Vanua Levu, The Sandelwood Island Of Fiji

Vanua Levu is the second-largest island in the Fiji Islands. Vanua Levu, ( Vanua – Land, Levu – Big) has an area of 5587 square kilometers. The island is only about 70 km north of Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu, and resembles a pointed triangle in shape.

About 130,000 people live on the island of Vanua Levu. The largest settlement is the city of Labasa, which is located on the north side of the island. The city of Savusavu lies on the south side in the picturesque Savusavu Bay. The bay is one of the most beautiful bays in the whole South Pacific and internationally known as a yacht harbor.

Vanua Levu’s most important industry is sugar, but also copra production. Tourism is also playing an increasingly important role.

The hot springs of Savusavu are worth seeing. In many places, hot water gushes from the ground, which is still used by the locals for cooking purposes.

The picturesque untouched nature of the island attracts birdwatchers and nature lovers. In the interior of the island is covered with dense cloud forests, some of which have hardly been entered by people.

Vanua Levu’s Nasorolevu mountain is with 3,386 feet or 1,032 meters the highest point of the island. Beautiful tropical forests grow on the mountain slopes, rare orchids and tropical birds can be found on the hiking trails to discover the mountain.

The coral reefs all around the island have retained most of their original beauty and attract many divers from all over the world. Fiji’s soft coral reefs are of outstanding beauty and are teeming with marine life.