Vatuvara Island

Vatuvara Island or Vatu Vara Island is an island below Yacata and Kaibu (I wrote about them here ) about 16.5km. Its area is about 1000 acres (405ha), length / width about 2.2km by 2.3km. Its height is 305m, the highest in the Lau Group. Its top is flat at the end of the hill, so the island looks like a hat, that’s what they call it sometimes ,,hat island”, and they orient themselves towards it. It is a former atoll, an extinct volcano that has grown, and limestone has accumulated. Later, the island grew into a dense tropical jungle.

just look at this beautiful island
nice view from above

As a former atoll, it has the remains of an old lagoon, a good sandy base, which creates a bright blue water. It has bright white sandy beaches, a flat part, palm trees along the coast … Billionaire Jim Janard bought it in 2006 for $ 75 million at the time as the most beautiful and most expensive island in Fiji. In the same time he bought Kaibu Island with resorts there, and redesigned and converted it into today’s Vatuvara Private Islands and Vatuvara Foundation. Yes, a bit confusing. The resort is located in Kaibu, but the name is Vatuvara, regardless that Vatuvara Island is across and is uninhabited.

here you can see everything such as awesome hill, beach, palms, limestone cliff, corals and lagoon. Vatuvara!

In Vatuvara resort on neighbouring Kaibu Island, Megan Markle and Prince Harry stayed in 2018 when visited Fiji. Since last October, the whole group of islands (including Vatuvara) is on sale. We covered this article as well here

The new and lucky owner will be very pleased with those islands once he buys them. Especially with this untouched island. And not just that, just right from Vatuvara there is Mago Island located, (owned by famous actor Mel Gibson) as the first neighbor.

this is very pretty scenery on the island ,,inside”. We see it’s an untouched jungle.

The top of the island is a massive shortened pyramid, which is surrounded on all sides by almost steep cliffs up to 61 m in height. The top of the pyramid is about 40 acres (160,000 m2) and is mostly flat, although it contains some holes and depressions 2 to 8 meters deep, some of which are filled with water that accumulates. At the foot of the peak, in most places, there is a wide belt of slightly sloping land, which is not above 8 meters above sea level, and forms the brim of the hat, which indicates the typical profile of the island.

interesting beach. We see Yacata and Kaibu islands at distnce

On the eastern and northern edges of the island, the sea strikes limestone cliffs, which are mostly deeply undercut, there is a reef closer to the shore, but in other places, the island is surrounded by a wide reef, which moves away far from the west coast to enclose the lagoon. On the steep sides of the central mass, there are three shallow terraces, as three levels, which mark the rise of the island, but they are harder to notice because they are covered with dense vegetation that covers the entire high structure of the island.

Katy Miller, scientist from Vatuvara foundation, checking plants and animals inside the island. I wish I was there too, to see this awesome jungle

Did you like the pictures? Can’t resist? We have more! (By the way, this is why we must protect those islands, or we won’t enjoy those views soon. Climate change is challenging this all!)


(This post has been updated it 26. November 2021)

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