Near the top northern end of the Yasawa Island chain, several scenes from the famous movie Blue Lagoon were filmed, including a scene in an underwater cave. On the last full day of our Fiji cruise we visited the area.
Aerial View of the Blue Lagoon
We spent the morning snorkelling on a nearby reef and visiting a local school, both of which were highlights. The reef near Sawa-I-Lau island was the best we snorkelled on during the cruise and the kids at Ratu Namasi Memorial school were friendly and enthusiastically showed us around their school.
After lunch we boarded the tender and headed for the Blue Lagoon.
Before we entered the lagoon we stopped at a beach at the front of the island which was the access point to the Sawa-I-Lau caves. We paid $10 FJD to the local village and entered via a staircase in need of repair.
The caves are amazing, and very much worth the trip if you are on the fence about visiting. The water is a nice green colour and a little cooler than the ocean. The cavern is interesting, part of it is open to the sky while the rest is enclosed.
Apparently it is also possible to swim into a second section of the caves via an underwater tunnel, but we weren’t game to try this.
Blue Lagoon Beach
The Blue Lagoon is a shallow, naturally formed still water created by three surrounding islands and coral reef. We entered at high water, and struggled to get back out as the water level decreased as the tide lowered, having to reduce the amount of people in our tender so we were more buoyant.
Sawa-I-Lau From the Air
While we were there we kayaked and paddle boarded around in the calm waters. I flew my Phantom Drone around and captured a few shots, including the one above of the main peak of Sawa-I-Lau island, taken from 400ft.
We could only spend a couple of hours in the lagoon, as the tide was running out. It was a very scenic place and I would like to return to this area again sometime to explore further, particularly to do more diving and visit more of the villages.
This was our last night on the cruise, and we were treated to a great sunset just before our last buffet dinner, then finished the night with an exciting crab race.
Sunset at Sea
Blue Lagoon 4k Aerial
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