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Going to Fiji

Dec 22, 2012 - Dec 29, 2012

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    • Kane Sherwell commented on this trip

      Go to the beach hotel in the south part of the island

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    • Mantaray Island ResortNanuya Balavu Island, Yasawas, Fiji
      Rusja Foster recommended Mantaray Island Resort
      5
      this place is incredible, the sun, the sea, the sand...everything is absolutely stunning. But what makes this resort even more amazing are staff...everyone is friendly and helpful and just a pleasure ... read more
      to be around. I definitely recommend it.
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      Rusja Foster

      the scuba diving is excellent and there are plenty of things to keep kids amused such as kayaking and boat trips. you will love it

    • Beqa Lagoon ResortBox 112, Deuba, Beqa Island, Fiji
      Pro 2014
      Kat Von B (Travelinggreek) recommended Beqa Lagoon Resort
      4
      The Beqa Lagoon Resort is a moderate hotel and excellent for divers! If you don't have a huge budget but still want to experience Fiji then this is the place for you,. There are 2 bedroom units that ... read more
      work great for families but if romance is the reason you are going I would highly suggest the Ocean Front Bure.
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      Josh Goldman thanked Kat Von B (Travelinggreek) for this recommendation.
      Kat Von B (Travelinggreek)

      Hi Josh,
      This resort would be perfect for you! There are diving programs for you plenty of things for the kids including a diving program for them! Fiji is incredible and I really loved that the staff was so friendly. The beach was great and make sure you do a day trip to one of the other nearby islands.

    • Barefoot Island LodgeDrawaqa Island, Naviti Island, Fiji
      Pro 2014
      Arlo Hemphill recommended Barefoot Island Lodge
      5
      So, this is usually a place that you stay if you are on a sail cruise with Captain Cook Adventures. But they allow the option of just coming here directly and staying in the beach cabanas, and I ... read more
      couldn't be more glad I did. Except for a night or two when sail charters came in, I had the entire island of Drawaqa to myself - it's reefs, the manta rays, it's rolling dry forest-covered hills, and the delightful Fijians who work there. I was made to feel part of the family and enjoyed kava bowls with the Fijians every night. This place is remote and magical and I'd go back in a heartbeat.
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      Josh Goldman thanked Arlo Hemphill for this recommendation.
      Arlo Hemphill

      Now here is the beach! I highly recommend making it out to the Yasawa Group for at least part of your visit. These are the tiny islands featured in such Hollywood classics as the Blue Lagoon and Castaway. They are heaven on Earth. And, fortunately for us, there is a wide variety of lodging, suitable for any budget. I stayed here at the Barefoot Lodge, and while it is definitely on the budget side, it is also wonderful and perfect for families. Most people stay here as part of a sailing tour up the Mamanuca and Yasawa chains, staying here for a few nights combined with village visits and cultural presentations. However, I inquired about simply staying here without the cruise and the management warmly welcomed it, giving me the side benefit of having not only the resort, but practically an entire desert island to myself in between the sailing groups! Also, the diving here is amazing and very famous for manta rays in particular. The resort does not have its own dive center, but there is one on an adjacent island (literally just across the channel), and they'll arrange to pick you up by boat anytime you want to dive. I love this place.

    • The BistroBeqa Lagoon, Fiji
      Pro 2014
      Arlo Hemphill recommended The Bistro
      5
      Most overwhelmingly spectacular dive of my life! This is where the local dive operators take you for the famous shark dives. There's a nearby wreck, a half decent reef and more massive sharks than ... read more
      you'd ever hope to see anywhere. Conditions were crystal clear, top to bottom visibility at 90ft when I was there, and the sea was literally alive with swarming reef fish, remoras, sharksuckers and the big guys they suck onto. An unbelievable spot.
      .Comment.almost 2 years ago. Report
      Arlo Hemphill

      Here is the famous shark dive I mentioned. If you have the nerve for it, it is an absolute must! You'll see dozens of enormous sharks, including bulls, tawny nurse, silvertips and lemon sharks. I was fortunate enough to also see the resident tiger shark, but apparently she doesn't show up every day. There are two local dive operators that can take you here.

    • Uprising Beach ResortBeach Rd, Pacific Harbour, Viti Levu, Fiji
      Pro 2014
      Arlo Hemphill recommended Uprising Beach Resort
      4
      Although I've only had the chance to eat lunch and swim at the beach here (so I've never seen the rooms), I really enjoy this spot. It has a chill, laid back vibe and it's clientele seem to be mostly ... read more
      of the friendly backpacking sort. The pool and grounds are fantastic, and the beach bar/restaurant is so inviting that entire days could be lost there if you're not careful. The beach is great for a swim, but unfortunately is not ideal for either snorkeling or surfing, which tend to be the big water sport attractions in Fiji. However, the close proximity to a few top notch dive centers nearly makes up for this singular defect. When visited by boat, the adjacent Beqa Lagoon offers exceptional reef diving as well as what is possibly the best shark dive in the world. In fact, if you are in Pacific Harbour specifically for Beqa Lagoon shark dive, stay here! You'll love it.
      .Comment.almost 2 years ago. Report
      Josh Goldman thanked Arlo Hemphill for this recommendation.
      Arlo Hemphill

      Hi Josh,

      It sounds like Uprising my be right up your alley. This is located just down the road from The Pearl, which has already been suggested to you (and is a very nice place). I like Uprising better than the Pearl because it has more of a laid back, beach lifestyle vibe. There is a fantastic bar and restaurant, along with several nice pools. Unfortunately, the water at the beach is not the best. The reason to stay here is that some of the best diving is located just offshore in the shark reserve and includes the world's most amazing shark dive in the world. But that diving is only accessible by boat. This is a place geared for hanging poolside in between your boat dives.

    • Pro 2014
      Nomadic by Nature recommended Rainbow Reef Resort
      5
      Beautiful modern burres located on Vanua Levu, right on the beach across the Somo Somo passage from Taveuni. The best way to get here is to fly into Taveuni, and have the resort arrange transportation ... read more
      from there. There is a micro-climate on this part of Vanua Levu, so it does not get the rain that keeps Taveuni so green. So it is a sunny spot, and still perfect for exploring the waterfalls of Taveuni and you are right on the Somo Somo passage which is some of the best diving in the country. No pool here, but great food, decent snorkling right off the beach, kayaks available, and a nice look out point for watching the sunset. Amazing outdoor showers too. This is a place to treat yourself.... and a lucky date.
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      Nomadic by Nature

      This would be a good option for Taveuni, but no pool for the kids. There are a ton of other resorts on Taveuni to choose from though.

    • Wananavu Beach ResortVoli Voli Road, Rakiraki, Viti Levu, Fiji
      Pro 2014
      Nomadic by Nature recommended Wananavu Beach Resort
      3
      They got dorms, and some nice looking private rooms with a view. The coolest feature is the spit that extends into the sea, and if you go during mango season there is plenty to eat. Might be possible ... read more
      to dive E-6 and the passage from here, but they do not like using that much fuel.
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      Nomadic by Nature

      For diving the Bligh Water from Raki Raki.

    • The Pearl South PacificP.O. Box 144, Pacific Harbour, Viti Levu, Fiji (Formerly Centra Resort)
      Pro 2014
      Nomadic by Nature recommended The Pearl South Pacific
      3
      Expats look for the local discount here. The food is okay, but the rooms are really nice. The beach is just okay. Nice place to treat yourself to if you are doing the shark dive.
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      Josh Goldman thanked Nomadic by Nature for this recommendation.
      Nomadic by Nature

      If you want to do the shark dive, this is the place to stay.

    • Tui Tai ExpeditionsP.O. Box 474, Savusavu, Fiji Islands.
      Pro 2014
      Nomadic by Nature recommended Tui Tai Expeditions
      5
      This is one of my favorite experinces of all time, however, it is not cheap. Take a five or seven day cruise starting from Savu Savu and going up to the Ringold Atolls and Rabi to dive and meet the ... read more
      unique aultures living there. End with diving in Taveuni, or go back to Namena. There are also mountain bikes, paddle boards, kayaks, and fishing gear on board. The staff is super friendly and professional, and the foos is excellent. If you can afford this, DO IT!!!
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      Nomadic by Nature

      This is my top recommendation if you can swing it financially.

    • Blue Lagoon Beach ResortNalova Bay, Nacula Island, Fiji
      Pro 2014
      Nomadic by Nature recommended Blue Lagoon Beach Resort
      4
      The burres themselves are nice but simple. The beach is white sand and the water is aqua blue, and the food is pretty good. The major activities from here are ocean cave trips and snorkling with ... read more
      seahorses.
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      Nomadic by Nature

      This is the Yasawa option.

    • Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands ResortJean Michel Cousteau, Savusavu, Fiji 0, Fiji
      Pro 2014
      Nomadic by Nature recommended Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort
      4
      Never stayed here as it is suuuuper expensive, but been for drinks and it is very nice. I also went fishing with them and we had great luck. They have a reputation as a great diving operation, and go ... read more
      out to Namena Reserve.
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      Josh Goldman thanked Nomadic by Nature for this recommendation.
      Nomadic by Nature

      Hey Josh,

      I guess it depends on how much money you want to spend and how far out into the islands you want to go. There is diving and small resorts in the Yasawas which are right off Nadi (Blue Lagoon), or you can go a bit further to Northern Viti Levu where there is great diving in the Bligh Waters, but there are only small hotels there (no full service resorts), Kadavu Island has great diving but not much else to do, and there is the famous shark dive off Pacific Harbor, but the rest of the diving there is only average. I would splurge and go on the Tui Tai which has daily diving in some of the best spots around the islands, and plenty of activities for the kids, or fly out to Taveuni where you can dive the Somo Somo passage, and then take the kids to the waterfalls around Lavena. Another option would be to go to Jean-Michel Cousteau off Savu Savu but there are not a lot of kids activities there. It is more upscale. I have provided links to some of these options below.

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