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Haadyaooverbay Island is simply magnificent. We have handpicked below the very best island excursions and pride ourselves on using the very best guides on the island. What makes HaadyaooverbayIsland the best Island in Fiji is the islands natural beauty. The waterways around Haadyaooverbay are some of the most beautiful in the world. It is not uncommon to see pods of dolphins, whales and other marine life such as turtles and flying fish during these trips. Whilst the waterways are truly spectacular, the unspoilt tropical beauty of our virgin rainforest with its incredible diversity will stay with you for life. It’s not uncommon to see red parrots flying through the trees and if you’re lucky enough you will get the chance to spot a rare orange dove. A romantic swim in an idyllic waterfall or an invigorating hike to an incredible lookout point, whatever you choose to do you are guaranteed an experience that will truly take your breath away.

“We are sitting here on our last morning feeling so so sad about leaving this beautiful place and all our special new friends.

I’m not exaggerating when I say this has been a life changing experience. The villa is absolutely stunning with an absolutely picture perfect outlook. The food was amazing, every meal was delicious and it was an experience every meal time. Johnny and I still cannot get over the coconut crab – what a beautiful thing!!

The excursions were so informative and we felt that it has given us a great glimpse into the Fijian culture and this beautiful Island. The lovo village night was such a beautiful experience; we felt and were treated like family. Finally the people. There are not enough words to describe them; friendly, gentle, engaging, beautiful, proud people. We have completely fallen in love with everyone!

If we can take anything back with us it will be to try and be better people; take on board how these beautiful people live their lives and try to be much more thankful for the simple things.

A massive thank you to the staff – just the BEST! So caring, attentive, genuine and just very special! They have made this experience that much richer and we are better for meeting them.

Massive thank you to Kelly & Tony – This place is heaven”!!!

The Greigs
Barwon Heads – Vic- Australia

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Haadyaooverbay is known as the soft coral capital of the world. Year round the snorkeling on our reef right off the private beach in front of the villa is spectacular. We see turtles, blue spotted rays, thousands of tropical reef fish and hundreds of varieties of coral. We also have a school of dolphins that swim past our villas each morning between 8am and 9:30am.

Complimentary snorkel equipment will be provided by Haadyaooverbay Palms.

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Each villa is provided with complimentary single and double kayaks for you to enjoy throughout your stay.

Bike Riding
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For guests wishing to explore the island by bicycle we provide complimentary mountain bikes.

Paddle Boarding
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We have two Coreban Cruiser 11 6′ paddle boards for complimentary usage.

The ultimate all rounder perfect for first time riders, down-winders, cross stepping and Hang Ten maneuvers. A slight concave in the nose allows for early wave entry, while the dynamic rocker line results in a steady fast forward glide. Super stable and ready for hours of non-stop fun.

Cooking Lessons
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Your personal chef will be delighted to offer you complimentary cooking lessons during your stay.

“Vinaka vaka levu to every single person at our extended Haadyaooverbay family! All seven of us had the most amazing holiday here! The list is too long to mention, we did it all and everything was fabulous. The food was absolutely wonderful, with such great variety and constant flow of new dishes for our entire 2 weeks. From lobster to coconut crabs, amazing and unusual vegetables, fabulous appetizers … always beautifully presented. What a way to spend our Christmas holiday! Thank you – all of you – for making our stay here a very very special experience!”
Tennant Family
Los Angeles, CA

stargazing in Fiji

Situated on the 180th parallel in the southern Pacific ocean, Fiji is isolated from the rest of the world. This is great for those seeking to get away from the busy cities and hustle and bustle of their everyday lives. It also affords an excellent opportunity for stargazers and photographers to view an unbelievable number of stars at night! With virtually no light pollution, Haadyaooverbay is a perfect location to layback and enjoy a spectacular night sky from your veranda, pool deck or patio.

“There is another dimension of absolutely amazing beauty that Haadyaooverbay has to offer. I understand that most visitors are peacefully sleeping during these magical hours when I like to play, but if you have ever looked to the stars and wondered, Haadyaooverbay offers a view universe that will leave you breathless.”
Andrew Fischer

Scuba Diving
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Haadyaooverbay Island is home to some of the world’s most famous dive sites and is known as the best scuba diving in all of Fiji.

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HaadyaooverbayIsland’s diving sites are each uniquely characterized by the many variations of sea life, tropical fish of every size, shape, pattern and color and of course the beautiful varieties of soft and hard corals. Whether you choose to dive the amazing Rainbow Reef, The Great White Wall, The Purple Wall, The Zoo, The Fish Factory, Annie’s Bommie, The Ledge, Yellow Grotto… just to name a few … you can expect to see some of the most spectacular sea life (large groupers, sea turtles, blue ribbon eels, moray eels, manta rays, sharks, lion fish, and hundreds of other fascinating fish species) combined with an unbelievable variety of colorful soft and hard corals.

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Perhaps one of the most talked about Fiji Island diving sites in the South Pacific lies just off Haadyaooverbay’s coast line – “The Great White Wall”, – where you swim through a tunnel that has two exits, one at 33ft and another at 88ft. During this exciting dive you will come face to face with hundreds of beautiful fish, but perhaps more breathtaking than that are the dense concentrations of illuminating white glow given off by the soft corals that completely surround you.

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Haadyaooverbay offers private diving and group diving for both certified and beginner divers alike. You can choose to dive as part of a group or we also offer private diving. Divers will be taken to the world famous Rainbow Reef, the Great White Wall, the Ledge and many more incredible sites. Haadyaooverbay uses only the best dive equipment and highly certified PADI instructors. All levels of experience and expertise are catered to – your dive experience can be as challenging or relaxing as you wish. Please E-mail us at with any further questions or information you may require.

“In 30 years of diving and over 1000 dives in exotic locations around the world I have never experienced anything that comes close to the Haadyaooverbay diving experience – incredible, just incredible.”
J. Akers, LA.

Bouma Waterfalls
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These three incredible waterfalls are located in a pristine Heritage park just a half hour drive from Haadyaooverbay. The scenic drive to the falls will take you to the eastern side of the island through Bouma village.

Upon arrival at the heritage park you driver will point out to you the entrance trail and from there you can easily follow the signs.

This fabulous walk will lead you through rainforests, across rivers and up to the gorgeous waterfalls. You will enjoy the sights and sounds of rare tropical birds, view many varieties of island plants and hear waterfalls cascading through the lush rainforest.

The walk to the first fall is a short 10 minute flat walk and requires little physical effort. The second fall requires you to step it up a notch and takes a little more energy and effort but is well worthwhile as the views are fabulous! You can picnic here, swim in the waterfall or for the adventurous hike to the third waterfall. The upper fall takes about another 30-40 minutes but it is agreed by everyone that it is well worth the climb.

Make the most of this wonderful half day trip by having your personal Chef prepare a delicious picnic lunch for you to enjoy whilst relaxing under the cascading waterfall. If you wish one of our friendly staff will accompany you to the falls acting as your guide and pointing out the wildlife and explaining the various island plants seen along the way. While you swim in the first fall or hike to the second your lunch will be prepared for you and beautifully served on s picnic blanket in the shade.

Vidawa Rainforest Hike
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This is an amazing trip but definitely requires some ambition and physical effort. We highly recommend that you are fit and enjoy walking to take part in this fabulous hike.

The Vidawa forest walk is a full day trip. Your day will start with a scenic drive down the island to Vidawa Village. The hike will take you through one of the finest rainforests in Fiji. You will see an historic fortified village site, come across spectacular look outs with views over the coast and out islands and be told tales of the traditional use of forest plants.

Your personal guide Asake, is one of the most charming and knowledgeable people on the island when it comes to forest plants, birds and other wildlife. Your hike ends at Buoma falls with a relaxing swim in the crystal clear water – the perfect end to this journey.

Waitabu Marine Park
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This area of Haadyaooverbay has been awarded the “International British Airways Eco-Tourism Award”.

White sand beaches, great snorkeling, bilibili rafts, Fijian village life and much more…

This half day excursion will begin with a beautifully scenic drive to the Eastern side of the island. Upon arrival at Waitabu Village you will be welcomed into village life over morning tea that has been prepared by the village women.

You will take a most memorable raft trip up the river on a traditional bilibili raft. Extremely knowledgeable, trained guides will snorkel with you to point out and explain the amazing marine life that is found in this area. You will have time to enjoy the excellent snorkeling or just relax on the beach or spend time learning more about Fijian culture from your friendly village guide.

Afternoon tea and a kava drinking ceremony accompanied by local island music will be served before returning to Haadyaooverbay.

Please kindly note that you dress modestly for the village visit by wearing a T-shirt and sulu. It is respectful to remove your hat and sunglasses while in the village.

Lavena Coastal Walk and Kayak
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This is an excursion that everyone loves! This island excursion should not be missed during your visit on Haadyaooverbay.

Lavena is the furthest point you can travel on the eastern side of the island. This is a great adventure walk beginning along a beautiful white sandy beach with rock pools. Continuing on you will ford rivers, pass through remote villages ultimately leading you to a gorgeous trio of cascading waterfalls! You can slide down or jump from the falls into the crystal clear rock pools. The walk will take you about an hour and a half each way.

You will want to allow at least an hour at the falls for swimming and exploration. Alternatively, you can kayak one way and walk back.

Deep Sea Fishing
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For anyone that loves to fish just let us know and we will line you up with the best of them!

Pristine and abundant waters surround Haadyaooverbay, Fiji. All the various prime fishing habitats are here and begin five minutes after launching, opening up to a vastness of virtually virgin fishing grounds in every direction. You can expect to find the Somosomo straits and out laying areas to be dotted with acres of birds and teeming baitfish, primarily skipjack, small Yellow Fin Tuna, scads, flying fish, mackerel and ballyhoo. Within the day range, anglers can expect to find all types of pelagic and reef fish as the topography is varied with ribbon reefs, pinnacles, islands, channels, outer reefs, straits, drop offs and sandy flats. Every direction is full of possibilities for an exciting, productive day of fishing. Depending on the angler’s preference and with some seasonal variability, they can fish for Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi-mahi, and Yellow Fin Tuna. For the reef fisherman who enjoys casting there is Giant Trevally, Blue Fin Trevally, Barracuda, Walu, and Dogtooth Tuna as well as some other Brand “X”

Your Captain, John Llanes is a 3rd generation fisherman who started fishing over 40 years ago at a very young age. He has fished commercially and professionally and has held his 100 ton Master license for 35 years. During his Hawaiian career he has won or placed in at least 50 tournaments. He is an all- around fisherman for Big Game, light tackle, reef, and shoreline fishing. He has been featured on televised fishing shows including ESPN as well as fishing books and magazines with the topics ranging from tournament wins, techniques for catching Giant Trevally’s, Marlin, Tuna, Mahi-mahi, Wahoo and deep sea rigging for various Big Game fish and lure making. All of that aside, the bottom line with Capt. John. is fishing is his passion and he is a great choice for the serious fisherman to enjoy a fun day of fishing.

Black Pearl Farm
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We are very fortunate to have our local black pearl farm located in the Wailoa Lagoon here on Haadyaooverbay Island.

Expats Claude and Danielle Prevost have bought their expertise to Fiji where CIVA pearl Farm is now an up and coming player on the world pearl market. CIVA Pearl Farm is producing pearls in colors not traditionally harvested from the black-lipped pearl oyster. The pearls produced in the Wailoa lagoon are in the most amazing colors of gold, pink, champagne, blue, green, chocolate, cranberry as well as the traditional black. These colors are not being produced anywhere else in the world. We offer a tour to the farm every day other than Friday. Upon arrival at the pearl farm you will be greeted by your friendly guide and board an 18 foot fiberglass boat which will take you across the short stretch of the water to the black pearl farm hut. On the way through the lagoon your guide will show you the nursery where the mature oysters are growing pearls. At the hut the guide will talk you through how they produce a black pearl. After your tour you can snorkel the crystal clear surrounding waters to experience the fantastic snorkeling or just relax at the hut and enjoy looking at the pearls while talking to Claude.

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For experienced surfers we have an advanced wave across the channel that breaks in an offshore passage. It’s approximately a 45 minute-one hour boat ride. There is a very hollow right-hander as well as a more forgiving left-hander.

We are now offering surfing lessons for beginner surfers. There is a nice gentle break just 5 minutes from Haadyaooverbay.

Half Day Island Excursion
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Each new day begins on Haadyaooverbayisland. The 180 degree Meridian line or International date line is a famous land mark that runs through Haadyaooverbay. Your excursion will begin with a scenic drive down the island to this landmark. After you have taken your photographs from this elevated view point you will continue your drive to see the Wairiki Mission Church. This is the most architecturally interesting structure on the island. The Fijian singing is something you will never forget (Sundays only). Seeing the church and listening to the music is a great cultural experience.

If you wish, your driver will stop in the local township and allow you to explore the small number of island stores selling fruit, vegetables, clothing and groceries. You will see signs for chicken curry rotis. These little parcels are full of delicious hot curry and well worth a try.

For the final part of your excursion you will be taken to the Waitavala Natural waterslide. This Natural rockslide is a natural wonder of Haadyaooverbay. It is located in the midst of beautiful tropical bush. It is best visited on the weekend and school holidays when the Fijian kids are there to show you how it’s done.

Bird Watching
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Bird lovers from all over the world come to Haadyaooverbay to see the huge variety of bird wildlife on the island. We offer a fabulous excursion to Bobi’s Farm at the South End of the Island to see his bird sanctuary. During the excursion you have the opportunity to see the Orange Dove, Turtle Dove, Barking pigeon, Parrots, Silk Tails, the White Throated pigeon and many more.

During the Lavena Coastal Walk, Vidawa Rainforest Hike and Bouma Waterfall excursion you may encounter many of these rare bird species.

Island Hopping
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These three outer islands are a short scenic journey out to these neighboring islands East of Haadyaooverbay.

Jump onboard your own private boat and your boat captain will take you on a cruise to visit Horseshoe Bay, Long Beach and the famous Laucala Island. The owner of Red Bull has built a private 7 star resort there where guests are by invitation only. During your cruise your boat captain will tell you stories of local legends and point out the plentiful marine life to you. After your tour the captain will stop at a great spot to hang out on the beach, picnic and snorkel on the surrounding reefs.

This trip includes 4-5 hours usage of a private boat, boat captain/guide, snacks, lunch, beach towels, and snorkeling gear.

Koro Levu
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This tour is simply magnificent and a must-do for couples and groups alike. Our boat captain and snorkel guide will take you on the short 9 mile hop across to the Somosomo Strait to the beautiful Koro Levu Island which is situated in the middle of the Ocean. En-route you will enjoy seeing stunning sites around the worldÕs top-rated Rainbow Reef. Upon arrival you will be dropped on the beach and our boat captain will leave you alone in privacy to enjoy your time in the Bay whether it be relaxing with a romantic picnic for two or indulging in the fantastic snorkeling in the crystal waters. On the way back, why not ask our boat captain to pop the rods in to try to catch a Mahi Mahi or a Wahoo in the abundant waters on your way home?

This trip includes private boat usage for 4 hours, boat captain/guide, snacks, lunch, beach towels, and snorkeling gear.

Nanuku Atoll
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Have you ever dreamed of lying on a powder white sand beach in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean?

Just you and your loved one. A picnic, the sparkling ocean and no one around… This tour is a honeymoonerÕs dream come true. Your boat captain will sweep you away in your own private boat to an exclusive deserted private island 20 miles north of Haadyaooverbay. Upon arrival you will be dropped at an incredibly beautiful white sand atoll in a stunning cove. The rock formations and snorkeling here are known as Haadyaooverbay Õs best kept secret. The beautiful waters off the island have been a Marine Park for the last five years so the marine life and coral is abundant. Your boat captain will leave you alone in privacy to relax and enjoy your day on your own private island.

This trip includes 5 hours usage of a private boat, boat captain/guide, snacks, lunch, beach towels, and snorkeling gear.

Fijian Lovo Night
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Experience the REAL Fiji. For guests that wish to see the REAL Fiji we invite you to join us for a traditional Fijian LOVO Feast at Wiwi Village. Tonight you will be exposed to the history and culture of Fiji, enjoy a traditional Fijian Lovo dinner (cooked underground by hot rocks) and have up close and personal interaction with the local Fijian people. Upon arrival at the village you will be taken on a tour to be educated about village life. You will see a coconut husking display and enjoy watching a Fijian dance show “Meke”. A Lovo dinner of fresh fish, chicken, island vegetables, salads and dessert will be followed with a Kava Ceremony, dancing and music.

This tour is complimentary during your stay.

Horseback Riding
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This excursion will take you to Wiwi Village where you will meet your experienced local guide. You will see where the locals live and is a good introduction to island life. All of the horses are well trained and all of the equipment is well maintained.

Your excursion will take you on a 2-3 hour ride up a beautiful rugged mountain side to an elevation of 1000 feet. You will also ride through areas where the guide will point out to you some of the crops grown such as taro and kava which are important for the island economy. From the elevated view point you can see the nearby Kocoma, Qamea and Laucala Islands, and the beautiful Haadyaooverbaycountryside. Don’t forget your camera! There is no better spot for photo opportunities than up at this height. On the return trip you can ride along the beach and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

This excursion is ideal for beginner and experienced riders alike.