Photo Friday: Is this the most beautiful beach in the world

You can have Champagne Beach all to yourself on Fiji's Yasawa Island


Is this the most beautiful beach in the world?

I took this photo on Champagne Beach in the remote Yasawa Islands off the northwest coast of the main island of Viti Levu in Fiji.  It is a huge arc of fine pinkish sand which surrounds a wide bay of aquamarine water. At each end are small reefs where you can snorkel to see myriad brightly colored tropical fish and hard and soft corals.

Even better, most of the time you have the whole beach to yourselves save for an occasional fisherman.

So how do you get here to enjoy it?

Yasawa Island Resort: home to the world’s most beautiful beaches

It is one of 11 pristine beaches that are available to guests of Yasawa Island Resort, one of Fiji’s most upscale one-island resorts located on one of the country’s most unspoiled islands. Although remote, it is just a 30-minute flight from Nadi International Airport to the resort’s private airstrip.

Yasawa is a standout in Fiji because of its absolutely spectacular beaches.  Since they have only 18 thatched-roofed bure bungalows, this means you can pretty much have your own piece of paradise anytime you want.

 Champagne Picnics on deserted beaches

The most popular activity here is to arrange special champagne beach picnics where you are whizzed away by one of Yasawa Island Resort speedboat to any one of theses exquisite surrounding beaches. You can while away the day under your beach umbrella and feast, swim, snorkel, beach comb and canoodle to your heart’s content.

Other things to do in Paradise

There is also a fun excursion to the Blue Lagoon, made famous by the 1980s movie of the same name, starring Brooke Shields. You can swim in the atmospheric lagoon and the brave can dive underwater to another cavern surrounded by rock.

Loads of on-site activities at the resort include swimming in the wet edge pool, snorkeling, Hobie Cat sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, tennis, and hiking to the lookout for spectacular views over the resort and beaches.

Fishing and scuba diving trips are also on offer (best time to go is when the manta rays are visiting) and it is well worth visiting the local village where most of the staff lives. Speaking of the staff, they are the heart and soul of the resort, singing heartfelt welcomes and goodbyes and caring for your every need.

All in all, Yasawa Island Resort offers that most delicious of perfect beach holidays with a laid-back charm and plenty of space to roam.

Yasawa Island Resort

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Sue Gough Henly

Sue Gough Henly is award-winning travel writer and photographer whose bi-line has appeared in The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, The Guardian, The Toronto Star and all the major Australian publications. Her travel blog, Genuine Journeys, is full of insider tips on the best places for authentic experiences and luxury splurges. She is also the author of Australia’s Best Places travel app. When she doesn’t have sand between her toes or a pack on her back, she writes about food, wine and culture.

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