Before arriving in Fiji, I had a lot of questions about travelling around the Yasawa and Mamanuca Islands with Awesome Adventures Fiji.
Therefore, I’ve put together this short post with the eight main questions I had about my trip – answered – to help any other travellers with similar questions plan and look forward to their trip.
I hope it helps!
Do I need to book the Yasawa Flyer ferry before I get on it?
You will need to book your first ferry from the port to your chosen island. However, from then on, you will not need to book. You can just hop on and hop off the boat as you please.
Can I stay at accommodation not recommended by Awesome Adventures?
Yes, you can stay at any accommodation you would like. However, the Yasawa Flyer will only stop at Awesome Adventure’s recommended resorts so, be sure to arrange a boat pick up from the nearest stop to your chosen accommodation (note: this is likely to cost extra).
How do I get from the big boat to the resort?
The Yasawa Flyer will stop in the middle of the ocean and small boats from each resort will come out to pick you up (yup, they’re that remote)!
Why do I have to pay for a meal plan?
Each resort is so secluded that the only place you can eat is on site. Therefore, each accommodation make meal plans compulsory to ensure catering for large numbers is as easy as possible.
Unfortunately for us budget travellers, this hikes up the prices to an eye watering amount. However, you just have to bite the bullet and eat as much of the food as possible to get your money’s worth…
Can I pay by card on the islands?
Not every island has card machines but most do (although expect to pay between 3-5% surcharge on top). The only islands I stayed on, which didn’t have access to pay by card was at my homestay on Nacula Island and Long Beach Resort.
How much should I budget each day?
It really depends how many activities you want to take part in and how much alcohol you plan to drink. I found accommodation averaged out at about £50 a day and beer cost between $F4-10 a bottle. If you book and pay for your accommodation before you arrive, you shouldn’t need much cash on top of this.
Do I need to take water/alcohol with me from the main island?
It’s not essential for you to take bottled water with you. Most islands offer free drinkable rain/spring water and ones which don’t, have water you can buy. If you want to get tiddled on more than one occasion, I would definitely recommend taking a bottle or two of spirits with you.