Fiji's Eastern Outer Islands

New Zealand and British investors have recently leased two uninhabited islands on either side of Nanuku Passage in northeastern Fiji for tourism development. Nanuku Levu Island, one of the Ringgold Isles east of Taveuni, is to be a surfing camp with waves enhanced by an artificial reef. Malima Island, just west of Vanua Balavu in the Northern Lau Group, will become a hideaway for stressed out business types.

This will not be the first attempt to exploit Nanuku Levu. Until recently, a wooden bungalow on the island was for rent at US$2,250 double for six nights, boat transfers from Taveuni and all meals included. Nanuku Levu is a low coral island with great beaches facing a blue lagoon, your typical tropical paradise. Malima Island is somewhat larger with volcanic cliffs and a longer coral reef.

It could be several years until the new resorts on Nanuku Levu and Malima take form. Meanwhile, several more budget-oriented accommodations options are already available on nearby Vanua Balavu Island. Moana's Guest House consists of a two-room guest house in Sawana village and three Fijian beach bure from F$65 per person including all meals.

Also on Vanua Balavu, Nawanawa Estate rents rooms in a colonial-style house at F$67 per person including meals. You can call the owners, Ratu Joe and Helene Tuwai, at (679) 889-5144 or email nawanawa AT Access to Vanua Levu is on Air Fiji from Suva, and both Moana's and Nawanawa make perfect getaways for the slightly adventurous traveler.

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