With a Bula Pass, you have pre-paid, but not pre-planned transfers on the Yasawa Flyer, allowing you to island hop as you please. There's no need to plan details - the only thing you'll know in advance is the length of your pass.
Choose your accommodation as you travel and decide how long you want to stay at each resort as you go. As the resorts can fill up fast, you must secure your resort bookings with our staff on board the Yasawa Flyer before you disembark.
If you have all the time in the world and you like to do your own thing, this is the perfect way to explore the idyllic Yasawa Islands. With all your transfers pre-paid it’s easy to hop from resort to resort when you choose. Passes range from 5 to 21 days and there are 12 islands in the chain of 20 that offer accommodation. The 31 island resorts operated by villagers vary in standard, setting, style and the attractions in the local area can differ but, all resorts offer that wonderful hospitality unique to Fiji. The Bula Pass (transfers only) and Bula Combo Pass (transfers and accommodation) offer the freedom to explore the Yasawas as you choose.
Choose the length of your pass (5 days to 21 days). Your Bula Pass is valid for travel on board Awesome Adventures Yasawa Flyer (and our sister company 'South Sea Cruises)' boats from Denarau Marina to the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, hopping between resorts and islands for the number of days your pass is valid for. Your Bula Pass is activated on the first day of your travel.
It’s important to note that although your transfers are paid for, reservations must still be made for all transfers at least 24 hours prior to departure and accommodation MUST be booked before disembarking the Yasawa Flyer. You will not be allowed to disembark the Yasawa Flyer unless you have pre-booked accommodation on the island. This requirement is because resorts are small and are often fully booked. Unfortunately this means that walk-ins will not always work.
To help you pick and choose your next stop we will supply you with an ‘Awesome Yasawas Guide’ when we issue your pass at check-in. The Guide will be packed with all you’ll want to know about the island accommodation, activities and highlights.
All accommodation bookings can be made at the Travel Desk on board the Yasawa Flyer or contact Awesome Adventures on the Awesome Hotline.
Note and Rules for Bula Passes (Sorry, there have to be some!)
1) Travel is valid for the period shown on your Bula Pass. If you are still travelling outside the validity of your pass, you will be charged the normal fare.
2) You can extend your Bula Pass anytime during travel, prior to the expiry date of your pass, by paying the new extended Bula Pass price difference at the Travel Desk on the Yasawa Flyer.
3) A photo ID card will be issued on check-in at Port Denarau and it will specify your Bula Pass validity.
4) Properties have a minimum 2-night stay policy. Waiving this is at the discretion of the individual resorts. IMPORTANT: the resorts are often very busy so it is vital that you make sure accommodation is available before you leave the Yasawa Flyer. Note if you are travelling on a Bula Combo Pass, there are certain properties and room types that are included in the cost of the pass.
5) Any Bula Pass used by a person other than the owner whose photograph is on the Bula Pass will be confiscated and the balance of its use will be forfeited.
Book as you go.
All vessel transfers between islands and the mainland are included.
The cost per day for your Yasawa experience will vary depending on the standard of the island resorts you choose. 1 coconut and 2 coconut accommodation rates usually include meals, but not always, so it will pay to keep some money on hand.
Transfers between Denarau Marina and South Sea Island, Beachcomber, Mana and Malolo Islands in the Mamanucas are included in the pass. And then, of course, there are the mighty Yasawas!
IMPORTANT: Properties have a minimum 2-night stay policy.
Fiji Island Resort Accommodation - What to Expect:
The Yasawa Islands have that special remote and ‘untouched’ feeling to them. The resorts range in budget and style from very basic to very up-market. To help make sense of the Fiji accommodation, we have created our own local grading system of 1, 2 and 3 coconuts. Hey, it’s not foolproof but it will help!
One thing all these resorts have in common is they are all set in stunning locations. You’ll mix and mingle with the local Yasawa villagers as most of the resorts are owned and operated by Fijians.
The accommodation in the Yasawa Islands is share twin/double rooms called bures. Most resorts also offer dorm accommodation, perfect for meeting other travellers and the more up-market resorts have large, more luxurious villas.
Properties have generators, so you’ll have electricity from sunset ‘til midnight and generally for the first part of the morning. The local power socket is the same as for Australia and New Zealand.
In most properties the beds will either have mosquito nets or the windows have screens, but we always recommend bringing along insect repellent!
Note: all properties have a minimum 2 night stay.
What does 1, 2 & 3 Coconuts mean?
Awesome Adventures Fiji identifies three different levels of accommodation with our own local grading system: 1, 2 and 3 coconuts. Kind of like 3, 4 or 5 star resort ratings, but a bit more 'Fijian'.
1 Coconut: Keepin' it real - Dorms and bures. Who needs luxury when you're in paradise!? If you need a hairdryer, hot water or air-conditioning these are not for you. But if you're big on beaches and beautiful islands, then the location of these typically basic resorts certainly gets the big tick! Bring your own towel, soap and other necessities. All these resorts are run by Yasawan Fijians who love hosting you and sharing their lives with you. Meals are included in the price.
2 Coconut: A few more frills - Dorms and bures. The 2 coconut resorts are more modern properties with a strong Fijian flavour. They have a higher standard of accommodation and amenities than 1 coconut. Rooms have fans or air-conditioning and there is more variety of meals. As with the 1 coconut resorts, you'll feel welcome and immersed in the Fijian 'family'.
3 Coconut: Live like a king! - Bures only. Adventure travel doesn't mean you have to 'rough it'. If you're looking for a small resort, offering a personal experience at great value prices then these are for you. On arrival at these Yasawa resorts, you'll enjoy a welcome cocktail and you can treat yourself at the bar and to a la carte or buffet dining. Many properties have a meal package plan, which you pay to the resort. All rooms have air conditioning or fan, ensuite bathrooms with all necessities and towels supplied. All are in beautiful, often secluded locations, right on the beach.
Fiji Food and Meals:
Fijian meals offer a fantastic way to experience the culture of the Fijians. Eating at the resort where you’re staying is generally the only choice - there are no restaurants around the corner. In some cases there are other resorts within walking distance where you can dine, but this is rare.
The style of meals varies within the three coconut tiers, but not surprisingly the general rule of thumb is the dearer the property, the better the dining experience you can expect. Having said that you’ll get some great meals at even the 1 coconut properties (especially the ‘lovos’ where food is cooked in the ground).
1 Coconut Property Meals
2 Coconut Property Meals
Meals are included in the accommodation price and the packages, unless otherwise specified. If not specified, then a "Meal Package" must be purchased for the duration of your stay and must be paid directly to the resort. Prices are per person per day and are paid directly to the resort. Meals are served at specific times of the day and are simple and filling.