Where to Stay in Rakiraki -- Some of the new houses on the northern peninsula are available to rent as vacation homes, which appeal to Australians and New Zealanders on quick, get-away-from-it-all holidays. One is Star Fish Blue (tel. 828/277-7800 in the U.S.; www.starfishblue.com), a three-bedroom luxury villa adjacent to Wananavu Beach Resort, which manages a few others . Star Fish Blue has its own swimming pool.

Where to Stay on Nananu-I-Ra Island -- Three of these properties sit side-by-side on the island's eastern shore. Fronted by a long beach, the land was once one parcel but the former owner divided it in sections, one for each of three sisters of the Macdonal clan, one of Fiji's most prominent European families. Their children, and their spouses, operate them today.

All send open boats to pick up their guests at Ellington Wharf, 15 minutes away. Only Macdonald's Nananu Beach Cottages has a pier, elsewhere you will wade ashore.

The establishments usually turn off their electrical generators about 10pm so bring a flashlight.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.