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7 days

Trip Dates

13 Oct - 19 Oct
1 Space
19 Oct - 25 Oct
1 Space

Tour Highlights

  • Be a pioneer and swim where few have been before you in the far-out paradise of Fiji’s Yasawa Islands

  • Join like-minded swimmers with plenty of opportunities to swim safely in an archipelago of 330 islands, edged by pristine coral reefs

  • Hit the reset button with golden beaches, palm trees and clear seawater teeming with manta rays, dolphins and tropical fish!

  • Relax or join in with local activities on the sustainable, self sufficient resort and appreciate the local produce

The name Fiji conjures up images of golden empty sands, palms trees galore and sea waters that have a shade of blue that is not matched anywhere else. The Yasawa Islands, a picturesque tropical paradise nestled in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, just off the shores of Fiji. There's a reason Hollywood films and reality shows come knocking at these shores so often - it's a veritable paradise!

Comprising many idyllic islands, each boasting its own distinctive allure, this archipelago captivates with its breathtaking natural beauty and inviting ambiance. From the mesmerizing hues of crystal-clear turquoise lagoons to the powdery softness of pristine white sandy beaches, and the vibrant underwater tapestry of lush coral gardens brimming with marine life.

Staying on the sunset side of Nanuya Lailai Island, we use this island as our base for the week as we head out and explore the surrounding beaches and contrasting peaks that the Yasawa’s have to offer.

The resort takes pride in being self-sufficient. Solar is also an integral part of the daily Nanuya Island Resort operation with over 200 solar panels providing power to all accommodation options as well as the kitchen, restaurant, spa and staff quarters. Installation has not only helped the environment but has also resulted in an 80% drop in reliance upon diesel consumption. The resort offers the perfect location for a relaxing stay with an environmental focus.

Who is this trip for?

This trip is designed for those who want to combine spectacular coastal and inter-islands swims in the exquisite waters of the Yasawas, while also learning about Fiji's nature, culture, and local lifestyle, meeting local people and experiencing the famous Fijian Bula Spirit.

Swims include a mix of coastals and crossings. Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average swim distance of 3 km prior to the start of the trip. The average daily swim distance is around 5 km (split over a minimum of two swims).

We have given this trip a ‘Moderate’ grading. Most swimmers comfortable in the open water will be able to take part and enjoy one of these trips.

Are you a Pioneer?

We are excited to share our entirely new Yasawa Islands - Fiji trip for an action-packed 2024 of adventures. Our first departures will be Pioneer Departures. These are perfect for those who want to get out first to experience the relatively unexplored waters that await us. You will have the opportunity to explore the destination in-depth with an amazing group of swimmers, opening our eyes to the possibilities for future trips.

What's included?

  • Fully guided swimming holiday (swimmers only)
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches
  • All dinners
  • Local resort and cultural activities
  • Afternoon tea at a local island tea house
  • Water sport activities (subject to availability and may incur an additional charge. Please see 'Trip Information' section for trip specific details)

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • Additional alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, which can be purchased locally
  • WiFi in resort, this can be paid for locally

Trip Schedule

Fiji's breathtaking setting offers a variety of swimming opportunities and activities for you to enjoy. Our daily plan includes a morning swim, followed by a range of options for afternoon activities. You can choose to take another swim, immerse yourself in local cultural experiences, or even participate in a fun cooking class. By keeping our schedule flexible throughout the week, we aim to tailor each day's activities to ensure you have the most enjoyable and memorable experience during your stay in Fiji.

Below is an example of an itinerary but swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Nanuya Island Resort

Start Time: 17:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Nanuya Island Resort

Finish Time: 11:00 on Day 7

Day 1

Today, we will gather at the hotel to meet your SwimTrek guides and fellow swimmers. Following a welcome briefing, we will complete your acclimatisation swim, to help you adjust to the water and conditions. Once you've dried off, you can look forward to connecting with everyone over a group dinner and discussing the exciting activities planned for the week.

Day 2

This morning we head across for our first full swim day of the trip, an introduction to some of the marine life that you will encounter as the reef designates the swimming route we take. Hopping back on the boat, we return to Nanuya for lunch and a short break before an afternoon swim. We will head back out with an opportunity for a small afternoon crossing. After relaxing at the resort and reflecting on the first day, we come together for our group dinner.

Day 3

Today we head to a different Island for our morning swim over fringing reef tropical fish species. We then re-group on the boat and head back to the resort for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to join in with an activity, such as a walk over to the east side of the island, to a remote tea house for a spot of tea and cake, with view of the expansive South Pacific Ocean, or take some free time to relax

Day 4

After breakfast we join the boat and travel out to a new location for the morning’s swim where we will swim along the protected reef. Lunch will be taken back at the resort and then we re group on the boat and head out for a second swim. If you prefer to miss the afternoon swim, you are welcome to stay and relax or partake in a local island activity on offer.

We return to the island after a full day with time for you to relax before dinner, where we can discuss what the rest of the week has to offer.

Day 5

This morning, we travel to another new island to explore, before returning to the resort for lunch and an early afternoon activity. If you wish to partake, the local staff will take you through a resort-based activity, or you can use the time to relax.

Not to be missed is tonight’s famous Island Night where the local dance troupe perform their Meke and host the ladies shell market where the local village women sell their crafts.

Day 6

During our final day we will explore the remaining swim locations surrounding Nanuya. Offering opportunities to relax, snorkel or take part in another local activity. The final day can be tailored to what you want.

Day 7

On our last day, after an optional morning dip, we find some time to relax and reflect on the past week before breakfast and farewells.


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Nanuya Island Resort

Nanuya Island Resort Fiji is a tropical paradise located on the stunning Nanuya Lailai Island in the Yasawa Islands of Fiji. The resort offers guests a secluded and serene escape surrounded by crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, and lush tropical vegetation.

Location Summary

Yasawa Islands

Stretching for over 80 km lie the Yasawas, a collection of volcanic islands which rise majestically above the waters of the Western Pacific. The British navigator William Bligh was the first European to sight the Yasawas in 1789, following the Mutiny on the Bounty.

Nanuya Lailai

Nanuya Lailai lies midway along the stretch of the Yasawa Islands. The beautiful island sits just north of the privately owned Nanuya Levu, home of the famous location for the film Blue Lagoon. The island offers stunning sun rise and sunset locations, for you to relax and absorb the Fijian warmth in between snorkelling and swimming in the crystal-clear water.

Fiji’s People

There is no doubt that on leaving Fiji, one of the main things that you will remember is the huge grins on a local face accompanied by the traditional greeting of “Bula.” Some of the islands that we visit are home to traditional Fijian villages which are full of colourful traditions and culture amassed over the last 3,000 years.

Trip Grading

We have given this trip a 'Moderate' grading. Most swimmers comfortable in the open water will be able to take part in and enjoy one of these trips.

Activity Summary

Activity Distances Activity Distances
Swim 2½km Swim 2½km
Swim 3km Island walk 2km
Swim 3km Swim 2km
Swim 4km Island activity/free time/local swim n/a
Swim 3km Swim 2km

*Please note that these swims are an example of what may take place during your trip and should be used as a guide only. Actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and swim conditions.

Swimming Conditions

Swimming in the sea is a fantastic experience, however you should be aware that certain marine life such as jellyfish, sea lice, sea urchins and coral could be present during the swims. In all cases we will work on reducing your contact with these creatures, however, if you suffer from anaphylaxis, please consult the office prior to booking.

Due to the runoff from the lush, green islands which make up this beautiful corner of the world, water clarity is sometimes lower than in other open ocean locations, however, there is still plenty of marine life to be seen, including coral, fish, seals, and dolphins.

Walking Distances

We include a local walk over to the tea house on the other side of the island. This is approximately 2km and will take around 30-40 minutes.

If conditions allow, we may include a visit to local caves which are access via a short staircase on the island.

Walking Conditions

We walk on recognised tracks and paths which dot the interior of the islands that make up the Yasawas. We recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes or sandals.


Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
October 26-27°C / 78-80°F 28-30°C / 82-86°F

*Please note that these temperatures are indicative and should be used as a guide only.

Weather Caveat

For safety reasons, we rely on decent weather conditions when conducting our swims. Consequently, open water swimming holidays require a certain degree of on-trip flexibility which can result in changes to the planned itinerary. These changes often add a touch of uniqueness to your trip and will be communicated to you by your SwimTrek guides as quickly as possible.

Trip Information

Group Size

This trip has a maximum group size of 15. The group will be split into a maximum of three groups, based on speed, with each group being accompanied by their own safety vessel/escort. 

Boat Support

Boat support on this trip includes a main boat and support watercraft crewed by local pilots and your SwimTrek guides. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Extra Activities

There are several additional activities available on the island. Some will be included in your package such as coral planting, sarong tying or language lessons, plus others, and these will be chosen by the group when on the island. You can also book onto additional activities such as glass bottom tours, snorkelling or scuba diving for an additional cost.

Equipment Checklist

For your basic, essential packing list, please visit our Packing List page on the website. For additional, location specific items, please see the information below.

Item Item
Water shoes Reef safe waterproof sun cream and SPF lip balm (Factor 50 or higher)

SwimTrek will provide water and electrolytes at every location and refill your bottles.

Getting There

The easiest way to get to Nanuya Island is to fly to Nadi International (NAN) and then transfer to a local port where you can pick up a ferry to Nanuya Island. As SwimTrekkers come from all over the world, and join our swimming holidays in numerous destinations, we don't currently offer flights as part of our SwimTrek packages. We do however want to do as much as we can to ensure that our guests get the best deals when travelling to one of our trips so check out SwimTrek's tips to help you get the best deals for your flights.

Ferry from Nadi to Nanuya Island Resort

From Nadi International (NAN) you will need to transfer to a local port, either Denarau or Loutoka. At the port, you can pick up a ferry to Nanuya Island. The ferry will stop at numerous Yasawa Islands through the scenic channels and bays, picking up and dropping off tourists. It’s a wonderful way to experience the other islands.

There are two ferry operators from Nadi to Nanuya Island Resort. The journey takes between 4-5 hours and costs around 200 FJD (approx. 140 AUD)

Yasawa Flyer

The Yasawa Flyer departs daily from Denarau Marina (Nadi) at 8.30am and is a large high speed, modern catamaran with air-conditioned seating, a travel desk, licensed bar, café and outdoor viewing decks. If you want to return from Nanuya to Denarau Marina (Nadi) the Yasawa Flyer departs around 1345pm.

For more information and to book, please visit


The Seabus departs daily from Lautoka King’s Jetty Wharf in Nadi at 0730am and is a fully licenced catamaran. If you want to return from Nanuya to Lautoka King’s Jetty Wharf In Nadi, the Seabus departs at around 1300pm.

For more information and to book, please visit


Our home for the week is Nanuya Island resort, nestled amidst the lush foliage and swaying palms of Fiji's enchanting Yasawa Islands. The resort offers a secluded and serene escape surrounded by crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, and lush tropical vegetation. With traditional Fijian bures (bungalows) overlooking the ocean, you can enjoy a tranquil and authentic island experience. Each room has its own beach side cabana for you to relax in the shade after a busy day swimming. To assist with their sustainable efforts, please be aware, each room has ceiling fans but no air conditioning.

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation and Trip Extension Options

If you require any additional nights’ accommodation, please contact the hotel directly on

Food and Drink

During your stay, all breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included and will all be taken at the resort. Breakfast will include cereal, fresh fruit, toast & freshly baked pastries fruit juice, tea & coffee with lunch and dinner as an agreed set menu. As much of what appears on their dining tables, comes directly from their very own resort plantation, with 10 local gardeners fully employed to maintain the crops and the gardens. This means their menus are never fixed and based on the day’s supply from nearby villages including lobster, eggs and seasonal fruit and vegetables. Please consider they may not be able to cater for your dietary requirements, therefore please bring additional food items you personally require.

Travel Advice

For more information on any of the following sections please visit the Travel Advice page of our website.

Money, Extra Expenses and Tipping

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as drinks, evening meals, entertainment and souvenirs, etc. The local currency in Fijian dollar (FJD). There is a 24-hour currency exchange service at the arrival’s concourse at Nadi Airport and in major towns. THe resort does take card payment but this may not be guaranteed. A 9% Government Value Added Tax (VAT) is applicable to all goods and services in Fiji and may not be included in the price.

Responsible Travel

SwimTrek is conscious of the importance of protecting the world’s natural wonders. We are acutely aware of our responsibility to not only take care of the natural environments which we are lucky enough to explore, but also to educate our guests about the importance of conservation efforts and responsible tourism. It’s for this reason that we have worked so closely with our partners to ensure that our trips are conducted in the most responsible and sustainable way possible, working tirelessly to minimise the impact of our presence on local marine life and the natural habitat.

For more information, please visit our Responsible Travel page on the website.

Passports and Visas

To travel to Fiji, most visitors will need a valid passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the intended stay. Additionally, visitors from certain countries may also need a visa to enter Fiji.

Fiji has a generous tourist visa exemption policy, and citizens of many countries, including EU member states, the UK, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand travelling to Fiji for tourism purposes do not need a visa for visits of up to 120 days, with proof of onward travel, such as a return ticket.

Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and it is important that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

Travel Insurance

We consider comprehensive travel insurance to be essential, and we strongly recommend that you purchase insurance which includes, but is not limited to, cover for illness, accident, emergency repatriation, ambulance, air ambulance, helicopter rescue services, cancellation, lost luggage and delays. Your travel insurance should also cover you for open water swimming and any other activity listed in your trip itinerary (including races and competitions, where applicable). Please read your policy details carefully and remember to take them with you on your trip for your own reference.

For further information, please visit our Travel Insurance page on the website.

Here at SwimTrek, we pride ourselves on our focus on safety and the well-being of all our guests. As we operate in some beautiful and remote locations medical facilities are not always easily accessible. SwimTrek Guides, and many staff working for our local partners, are first aid trained. However, we ask that you read our Travel Health page to ensure that you are informed about general Travel and Swim Health precautions.

Internet Access, Electricity and Travel Plugs

Should you need internet during your trip, please note WiFi across the resort is limited. It is possible to purchase in resort however we cannot guarantee how reliable it is and could be costly. If you don't want to go "off grid" and enjoy the freedom, please ensure you bring your own dongle.
For a useful source of information on the different electrical outlets, electrical plugs, and electric sockets, please visit

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