Vanua Levu – the country’s second largest island is located north of Viti Levu. It was at one time the centre of the sandalwood trade, but now its primary economy is tourism and sugar, with copra closes to second. Its primary port is Savusavu but its principle urban centre is Labasa, which is also a small port.
Founded before the signing of the Deed of Cession, Savusavu township on the shores of a large picturesque, deepwater harbor was originally established as a centre for the sailing ships plying the coastline for cargoes of sandalwood and beche-de-mer and later it became the centre of the cotton bloom. Savusavu’s economy now relies on copra and tourism (Koro Sun Resort, Namale Resort & Spa, Jean Michel Cousteau’s and the Tui Tai Adventure Cruises are tourism stakeholders in Savusavu).
Savusavu Bay ranks amongst the world’s finest natural harbours and cruise ships visits regularly. The Hibiscus Highway stretches about 70miles up the coast from Savusavu offering some of the finest and most unspoiled scenery.
J. Hunter Pearls: J. Hunter Pearls Fiji is situated in Savusavu Town on the island of Vanua Levu in the north of Fiji, an area that’s still largely untouched. This unspoiled location provides a truly unique location for aquaculture. J. Hunter’s pearls are cultured in a natural environment that’s largely free of impurities and pollution.
A Day in the Life of Savusavu: Savusavu is a lovely little town opposite Nawi Island on Savusavu Bay. The view from town is superb with the bay tranquil and protected making it an ideal haven for the numerous yachts that moor here. Some come for a few days and others come and stay for years.
Surf 'n Turf: Probably the most up-market restaurant in Savusavu outside the resorts. Location - beats anything else in Vanua Levu as it is right on the waterfront at the Copra Shed marina. Excellent local seafood and the curries are amazing. You may have to wait a while for your meal so tune into 'Fiji time" here.
Labasa: Labasa is a busy Indian Town which services Vanua Levu’s major cane growing area. The trans-insular road across to the main town of Labasa offers break-taking views and indigenous rainforests. Labasa is approximately a 2.5hour drive to Savusavu. Labasa is home to Nukubati Great Sea Reef Resort.
Accessibility: Savusavu and Labasa is accessible from Nadi Airport or Suva via scheduled flights with Pacific Sun. Flight time one way is approximately 1 hour to either destination.