Visitors Guide Y
Most tourists don’t get into serious ‘yachting’ – more mucking about in small resort catamarans – which, being non-motorised, are free for guests to use. For serious yachties, the season starts in April and ends in December (when the weather can become unpredictable). The climate and sailing conditions attract racing boats and cruising yachts from all around the world. There are a number of agents to look after immigration and customs clearances and boat yards that offer maintenance and repairs. There are marinas near Nadi (Vuda and Denarau), Suva, Musket Cove (Mamanucas – west), Savusavu (north) and Levuka (east). The major regattas are the Easter Yachting Regatta in April (Savusavu), the President’s Cup in June (Denarau), Savusavu Regatta Week in July and the Fiji Regatta Week in September (Musket Cove).
Yaqona (pronounced yangona) is Fiji’s national drink, also known as kava (see “kava”). It’s made from the pulverised root of a member of the pepper family. It’s believed to have medicinal qualities (apart from making you feel mellow).
Yanuca (yah-nootha) Island is home to the Shangri-la Fijian resort, which is connected to the mainland by a causeway. The local Fijians continue the tradition of fire walking and this is demonstrated at Coral Coast resorts.
The Yasawa island group is north of the Mamanucas and a bit like that itch in the centre of your back – bit more difficult to get to than other parts but sooooo rewarding when you do.
It takes about three hours on the Yasawa Flier fast catamaran (daily from Denarau). This was the setting for the famous Blue Lagoon movie and the cruise of the same name not only goes there but has an island there.
You get the white, sandy beaches, tropical rainforests and the blue-green crystal clear waters but in some resorts you’ll pay for that memorable experience… speaking of which…
YASAWA ISLAND RESORT & SPA
Yasawa Island Resort & Spa is located on the northern-most tip of the Yasawa Island group.
It’s a secluded, romantic, deluxe resort offering 18 spacious, thatched split-level bures that open onto sundecks off the separate bedroom and living areas.
All meals and non-alcoholic beverages are included and this one is for the discerning and pretty well-heeled. There’s a no children policy. Special, romantic weddings can be arranged.
The Baravi Spa was the first beachfront day spa in Fiji. The signature Baravi Rhythm massage is performed by two synchronised therapists who work in time with the sound of the waves.
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