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Although it's certainly possible to get a lot out of these islands in three days, once you find the resort best suited to your needs, you won't want to lift a suitcase again for at least seven, and probably longer. Many resorts operate with seven-day minimum stays as the norm, and menus and activity schedules are created accordingly.
It's best to choose a resort you won't spend half a day getting to, so head to the Mamanucas. You can be checked-in and then check-out in a bathing suit by about noon, give or take a "welcome" drink. If you're interested in seeing more islands you'll find many of the resorts here offer island-hopping trips using their own small craft. Conversely, you can tackle these pristine beaches by day and retire to Denarau Island's international-standard comfort at night by taking a South Sea Cruises day trip that leaves daily from Viti Levu.
If you must visit the Yasawas for this short a time, a Captain Cook cruise departing from Denarau Marina is your best option.
Awesome Adventures has a five-day trip through the Yasawas, but it's still a better idea to unwind in one place. With this much time you can appreciate the versatility of a rotating menu and take a scuba diving course—the abundance of beginner dive sites and excellent visibility make these two groups fantastic places to learn. From the Mamanucas, consider a boat tour to Monuriki Island—the setting of Castaway—or a South Seas day cruise out to the Yasawas. From the Yasawas, organize a romantic day on a private beach complete with picnic lunch—perhaps to the Blue Lagoon, an adventurous swim in the ancient Sawa-I-Lau caves, or an invigorating hike through one of the island's lush, volcanic terrains. Whichever group you choose to reside in, there will be time for a village tour and perhaps to see a meke.
Seven days is the usual minimum amount of time guests spend in these parts. This gives you time to either fully unwind or take advantage of the many activities that a resort offers. Fidgety travelers might consider island-hopping with an Awesome Adventures "Bula Pass" and trying numerous budget or mid-range resorts.