Beqa, Vatulele and Kadavu, the three main islands south of the Fijian mainland, present world-class scuba diving, hair-raising reef surfing and record-breaking game fishing. If that’s not enough to entice you, several of Fiji’s most beautiful beaches are located here, with shallow lagoons offering fabulous sea-kayaking and deep bays sheltering fishing villages.

The rugged island of Beqa is famed for its fire walkers and, just offshore in its huge lagoon, adrenaline-pumping shark dives accessed from Pacific Harbour. West of Beqa is the delightful limestone island of Vatulele, a centre for tapa cloth making and home to several unusual attractions including ancient rock carvings and a cave full of bizarre red-coloured prawns. The farthest of the southern islands from Viti Levu and the largest of the three is Kadavu, barely a forty-minute flight from Nadi, and closer still from Suva, but a world away from the tourist trail. With its twisting Astrolabe Reef and dramatic mountain scenery, this is the place to visit for adventure on the water, and to immerse yourself in Fijian culture.

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