Even though it was our first trip to Fiji, we decided to start our trip in a non-traditional way by heading to the second-largest island of Vanua Levu for a stay at the Koro Sun Resort.
In doing this we were looking for a more off the beaten path introduction to the island group, a place to recover from the jet lag and a place to align our senses with all that Fiji has to offer.
Of course, there are several options on this island, varying in style, ratings, offerings, and location. Evaluating all these things, it turns out that the Koro Sun Resort and Rainforest Spa is exactly the perfect base to explore the island from.
From the moment we arrived, enjoying our welcome foot massage, to the moment we bid farewell, we found a simple paradise within the property borders and place we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
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8 Reasons We Loved the Koro Sun Resort in Fiji
1. The Koro Sun Resort is Off the Beaten Path
Most people heading to Fiji spend their time in the popular Mamanuca or Yasawa Islands instead of exploring other, more traditional islands.
While these islands are definitely nice and offer you quintessential South Pacific paradise, Vanua Levu and the Koro Sun Resort and Rainforest Spa should not be overlooked when planning your trip to Fiji.
An experience on the outer edge of the Fiji islands will connect you to the destination in a way you can’t experience in the more commercial areas. You’ll instantly feel the slowness of life and truly find yourself on island time.
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2. You Are Away From Savusavu
One of the things we adored about our stay at the Koro Sun Resort was being away from the busy town of Savusavu. The resort is literally set right between a lush rainforest and one of the most beautiful coral-filled bays we’ve ever seen.
It’s surrounded by hundreds of acres and feels away from it all.
Yet, it’s neither expensive nor hard to get into the town of Savusavu if you’re looking for some local culture or a change of pace. The local buses run right by the front of the resort on a regular schedule or the staff is happy to hire you a taxi for the 30-minute ride into town.
We thought this brought great value to the resort. You really get the chance to feel what the real Fiji is like, to get yourself onto island time and enjoy your getaway with a touch of nature instead of city life.
3. Two Words: Edgewater Bure
The anchor of the lovely Koro Sun Resort is the Edgewater Bure, set right on the ocean in the heart of the adults-only area. Each waterfront bure has a privacy fence and gate, private water access, a private terrace with a sunbed and a hammock.
This whole section of the resort is like the Garden of Eden with cascading tropical flowers, dark wood accents, trees, and bushes all pieced together with a stone-lined path that leads to each bure. It’s pure magic.
We saw the Edgewater Bure as a refuge; a place to relax and enjoy paradise without interruption from a busy bar or pool area and this type of experience is the best way to connect with a place like Fiji.
4. Free Bike Rental
While the Koro Sun Resort offers the option to partake in the best day trips on Vanua Levu, you also have the option of renting a bike and exploring up and down the Hibiscus Highway on your own.
You can bike into town or be more adventurous and head the opposite direction up the coast.
Following the road further up the south coast will lead you through local villages, past a school, towering palm tree plantations and undiscovered beaches. One of our favorite afternoons on Vanua Levu was spent biking along the south coast and beach hopping.
It’s amazing how beautiful a natural state beach can be, especially when the rainforest encroaches on it.
If you like to adventure and discover places you won’t read about in the guidebook, then grabbing a bike from the Koro Sun Resort and setting off down the Hibiscus Highway for a day will make your trip.
5. Adults Only Pool
This was something that we really enjoyed during our stay. As a young adult couple, with no children, it was a real treat to be able to relax by the pool in a quiet environment.
There was no splashing or playing in the pool and you could enjoy the swim-up bar without getting beamed in the head by a floaty.
The location of the adult’s area is right on the ocean, so you can lounge at the infinity pool or walk the beach. There are also several access points on the water channel to put in a kayak or go snorkeling.
The area also featured a bar café to order meals and enjoy the views.
6. Onsite Rainforest Spa
After a day of adventuring, the Rainforest Spa offers treatments to cure all your ailments. What we loved the most about the spa was the way it is set deep into the rainforest, away from the coast and away from the busy areas of the resort.
Getting a treatment here meant being in nature, the ultimate in relaxation.
There are a number of treatments you can request from traditional to Polynesian massage, you can even get a banana leaf body wrap.
Every massage is given with naturally scented oils that immerse you straight into the tropics with smells like coconut, mango, and hibiscus to name a few.
7. Namena Divers Onsite Dive Shop
If you’ve come to Fiji for the scuba diving, it’s no doubt you’ve read about the infamous Namena Marine Reserve.
This special gem is located just off the coast of Vanua Levu and the premier dive shop on the island, Namena Divers, just happens to be located right on the Koro Sun Resort property.
While they offer a variety of dive options, the flagship option is a full day of diving on the reserve. They even offer an option for snorkelers if you’re not into scuba diving, which makes it a great option for all the people you are traveling with.
8. Countless Day Trip Options
Last but not least, you’ll be overwhelmed with the amount of quality day trip options on offer at the Koro Sun Resort in Fiji. Booked directly at the front desk, these day trips will take you to explore the very best that Vanua Levu has to offer.
This includes guided snorkeling trips, a pearl farm tour, dolphin watching, waterfall trekking, saltwater lake kayaking, town & market trips, private beach picnics, bay cruises, and scuba diving,
When you’ve seen enough of the island, there are no shortages of on resort complimentary activities to enjoy too.
This includes guided snorkeling to the Coral Garden, guided snorkel & kayak combo trips, kayaking to neighboring islands, rainforest trekking, herbal walks, golfing, cycling, village school visits, coconut demonstration and handline fishing.
Additionally, the resort offers Sunday church service, flower arranging, traditional Lovo with Make Night, volleyball, cooking class, tennis, stand up paddleboarding and a variety of resort games.
Our Stay at the Koro Sun Resort Fiji
We enjoyed six, fabulous days on the Koro Sun Resort Fiji property at the start of our three week trip to Fiji enjoying all that the resort has to offer. We found the environment to be laid back and the grounds luxurious.
Our accommodation was in the fantastic Edgewater Bure and honestly, it’s one of the nicest rooms we’ve ever had in our travels. It was spacious, comfortable, private and no attention to detail was missed.
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