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Vatulele Island Attractions
Vatulele Island Attractions
Excursions to the local villages are regular highlights. The chief meets guests in his stately bure, and invites them to join in a traditional Kava ceremony before granting them permission to explore these simple subsistence communities.
The legendary Red Prawns
This involves a short boat trip and pleasant fifteen-minute walk along the base of our sandstone cliffs, through tropical rainforest until finally arriving at the tidal rock pools which house Vatulele's sacred red prawns. Along the way you will be able to view ancient petroglyphs, one of which our logo is based upon. The legend surrounding the red prawns is well described in the dark green booklet (located in your bure). You will need to wear shoes (preferably reef walkers) and insect repellent at certain times of the year.
This hike takes about 30 minutes in each direction. Along the way you will be informed of the local Fijian bush medicine and see small plantations of young mulberry trees used to make tapa cloth. There are two caves, one of, which contains a crystal clear pool of water, deep enough to dive off surrounding rocks and allowing enough daylight in to see the multitude of stalegtites overhead. You will need sturdy walking shoes, your swimming costume, towel and insect repellent at certain times of the year.
Hike to the Lighthouse
More of a hard walk than a hike, this trip takes approximately 25 minutes through the rainforest. The path is rocky and uneven in some places, so good walking shoes are required. Vatulele does not recommend the lighthouse itself, but the view from the top is spectacular.
Village day trip
The mini van will take you to one of four of Vatulele's resident native villages, where you will meet the chief of the island, who will welcome the guest with the official Fijian Kava ceremony. After a brief wander through the village, you will have the opportunity to buy local shells, jewellery and tapa cloth made by the villagers themselves. We recommend that you take small denomination of Fijian currency ($1, $2 or $5) and a camera. The resort asks that guests dress somewhat conservatively; long skirts or shorts and have shoulders covered. At some times of the year, guests like to watch a local football game (Rugby).
While you are free to snorkel at your own leisure in and around the resort, most visitors must be taken to the reef by boat, as it is actually located some distance from the shore. The boat will moor on the deep side allowing you to see the varying types of marine life as the coral wall descends. Take your towel and plenty of sunscreen. Snorkels, masks and fins are available upon request from the activities bure located on the main beach.
Picnic breakfasts and lunches are available for visits to Nooki Nooki Island or at the Long Beach. The resort will provide you with shade, transportation and a picnic hamper of your choice. You will need shoes (preferably ones that you do not mind getting wet) and general beach items (eg towel, sunscreen, etc). It is suggested you pre-book with the Island Management a couple of days in advance as these activities are very popular. Snorkelling equipment may also be of some enjoyment to you.
Vatulele Island Activities
The crystal waters of Vatulele invite every kind of water-based activity, including sailing, paddling, snorkeling, fishing and diving. Even swimming takes on a new dimension here. For those who are even more active, there is a tennis court. The guides will also take you on hikes into the jungle, where you can learn about native plant medicines, see ancient petroglyphs, visit important archaeological sites, or swim in underground caves. You can also arrange intimate picnics on a secluded beach away from the resort - or even reserve your own 'Robinson Crusoe' island for that special romantic interlude.
The quality of the scuba diving sites at Vatulele has only recently been revealed as one of the premier dive destinations in the region. Vatulele is the only five star island resort in Fiji with a PADI ("Gold Palm" 5 star) dive facility and resident instructors. The island is surrounded by deep water with large 'drop-offs', offering twenty-two dive sites within fifteen minutes' travel. There are no better circumstances to take your first steps into the exhilarating world beneath the sea.
The ocean around Vatulele abounds with so much sought-after sport fish. Guests regularly catch Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi-Mahi, and send them fresh to our dining tables each night. The game fish boat is fully equipped and captained by a knowledgeable skipper, very familiar with the area, and well aware of the best places to get a strike.