Fiji's Adventure Island

Escape to a place where nature reigns, adventure awaits and traditions remain.

Adventure or comfort? Nature or nurture? Excitement or Relaxation? No need to choose, because you can have all and more in more in one of the world's most beautiful and desirable tropical settings. The place you are looking for lies eight miles south of Fiji's main island of Viti Levu. It's a small, green island that's spelled Beqa when you search it but pronounced like “Mbenga” when you say it.

Lalati Resort is located at the mouth of  Malumu Bay, on Beqa's northern coast. Coral reefs begin just off the beach.
Lalati Resort is located at the mouth of Malumu Bay, on Beqa's northern coast. Coral reefs begin just off the beach.

There are no roads on Beqa. The island's unspoiled landscape is dominated by jungle-clad hills that rise 1,500 feet above an azure lagoon. Scattered around the coastline are a smattering of traditional villages and low-key guest lodges that are reached by boat. The one you want is the Lalati Resort and Spa, which is located on the northeastern side of the island, at the mouth of Malumu Bay. Here, a collection of 16 Fijian style cottages, known as bures, are scattered through a garden-like setting along the shore and on an adjacent hillside.

Each bure is built in a rustic-chic style that delivers privacy and creature comforts, while also showcasing the spectacular natural surroundings. The emphasis is on natural woods and fabrics, chosen to evoke a sense of rustic elegance. In short, a stay here is a far cry from your average hotel room.

Cottages at Lalati Resort are built in traditional Fijian style, and feature porches with ocean views.
Cottages at Lalati Resort are built in traditional Fijian style, and feature porches with ocean views.

The resort's central bure is equally impressive, as it was designed to resemble one of the local village chief houses, with tall posts supporting a soaring roof. The bar and restaurant are located in the big bure, and nearby is a full-service spa with water views, and the activities bure, which is the place where adventures begin.

Vaulted ceilings and rich woodwork add a sense of spacious comfort to the resort bures.
Vaulted ceilings and rich woodwork add a sense of spacious comfort to the resort bures.

By Sea

Beqa Island is surrounded by one of the largest barrier reefs in the Pacific. This expansive ring of colorful coral provides endless hours of exploration for snorkelers and divers and creates calm conditions for all manner of water sports. This aquatic playground begins right at Lalati Resort's beach, where snorkelers can wade in and glide over reefs teeming with life.

Guest can snorkel right from the beach at Lalati Resort.
Guest can snorkel right from the beach at Lalati Resort.

The waters of Malumu Bay can be explored by kayak or SUP, and there are guided paddles, including trips to a small island to view Beqa's famous “flying foxes”. These are actually large fruit bats that roost in the trees by the thousands. The resort also operates powerboats for wakeboarding and waterskiing and provides daily snorkel safaris, sunset cruises, dolphin watching trips and private picnic excursions to deserted beaches.

Divers have access to numerous sites along the barrier reef, and the more adventurous can join in a shark feed that puts them in the center of a swirling cloud of fish and reef sharks.

Kayak trips into the sheltered waters of  Malumu Bay lead to pristine coastlines where there are no signs of civilization.
Kayak trips into the sheltered waters of Malumu Bay lead to pristine coastlines where there are no signs of civilization.

By Land

The coastal villages of Beqa are connected by boat travel, and the only way into the island's interior forests and hills are by foot. A network of trails leads to lush valleys, hidden waterfalls and elevated overlooks. A favorite excursion from Lalati Resort begins with a short boat ride to a nearby village of Nawaisomo. Here, visitors are introduced to true Fijian culture, as the people of Beqa see few tourists, and still practice traditional Melanesian ways of life, welcome guests.

In addition to more cultural interactions such as bartering for handicrafts, lovo feasts and kava ceremonies, visitors to certain villages can witness ceremonies unique to this island. Beqa is famous for its Fire Walkers and Fire Healers, and in Dakuibeqa village, practitioners of this legendary tradition walk barefoot across red-hot rocks with total immunity.

Divers can explore coral reefs and shipwrecks, or participate in a shark feeding.
Divers can explore coral reefs and shipwrecks, or participate in a shark feeding.

Hikers can enjoy a range of excursions into Beqa's pristine interior. One of the premier walks leads to a 50-foot-tall waterfall hidden deep in the jungle, where swimmers can cool down with a swim in a freshwater pool at the base of the falls. A more challenging hike leads upward to the top of  Ulnkoro Mountain, which the islands highest point at 1,500 feet. The reward for the climb is a view of the entire island and the reefs beyond.

The fire walkers of Beqa Island are famous for their ability to walk across fire-heated rocks with impunity.
The fire walkers of Beqa Island are famous for their ability to walk across fire-heated rocks with impunity.

Off Island Adventures

Though Beqa seems a world apart, it is actually just a seven-mile boat ride away from Pacific Harbour, on the big island of Viti Levu. This allows guests of Lalati Resort to combine an out-island lifestyle with a variety of off-island day trips. More civilized activities include day trips to Suva City to visit open-air markets and museums. On the waterfront, there are Jet Ski tours of the coast and big game fishing trips into the Pacific.

Dolphin watching excursions are among the more popular activities provided by the resort.
Dolphin watching excursions are among the more popular activities provided by the resort.
Hikers can explore trails on Beqa, or take day trips to Viti Levu for more trekking adventures.
Hikers can explore trails on Beqa, or take day trips to Viti Levu for more trekking adventures.

Journeys into the interior can include hikes, zipline canopy tours and river trips that take in waterfalls, with stops for a lovo lunch and meke dancing at a local village. For a truly unique adventure, guests can sign up for white water rafting in the canyons of the upper Navua River. Following each of these excursions, guests return to Lalati in time for an evening bonfire on the beach and fall asleep to the sounds of nature in a true tropical paradise.

At the end of the day, the resort's Tangaroa Bar is a favorite place to gather and relive adventures.
At the end of the day, the resort's Tangaroa Bar is a favorite place to gather and relive adventures.

If you are ready to discover the natural attractions of Beqa, Caradonna can take you there. We work closely with the Lalati Resort and know the best air routes and schedules to make travel enjoyable and easy. Just give us a call at 800-330-6611 or contact us at sales@caradonna.com