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Fiji Favorites — The Mamanucas and Denarau Island

Journeying almost due east from the island of Efate in Vanuatu brings us to the nation of Fiji, where we will explore four destinations and close out our odyssey through Melanesia.  Simply put, Fiji’s got star power in the Pacific, and mere mention of it conjures up visions of a tropical paradise replete with deserted islands ringed by powder soft beaches and immersed in aqua blue lagoons where you can live out your remote and rugged Robinson Crusoe fantasy… well… except for the fact that the Mamanuca chain and Denarau Island are where you can find all manner of luxe experiences and swank resorts, all waiting to pamper you to no end, where every wish of yours could be granted in an Aladdin instant.

The Mamanuca Islands curve northwest off the west coast of Fiji’s main island Viti Levu, leading to the Yasawa Group which stretches further north.  The Mananucas are volcanic in origin, of which Malolo island is the largest and home to a variety of resorts.  To the southeast of Malolo island lies its sister island of Malolo Lailai, while Castaway Island also known as Qalito is located northwest of Malolo.  Further up the chain, Monuriki is an uninhabited island made famous as being the location of a Hollywood movie.  Several of the Mananuca’s low reef islands including Beachcomber, Treasure and South Sea Islands are simply a few hundred feet across, and it takes but a few minutes to walk from one end to the other of these islands.  Adjacent to Viti Levu, Denarau Island is also home to stunning resorts with Port Denarau being the gateway to the Mamanuca and Yasawa chains.

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