Less intriguing than Waya Island but blessed with delightful secluded beaches, Naviti is the largest of the Yasawa Islands, home to five villages and the region’s only boarding school. The island is shaped somewhat like a lobster with two elongated arms reaching out to the north and a cluster of small islets forming a tail to the south. The best of the beaches is alongside Botaira Beach Resort on the southwest side.
A gradual climb from the Botaira Beach Resort into the hills and along a grassy ridge to the southern point of the island presents an inspiring view looking down on the lagoon around Drawaqa Island with its thousand hues of blue. The lagoon offers excellent snorkelling, and between May and October it’s possible to swim with manta rays, which feed around the rich current-fed passages. Your best chance of seeing them is one hour after high tide. You can visit from Botaira Beach Resort, a ten-minute boat ride away, or swim directly from Barefoot Lodge on Drawaqa Island or from the aptly named Mantaray Island Resort, on the adjacent island of Nanuya Balavu.