If you want to get to the northern Yasawa Islands, then we highly recommend taking the Tavewa Seabus. This departs from the Lautoka Kings jetty each morning at 8am and there is a return trip from the Yasawas departing Tavewa at 1-1.30pm.
The new red Seabus is faster and more fuel efficient than their old boat, the Y11. That was definitely a fun ride, even if it did take 6-7 hours! See the video below to get a look at the old boat, as well as the area around our final destination of Coralview resort, on Tavewa Island.
The Seabus has a number of advantages over catching the Yasawa Flyer from Denarau.
Cost: A one way fare to Tavewa or one of the nearby islands is FJ$120. Compare that to the Yasawa Flyer price of FJ$185 to FJ$200 (depending on which booking engine you are using).
Time: The Seabus takes around 3 hours to make the trip, arriving at Tavewa approximately 11-11.30am. The Yasawa Flyer takes an hour longer, due to travelling further with more stops. That means less travelling time, and more island time for you.
New Route, Another Boat, And Extra Stops, Are Coming
Speaking with the owner Mr Don Bruce recently, he told me that there is a new route planned, which will stop at a few extra islands on the way to the final destination of Tavewa. This will open up even more island experiences for tourists that choose to travel on the Seabus.
Tavewa Seabus Daytrips To Yasawas
Until the Seabus began operation in 2016, if you wanted a trip to the Yasawas, you had little choice but to book via Yasawa Flyer and stay a number of nights in the area. Unless you were in a position to go by helicoptor or float plane, which is definitely out of reach of the average backpacker tourist!
Now you have options to take day trips to some of the best spots in the Yasawas, leaving early at 8am, and back in Lautoka by around 5pm.
While days trips are now possible, why rush? Far better to take a few days and explore the area, perhaps try a few of the local resorts and get into the spirit of “FIJI TIME”. The accommodation in this area is reasonably priced, and perfect for those that don’t want or expect 5 star standards.
Inquire About The Seabus
Contact the Tavewa Seabus directly, by using the form on this page. They can also arrange and book you on one of the local tours, such as the Sawa-i-Lau cave trip, or swimming with Manta Rays.
Office hours for the Seabus is 8am-5pm (Fiji local time). Prices shown for these are correct at time of publication, but do check with them for current rates.
All tours/trips below include free pickup and drop-off at Nadi/Denarau resorts, lunch, snorkelling gear and return Seabus ferry. The manta ray and sharkfeeding trips have optional extra activities available, such as handline fishing.
Sawa-i-Lau Cave Trip
Anyone old enough to remember the film “Blue Lagoon” will recognise these caves from the movie.
They are even more spectacular in real life, and this will be a trip you will cherish and talk about for years to come.
The unspoiled beaches, crystal clear waters and majestic Yasawas have to be seen to be believed, and now you can take it all in with a day-trip from the mainland.
Swim With Manta Rays
The manta ray season runs from May to October.
If there are no rays around when you visit, then there is excellent snorkelling to be had at the protected marine reserve.
I have NOT done this, and have no intentions of doing so… I still remember seeing JAWS when it was first released, and it has put me off sharks ever since.
I know sharks get a bad rap, and these tours are safe, but still – it’s not for me!