White Sandy Beach Resort and its’ neighbour Korovou Eco Tour Resort are situated on the western side of Naviti Island, the largest island in Fiji’s Yasawa Islands. The location is as beautiful as it sounds: white sandy beaches and crystal-clear blue waters.
How to Get to Naviti Island
Naviti Island is on the network connected by the Yasawa Flyer, a large catamaran operated by Awesome Adventures. There are a variety of packages and passes available; I am traveling on an 11-day Bula Pass which is essentially a hop-on, hop-off pass to visit the islands. Check out my guide to how to book your own pass here.
The Yasawa Flyer travels each day from Port Denarau in Nadi northwards through all the Manuca and Yasawa Islands before heading home in the evening, picking up and dropping passengers off along the way. At each island, passengers disembark onto a smaller boat that will take them to each island.
It takes about 3 ½ hours from Port Denarau to Naviti Island. I arrived from Wayalailai Island, about 1 ½ hours away.
White Sandy Beach Resort
The White Sandy Beach Resort consists of a row of bures (small shelters) with a variety of accommodation options including privates and dorms situated in a row in the sand right on the ocean. Next door is Korovou Eco Tour Resort.
The stay here is simple, with a basic central building for all meals and activities and plenty of hammocks dot the beachfront.
Things to Do on Naviti
Snorkeling at Honeymoon Beach
A short walk through the jungle of Naviti brings you to Honeymoon Beach, a completely secluded and private beach with white sand and blue water; it’s the kind of place you’d see when flicking through a magazine about Fiji with not a single manmade thing in sight (not even a hammock!). Bring your snorkel; if you swim out far enough, brightly coloured corals and fish are there waiting to be discovered.
On one of our days, the staff took us out in the boat to Honeymoon Beach and cooked us a delicious fresh lunch right on the beach! Pretty much the most idyllic lunch spot I’ve ever been at.
Hang Out in a Hammock
As with most Fijian islands where you’re expected to live on island time, you can wile away the hours in one of the many hammocks on the beach with a book and a cup of tea in hand.
I can tell you that the staff here at White Sandy Beach love to play cards and get especially intense and rambunctious – we spent a good couple of hours playing spoons and to be honest it felt half like a game and half like a workout! I highly recommend suggesting this to them for some evening post-dinner fun!
Snorkeling with Manta Rays
The special tour on offer here is a trip out to visit the spot where manta rays frequent. I swam with these majestic animals in Indonesia but if you haven’t yet had the chance, swimming with them is a surreal experience. Tours go from $50 FJD ($30.75 CAD) per person.
Sunset at White Sandy Beach
The angle of White Sandy Beach makes this the perfect sunset viewing spot. Find a hammock and curl up with a perfect view of the sun as it dips behind the horizon. Best viewed on a slightly cloudy day so as to catch the most colours!