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Fiji is famous for its stunning luxury hotels and resorts. While visiting, I had the pleasure of staying at Koro Sun Resort, a luxurious resort surrounded by lush rainforests on the island of Vinau Levu.
With a magical rainforest spa, Edgewater bures, and coral reefs just a five-minute boat ride away, Koro Sun Resort is the ideal place to complement your time in Fiji.
I was kindly hosted at Koro Sun Resort for three nights. As always, all opinions in this Koro Sun Resort review are my own.
Where is Koro Sun Resort Fiji?
Koro Sun Resort is on the south coast of Vanua Levu, Fiji’s other big island.
Vanua Levu means ‘Big Land’ and the capital, Savusavu, is known as the Hidden Paradise of Fiji. As soon as you descend into the island, you’ll see why.
All I could see was miles and miles of tropical rainforests as we approached the island – the runway seemed to appear out of nowhere!
Vanua Levu is also home to Fiji’s Great Sea Reef (the third largest coral reef in the world), and the famous Namena Island Marine Reserve – so it’s ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts.
With less than 20,000 tourists visiting each year, this hidden gem of an island is worth adding to your Fiji itinerary.
How to get there
Koro Sun Resort is a 15-minute drive from Savusavu.
The easiest (and funnest way) to get there is to take a regional Fiji Airways from Nadi or Suva on the main island. If you buy your flight ahead of time, it’s only about 50 USD.
After finishing my cruise around the Mamanuca islands with Captain Cook Fiji, I left from Nadi to Savusavu on a direct flight.
Taking a tiny flight in Fiji is a great experience. These small planes can only fit about 16 people, and as you stay below the clouds, there is breathtaking scenery the entire way.
@explorewithlora Fun way to get around Fiji – such good views! #fijiairways✈ #fiji_island #visitfiji #lovefiji #vanualevuforyou ♬ Paradise – Ikson
As we approached the island, you could see the lush green forests full of swaying palm trees.
Savusavu airport is more of a small shack than an actual airport, so you just land, grab your bag, and you’re ready to explore the island! As a guest at Koro Sun, complimentary airport transfers are included.
From the airport, it’s a 15-minute scenic drive on the Hibiscus Highway alongside the ocean to the resort, where you’ll be greeted with a Fijian welcome song and fresh coconut.
The check-in process is smooth, as they explain the resort amenities while your luggage is brought to the room for you.
Koro Sun Resort Accommodations
The resort is built on a 160-acre sanctuary of lush rainforest with well-manicured lush tropical gardens.
There are diverse accommodations, including botanical rooms, garden bures, Edgewater bures, rainforest villas, and luxury villas.
I stayed in a Floating Bure, which is an air-conditioned bungalow floating on the lagoon.
The interior of the bungalow was like a little home, with a living room, king bed, mini-fridge, and a spacious bathroom stocked with amenities.
With the windows open, the room was full of natural light and extremely relaxing to be in.
The best part of staying in one of the Edgewater rooms is the outdoor deck with immediate access to the water.
They give you a complimentary kayak or paddleboard that you have tied to your dock, so you can get out and explore whenever you want.
The deck faces a turquoise lagoon, which is perfectly calm and suited for water sports.
The Edgewater bedroom bures also look incredible. Unfortunately, they were under renovation during my stay, but they offer an even more luxurious overwater experience.
They are perched on the edge of a stunning private lagoon with panoramic ocean views, a balcony with a day bed, an outdoor stonewall shower, and a ladder down into the ocean.
The resort has free Wi-Fi throughout the rooms, but it works best in the main reception area. Unfortunately, when it rains, the WiFi gets worse – so it’s best to come with some downloaded shows and a good book!
Things to do at Koro Sun Resort
Fiji’s Koro Sun Resort is the perfect place to simply relax and enjoy the tropical setting around you. But if you’re anything like me, you may find lazing around the sun boring after a while.
Luckily, the resort has plenty of on-site and off-site activities to keep you busy.
Infinity pool and bars
There is a beautiful outdoor infinity pool that faces the ocean, with a swim-up bar, also known as Wai Bar and Sand Bar & Grill next to it.
Diving at Koro Sun Resort
One of the best parts about staying at this resort is that there’s a coral reef just a five-minute boat ride away and an on-site dive center run by Dive 4 Life.
You can either book a dive package or arrange single dives at the resort.
There are several world-class dive sites just a 5-minute boat ride from the resort, making this a perfect place for your dive holiday in Fiji.
If you aren’t certified, the center does PADI courses and discovery dives.
You can even see hammerhead sharks at one of the dive sites (it’s about a 50% chance).
I dived at turtle alley, named for the turtles usually found there. It was beautiful, full of soft coral reefs. We also saw a reef shark here!
Vanua Levu is also home to the Namena marine reserve and rainbow reef, which is widely considered one of the best places to dive in Fiji.
I was hoping to go while staying at Koro Sun, but unfortunately, the weather and timing were not on my side
As the reserve is about an hour and a half boat ride from the resort, they need a minimum of six people to go and good weather conditions.
If you want to go diving at Namena, make sure to plan ahead with the resort. But even if you can’t, it’s still worth diving the reefs near the resort!
The rainforest spa is truly something special. To access it, you’ll have to take a walk on a groomed path through the beautiful lush tropical surroundings.
This immediately puts you in a state of calm as you walk through the towering trees, colorful fauna, and tropical plants. There are even gorgeous natural waterfalls you can swim in.
The day spa is in the middle of the rainforest, so you’ll hear the sounds of nature during your treatment.
They have several treatments, including banana leaf body wraps, body scrubs, and facials.
I opted for the rainforest massage, which is a traditional Fijian full-body massage. The quality was excellent, and it was so relaxing with the sounds of the rainforest.
There are three restaurants at the resort. You can add a half-board or full-board meal package to your stay or buy meals as you go.
The Palm Grove restaurant is the primary restaurant, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All the food is freshly prepared, so you have to select lunch and dinner before noon each day.
A continental breakfast is included in your stay, but it’s pretty basic.
The Latitude 17 Seafood and Steak Restaurant is on the resort’s serene Edgewater Lagoon, but it’s only open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings for dinner.
The Sand Bar and Grill offers a more casual waterfront dining experience. It’s open from 11 am – 7 pm daily, and has a variety of wraps, burgers, pizzas, and snacks to choose from.
There’s an activity center at the resort that offers a multitude of water sports.
Snorkeling gear, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards are complimentary, so you can take a self-guided tour around the lagoon to look for marine life or explore neighboring islands.
With 90 acres of beautiful rainforests, you can go hiking on your own through the forest canopy, where you can see lush native plants, huge trees, vines, and rare birds such as the Orange Breasted Dove.
The resort also has a 9-hole golf course, volleyball, and outdoor tennis courts.
The resort hosts activities (both complimentary and add-on) that change each day of the week.
Some complementary activities that may happen during your stay include Fijian dancing, lovo cooking, flower arranging, and coconut demonstrations.
While it’s difficult to leave this idyllic resort, it’s worth getting out and exploring more of the island.
The resort offers daily activities that you can easily arrange with reception.
On Saturdays, you can join a town and market tour to see hot springs and the local market where Fijians come to sell their produce.
This is a great look at day-to-day life in Fiji and the vegetables and fruits that are grown here. It’s so colorful to walk through!
Village and Waterfall hike
Another tour they offer is to a waterfall atop a verdant hillside, with crystal-clear waters that you can jump into after a short hike.
Unfortunately, because there was too much rain, they canceled the tour, so I didn’t get to experience this.
Kayak and snorkeling tours
The resort offers guided snorkeling excursions to the reefs nearby as well as kayak trips that go further out from the lagoon.
Solo travel at Koro Sun Resort
I was traveling solo in Fiji, and this was my first time going to a resort as a solo traveler.
I did feel like a bit of an odd one out, as everyone else there was a couple, family, or in larger groups.
That said, I was in need of some downtime and reflection, and the perfect setting of Koro Sun was the ideal place for it.
I loved waking up to the sounds of nature, journaling from my dock, and going on mindful walks through the rainforest.
The Koro Sun staff have a genuine warmth about them, and you’ll quickly get to know the friendliness of the Fijian people staying here.
Still, I felt this resort was more suited for active family vacations or magical romantic getaways. It’s the type of place I would like to return to someday with my family.
See more of what it’s like to stay at Koro Sun Fiji in this video!
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Fiji is the perfect island to truly relax – and the serene setting of Koro Sun Resort is the perfect tropical retreat to do just that.
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