A Fijian holiday to Kadavu is one of the most underrated pleasures of travelling and unwinding. Taking a step away from the hustle of modern life, a retreat to this archipelago is disconnecting from intrusive technology and embracing Nature.
Just 100 kilometres from the mainland of Viti Levu, Kadavu is surrounded by one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, ensconcing more than half of Kadavu, Ono and several little islands and motus. Over 70% of the main island of Kadavu is covered by tropical rainforests and several mountains, the tallest being Mount Washington. With the reef, forests and mountains, exploring the island on land and underwater is a series of sensory delights.
The Great Astrolabe Reef surrounding Kadavu has soft and hard coral formations in riotous colours and is home to many large fish species like marlins, sharks, giant trevally, mahi-mahi, tuna and snappers. Besides, the reef provides sublime pleasure for snorkelling enthusiasts. Divers and swimmers in the perennially-warm waters should not be surprised seeing giant manta rays and dolphins accompanying them in daily sojourns!
The villages in Kadavu are also a great way to know about the various cultural etiquettes and traditions in this part of the South Pacific. A kava ceremony with the village chief and elders will see travellers graciously accepted in their celebrations and lovo feasts, an event not to be missed.
There is a selection of eco-resorts in Kadavu to protect its rare endemic wildlife and the Fijian way of life, which has survived thousands of years. Do check out Hideaway Holiday’s partner, the Kokomo Private Island for an unforgettable Fijian holiday.