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Nananu-i-Ra

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Travel Guide Oceania Melanesia Fiji Nananu-i-Ra

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Introduction

Nananu-i-Ra is an island in Fiji about 3 kilometres off the north coast of the main island of Viti Levu, near the town of Rakiraki in Ra Province. The island is 3.5 square kilometres and has a maximum elevation of 180 metres. The name "Nananu-I-Ra" means "Daydream of the West" in Fijian. Fijian mythology holds that Nananu-I-Ra is the point of departure for disembodied spirits leaving this world for the afterlife.

The highest peak and look out point on the Eastern side bears the remnants of an Ancient settlement complete with fractured and decorated Pottery in low-lying areas and the legend of mythical creatures.

The island is home to a couple of resorts and backpacker cottage accommodation options (bure) as well as private homes and villas. Most of the appeal of this island is due to its small secluded and relatively uninhabited nature, and as such there are not really any restaurants or businesses.

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Sights and Activities

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving around the island is amazing. The Bligh Waters are famous for their colourful soft corals. You can't see everywhere else as many soft coral as in Nananu-I-Ra. The most famous dive site is Golden Dream, it's a very colourful site that lies at a depth of 20 metres. The Vatu-I-Ra passage is famous for its strong currents so each dive site on this strait is a drift dive. On this side, the most beautiful dive site is called Mary's Tag. It's a wall of corals that goes down to over 50 metres. Very strong current, so you must be prepared. Around the island the visibility is very good especially from August to January. Arguably the best period of the year to dive in Nanunu is from December to April-May, when the visibility is still pretty, but the water is also warmer (28-29 C°). There are 2 dive shops on the island.

Other Sights and Activities

  • A must to see is One Bay, a beautiful white sandy beach.
  • Behind this beach there's a tropical rain forest, in which lies an ancient Fijian village. All over the island, there are many archeological sites that are not been studied.
  • Walking around the island you can see burial sites.

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Weather

Nananu-i-Ra enjoys a mild tropical climate with year-round temperatures around 25 °C with a generally high humidity. Average highs range from around 26 °C in July and August to around 30 °C from Decembert to April. Lows are between 20 °C and 23 °C. May to October is the dry season, also known as the "Fiji Winter". The weather is slightly cooler and less rainfall and humidity make it a good time of the year to visit. From December to April, the islands get a lot of rain and many places get up to 3,000 mm or more a year!

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Getting There

Travellers typically arrive there by chartering a local motorboat from the mainland; the nearest town is Rakiraki.

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