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Unveiling the legacy of a peninsula enriched with time-honoured traditions

Nestled amidst the verdant tapestry of Fiji’s Savusavu Bay, lies the Peninsula, a place steeped in ancient wisdom and unwavering leadership of the Yavusa Nasavusavu. Their story, woven into the very fabric of this captivating region, whispers of epic migrations, resilient spirits, and a legacy that continues to guide Savusavu’s journey today.

History paints a vivid picture of their genesis. Descended from the legendary chief Dianikula, a figure who navigated the vast Pacific in the Great Migration, the Nasavusavu people first set foot on the shores of Lesiaceva point, etching their yavutu (place of origin) onto the landscape of Nasavusavu. This act marked the birth of a lineage destined to shape the destiny of the region.

Aerial view of the Peninsula at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji

Time unfolded like a story, each chapter etched with the spirit of adaptability and leadership. A chief from Batiki, seeking land and kinship, was welcomed into their fold, and his son, Ratu Sigaruarua, rose to become their first Tui Nasavusavu. This union paved the way for the expansion of their influence, as sons were sent to neighbouring settlements, forging alliances and solidifying their position as the leading Yavusa of Savusavu.

The Native Lands Commission, recognizing their pivotal role, registered Yavusa Nasavusavu as the 63rd Yavusa of the Tikina Makawa, cementing their place in Savusavu. While Nukubalavu and Nacekoro villages now serve as their residence, the ancestral yavutu of Nasavusavu remains a constant reminder of their roots.

Aerial view of the Fiji Peninsula at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji

A history of thriving in nature, preserved and protected for future generations

Today, the Yavusa Nasavusavu’s spirit continues to pulse through the veins of Savusavu. Their values of respect for the land, community, and tradition resonate in the warm smiles of the locals, the vibrant hues of traditional ceremonies, and the sustainable practices that guide their way of life.

As you embark on your own adventure in the peninsula, you can savour the flavours of the traditional cuisine, and lose yourself in the rhythm of their captivating stories.The peninsula is not just a destination, it’s a living testament to the enduring legacy of the Yavusa Nasavusavu.


In tribute to the local
iTaukei culture,
tradition remains at the
heart of everything

Local tradition lies at the heart of the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji. Nestled in the remote Pacific, Fiji offers an unparalleled island experience. The resort seamlessly integrates cultural preservation with untouched nature, inviting guests to witness vibrant Fijian celebrations and performances. Rooted in heritage, these customs harmonise with the eco-resort’s ethos, leaving the gentlest footprints.

Private Island located at the peninsula at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji

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Diving at the peninsula at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji

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A chorus of acclaim with prestigious awards

Each recognition echoes the resort's unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility and authentic Fijian experiences.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji Awards

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