One of the South Pacific's most stunning regions, the Yasawas are a chain of 20 ancient islands. Their volcanic rocky peaks give them a demanding presence, softened by the unspoilt golden sandy beaches and crystal-clear lagoons, home to world-class diving and snorkelling spots.
The islands are steeped in mystery and legend. The Yasawan people live as they have done for centuries, keeping the spirit of the islands alive with their traditional and simple lifestyle.
The southern Yasawas are ruggedly magnificent, while the northern islands frame the famous Blue Lagoon where, as the name suggests, the water is the most inviting shades of blue you will ever see! This area has plenty of activities on offer and is also a great spot for blissful relaxation.
In the midst of the Blue Lagoon is what we consider to be the jewel of the Yasawas, Nanuya Lailai. Dotted with palm trees and surrounded by a coral lagoon, the island is truly one of Fiji's gems.
The long stretch of golden sand is Blue Lagoon Cruises own private beach, and the 58 tropical acres in behind the beach is also exclusive to Blue Lagoon and our guests. This wonderful little island is a favourite stop among crew and passengers alike, made all the more special with Fiji Princess tying off to a coconut tree!
On the island, sun loungers are scattered under the palms. Also for your use are kayaks and paddle boards. The surrounding waters are alive with colourful fish and coral, and we'll take you on fish feeding and snorkelling trips. Nestled under the trees is our 'pop up' island bar serving refreshments and also, an open sand-floor bure where you lunch.
Throughout the day at this island, dinner is cooked in a dug-out pit in the ground. This method of cooking is called a 'Lovo' and is simply delicious. To make the most of our time at Nanuya Lailai, the lovo is served under the stars at our beach bar. The setting is simply stunning, with the fire from the torches lighting up the beach.
Referred to as 'the very heart of the Yasawas', the majestic Sawa-I-Lau Caves are one of the 'must-do' activities for travellers visiting Fiji's spectacular Blue Lagoon. The ancient limestone formations, carved by constant wave action, are hidden within an attractive little island in the northern Yasawas.
The history of the caves is legendary; the story goes that a young Chief once safely settled with his betrothed in the cave after her family threatened to marry her off to a rival Chief. Every day he would swim into this hidden grotto with food for the girl until eventually they both escaped to the safety of another island and to be together forever. The sacred Sawa i lau Caves are also known as the resting place of the ten-headed ancient Fijian god, Ulutini.
Our guests can venture into the caves, guided by friendly Fijians to explore the secrets within. The first of the caverns is simply magnificent. Light filters through a hole in the ceiling, allowing visitors to look around in awe. Those up for more excitement can choose to enter a secondary, more secretive, cavern via an underwater tunnel.
Famous for its beauty, the area in the Yasawa Islands, known as the 'Blue Lagoon', is ringed by islands with soft rolling peaks. Coconut palms line the whitest sandy beaches you have ever seen and the water is a mix of aqua and turquoise, so stunning that you’ll want to dive right in and discover the coral reefs below!
It was in this region that the original movie 'Blue Lagoon', starring Jean Simmons and Lloyd Bridges was filmed. Blue Lagoon Cruises was named after the movie.
Today, we spend a lot of cruising time in the Blue Lagoon area and moor up at our own island paradise, Nanuya Lailai. We consider Nanuya to be one of the true treasures of the Fiji Islands.