Vanua Levu, formerly known as Sandalwood Island, is the second-largest island of Fiji. Far from the bustle of Viti Levu and the touristic islands, Vanua Levu is a joy to explore, especially on an inland bus ride along mostly rugged roads. The north coast has the bustling settlement of Labasa at its center. Along the south coast lies Savusavu, a charming sailing town with a bay and surreal natural hot springs. The mountainous south has tropical rainforests and coconut plantations along the coastline. The rest of the island is dotted with sugarcane and copra farms, small villages, lush mountains, and waterfalls. The island of Namenalala with its diving and snorkeling opportunities and other smaller islands Yadua Taba, Rabi and Kioa lie just off the coast if you wish to venture further.
Jean Michel Cousteau Resort is an award-winning island retreat located on a 7-hectare former coconut plantation along a white-sand beach on Savusavu Bay, just a 10-minute drive from Savusavu Airport. The hotel offers luxurious rooms or ‘bures,' which are either oceanfront or surrounded by lush tropical gardens.