Nacula Island is the third largest island in the volcanic Yasawa Island Group in Fiji. Its white beaches, clear warm waters, colourful coral reefs and sunny dry climate makes it an ideal holiday destination - and it doesn't cost the earth.
A great place to stay is the Oarsman's Bay Lodge on Nacula. Unlike many other Fijian resorts, Oarsman's is owned and run by the locals.
The lodge offers very reasonably priced accommodation on a piece of paradise. A bure, similar to a cabin, will cost you around $99 per night, including a hot shower and your own private room along the shores of the Nalova Bay.
However, the real bargains are the dorm rooms, which cost just $30 per night. These are shared rooms with a comfy bed and ceiling fan. To stay at even cheaper rates, camp site are available.
Meals are available for everyone at the resort, with fresh food delivered daily, and meals include a mix of international and Fijian cuisine.
When you're not relaxing on the beach, take advantage of the local activities. Yaroma Island is known to the locals as Honeymoon Island, and is ideal for snorkelling.
There are plenty of fish, and it's only a short boat ride from the Oarsman's Bay Lodge. Guests can also take part in craft activities with Aunty Maria. For $4 she'll teach you to make traditional Fijian baskets and throws.
If you'd like something a little more sporting, try your hand at crab racing. For $4 you can buy your very own crab and compete with your fellow guests.
Every Friday night the lodge puts on a traditional Fijian lovo, their equivalent of our Aussie BBQ. You can observe their traditional cooking styles and try local speciality foods. After the meal, the dancing, or 'meke', begins and everyone can get involved.Image credit/license: Mark Heard