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The Yasawa island chain off western Viti Levu, Fiji Islands, is a paradise for cruisers, yachties, divers, backpackers, and the Fijian island inhabitants. The 16 large volcanic islands and countless smaller islets are noted for their grassy hilltops, palm fringed white beaches, and brilliant coral reefs.

The group was romanticized in two movies about a pair of child castaways who eventually fall in love on a deserted isle. The original 1949 version of The Blue Lagoon starred Jean Simmons, while the 1980 remake featured Brooke Shields.

The Fijian villagers live in traditional communities ruled by hereditary chiefs. Many of these fishers and farmers have recently diversied into the hotel business, opening basic backpacker resorts for the young and hardy. Some of Fiji's most exclusive honeymoon resorts are also here, including Turtle Island Resort on Nanuya Levu and Yasawa Island Resort on Yasawa Island.

The Yasawa Islands are a prime holiday destination for the very popular Blue Lagoon Cruises from Lautoka, Fiji, and the Captain Cook Cruises from Nadi. These three- to seven-day cruises are about the best Fiji has to offer, if you don't mind spending a little money. Adventure tour travelers can zip up and down the chain every day on the highspeed catamaran Yasawa Flyer.

Almost every Yasawa island has its fabulous beaches, especially around the Blue Lagoon between Tavewa and Nanuya Lailai islands. Inexpensive resorts like Oarsman's, Melbravo, and Safe Landing on Nacula, Sunrise and Seaspray on Nanuya Lailai, and Coral View, David's, and Otto's on Tavewa make excellent bases for exploring this area. Naviti, Waya, Wayasewa, and Kuata also have small beach resorts.

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