The Best Backpacker Islands In Fiji

After spending a month in Fiji and visiting 12 of the Yasawa and Manacuna island chain I wanted to share my knowledge to help you get the most of your trip and ensure you have the best time possible while keeping to what can be a strict budget!

I’ve chosen the islands based on the likeliness of meeting fellow travellers and with enough free activities to keep your days filled with fun!

 

 

South Sea Island

I loved my time on South Sea so much I wrote it’s own post, Check it out here!

With communal dining tables and one large dorm room of 32 beds it’s pretty hard not to get talking to people here! Be sure to take advantage of the free water sports on offer with your new friends.

Beachcomber Island

Another Island I spent some time on and ended up writing a whole post about my stay, Check it out here!

Known as the party island of Fiji it is pretty hard to not meet people, With a huge dorm room of 198 beds and communal style dinning the folk at Beachcomber try hard to get groups of people together ready to enjoy some time together in the evening once the fun really begins! If you are staying on Beachcomber for a couple of days and do make some new friends, why not arrange a day trip from the island over to Cloud Nine? A floating bar in the middle of the Paficic Ocean…. What dreams are made of! Check it out online here!

 

Wayolailai Ecohaven Resort

One of my favourites which I spend many a day lounging in the hammocks on the beach enjoying lazy sunny days. I’ve wrote a whole post about it here.

Sitting on the hillside with the most dramatic sunsets I’ve seen, the tradition keepers at Wayolailai are keeping things real. With traditional Bures (a wood or straw hut some what similar to a cabin) room upgrades sitting pretty within the gardens of the property.

This resort has plenty going on to meet others staying on the islands and for those into keeping active you will find lots of like minded backpackers. With kayaking, summit hiking, shark diving there is something for everyone.

For those more like myself be excited with jewellery making classes, basket weaving and star gazing.

 

Barefoot Manta Resort

With the resort located smack in the middle of three beautiful beaches it is easy to see why this is a firm favourite with the backpackers! With one for Sunrise, Sunset and Manta Ray Beach sitting right on the well know Manta-Ray channel its easy to wile the days away.

As the resort sits on the channel for the passing Mantas come summer (May-Oct) floods of backpackers arrive hoping to arrive their dreams of seeing these majestic creatures in the wild. With viewings almost daily in the season you won’t need to wait long until you are doing the snorkel fins and mask and heading into the water, and then what a story for your dinner companions.

Having lots of activities on the books it is a real crowd pleaser, From abseiling down the rocky cliffsides to Weaving lessons they are also home to the Vinaka Fiji volunteer program (check out there website here) meaning you can pay back to the beautiful country as a thanks for hosting you!

 

White Sandy Beach

Located on the largest island in the Yasawa group, Naviti there is two resorts next door to each other meaning you have twice the chance meet up with new travellers.

Not everyone wants a party resort to meet others and lets face it although great for a couple of nights your liver and wallet will be glad you’ve moved on which is where White Sandy Beach comes in. It is a quiet resort so if you were wanting the party life I suggest this may not fit the bill, but for those looking for something more traditional to share with their fellow peers than White Sandy Beach is the place to be.

Sitting beachfront this small property has a house reef steps from your dorm and a hammock with the best view of the bay.

With a large communal dinning table and activities planned by the staff you will never get bored. With Fijian singing and dancing its hard not to get involved. Personally my favourite part of the none flashy resort is the staff, They work incredibly hard to ensure everyone who visits will not be alone and are great at helping those who may be a little shy meeting the other travellers at the resort.

 

Boathouse Nanuya

Mega modern Nanuya is for the flash packers amongst us. Lets face it after a couple of weeks/months without the home comforts there is nothing nicer than having a these on hand and this is where the Boathouse comes in.

Decked out with ultra modern features like hot water (can be a rarity in Fiji) air conditioning, a western menu, WIFI and now with SKY  it attracts all those who’ve missed creature comforts.

Not like this is a bad thing, for myself I know I was desperate for a hot shower and a great burger after a month of fish and curry it was all I was dreaming about! As this is a great resort for everyone you get an opportunity to meet lots of different people, Most of which you will find have visited the other islands also.

With so many activities and facilities on offer it can be easy to spend 4/5 days at the resort so keep this in mind when hopping through the islands! Sign up for the sunset cruises, Glass bottom boat tours, fishing trips but be sure to check out the close by Sawa-I-Lau Caves for a great afternoon out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Best Islands To Snorkel Or Dive In Fiji

Albeit known as one of the best places in the world to snorkel and dive, Knowing the islands and destinations to visit in Fiji to get the most out of your trip are key. I wanted to share my knowledge on where to visit for the best diving and snorkelling you can get while travelling in Fiji.

The main island in Fiji, Viti Levu does have diving opportunities however the Yasawas is a underwater haven of tropical fish and coral to you to explore.

 

 

 

Barefoot Kuata Resort

Located only 2 hours away from the Port on an island of the same name; Kuata. Located within a protected marine park you know the offerings at Barefoot Kuata are going to be good. With offering footsteps from the beach for snorkelling you can be transported into a world of diverse ecosystems, Including visiting the local family of white tipped reef sharks whom live within the islands closest reef.

For those interested you can take part in the Shark snorkelling trip to visit the local white tip reef sharks, However if you already own a dive liencse then taking part in the world famous shark dives ($299 per person) in the most popular activity on the island. With opportunities to dive with Bull Sharks (within season, Feb-Nov outside of mating season) but more often than not you can spot Hammerhead Sharks, Tiger Sharks and many more.

First time divers and more advance divers are catered for at the wonderfully run Crystal Blue Reef Safaris, With learn to dive packages and advance diving packages which you can purchase along side your stay on the resort. With promotions running to learn to dive starting from $873 FD per person, it isn’t as cheap as those South East Asian destinations but the reefs here are full of colour and life it would be an achievement to say you completed this somewhere like Fiji!

For those looking to do something different night diving is on offer at Barefoot with the local team to head out, or try your hand at sphere fishing to catch dinner for the island!

If you are looking for something a little different then Barefoot Kuata fits the bill, with accommodation ranging from dorms to private bures it can fit within anyone’s budget.

You can book online directly here, or book through Awesome Adventures here.

 

Mantaray Island Resort

Having stayed on Mantaray for some time I have already wrote it’s own separate blog post which you can check out here! My favourite thing about the resort is no matter how long your stay you pay only once for the rental of your snorkel equipment and is a fixed fee of $10 FD, with over 40 dive sights to visit they really are geared up to those water babies!

You can book directly online here, or through Awesome Adventures here.

 

Barefoot Manta Resort

Yep that’s right, there are two Barefoot resorts within the Yasawa chain, And the third property to make it onto the list is located further north towards the famous blue lagoon diving sight and still within easy access to the Mantaray channel that passes through the Yasawa’s.

For certified divers you will be in your element with more than 20 dive sights to chose from within easy access. If you fancied taking your diving further you are able to work towards you advance dive packages and beyond with the dive masters here. If you are new to diving you can take introductory lessons or complete your dive license here.

Snorkelling and diving with the Manta-rays in the local area can be arranged during the months of May-Aug and to ensure sightings they will head out early morning and wait for the first to be spotted before taking guests,. Meaning if the chances are low you can prepare for a day of sunbathing or another sight rather than wasting time in the channel with no reef and strong currants waiting for something not coming!

The island is rather large and has 3 beaches for guests to chose from, Sunrise, Sunset and Manta Ray giving everyone a little more privacy although you can guess which is busy when!

You can book directly with Barefoot online here or through Awesome Adventures here.

 

South Sea Island

Having stayed at the South Sea Island before I can vouch for the amazing snorkelling in the area, However I did not dive! You can read all about South Sea Island on my seperate review here!

You can book online through Awesome Adventures here but you are not able to book directly with the resort.

 

Botaira Beach Resort

This little exclusive resort only hosts 11 rooms keeping things more personal, and is only 3 hours away from Nadi on the largest island in the Yasawa’s, Naviti Island. With a western setting you can be assured you are going to be spoilt when it comes to sunset views!

Sitting firmly in the centre of the chain of islands means it gives Boraira easy access to a handful of reefs for snorkelling and diving, One of the most famous is the Manta-ray channel that passes close by which house guests are taken over to during the dry season May-Aug.

Reef Safaris are responsible for the diving and snorkelling activities that happen on the island and can cater to any sized group and any ability. If you are new to diving you can take part in introductory dives or complete your dive licence, However if snorkelling is more your bag the team at Reef Safaris operate snorkelling trips out on to the many reefs in the area, or you can hire the equipment and spend the day off the house reef footsteps off the beach! If you already dive and have a licence the team will take you to to visit all the glory spots in the area, that prove the claim of diving is the best in Fiji.

You can book directly online here, or through Awesome Adventures here.

 

Coral View Resort

Another island I’ve spent more than some time on, I have wrote a whole post on my experience on Coral View Resort. Check out the post here!

Book direct online here or book through Awesome Adventures here.

 

Nanuya Island Resort

For those looking to spoil themselves on land and below then Nanuya is perfect for those not looking for something a little more lux.

For those looking for some claim to fame this is where the movie ‘Blue Lagoon’ was actually filmed! The beaches are beaut and being in the blue reef from the movie ensures you’ll be able to spot some awesome sights on your trip.

Possibly better suited to a couple than groups or families things are set up for twos, From the dining setting to the message tables those without a partner might feel a little left out! With some of the most vibrant and dramatic sunsets I have witness Nanuya is a little gem.

With diving packages to the blue lagoon and beyond again the dive team are able to arrange an array of activities to suit all requirements dependant on the level of skill.

You are able to book online directly with the resort here or book online through Awesome Adventures here.

 

 

If booking through Awesome Adventure check out the pre packaged island stays if you are planning on spending longer in Fiji and fancy seeing more than one island! The packages offer accommodation on a varity of the islands and include all your transportation between on the Yasawa flyer.

 

 

The Best Islands In Fiji For Families

When you think of Fiji tropical islands, crystal clear waters and white beaches come to mind… The next thought? How expensive it must be. As Fiji becomes more available to every budget I wanted to share my top tips for families looking to head over.

As the Yasawa’s are the heart of Fiji and is the most recommended place to visit, I wanted to help those avoid the party islands for the backpackers and find something suitable to families of all ages.

 

Paradise Cove

Winning the 2016 Trip advisor traveller’s choice award Paradise cove is located 3 hours from Port Denarau back on Fiji’s main island. This  little beauty of an island is the perfect location for those with young children who may become bored quickly on the ‘big yellow boat’. With rooms right on the beach they have room sizes that can suit even a large family as a 2 bedroom villa can accommodate up to 6 people.

Meal plans are compulsory and are an additional cost of £65 per adult and £35 per child, Which will include full board meals, Lunch when you arrive to the island, your evening meal and full cooked breakfast. With a changing menu you need not worry about getting bored and as they are able to cater for even the most difficult children or allergy you can be rest assured you will desperate for the next meal!

Paradise cove offer full kids club facilities from ages 3 and upwards. With programmes including indoor and outdoor activities, including things like face painting and crab hunting and for the older children and those which can swim will include things like cooking lessons and snorkelling tours.

Baby sitting services can also be arranged while staying in Paradise cove for an additional fee for those looking to be able to enjoy a dinner alone.

Book online here or through Awesome Adventures here.

 

Blue Lagoon Beach Resort

Suituated within it’s name sake (1980’s movie) the Blue Lagoon Beahc Resort is located 4.5 hours from Port Denarau back on Fiji’s main island. The resort is reasonably new to the game and is suitiable to all guests as they do offer rooms from dorm style to luxury suites. The rooms are still as large, with types to fit up to 2 adults and 4 children or 5 adults sharing.

Meal plans are again an additional compulsory payment on arrival at the resort, at a costing of £45 per adult and £30 per child (5-12yrs) which will include lunch, dinner and breakfast daily while staying at the resort. Mixing things up slightly if staying during the summer season you are treated to a Fijian BBQ or keeping things traditional every Friday evening you are treated to a Lovo meal…. I’ll leave what that is until you arrive. Catering almost all dietary and dietary requirements please just ensure you mention at the time of booking.

The activities and entertainment on offer at the Blue Lagoon Resort made the island as special as it is to me. With choices of movies under the stars, Fijian culture shows, crab racing and band boys made the evenings something special every night (minus Sunday) With plenty happening during the day I felt I never stopped…. Although when I wasn’t running around on various activities you tend to find me in the hammock!

Blue Lagoon offer full kids club for children aged 3 upwards, although those younger are invited to join in on activities when accompanied by a guardian. With similar programmes to that of Paradise Cove (well the are owned by the same company) you are assure the children are well looked after while you top up your tan or enjoy some of the free activities on offer on the island.

With the added offer of children under 5 stay and dine free of charge this little gem works out very well for a budget conscious family.

Book online here or though Awesome Adventures here.

 

Octopus Resort

On the lush green island of Waya the Octopus resort is located only 2.5 hours from Port Denarau back on Fiji’s main island, making this a firm favourite for families with younger children. With some of the largest room types in the Yasawa’s you can sleep up to 8 in one two bedroom family villa.

With lots of activities on offer, Including the popular movies under the stars Octopus Resort have something for everyone. Trying to keep to it’s traditional roots the island has locals living alongside the resort and often host village and school visits , and the woman of the villages coming to the resort to teach basket weaving and jewellery making. The resort hosts it’s own children’s club and runs daily all year round free of charge for children over the age of 3yrs.

Daily activities are in place and run the same days of the week, with the Octopus Olympics, Kava nights, and discos under the stars parents are able to hire the services of the onsite babysitters and enjoy a childless evening.

Meal plans are payable locally in addition to the room costing, £40 per adult and £25 per child (5-12yrs)

Book online here, Or with Awesome Adventures here.

Nabaua Lodge

Located 4.5 hours from Port Denarau back on Fiji’s main island the Nabua Lodge is located within the Blue Lagoon close the to the Blue Lagoon Resort.

This no frills, Family run accommodation is a favourite for those looking for something a little more remote and traditional Fijian. Without the full facilities like the other resorts on this list, the Nabua lodge is more suited to those with older children unsuitable for the children’s clubs who are happier with adult company. With activities on offer like Kayaking, snorkelling and trekking this suits families who are more active and are happy to provide their own entertainment in the evening.

Although basic the staff are anything but, You can still expect the Fiji sparkle and the can do attitude. As meals are included within the room rate you can ensure a strict budget can be stuck to and still be able to enjoy the tropical Fijian islands.

 

You are more than welcome to take your own snacks to the islands and are not obilgied to purchase addtional snacks or drinks outside of your full board plan. I purchased snacks and bottled water from the supermarket at the port before I boarded the flyer boat.

Nadi Discoveries

Flying into Fiji the chances are you will be flying into Nadi airport, although not the capital of Fiji it is one of the most popular towns tourists visit.

I’d decided to spend my arriving first few days within Nadi to get a taste of what Fiji will offering me in my next month.

Surrounding the town of Nadi are the mountain ranges; the sleeping giant and the sleeping lady, called so as looking closely you can make out two people lying down on either range, a man with a prominent chin on one side and a lady’s chest on the other distinguishing them apart.

Things To Do…

The Gardens Of The Sleeping Giant

As you may have guessed the gardens of the sleeping giant are located half an hour away from Nadi with the hills of the sleeping giant. The gardens are a beautiful orchid range started in 1977 by a man named Raymond Burr the star of Perry Mason and Ironside.

What was once intended to be a private collection of tropical orchids the gardens have been opened to the public after years of flourishing to span over 20 hectares of land with more than 2000 different kinds of orchids.

Entry costs only $16.50 Fiji Dollars per person and you can spend as long as you chose within the grounds and upon arrival back to the reception you have a beautifully refreshing fruit juice waiting for you.
I was a little disappointed as there was no tour offered or guide to walk us around the gardens and with no leaflet on it’s history or about the specific orchids we sort of wandered about blind to what was there.

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Mud Pools And Hot Springs

Located within the sleeping lady’s hillsides we were taken to the family run mud pools. For a $20 entry we were shown around the families ‘garden’ where there are two hot spring pools and one mud pool. We were taken to the mud pool first to cake ourselves in fresh mud taken from the bottom of the pool. Once coated head to toe, we dried out in the sun allowing 20 minutes or so for the mud to really dry out. Climbing down into the murky, cold waters of the mud pool was interesting to say the least but we rushed to wash off most of the mud to be able to get into the clear hot springs.

The first pool we were taken to was a perfect bath temperature of 35-40oc celsius, and was long enough to swim laps in. The second hot springs we weren’t able to test as the temperature was reaching a boiling 85oc celsius.

The family who own the land and work there are the nicest people, they stuck with us the whole time telling us local stories and information and were so friendly and happy to answer my million and one questions. Without a doubt this is by far the cheapest hot springs I have ever visited and the most authentic experience I could of asked for.

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Nadi Downtown

Where better to find the culture and experiences you were looking for than where the locals are? Filled with stores, restaurants, and markets you’ll immerse yourself with the curl rural surroundings of day to day life. I was lucky enough to be there for the Bula festival held behind the market stalls, a festival each town on the island holds once a year for a week long festival of food stalls, entertainment, fun and games, baby show, private and public judging of contestants and themed nights.

Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple

The Sri Siva Subramaniya temple is a Hindu temple located on the southern end of the main road through Nadi. It is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere.

Hot tip- Sundays in Fiji are treated as a day of rest and church so attractions and stores may not be open for a full day if they are at all

A Review, Bamboo Beach. Nadi, Fiji

Arriving back after my trip on the islands my second hostel in Nadi was to be the Bamboo.

Now all the reviews on trip advisor raved about the staff here and how much they loved it, so had to see what all the fuss was about.

I checked in after 7pm and wasn’t the only one off the bus here, I’d noticed how busy it was when I’d been dining here during my previous stint in Nadi. I’d booked into a 4 bed dorm, which was located in the main building unlike the larger dorms which are across the road from the reception and dining area. The room was small but for how few people I ended up sharing with it never was a problem. We had our own wet room with a shower and toilet, and was rather large in comparison to the room. Lockers were provided for valuables as they don’t give you a key for your room and is left unlocked all day.

One draw other than the staff to here is the offer of free wifi which is /4 hours a day, due to how many people are using it it an be slow at times but wasn’t an issue for me! Unfortunately breakfast isn’t included in the bed rate meaning you do have to purchase something each morning, although I found their breakfast menu to be reasonably priced and had a few options to keep even the fussiest diner happy.

In fact I think all the food menus, breakfast, lunch and dinner are all reasonably priced. I tended to eat here while I was staying at smugglers as I found everything to be cheaper, drinks and food, An average breakfast cost less that $8 and lunch less than $10.

Like smugglers there is entertainment every evening although a little more low key, which was nice. The staff all gather around the kava bowl most nights and invite guests to join them while they sing and play their guitars. They do beach bonfires and other free activities and it’s a great way to meet other travellers.

Sunsets <3

Beachcomber Island – Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

The final stop on my Awesome Adventures trip! The island who celebrates Friday every night of the week!

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I’d heard bad things about the dorms here, and I needn’t of worried. The dorms are large, holding up to 100 people but luckily for me is was pretty quiet while I was there so I didn’t have the horror of sharing the bathroom with that many people. The dorms are split into male and female and both have there own bathroom, which are pretty nice and have hot water which was bliss!

The resort offer free wifi so was chuffed when we were given the password without asking. They have a spa onsite so you can book everything from a massage to hair braiding and they also have the actives desk where you can book onto snorkelling trips, and coral viewings. They also run day trips from the resort for $99 per person and do trips to Cloud 9 a pontoon bar in the middle of the ocean (very chic!) shopping trips, and something called a sea safari.

Food is included in the bed rate, and it a good standard. All meals come as buffet style and have plenty of options to please everyone.

As I mentioned it was quiet when I went so the evening wasn’t as rowdy as I expected. The guys tried really hard to create a party atmosphere and had the music going and happy hours at the bar. Travelling within a larger group this would be the perfect island to visit as it’s a great place to party the night away with the sand between your toes and the disco lights flashing, with a beautiful beach front to lazy away the days!

Manta Ray Island – Yasawa Island, Fiji

My fifth island on my trip and last island in the Yasawa chain where the place to stay is Manta Ray Resort.

Taken from the flyer by tender, this time a more sturdy dive boat the ride back to the island was really smooth and cutting through the beautiful clear blue waters surrounding the island.

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The island is larger than some of the others I’d visited, and more spread out which is nice. There is only 1 dorm within the resort, which is one 32 bed dorm separated into beds of four which does make the space between beds rather small. There aren’t any bathrooms in the rooms and have a shower block everyone can use, and the toilets are waterless and are separate to the rooms too (don’t panic about the bathrooms, they were the cleanest bathrooms I’ve encountered on my trip despite the fact they aren’t your standard toilet system)

The vibe as soon as you arrive is friendly, slightly partyish. The music down on the beach tuned into a local radio station blasting out the top 40 for most of the day, with a massive undercover lounge area which is cool.

Meals aren’t included in the room rates, and are an additional extra $89 per person per day. But are slightly different to the islands I visited as there is a set menu each day. Breakfast is a buffet as have different things each morning along with freshly cooked pancakes, eggs, fruit and pastries. Lunch is ordered from the daily menu comprising of 15 or so meal choices, which you can pick from which range from burgers to fish curries. Then the evening meal is from a set menu with 4 courses, with a choice for your main, one of which will be vegetarian. Really believe you get good value for money here and the quality of food is very good and there is so much choice and so much food!

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One of the main draws to the island is the daily manta swim from May to October. Following the daily tides you will be called down after breakfast and whisked to the manta channel where you will watch for the wild manta ray family living close to the island and have the chance to swim with them.

The island does host other activities from snorkelling trips, jewellery making and diving, which is meant to be some of the best in the island due to the different marine life in the local waters and they make a very fair price for the hire of the snorkelling equipment as it’s $20 for the duration of your stay rather than a daily fee!

The evenings were filled with laughter and games, straight after dinner you would be invited to join the staff at the beach bar and play a few games which could be anything from crab racing to simon says. The staff do a great job keeping the guests entertained and thoroughly looked forward to each evening to see what we would be playing that night!

Tavewa Island – Yasawa Islands, Fiji

My fourth island was Tavewa island once of the most northern islands in the Yasawa chain where I stayed at Coral view resort another hour and a half from Naviti island.

Taken from the flyer by tender, we arrived at lunch time and were told to enjoy lunch before checking in. This was the first island I’d visited where the food was a compulsory extra $89 a day, and I’m not entirely sure it’s worth the money.

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Meals are Buffett style, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But I felt they tried to hard to be inventive with the menu when basic is best. I didn’t feel like the menu was any better than the islands who don’t charge. Whilst I was there they had a Mongolian themed dinner and the next night was a random mix of left overs and dishes that didn’t suit. Breakfast was nice but no different to the other islands, and lunch on the last day isn’t included as the flyer to transfer islands comes just before lunch is served so they give you the option to pay for a pizza cooked fresh which you can take on board the boat with you, however I feel this should be included in the rate charged for meals!

The island is recommend within the awesome adventures brochure for the diving available. Being close to the blue lagoon famous from the Brooke Shields movie they have some diverse sites within a close distance and do shark diving which divers can see up to 6 different types of sharks living close to the island. The guys from the dive shop were all really nice, and very knowledgeable of the surrounding reefs.

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There are other activities on the island, and they do offer two free trips each day. While I was there they had free kayak hire and a cruise around the island. They do change each day so you won’t have to do the same thing each day. They also do touch rugby, snorkelling trips, underwater cave trips, and village visits.

One plus of the resort were the dorm rooms. They 10 person rooms with private bathrooms with two toilets and two showers in each. The beds were separated by a short wall between each bed which gave you a little more privacy which is greatly appreciated when your not always travelling with friends and to feel like you have some personal space.

Naviti Iasland – Yasawa Islands, Fiji

My third stop on my trip was to Naviti island where I stayed at the Korovou Eco-tour resort, a sister resort of the white sandy beach resort further up the beach.

We were taken by tender to the island from the flyer and were greeted with all the staff singing the Bula song. The staff at this resort make it what it is. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming it’s hard to leave. The resort is run by a local family meaning most of the staff working here are related so you really do feel like you are a member of the family by the time you leave.

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The resort offer a bunch of activities throughout the day from cooking lessons, snorkelling with manta rays, village visits and jewellery making. Most of which are paid for locally, but the prices are good value for money. They even host a church ceremony on Sundays guests can attend for a small donation to the church.

The dorms at the resort are 20 bed and come with private bathrooms, again there aren’t any lockers or locks on the doors but they have a safety deposit box at reception which is free to use.

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Food is included in the room rate and is served as buffet style for breakfast but lunch and dinner is brought out to you individually, cooked fresh which I thought was a nice touch. For dinner there was three courses with a started of soup, your main and a desert which was a first for me on the islands… We even had chocolate cake one evening.

Being one of the largest islands I’ve been to so far there is plenty to walk and see, and on the other side of the island is honeymoon beach a great place to snorkel and swim in the sheltered cove. Hiring the equipment from Korovou, you can walk to honeymoon along the main beach turning at white sandy which will lead you to the path. It is a steep but short walk, taking only 7 minutes from Korovou.

Evening entertainment was provided, with staff performances, even getting the guests involved. There was also games and a beach bonfire which everyone loved. The staff all brought their guitars and sat around singing for hours with the warmth of the bonfire keeping off the ocean breeze.

I love Korovou, It was my favourite island I visited on the Yasawa chain.

Waya Lai Lai Island – Yasawa Islands, Fiji

My second stop on my tour and first island within the Yasawa chain, was a further 2 hours from the Port and only an hour and a half away from South Sea. There are two resorts on the island but I stayed at the Wayalailai Ecohaven resort.

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Once we arrived at the island we were picked up by the tender which was a tiny wooden boat, racing back to the resort was like a roller coaster ride, bumping about in the waves. Was a adventure in it’s self!

With the resort being eco friendly they use a generator for power which only runs to the rooms from 5pm to 8am. I really liked this, and never found it a problem unless you wanted to shower during the day when it was a little dark, but not impossible! They also use a water tank, which did happen to run out one of the days I was there but it was sorted by the evening and wasn’t a problem again during my stay.

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I love the style of accommodation here, it felt very authentic and were little huts located on the second ‘tier’ of the island up from the beach. They have larger dorm rooms, smaller 5 person dorms and private ocean view bures. My smaller dorm came with mosquito nets on the bed and had a private shower and toilet. The showers were cold water but powerful. The dorm didn’t have any locks on the door or any lockers, but there was a safety deposit box at reception.

The resort offer activities during the day, most of which are chargeable. They have snorkelling trips, swimming with sharks, kayak hire and snorkelling equipment, jewellery making with the women from the local village, village visits and guided summit hikes.

While I was on the island I did the summit hike, I say hike even though they say walk. The guide does this walk twice a day most days so knows the terrain every well, and is fit enough to climb to the summit at a fast pace without stopping! For me it was to much, but the view at sunset was stunning. I also did the swimming with sharks where we were taken to the outer reef to meet the reef sharks who live there.

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The meals at the resort are included in your room rate and are buffet style. There is plenty of choice and the menu changes each day so you won’t have the same thing twice! There are vegetarian options included too.

There is also a village on the island so there are options to visit the local islanders and see how a true Fijian family live. They also host the weaving lesson so the money is paid to the locals rather than the resort which I think is great, and they host a shell market everyday after lunch.