Vanua Levu is the second largest island of the Fiji archipelago. With an area of 5538 square kilometers, it is slightly larger than half the size of Viti Levu. The island is rugged, untrammeled and the coast is surrounded by an extensive system of coral reefs. There is a system of roads but they are not as extensive or as well maintained as on the main island of Viti Levu. Although very near Viti Levu in distance it is less developed and less frequented by tourists. Vanua Levu thus offers the guest an ideal opportunity to observe local traditions and culture, relatively untarnished by tourism.