On first impression Lifuka Island doesn't really satisfy the South Pacific image, from the airport you take a five minute cab ride to Pangai town. It is one main street really and everything looks like it had been hammered together with pieces everything else. It isn't very apppealing really as far as towns can be, kinda like something out of an old western movie - I was expecting a tumbleweed at any moment. we stayed at Fanongovainga (trying saying it after a few pints) for three nights after moving from Fifita's because of high bprices in relation to the dingy rooms and noisy bar below. Fanongolalalalalala etc was very nice, cheap and the lady makes amazing food - do not leave without having the lobster dinner. Not only is the food good but for the money I felt guilty, well almost. Anyway, Lifuka is a long island and mostly narrow, you can pretty much bike on any bush track and you will come out at a great, secluded and empty beach somewhere. The beaches on the East side of the Island are mixed with sand and stone and there are quite some areas where swimming is possible, especially by the Billy's Place even though we could never find the owner. The South end of the island is a great sandy beach and you can look across to the next island uolevu. The dive base in Pangai showed us a map to some more hidden beaches and one really cool place called Poeisodons Gate, it is out at the Tonga Trench and you can climb up great tables of rock and watch the waves crash just a few meters infront. We were advised not to jump off though and when we seen the power of the ocean here it was obvious why. That'S what I loved about Lifuka, from a messy little town it took less than five minutes on the bike in any direction to be completely on your own on what may as well have been a deserted island. We meet a man in the bush who gave us a fresh pineapple so that was wicked. It is sooooooooooooooooo cheap to stay on Lifuka, 30 local dollars a night. We also done a snorkel trip and the coral was totally amazing with a huge amount of colourful fish and the icing on the cake a Turtle. We also stayed on Uolevu for 2 nights at a great little spot called diana's resort, again very cheap and the food was awesome. The small fale huts are right on an amazing beach too. It was a nice to be on the beach but I preferred the main Island as it has the same stuff, you just have to go and find it but it also has shops for food and beer which Uoleva does not. A great beach is fine but when you can't buy a cold one afterwards it soon loses its appeal.
Grag a pack of sausages or a kilo of chicken and a box of matches from any of the small stores in town and walk up to any of the beaches on the East side on a clear night. Get the fire on and enjoy a beer with your grub as shooting stars fly by all night long. Simple pleasures.
Dress Code: Shorts and t-shirt