Stunning Savusavu in the Fiji Islands is known as Fiji’s Hidden Paradise. Positioned on Fiji’s northern island of Vanua Levu, Savusavu is a small town facing a big bay. Backed by forest covered mountains with the excitement of the reef just minutes away, it’s no wonder that Savusavu is Fiji’s best kept secret. While many of Savusavu’s visitors come time and again, and many end up full or part time residents with their own little slice of paradise, Savusavu is still a quirky little place way off the tourist radar.
Savusavu is a 50 minute plane flight from Fiji’s main airport of Nadi. The flight is extremely scenic, traveling over mountains and the jewel-like reef. The airstrip at Savusavu is tiny, and right near the sea, and the ride from the airport to town is a very quick 5 minute taxi ride over the hill.
Once you reach Savusavu town, you’ll see how it has earned it’s name as a Hidden Paradise. There is no tourist strip here – the day-glo commercialism of tourists, bus tours and international hotel chains is nowhere to be seen. Instead you’ll be welcomed into a kind of vintage Fiji by local residents who are happy to invite you into their town.
Savusavu town has everything you’ll need. The township itself is about a mile long and a row of colorful buildings line the street which faces the bay. You’ll find cafes, Indian shops, a hot bread kitchen, video stores, a well stocked bottle shop, banks, as well as supermarkets and a post office. In the center of town is an bustling indoor/outdoor market where you’ll find fresh grown fruit and vegetables – all home grown. Just nearby is a handicraft market run by local Fijian women offering things like tapa cloth, wooden bowls and shell necklaces.
A number of very good restaurants line the main street, from cafes and pizza, to fine dining.
And there are many activities to do in Savusavu – from snorkeling and diving, to hiking and mountain climbing. Swim at the waterfall, check out the hot springs, go dolphin watching, kayaking or swimming in the bay. There are black pearls to buy and admire, and some fantastic local villages to visit and explore. Or just relax.
If you’re visiting Savusavu, a stay at a friendly Savusavu resort is an excellent way to relax and absorb some wonderful Fijian culture at the same time. Daku Resort is a perfect location for those looking for a comfortable but affordable hotel in Savusavu, and hosts a number of retreat style holidays, including yoga, painting, singing and writing.