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Matacawa Levu Island (aka Matacawalevu) is located in southern Yasawa Islands group (Fiji archipelago, South Pacific Ocean), and north of Viti Levu Island. Matacawalevu has length 4 km (2,5 ml) and is of volcanic origin. In its eastern side is Nasomo Bay. Turtle Island (Nanuya Levu) is to the east. To the south, across Blue Lagoon is Yaqeta Island. Matacawalevu has 2 villages - Matacawalevu (northeast coast) and Vuake (Nasomo Bay).
Matacawa Levu (meaning big beach) is famous for its proximity to Blue Lagoon (protected area) and beach. The village is small, with just 42 houses and around 200 inhabitants. Many of them starred in "The Blue Lagoon" movie (1980) and an "evening with the 'cannibals'" is a traditional shore event for cruise ship passengers. The event allows mingling with the locals and hearing anecdotes of what happened during making of the film.
An inter-island ferry service offers regularly scheduled ferries from Denarau to the island resorts Barefoot Kuata Island, Wayalailai Ecohaven (Yasawa), Naqalia Lodge (Wayasewa), Nabua Lodge (Yasawa), Oarsman Bay Lodge (Yasawa, Nacula Island), Barefoot Manta Island, Paradise Cove (Naukacuvu), Botaira Beach Resort (Yasawa, Naviti Island), Eco Tour Resort (Naviti), Sandy Beach (Yasawa), Long Beach Resort (Yasawa Island), Bay of Plenty Resort (Matacawalevu), Navutu Stars Resort (Yaqeta Island), Lagoon Beach Resort (Nacula), Coralview Resort (Yasawa, Coralview Island), Coconut Beach Resort (Tavewa Island), Nanuya Island Resort. The ferry service (7 crossings weekly) is operated by the company Awesome Adventures Fiji.
Matacawa Levu Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Matacawa Levu Island anchor at sea, near Matacawalevu village (on the eastern coast) and passengers are transported ashore via the ship's tender boats.