Grab your mask and fins and explore the reef right next to Oneta’s beach for some great snorkeling. Watch small reef sharks chase large schools of fish around the coral. Parrot fish, clown fish, sturgeon fish, angelfish, turtles, eels, sea snakes and much more inhabit the Oneta reef. – A short boat ride away is the amazing Astrolabe Reef. It’s around 65km long and stretches around from the south of Kadavu to north of Ono Island. It’s a breeding ground for all kinds of fish, large and small, and home to an incredible variety of coral. The famous Manta Ray Cleaning Station is a mere 10 minutes away from the resort and our guests often go multiple times. Seeing these peaceful giants float past you is really a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Other snorkeling sites offer calm gardens of coral filled with colorful reef fish, mollusks and crustaceans, but we can also take you to some of the passageways through the reef where large amounts of nutrient rich water passes into the lagoon. There you’ll find some of the biggest fish you’ve ever seen along with large reef sharks.
We haven’t even begun to explore all there is to do just around Oneta and we encourage our guests to be adventurous. Paddle the kayak south down the coast and find the mangrove forest at high tide. Enter the mangroves through a small marine passage and follow until the mangroves are all around you. If you keep going and emerge from the mangroves you’ll hear children singing their lessons at one of the local schools on Ono. –
Or take the kayak the other way around the island to some of the most secluded and beautiful beaches in Fiji. We’ll pack a lunch for you and pick you up if you run out of steam. We can also arrange for longer outrigger canoe trips around Ono Island and Kadavu that are provided by Paddlefiji.com.
Or if you’re feeling lazy that day but still want to explore we’ll just drop you off on your own romantic private beach for the afternoon and pick you up at sunset. Two paddle boards are available for use at the resort and we recommend using them at sunrise. The water is calmer and the golden light sparkles on the water and illuminates the coastline. What could be prettier?
There are several beautiful hikes around the Ono and Kadavu starting with a easy half hour walk up the beach ending in a nice climb up to a beautiful sunset spot where you can experience one of the best views on the island. A string of small islands stretch like green pearls out toward the crashing waves that mark the rim of the Astrolabe Reef. –
Try a more strenuous 3 hour hike across the uninhabited island of Vatulutu. A well maintained trail winds its way from the bay side of the island through untouched Fijian rainforest emerging on the other side of the island for incredible views of the Naiqoro passage, one of the few breaks along the Astrolabe reef. Cool off after your walk by snorkeling out to the small reef around Vatalutu where turtles are often spotted. –
If more lush rainforest and waterfalls are your thing, we’ll take you over to Kadavu. We’ll cruise down a small river up into the peaceful mangroves swamp. Then we’ll take a trail through the rain forest before emerging through a clearing where a thirty foot waterfall thunders down from the volcanic ridge. Swimming in the cooling water is a must before the return hike back to the boat.
This adventure is one of our manager’s favorite experiences around the resort. Witness thousands of Red Footed Boobies and Brown Boobies return to Yabu Island at sunset to roost. Yabu Island is one of the main Booby seabird rookeries in Fiji and it’s only 15 minutes away from the resort.
Enjoy one of the most memorable experiences with a glass of wine in hand while you watch this drama unfold across a beautiful Fijian sunset. Or throw your snorkeling gear on the boat with you and get in one last dip before dark. – MORE PHOTOS OF ONETA ADVENTURES >
We are happy to take people out on a windy day to teach them how to sail the Hobie Cat — or if guests already know how to sail they are free to take it out on their own. When the trade winds start to blow in June it’s really some of the best sailing around and you can make it all the way around Ono Island.
Speaking of good winds – we have always wanted to learn how to kite surf. A special deal awaits any guest willing to bring in some kite surfing gear and teach us.
Many visitors to Fiji will tell you that the most memorable part of their time here was the interaction with the Fijians and their local culture. On an outer-island location like ours that experience is at its most personal. There are several small local villages within walking or close boating distance.
We can arrange village trips for you to see the communities, their schools and we can take you to attend church on Sundays. We are also in the process of finding Fijian craftsman in the villages who can teach guests how to make some of the local crafts like woven Fijian mats, baskets, carvings and coconut oil. –
At least once during your visit you can take part in a Fijian lovo — a feast based on the traditional Fijian cooking method of wrapping food in banana leaves to be cooked under heated rocks. It’s part of a beautiful night of drinking kava (another ancient Fijian tradition) and singing Fijian songs. If you are a musician, feel free to grab a guitar and contribute your own musical offering. – MORE PHOTOS OF LIFE AROUND ONO >