Fiji’s Bay of Islands – one of the world’s best anchorages

Fiji’s Lau Island Group is a remote archipelago of islands strung like a bejewelled necklace of treasures east of the International Date Line.

The island of Vanua Balavu is in the Northern Lau, with its main attraction the striking Bay of Islands. Weathered mushroom-like islands are scalloped at sea level from the tide and rise from a turquoise sea. With a small airstrip serviced by Fiji Airways and three small villages, the main visitors to Vanua Balavu are cruising yachties. Sheltered anchorages in all weather, clear waters filled with coral outcrops and interesting seascapes make it the sort of far-flung destination many aspire to visit.

Ships Sound is a popular anchorage as it’s an almost land-locked cove with a number of limestone pinnacles standing sentinel on one side. It’s a wonderful spot if you’re lucky enough to have it all to yourself, as we did in some of the photos above. Though we’ve also seen as many as five yachts moored fairly tightly together. There are actually plenty of anchorages throughout the northern bays, creating amply opportunity to have a bay entirely to yourself.

Captain Cook Cruises visit the Lau Group three times a year, which is where we first tasted these wonderful islands. Three years after cruising in on their second Lau Cruise we’re thrilled to return to the Lau and can’t wait to explore further!

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