiji Airways. F.Y.I, Fiji Airways now flies to and fro Fiji twice a week – perfect for anyone planning a week-long vacay to Fiji! Nadi primarily acts a transit point to all the other Fijian islands, so upon arrival at Nadi, you can opt to take a ferry from Port Denarau (20 minutes away from Nadi) to the Mamanuca or the Yasawa Islands, or take a domestic flight on domestic carrier Fiji Link to your preferred island, which is what we did! We hopped on our Fiji Link flight to Vanua Levu, Fiji’s 2nd largest island, and when Fiji Airways told me to grab a window seat, they were not kidding – overlooking the ocean and mountains during sunrise felt incredibly surreal, I’ll let the images speak for themselves.
Namale Resort and Spa
Upon arrival at Savusavu town, we took a quick 10-minute ride to Namale Resort and Spa, our first home in Fiji. Driving into Namale, you can’t help but notice the abundance of palm trees, it was only later I found out Namale used to be a coconut plantation, and has since been converted into a luxury resort housing only a maximum of 38 guests at any one time. Being an all-inclusive resort, you can enjoy activities at Namale like Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddle, Tennis, Indoor Bowling, a private breakfast session at their Veidomoni “Lover’s” Deck (check out the heart-shaped pool!), or unwind at the spa’s hydrotherapy room post-flight (overlooking the ocean!) at any time of your choosing. Of course, if you want to experience more, there’s always an evening horseback ride, sunset cruise, a Salt River Drift Excursion, a hike through the rainforest to the hidden Namale waterfall (where you can arrange for private breakfast or lunch, which I did!), or a scuba trip into the Koro Sea. What I especially enjoyed during our stay at Namale was their once-a-week intimate communal dinners we got to experience on our second night. Over the course of the dinner, we befriended an Australian and an Indian couple on their couples getaway, watched a traditional Meke performance performed by the local villagers, got invited to join in on a group dance, and indulged in a buffet-style dinner featuring local produce. If I had to explain what the Bula Spirit is all about, the image of that night’s dinner would sum it up.
Koro Sun Resort
For our second getaway on Savusavu Island, we checked into Koro Sun Resort, housed 10 minutes away from Namale Resort. During the planning stages of the trip while doing research on places to stay in Savusavu, I was immediately drawn to three things at Koro Sun: their Edgewater Villas which gives guests direct access to the ocean, their signature Banana Leaf Wrap and Massage at their iconic Rainforest Spa, and a very picturesque swing built over a quiet stream nestled next to Koro Sun’s golf course. We got to experience all three of the above, and more: topping it off with a private excursion out to Vuadomo waterfall, which we had to buy Kava for and present to the local villagers as a nominal respectful gesture for using “their waterfall”.
Vanua Levu – Final Thoughts
My only regret when it came to Vanua Levu Island was not exploring the island enough – the island spans 5587 square kilometres and it would take a few more days to explore what the island has to offer. I would recommend staying in Savusavu for a total of 2 nights before moving onto another part of Vanua Levu.
Self-drive – which I did consider – would not be the best option as many of the attractions require you to be off-road, and there may not be Google Maps to help you there. The best option would be to stay at resorts that can best cater to your needs, who can then help you arrange for private tours and excursions!
Meals will mostly have to arranged within the resort as getting to local towns will be difficult if you do not have a vehicle to send you around (unless you hire a private driver). Most resorts are all-inclusive, coming with their own restaurants which you can dine at!
Now that you got a peek into resort life at Savusavu, next up we head to another Fijian Island: Tokoriki! x