Silversea Expedition Cruises To VANUA BALAVU, LAU ISLANDS

VANUA BALAVU, LAU ISLANDS

East of Vanua Levu and Viti Levu, Vanua Balavu, the third largest of the Lau Islands, is part of Fiji’s Eastern Division. The island is protected by a barrier reef of some 130 kilometres in length. The enclosed lagoon area promises excellent snorkelling while the reef keeps larger ships at bay. Vanua Balavu has a special geological set-up: it has a volcanic part in the south and uplifted coral in the north, even hot springs and limestone caves exist. View more

17 villages with a total of roughly 1200 inhabitants are found along the shore of the island. Lomaloma is the island’s main village with schools, a post office, police station and a small hospital. As the Lau Group was once under Tongan rule, with the Tongan chief Ma’afu residing in the village of Lomaloma, folkloric presentations feature Fijian and Tongan music and dance and have formed a special union. There still are some 400 Tongans living in the village of Sawana, the southern part of Lomaloma.

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LAUTOKA To PAPEETE (Tahiti)
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    Sep 26 2021
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LAUTOKA To PAPEETE (Tahiti)
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    Oct 10 2022
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    Silver Explorer
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Excursions in VANUA BALAVU, LAU ISLANDS

Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition team

The largest village on Vanua Balavu is Loma Loma (or Lomaloma), located on the southeast coast. In the mid-19th century Tonga conquered the island, and the village of Sawana was built next to Lomaloma. Fifth-generation Tongan descendants still live in Sawana, and the houses with rounded ends show the influence of Tongan architecture. There are nine total villages on the island, and they each follow ancient traditions, including music, dance and yaqona (kava) ceremonies.


Conditions permitting, go ashore on tenders to visit Lomaloma village for a traditional Kava Ceremony (Sevuisevu) and welcome ceremony, followed by a village tour. Return to enjoy a traditional Fijian entertainment with a Togan twist known as Laklaka.

Hike with Silversea Expedition team

Join your expedition team in a hike on easy but uneven dirt path, up to a viewpoint and enjoy the scenery of the two sides of the island. Keep your eyes wide open for the many landbirds you might encounter such as the Barn owl, Crimson shining parrots, Blue-crowned lorikeet among many others.

Snorkeling with Silversea Expedition team

Vanau Balavu is protected by a reef that can be snorkelled from the beach, or an anchored Zodiac, depending on conditions.


On land Vanua Balavu is full of near-perfect, sandy beaches that ring the group's perimeter below the rugged hills above. Within the limestone hills is Vale Ni Bose ("Meeting House of the Gods"), a cavernous area lined with limestone walls and a pool of crystalline water. The Bay of Islands, also known as Qilaqila in the northwest portion of the island is an ideal snorkel and swimming site and a favorite place for boaters to drop anchor.


Your snorkel master and team will set up a snorkel site for you to enjoy the underwater views of this beautiful side of the world on the look for Tuna, Barracudas, with luck some Manta rays and many others.

Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team

Enjoy a Zodiac cruise around the coast of Cakaunitabua island, looking at lush vegetation and limestone coastal features of this beautiful island, home of the Golden dove, Velvet dove, Fiji petrels, Fiji Goshawk and many others.

An Introduction to Silversea Expeditions

“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.