This scenic island offers one of the best beaches in the Yasawa Island group – a long sweep of pristine palm-fringed white sand that wraps around a narrow headland and shelves gently into crystal clear water that is perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
Nanuya Lailai Island offers several small, no-frills resorts as well as the recently renovated 3.5-star Nanuya Island Resort, which offers the most facilities, including scuba diving, kayaking and snorkelling.
Located on the same beach sits West Side Water Sports, which offers a number of water activities from kayaking and diving to snorkelling and caving excursions. There are are more than 16 dive sites nearby.
A network of hillside trails link several secluded beaches on the east and west side of the island.
The southern half of the island is owned by Blue Lagoon Cruises, who use the sheltered turquoise lagoon, fringed by a gorgeous white sand beach, for snorkelling and fish-feeding.
Unwind in comfort at the 3.4-star Nanuya Island Resort. Accommodation choices include four deluxe villas and eight traditional tree house bures nestled in the wooded hills with exceptional views of the ocean.
Children under 7 years old are not accepted at this resort. Facilities include restaurant, bar, massage and water sports equipment. The resort is located on the northern tip of Nanuya Lailai Island.
The best time to visit Fiji is during the dry winter season from June to September, when the weather is mainly dry and sunny – temperatures average a high of 28°C (82°F) but can range from a low of 18°C (64°F) to a peak of 32°C (90°F).
The seasonal transitional months of May and October can also be a good time to visit.
Fiji enjoys a tropical maritime climate without great extremes of heat or cold.
Typically, you can expect brief late afternoon rain showers at any time of year, with most rainfall in the mountainous regions of the main islands mainly away from coastal regions and the smaller islands.
The Mamanuca and Yasawa island groups receive the least amount of rainfall among the Fijian islands.
For more climate info: Fiji Weather Guide…
Nanuya Lailai Island is located in the Yasawa chain of islands, around 50km north-west of the main island of Vitu Levu.
The Yasawa Flyer offers a scenic five hour cruise to Nanuya Lailai Island. Seaplane and helicopters depart Nadi International Airport and from other locations by prior arrangement. Flight time to Waya Island is around 20 minutes from Nadi.
The most convenient route to Fiji from overseas is by air to Nadi International Airport (NAN), located on the west coast of Viti Levu, about 10km (7mi) north of Nadi, and about 190km (120mi) northwest of Fiji's capital, Suva.
Fiji is located in the South Pacific, around 3000km (1864mi) east of Australia and around 2000km (1300mi) northeast of New Zealand's North Island.
Fiji comprises an archipelago of more than 330 islands, of which 110 are permanently inhabited. Viti Levu, home to the capital, Suva, and Vanua Levu are the largest islands.
Latest update: Nanuya Lailai Island Fiji: 12 January, 2023