The largest is Viti Levu, and on the Western side of this island lies Nadi (pronounced "Nandy") International Airport, just six hours flying time south-west of Hawaii or four hours north-east of Sydney, Australia.
Temperatures range from 20-30 deg. C (70-90 deg. F). The warmest and most humid months are December to March. Qantas/Air Pacific and Air New Zealand are the main international air service providers, each with non-stop flights between Los Angeles and Fiji.
Vatulele is 25 minutes by light aircraft from Nadi International Airport. Planes are twin engined - either 8- or 18-seaters depending on the number of guests transferring.
The resort is a 15-minute drive from our grass airstrip.
The villas or bures (pronounced "boo-rays") are spacious and identical, enjoying easy access to the water, each with its stretch of white sand.
Twelve doors open to an expansive terrace, and from the living room you walk up three steps to the bedroom, with a king size bed and a dressing area.
The bures are around 50 metres apart and are set in natural jungle, allowing privacy.
Vatulele is well recognized for its food, ranging from Californian to Thai, Japanese, Austral/Asian and Indian - in fact, any style that suits our glorious tropical climate and laid back lifestyle.
Fresh ingredients are flown in daily from Australia and New Zealand. Naturally there is an emphasis on seafood. Because of our all inclusive tariff, there are ample opportunities to sample the contents of our first class cellar, including unlimited French champagne!
In the welcoming warm weather, meals are taken on a terrace outside our large central pavilion overlooking the lagoon. By night, tables are set under the stars and lit by lanterns and candlelight. At full moon, the "dining room" is usually set by the water's edge. Dining is usually communal, and hosted by the management - in the style of the Captain's table on a ship.
However, don't imagine that we ignore that special occasion or the chance to have a romantic dinner for two. There are many options for private dinners, such as a cave in the jungle, our wine cellar, in "The Folly", on an exclusive island in the lagoon, or on the beach with moon and lantern light.
The quality of the scuba diving sites at Vatulele has been one of the South Pacific's well-kept secrets for many years, and only recently has it been revealed as one of the premier dive destinations in the region.
Vatulele is the only five star island resort in Fiji with a PADI (ãGolden Palmä status) dive facility and resident instructors. We offer a variety of courses: "Resort" courses, full "Open Water" certification courses, and various specialty courses. We can offer a cross-section of diving possibilities: soft coral, hard coral and pelagics.
Underwater visibility ranges from above average to excellent and there are few currents. The island is surrounded by deep water with large drop-offs, offering twenty-two dive sites within fifteen minutes travel.
There are no better circumstances to take your first steps into the exhilarating world beneath the sea.