Dare to discover something different. This once in a lifetime ‘book your own private island’ opportunity allows adventurous vacationers and travelers alike to escape the stresses of everyday life and return to nature in its rarest form.
Nanuku Island is a tiny 10-acre paradise where time stands still. All around you hundred year-old coconut trees burst from the jungle floor, and fifteen miles of the South Pacific’s signature sapphire sea lies between you and your closest neighbor (Red Bull's exclusive 7-star Laucala Island Resort).
A marine and wildlife sanctuary, the sandy shores and surrounding reef are home to some of Fiji’s most exotic creatures. It is here that the fabled Hawkesbill and Leatherback turtles return year-after-year to bury their precious eggs in the sun-warmed sand; it is here where the giant clams can rest securely within the safety of the Tuna and Trevally patrolled reef; and it is here that Fiji’s most rarely glimpsed sea birds retire to rest their weary wings.
It is here that wonders never cease.
Two beautifully basic bures (Fijian-style homes), each no more than 10 steps to the sea, are situated in the Western facing sands of the island, cleverly capturing the soft sea breeze and affording a nearly 180-degree view of the most spectacular sunsets your soul can stand.
The main bure is a lofted, two-story wooden structure with Fijian-style louvered windows which lazily let the sunlight filter through. Equipped with two double beds and a bunk, this bure can sleep up to six guests and offers a shaded sitting-porch as well as ensuite facilities.
The second is a beach house that holds the kitchen and dining area, a second bathroom and two private bedrooms, which sleep up to two guests each. The wrap around deck doubles as an outdoor dining area, or even a sleep-out space, if you’re up for it.
•Snorkel, kayak and handline fishing gear
•A local guide and housekeeper
**ALSO AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST**
•Fishing Rods and Spear gun
•A private cook
•Special food and beverage items
•Catering for special occasions (weddings, birthdays etc.)
"A charming speck of perfection."
wrote Hollywood movie star Mel Gibson when he came to Nanuku Levu in 2004
“...coconut trees crowded upon the beach of a coral island."
wrote English author and playwright Somerset Maugham
**FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS**
Q. Which airport would we fly into?
A. Nadi is the closest international airport. From Nadi you must make your own way to Taveuni Island. Domestic air transfer to Taveuni runs three times a day with Fiji Airways.
Q. What is the procedure in the event of an emergency?
A. A phone line is available for emergency calls with the closest medical facilities located on Taveuni. A boat is on call 24/7.
Q. Do we share the island with other guests?
A. No. The island is exclusively offered. All yours ;)
There is no doubt you will fall in love at first sight of this tiny island, Nanuku. This trip is not for the faint of heart. Be prepared for a rustic experience. We arrived jet-jagged yet eager to begin our island experience. The "Nanuku Team" took such good care of us and were there to take us snorkeling, fishing and cooked for us too. They were so caring and friendly. Even nimbly climbing up the coconut trees and throw down our favorite treat. The stunning beach that surrounds the island is breath taking. You can walk around the whole place (with or without clothes mind you) in about 20 mins. The Team was either there for us or gave us complete privacy, we only had to ask and they made it happen. The sea is crystal clear, down to 60 feet!
The night sky is almost indescribable. Billions of stars, falling stars and you can even track the occasional satellite. It's that dark. There is NO light pollution. A sight to behold if you've never been far from civilization. True 'dark sky' is very rare and few experience it. The sunsets are so beautiful that no one quite believes our pictures haven't been doctored. One highlight was the Team building us a nightly ten ft. bonfire. Talk about going native. You will want to dance in the moonlight. We did!
The physical beauty aside, be prepared for a few things. When they say "eco-toilets", that means a latrine. If you went to camp, you know. Bathing is difficult to say the least with me standing in a large pan, pouring water over my head from a pitcher. Seriously. But I am an ex-girl scout so where there's a will there's a way. Next, the biting insects. There is no amount of repellent or burning coils that can protect you. I've been told they now have mosquito netting. That would have made a huge difference. We were covered in dozens of painful and annoying bites of different sizes. This and the heat made it very difficult to sleep. It was off season but I didn't know the heat could be so oppressive. But then there was a rain storm and we walked the beach in the rain at sunset. Imagine that? Incredible.
All that being said, this is an adventure to be sure. It's a real experience to get away from everything. Be alone or with someone you love, no internet, no phones, no nothing. Only nature. This is a freedom few people get to experience today. Challenge though it was, we will never forget this place of peace.
We left a few days early and our host graciously did not charge us the extra days. He also discounted our meals and the unused boat. That was unexpected, fair and is an example of how generous people are in Fiji.
Thank you Nanuku Team for everything.
Staying on the island at Nanuku Levu with 7 of my friends for 3 nights was nothing short of sensational. The island is just like it looks in the photos if not better and is very remote. All you can see in the distance is other small islands.
The food cooked for us during our stay by the staff on the island was exceptional. Simon, our host on the island taught us spearfishing and also took us tubing, snorkeling and generally showed us a great time. Henry was also exceptionally helpful in preparing everything for the trip.
I can highly recommend this island as an excellent once in a lifetime experience.
This was an incredible experience. We had an amazing time and can't wait to do it again. The Fijian hospitality was top notch, the snorkeling was awesome and the food was delicious! The island was just, heaven. It is an experience like no other and would recommend it to anyone looking for a very unique adventure.
Nanuku Island is an absolute paradise. When we first saw this listing we thought it had to be too good to be true. It was better than we expected!
My wife and I spent our honeymoon here. We scheduled for 3-1/2 weeks but due to a cyclone that closed the airport we stayed for 2-1/2. We were fortunate to be on the island for both Christmas and New Years.
Because of the cyclone we spent some time at a sister resort. Henry manages multiple resorts that operate as one business: Bamboo, Maqai (which is in some promotional material in this listing), Tuvununu, and Nanuku. What this means for you is that if any unforeseen circumstances arise-like a cyclone-Henry has the infrastructure such as cars, boats, and rooms, to make interim accommodations. Henry and his staff went above and beyond in taking care of us while the whole country of Fiji cleaned up after the cyclone.
The island accommodations can be described as "rustic" although the word doesn't do it justice. If you're looking for western-style plumbing, air conditioning, etc this isn't for you. If you enjoy camping this is more than a few steps above it but still "outdoor-ish." There is electricity a few times a day and water tower based and rainwater collected plumbing. Outlets are of the Australian variety so if you need it be sure to bring an adapter.
We woke up every morning to the sound of the ocean and slowly found our way to our "dining room." Every meal, we sat at a table in the sand and the shade of coconut trees with a light breeze looking out at the ocean. Our Fijian hosts were Tony and Rosie. Tony made sure we were always comfortable and took care of our every need. Rosie was our well-abled cook who made us wonderful meals.
On the island we spent most of our time reading and swimming with our biggest decision being whether to lay in the hammock or on the beach. Tony took us snorkeling and spear fishing with some local villagers where we were able to swim side-by-side with a Copper Shark and huge turtles. Every evening we would walk around the island pointing out all the different wild life. We counted 5 types of crabs, numerous birds, bats, chickens, and other animals. Across the ocean you can faintly see the Red Bull island resort where guests pay for similar experiences from the thousands to millions of US-Dollars per day.
Are you looking for paradise? You've found it. As our host Tony put it, "This is a 20 star resort." If you're into scuba, snorkeling, or surfing this is an excellent place for it too as attested by the other guests at Maqai and Tuvununu. I really enjoyed all of Henrys help too. He gave lengthy and in-depth responses to our questions and was proactive in communicating as the cyclone developed. He also found us excellent wines and champagnes for our time on the island.
Paradise has a name, it's called Nanuku. The island is a tiny speck of green ringed with white in an unending sea of undulating blue. You will feel minute and in awe, and you will unwind. Spend your days snokeling on a private beach, kayak around your own island; Henry's not joking when he says you'll be alone. Hundreds of hermit crabs, swaying palms, and whatever you brought to entertain you will be your whole world. For an extra $30/day homemade meals will appear, fresh and tasty, fish speared that morning or muffins baked just for you by Chef Juli. Learn all about the islands and culture from reef guide and chief's son, Meli. Since the hurricane tore through last year the solar panels are no longer, so be sure to ask for a generator. It's rustic, but sublime.