This Remote Island In Fiji Is The Perfect Warm-Weather Escape From A Cold Winter

Say the word Fiji and it immediately conjures images of a postcard-worthy getaway. During a cold and dreary winter, there's nothing more enticing than endless white beaches, teal-colored waters, and palm trees swaying in the breeze. But you're not the only one who's thinking that way. To escape the crowds, you'll need to hop on a plane to the Kadavu island group, an archipelago south of the main island with plenty of untouched scenery and the fourth largest barrier reef in the world.

The Kadavu island chain includes Kadavu, Ono, Buliya, and Yaukuve Levu, among others that are free from any human interference. For the 10,000 residents who call this region home, respect for the land is a way of life and ancient cultural traditions are still preserved, says the local tourism board. You won't find any cities or busy tourist stops here. Just small villages, singing birds, and a laid-back jungle atmosphere. If you're looking for a tropical vacation to reconnect with nature, this is your place.

Water activities in Kadavu

Kadavu is best known as a snorkeler's and diver's paradise. It sits adjacent to the Great Astrolabe Reef, which boasts excellent visibility and some of the healthiest coral in the world. With more than 60 dive sites across 40 miles of reef, you'll never have the same experience twice. Giant manta rays are known to hang around the southwest coast off the main island and the eastern side of Ono. For a truly memorable experience, take a swim alongside these majestic creatures. If you still have room for more water adventures, book a sea kayaking tour with Tamarillo Active Travel.

Anglers will find plenty to do as well, with blue marlin, mahi-mahi, yellowfin tuna, and Pacific sailfish just a few miles offshore. From June to September, wahoo are also known to swim in these waters, some of which have topped the list for the largest catch with the International Game Fish Association. If you're eager to reel in some dinner or try your hand at breaking a world record, your hotel can arrange a tour with a fishing crew like Bite Me Gamefishing Charters.

Land activities and amenities

Back on land, the jungle is calling. There are scores of hikes you can take, like the 45-minute Kavala Bay Waterfall Trail, which leads to a stunning waterfall and swimming hole. There's also the three-hour Vatalutu Trail, known as the most scenic route, which guides you toward epic vistas and drops you off in the middle of an empty beach — perfect for a midday picnic. While you're hiking around, keep your eyes peeled for some of the island's colorful birds, like the red-breasted shining musk parrot or the Kadavu honeyeater with a green patch around the eyes.

When you've had your fill of activities, enjoy a little R&R at one of Kadavu's half a dozen all-inclusive resorts, from eco-retreats to lux bungalows just steps from the beach. Each resort has its own flavor, but expect amenities galore, delicious local cuisine, and an endless roster of activities. Packages cost anywhere from $355 to $539 per night, with prices subject to change depending on when you book.

Though it may feel as though you're worlds away from the rest of Fiji, it's quick and painless to get here. Fiji Airways offers flights five days a week from Nadi International (NAN), the main international airport, to Kadavu (KDV). The 50-minute flight costs $150 one way. You can also fly to Kadavu from Labasa (LBS) and Suva (SUV) airports. No matter which way you go, this beautiful island will be well worth the trip.