Kayaking to secret caves in Savusavu, Fiji

THIS ISLAND LIFE | Kayaking to secret caves in Savusavu, Fiji

Kayaking is one of my favourite modes of island life transportation; you get to tan and tone at the same time, all while on your way to somewhere awesome. While staying at Koro Sun Resort in Savusavu, Fiji we got the chance to explore some secret caves near the resort. The best thing about these caves was that the only way to access them was by kayak at low tide.

We launched our kayaks near our luxurious edgewater bure accommodation and set off for an easy 30-minute kayak across the lagoon to Lotu Island (also known as Bat Island for the fruit bats living on the island, although we didn’t see any). Michaela doubled with our guide Solo so she could capture the beautiful afternoon light for the video we were filming for Fiji Airways.

THIS ISLAND LIFE | Kayaking to secret caves in Savusavu, Fiji

THIS ISLAND LIFE | Kayaking to secret caves in Savusavu, Fiji

THIS ISLAND LIFE | Kayaking to secret caves in Savusavu, Fiji

THIS ISLAND LIFE | Kayaking to secret caves in Savusavu, Fiji

The highlight of the kayaking adventure to Lotu Island is the cave on the open ocean side of the island that becomes accessible during low tide. After a long walk on the beach and navigating the tide pools as the waves crashed around us, we reached the cave.

There weren’t any bats, but there were rocks you could jump off into the deep water in the cave while the ocean surged in behind you. And the end of the cave had a natural skylight with an opening where you can see the lush jungle in the middle of the island (video coming soon!).

THIS ISLAND LIFE | Kayaking to secret caves in Savusavu, Fiji

THIS ISLAND LIFE | Kayaking to secret caves in Savusavu, Fiji

I jumped off the rocks into the cave water so many times that I lost a contact lens. With the tide coming in fast, more rocky tide pools to navigate and my vision restricted to one eye, I had to hold Solo’s hand for most of the 30-minute walk back to our kayaks. Which was hilarious for Michaela, who kept snapping silhouetted photos of Solo and I walking hand in hand as the sun just so happened to be setting over the Pacific Ocean in an array of orange and purple hues. Best fake couple shoot ever 😛

THIS ISLAND LIFE | Kayaking to secret caves in Savusavu, Fiji

THIS ISLAND LIFE | Kayaking to secret caves in Savusavu, Fiji

We went kayaking as part of our accommodation package while staying at Koro Sun Resort in Savusavu. Our guide Solo is the head of activities (aka head of fun) at the resort and runs the day tours regularly, which are complimentary for guests.

How to get there:

The quickest and easiest way to get to Savusavu is fly direct from Nadi International Airport. The flight takes about an hour and if you manage to get a window seat, you’ll get an incredible aerial view of the islands the whole way there. We flew with Fiji Airways’ domestic airline Air Pacific. Details here.

Where to stay:

We stayed at the beautiful Koro Sun Resort who are famous for their incredible rainforest setting – so famous that an episode of The Bachellorette (USA) was shot there. We stayed in a three-bedroom villa on the edge of their rainforest lagoon for the first night which is perfect for families and groups. And then moved to the edge of the ocean to one of the most amazing rooms I’ve ever stayed in – their new edgewater bures. Details here.

Photography by myself and  Michaela Skovranova.

THIS ISLAND LIFE | Kayaking to secret caves in Savusavu, Fiji

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