Fiji is a group of volcanic islands in the South Pacific, lying about 4,450 km (2,775 mi) southwest of Honolulu and 1,770 km (1,100 mi) north of New Zealand. Of the 322 islands and 522 smaller islets making up the archipelago, about 106 are permanently inhabited.
Vunabaka is located in the Mamanuca Group of Islands in Fiji and casually sit a few miles offshore from Viti Levu, Fiji's largest island. One of the main advantages of our location is our proximity to the international airport at Nadi. Travel to Vunabaka from Nadi is a mere 45 minutes by private boat or ferry and only 10 minutes by helicopter .This gives you the ability to land in Fiji and be at your villa in Vunabaka in time for breakfast!
Vunabaka is situated on the southwest side of Malolo Island and features an exceptional micro-climate with significantly more sunshine hours than the mainland. Our 100 acre site encompasses an expansive and beautiful sandy bay bounded by rocky headlands on each end and highlighted by a spectacular white, sandy beach for our residents and guests. Our development is anchored around a robust marina, the newest in not only Fiji but the entire South Pacific. The marina, hotel, and villas are ideal for ocean enthusiasts looking for their own tropical paradise but with all the comforts and amenities of home. The entire development is framed by a few massive, prehistoric "Baka" trees and an untouched rainforest.
FROM NORTH AMERICA
Fiji Airways and Air New Zealand provide non-stop services from Los Angeles to Nadi seven days a week. Flight time is approximately 10 hours. Fiji Airways offers weekly services from Honolulu to nadi as well.
Fiji Airways, Qantas & Pacific Blue fly direct from Australia. Flight time is approximately 4 hours from the East Coast.
from new zealand
Air New Zealand and Fiji Airways fly from New Zealand. Flight time is approximately 3 and a half hours.
Fiji Airways flies from Tokyo, Japan to Nadi. Flight time is approximately 9 hours. Korean Airlines flies from Seoul, South Korea. Flying time is approximately 10 hours.
For most people,when you mention the word "Fiji" visons of warm, tropical days and gentle ocean breezes immediately rush to mind. The reality is, that vision is spot on, the Fijian climate is as close to perfect as you could ever ask for! Its tropical climate equates to consistent air and water temperatures year-round and is a perfect escape for a lot of people trying to break up the monotony of winter at home.
At Vunabaka, which lies just offshore from Viti Levu, the largest and main island in Fiji, we have considerably more sunshine hours and seem to be less affected by rainstorms than the mainland.
Since Fiji is located in the southern hemisphere summer begins in early December and lasts until early April. During this time it is generally hot and humid (32 degrees Celsius) with bright sunny mornings and occasional afternoon showers. This time of year is often referred to as the 'wet season' with a greater possibility of tropical storms or more powerful cyclones.This time of year is quiet and offers a chance to escape the crowds and still get glorious weather windows between the cycles of rain.
April opens up to a more moderate climate and comfortable temperatures by day (27 degrees Celsius) and surprisingly cooler temperatures at night (19 degrees Celsius). From April to November the 'dry season' reigns supreme and you can expect pristine weather, infrequent rainfall, light trade winds, and more people around enjoying their holidays and Fiji's greatest natural resource, the ocean.
Despite it's popularity, Fijian weather is still one of the best kept secrets in the South Pacific. Vunabaka's location on Malolo Island delivers some of the best weather in all of Fiji, get down here and enjoy it!
The culture of Fiji is a tapestry of indigenous Fijian, Indian, European, Chinese, and other nationalities. Culture polity, traditions, language, food, costume, belief system, architecture, arts, craft, music, dance, and sports which will be discussed in this article to give you an indication of Fiji's indigenous community but also the various communities which make up Fiji as a modern culture and living. The indigenous culture is an active and living part of everyday life for the majority of the population. However, it has evolved with the introduction of vibrant and old cultures including Indian, Chinese and European culture, and various cultures from the Pacific neighbors of Fiji; in particular the Tongan and Rotuman cultures. The culture of Fiji, including language, has created a unique communal and national identity
TRADITION AND HIERARCHY
Fijian indigenous society is very communal, with great importance attached to the family unit, the village, and the Vanua (land). A hierarchy of chiefs presides over villages, clans, and tribes. Chiefly positions are hereditary; a deceased chief is invariably followed by a kinsman or kinswoman, though not necessarily his own son or daughter. This reflects Polynesian influence: in most other Melanesian societies, chiefs are appointed on merit.
The official language is English while the national indigenous language is Bauan which is only one of the many dialects that exist in the Fiji Group, each of the fourteen provinces more or less have their own dialect though there is a clear distinction between the dialects of the West, Central and Eastern parts of the country.
TRADITIONS AND CEREMONIES
Etiquette in indigenous Fijian ceremony is rather intricate depending on the function as various formalities and presentations which do several things; firstly it shows respect between two communal groups, strengthen tribal and family ties and reinforce social, tribal and family ties.
The cuisine of Fiji in pre-colonial times consisted of root crops, vegetables, and fruits, as well as various land animals such as wild pig, human, and various birds. The coastal tribes would have had the same, but also had a large amount of local seafood. These would have been prepared with local herbs and spices on wood fire rock ovens.
In Old Fiji, the architecture of villages was simple and practical to meet the physical and social need and to provide communal safety the houses were square in shape and with pyramid like shaped roofs, and the walls and roof were thatched and various plants of practical use were planted nearby, each village having a meeting house and a Spirit house.
The spirit house was elevated on a pyramid like base built with large stones and earth, again a square building with an elongated pyramid like roof with various scented flora planted nearby. The houses of Chiefs were of similar design and would be set higher than his subjects houses but instead of an elongated roof would have similar roof to those of his subjects homes but of course on a larger scale.
With the introduction of communities from Asia aspects of their cultural architecture are now evident in urban and rural areas of Fiji's two main Islands Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. A village structure shares similarities today but built with modern materials and spirit houses (Bure Kalou) have been replaced by churches of varying design.
The urban landscape of early Colonial Fiji was reminiscent of most British colonies of the 19th and 20th century in tropical regions of the world, while some of this architecture remains, the urban landscape is evolving in leaps and bonds with various modern aspects of architecture and design becoming more and more evident in the business, industrial and domestic sector, the rural areas are evolving at a much slower rate.
Vunabaka and the Six Senses Fiji takes pride in understanding and anticipating your individual preferences and needs. Our concierge service will coordinate your itinerary and facilitate all necessary arrangements to make sure you visit is smooth and worry free.