Beqa has been a great place to explore during my first week here in Fiji. Beqa Island can be reached in a 40min boat ride from Navua, on the mainland. This journey can be really wet and choppy, but the reward is worth it.
The Frontier camp is up a hill and you will still need to walk for 5 minutes after reaching the beach. So it’s better to bring a backpack instead of a suitcase.
Beqa is a big island and, in a way, looks a lot like the island from the television series Lost. Big mountains can be found around the island, which create valleys with creeks and cliffs to explore. There are several beaches and sand banks to discover too which, depending on the tide, can be the perfect spot to spend an afternoon.
The vegetation is luxurious and you will discover that a lot of fruits and vegetables grow and can be picked from around the camp. This is an amazing way of getting fresh food and can improve the meals a lot if you have enough culinary imagination! Coconuts, cassava, oranges, mango and even Fijian spinach can all be harvested here.
Underwater, the reef is beautiful and the coral in pristine condition. Fish species are diverse and you will struggle to learn all of them! Sharks, turtles, moray eels, eagle rays and lobsters can be found often even just by snorkelling off the shore.
The local community here is very welcoming and you shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to join a local family for dinner once a week. If you are new, you might even have the honour of taking part in a Kava ceremony to officially welcome you to the island.
Staying in Beqa is an amazing experience and you won’t ever run out of things to do or discover. The island is big enough to explore, but small enough to feel like home and enjoy some time off away from civilisation!