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Blue Lagoon Beach, Nacula Island, Yasawa Islands, Fiji. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini.
Blue Lagoon Beach, Nacula Island, Yasawa Islands, Fiji. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini.

The island of Nacula: low hills and beautiful beaches

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The island of Nacula is the third largest island in the Yasawa archipelago. Like all Yasawa islands also the island of Nacula is an island of volcanic nature. The island has no roads. For the connections between the villages of the island, the inhabitants use a network of paths that develop within the island or small boats that shuttle between the various villages.

On the island there are four villages all located along the coast: the largest is that of Nacula which is located along the beach halfway up the west coast of the island. A little further north in front of an inlet with a beautiful beach is the village of Malakati. The village of Naisisili is located in the extreme south of the island. While along the north-east coast in front of the islands of Sawa-i-Lau and Yasawa there is the village of Navotua.

The interior of the island of Nacula, Yasawa Islands, Fiji. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini
The interior of the island of Nacula, Yasawa Islands, Fiji. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

THE THIRD LARGEST ISLAND OF THE YASAWA

The interior of the island is uninhabited and formed by hills characterized, like most of the Yasawa, by large grassy expanses. In a couple of places the island rises above 200 meters high: the hill south of the village of Nacula exceeds 220 meters high. The highest hill on the island is located north of the village of Malakati and exceeds 240 meters in height. If you want to have a beautiful view of the southern part of the island, an easy path starts from the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort and reaches a hill north of the resort. From here the view sweeps over the southern part of the island, the Blue Lagoon and the nearby islands of Tavewa, Nanuya Lailai and Matacawa Levu.

In the last decades, from the opening of the Yasawa to tourism, tourism has become the greatest and most important resource for the inhabitants of the island. It is a non-invasive and well-regulated tourism, which seeks to combine tourism exploitation with eco-sustainability. Nacula is full of beautiful white sand beaches alternating with beautiful and well-preserved coral reefs.

The land belongs to the Fijians and the few tourist structures pay the rent to the owners. The villagers are employed and work in their majority in the island’s accommodation facilities. Some facilities are managed directly by the villagers. Other sources of income and livelihood for the inhabitants of the island are fishing, agriculture and crafts. Religion is a very important aspect for the life of the inhabitants of Nacula, the majority of the population is Methodist Christian, but there are also Catholics and Pentecostal evangelicals.

The Blue Lagoon Beach, Nacula, Yasawa Islands, Fiji. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini
The Blue Lagoon Beach, Nacula, Yasawa Islands, Fiji. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES IN YASAWA

The most beautiful beach on the island and among the most beautiful in the Yasawa and therefore Fiji is located along the southwest coast. Here are two structures: the Oarsmans Bay Lodge and the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort. In the far south of the island near the village of Naisisili are the Safe Landing Resort and the Nabua Lodge. If you want to experience an authentic life experience in a Fijian village, you can try the Malakati Homestay in the village of Malakati, in front of another idyllic beach, the Navotua Homestay in the village of Navotua, the Naveilomani Homestay in the village of Nacula and the Naisisili Homestay in the village of Naisisili.

The interior of the island of Nacula, Yasawa Islands, Fiji. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini
The interior of the island of Nacula, Yasawa Islands, Fiji. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

The fast catamaran Yasawa Flyer every day connects the island of Nacula with Port Denarau on the island of Viti Levu. This island is the northernmost stop served by the Yasawa Flyer. The time taken to travel the stretch of sea between Port Denarau and the island of Nacula by the Yasawa Flyer is 4 hours and 30 minutes. The Yasawa Flyer makes two stops on the island of Nacula: in the far south of the island in front of the Nabua Lodge and in front of the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort. For those who do not have time but have money, another connection to consider is the seaplane that connects Viti Levu with the Yasawa in a few tens of minutes.

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