Katafanga (pronounced cat'-a-fun-ga) is a Tongan word that means smiling beach. The island is located in Fiji's remote Northern Lau Group and it was once owned by Harold Gatty, the Australian aviator who founded Fiji Airways in 1951, which later became Air Pacific. In May 2012, the airline announced that it would reintroduce the name Fiji Airways to reinforce its role as the proud national airline of Fiji.
The entrance to the lagoon is 35 feet deep and has a natural opening of 200 feet wide, thus allowing for luxury yachts over 200 feet to enter, dock and have the serene protection of the lagoon. The island is 1 mile long by 1/3 mile wide with 150 foot elevations.