Boutique Resort on Vanua Levu Surrounded by Rainforest and Barrier Fringing Reefs
Like much of Vanua Levu, Fiji's second-largest island, the 160-acre property of Koro Sun Resort was once a plantation cultivated for its coconuts. Today, the landscape is more prized for its beauty, and you can see it from every angle at the four-star Koro Sun Resort. Thick rainforest canopy surrounds the resort, and it extends to the 30 private bungalows. In the water around here, there’s a series of colorful coral reefs swimming with bright fish. The resort even has its own dive school so you can explore the underwater world.
As part of this deal, you’ll take a half-day waterfall tour. Led by an adventure guide, you’ll tour the local village of Vatulele. Afterward, you can hike to the waterfall. Feel free to swim in the pool below the waterfall or, if you’re feeling adventurous, jump off the rocks above the waterfall into the pool below. In addition to this, the resort offers a number of other complimentary activities that illuminate Fiji’s cultural and environmental landscapes, such as kayaking, snorkeling, bicycling, and paddle boarding, and nightly entertainment is available in the clubhouse.
The resort’s Rainforest Spa draws from local harvests with signature treatments that incorporate coconut shavings and banana leaves. During couples massages, therapists knead muscles with coconut oil beneath a rainforest canopy of waterfalls, ferns, and orchids.
Koro Sun’s secluded lodgings earned the stamp of approval from producers of The Bachelorette, who chose to film an episode of the show here. The two-bedroom bures are comfortable cottage-like buildings; the ocean-view bure has a screened-in porch that overlooks the gardens. The Raintree bure features a private plunge pool and a view of the rainforest and golf course, as well as a front porch with a hanging chair.
Savusavu, Fiji: Tropical Island Melting Pot
Fiji is a vibrant blend of cultures. In addition to its rich native culture that dates back centuries, British colonists introduced European influences to the island, and there’s a sizeable population here of immigrants from India. Fiji’s melting-pot culture is evident in Savusavu, a booming town on Vanua Levu, and the area is known for it's black pearl farm at J. Hunter Pearl.
Despite its varied demographics, Fiji remains firmly rooted in tradition. Cultural demonstrations often involve fire walking and meke, a narrative-based communal dance. During both rituals and social events, locals still sip a customary drink, alternately called yaqona, kava, or grog. Derived from the root of a pepper plant, the mildly intoxicating brew is said to numb the lips and tongue.
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