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A perfect example of timelessness, Dravuni Island is a Pacific island virtually unchanged for thousands of years.
Dravuni Island is a very small island at the northern end of the Kadavu Group. It is virtually surrounded by the Great Astrolabe Reef, renowned as a diver's paradise. The reef was named after French explorer Dumont d'Urville's ship "Astrolabe", which struck the reef in the 1820’s.
There are no vehicles, no department stores, no cinemas. In fact, nothing much at all that tells you we are living in the 21st century. It is one of the Pacific's most unspoilt destinations. It is also one of the least populated islands in the Fijian islands group, with less than 200 inhabitants.
Less than 200 local residents
Fijian and English
Walk along Dravuni’s pristine white sand beaches on a palm-lined path that leads you up a small inland peak. It’s just a short trek, done easily if you’re fit. It’s well worth the effort for the breathtaking island views you’ll enjoy at the top.
Wander through the village and find out why Fijians have earned their reputation as friendly, smiling and hospitable people. There’s a small school for the local children and a field station used by students from the University of the South Pacific to study the nearby coral reefs and marine life.
Your ship will anchor offshore and the ship’s tender boats will provide a regular service to and from the island throughout the day.
Food and drink is sometimes available for purchase onshore. Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products or sandwiches to be taken off the ship, however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
Some handicrafts are available for purchase in the village. Any souvenirs that are made of plant material or animal products must be declared to quarantine authorities on arrival in Australia or New Zealand. Plant material such as certain seeds and animal products including feathers may be restricted or need to be treated at the owners’ expense on arrival in Australia or New Zealand.
The weather on Dravuni Island can be very hot and humid. Fortunately, rain and sea breezes often bring welcome relief. Make sure you stay hydrated and sheltered from the sun.
Credit cards and charge cards are not accepted anywhere on the island. Australian dollars are accepted but change may not be available. We recommend that you take small denominations of Australian dollars ashore.
There are no public telephones and no internet access on Dravuni Island. Mobile coverage may be available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home.
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat — and don’t forget your swimwear! You are also advised to bring sunscreen and bottled water. Don’t forget your swimwear and a towel. Nude or topless bathing is not permitted.
Check with the Shore Tours desk onboard for information about tour availability.
Coral is an extremely precious marine organism. In an effort to preserve its natural beauty and habitat please avoid touching it in all circumstances. Furthermore, just as with Australia’s beaches, blue bottles can visit occasionally in the summer months. During your time ashore we also ask that you dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.