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christian d wrote a review Sep 2016
Joshua Tree, California3 contributions2 helpful votes
Cyclone Winston tore southern Taveuni apart. Vuna lagoon lodge was not spared. The family that owns it is currently living in it because it fared better than their own house. They have ordered materials from New Zealand that are due to arrive in December. And then the lodge will be reopened after the repairs are made. I stayed here a few times before the cyclone hit it and for the money it is perhaps the best value in Fiji. Salote is an amazing host! She will provide a tour guide and a car at your request. It is well worth it!
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Date of stay: September 2016
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Janet W wrote a review Aug 2016
Brussels, Belgium216 contributions280 helpful votes
I almost didn't go to Vuna. Transportation from Matei is infrequent and involves a bus change in Naqara. I'd heard there was no accommodation and nowhere to eat. It had apparently been devastated by Cyclone Winston in February. Fortunately I decided to go. I phoned Salote at Vuna Lodge in advance and booked a place to sleep. True, the place had not yet reopened completely, as the dorm was indeed severely damaged. But Salote agreed to let me stay in one of the rooms of her home for a reasonable cost. She is a lovely and gracious hostess, and what a good cook! You don't have to eat there, but honestly there's no other choice unless you bring your own food. I had brought along cereal for breakfast and some instant noodles, and there was no problem using the kitchen to heat them up. The view out front is gorgeous and I think I got one of my prettiest sunset photos ever! I went snorkelling one day, however the coral is all broken after the cyclone and there wasn't much to see except for all the clothing and household effects that were washed into the sea months ago. Perhaps if someone had a boat and you could get a bit further from the shore, the reef might be more intact. I also enjoyed wandering around the village and talking to the local people. Most of the homes were seriously damaged by the cyclone and rebuilding is very slow. The school a bit further down the road was also partially destroyed and some classes now take place in large UNICEF tents. I visited for a couple of hours, sang some songs with the kids, and talked with some of the teachers. On the way back I was fortunate to see how women pounded tree bark for hours to make a soft fabric called "tapa." I had the pleasure of meeting the village headman and presenting him with some "kava." The people everywhere were so friendly, despite having only recently lost their homes and possessions. When you get off the bus just near the lower village, someone will point you down the path to Vuna Lodge, only a few minute's walk. On the way, on your right, you can stop off and see a small factory that produces virgin coconut oil, an interesting process to watch. Salote could use some financial help to rebuild her lovely lodge, so if you know any generous benefactors ... well, contributions for building materials and paint would be greatly appreciated. (By the way, this is MY idea, not Salote's.) There is also a blowhole in the vicinity, active during high tide, but too far to walk. I had hoped to see it, but without my own transportation, I was unable to get there. If you have time during your stay in Taveuni, try to stay a few days at Vuna Lodge. It's a welcoming, picturesque, and peaceful place which is hard to leave.
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Date of stay: August 2016
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Christina.J.Maria wrote a review May 2016
Malaga, Spain37 contributions29 helpful votes
Room was nice and big with own toilet and shower. Shower was cold and preasure was poor. The owner, Salote was nice. They only had one room to rent for the travellers. The cyclone destroyed some of their buildings so Salote and her mom was living one of the double rooms. Location, far away from everything. Bus runs 3 times a day if you want catch that. Taxi drives asks different prices 10-60FJD. It was bit sad, Salote said that they used to get fresh fruits and vegetables from garden but that cyclone destroyed everything. And it takes while to grow again.
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Date of stay: May 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Caz B wrote a review Aug 2015
Dunedin, New Zealand22 contributions13 helpful votes
This place is a small wee gem by the beach in the village of Vuna. It is clean as a whistle, with an absolutely beautiful garden. It is very good value and the meals are huge and delicious. The owner and her helper are delightful. Salote took me out on her boat to snorkel in the lagoon and drove me to a horse riding place in her car. Thank you Salote.
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Date of stay: August 2015
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Room Tip: I had a spacious double room with a private bathroom. There is a large veranda facing the sea and...
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christine c wrote a review Sep 2014
Australia6 contributions17 helpful votes
I have stayed here on one occasion and recently returned to have lunch. Once again I was struck by the peace and beauty of the surroundings and the people. It is basic but so clean and the kitchen is delightful. The verandah is set up to take in the view and a few steps away from the water's edge. Salote cooks beautifully - lunch was fish caught that night and was amazing. There is such grace and friendship here - without being intrusive. I recommend it for those on a budget but still wanting good accommodation and good food.
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Date of stay: August 2014
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BadtzMaru_1 wrote a review Jun 2014
Toney, Alabama22 contributions26 helpful votes
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Really enjoyed our stay in the double room. Solar hot water, power in the evening, nice shared kitchen. Beautiful grounds. Get off the bus (going south) at the large building on the left (and bus stop on the right) just before Vuna Village (sorry, but no better landmark and no lodging sign at the road when we stayed). Walk down the path past/behind the bus shelter past several houses and the path curves to the left and then you've found it. We had meals prepared by "one of the Salotes" and they were very good. The word is that Vuna Reef was really damaged by Cyclone Thomas and then the crown-of-thorns starfish, and so we didn't bother trying to snorkel out to that reef. (Took 2 great boat trips to Rainbow reef). If you swim out into the lagoon in front of the Lodge, go to the right an swim about 15 minutes to find a wonderful protected beach with lots of sand. I called the Lodge directly to book.
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Date of stay: June 2014
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woodchuck13 wrote a review Apr 2014
Savusavu, Fiji23 contributions26 helpful votes
Vuna Lagoon Lodge, aka, Vuna Lighthouse Accommodations, is a really great place to stay on Taveuni, Fiji. First of all Taveuni is off the beaten tourist track. The "Garden Island" is laid back and the people are sweet. No crime. But quiet... very quiet. No night life... Vuna Lodge is a neat, tidy, garden laden place to stay. Salote will provide excellent meals for you or the in house kitchen facilities are available for use. Outside is a reef enclosed lagoon of 21/2 square miles that is the best swimming pool in the world! Prices are very reasonable.
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Date of stay: April 2014
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Lis_in_transit wrote a review Mar 2009
Brighton, United Kingdom18 contributions32 helpful votes
I stayed in Vuna Lagoon Lodge for 3 days. I wanted to do some diving in Taveuni but could not easily find the budget accomodation I needed (as a solo backpacker). I struggled to book this place, and once you get there it's easy to understand why. There is only electricity for 3 hours a day, and no internet! Nevertheless they replied to my emails eventually, and had someone at the airport ready to pick me up as agreed. The one hour drive down to Vuna, which ends up taking two hours once you account for "fiji time", is very pleasant. Take the opportunity to stop at the town halfway down the island, because resources are scarce beyond that. The place itself is back to basics, the ultimate little getaway. The view is simply amazing, and it is very remote and quiet. The garden is very well tended to, and has lots of fantastic plants and flowers. I opted to have my meals cooked, which was the most convenient, but to be honest a little tedious after a while. Overall I wouldn't say I've loved Fiji food but that's no judgement on Senote's skills - more a personal tastebud disagreement with the local habits : ) I went diving with Paradise Taveuni, which are located a good 45 minute walk away, but provide pick up and drop off. I was even picked up for an evening kava ceremony! The diving and resort combination worked well for my budget. Overall, this is a beautiful, remote, and simple comfort sort of place, so if you're looking for some relaxation and time alone, it's perfect. If you're looking for a party, you've come to the wrong place ; )
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Date of stay: October 2008
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Tony S wrote a review Nov 2008
The Entrance, Australia277 contributions129 helpful votes
After getting off the plane at Matai Airport we were greeted by our taxi driver for the one hour drive to Vuna (it is more like 1.5 to 2 hours). The sealed road disappeared after about 15 minutes and the journey began. On arrival at Vuna Lagoon Lodge the first thing you notice is the quiet ambiance that surrounds you. You are seen to your room and all the basics are covered. Bed, Ensuite, Mosquito Net. Power is generator driven and only available for three hours each night. The communal kitchen is well equipped considering where you are. Immediately you become mesmerised by the view from the porch and welcomed by the owners as if you have just returned home. A Couple of things to remember on Taveuni... 1. There is only ONE ATM on the entire island. 2. Any food supplies need to be purchased at one of only three supermarkets that exist on Taveuni. 3. Both 1 and 2 are approximately 1 hour drive from where you are staying. 4. DO NOT BOTHER BRINGING YOUR LAP TOP. Internet facilities are scarce in the southern part of Taveuni. No aires and graces here. Basic facilities and a respect for your fellow travellers is what is required to enjoy your stay. the common room of the house has a book exchange shelf, the legacy of fellow travellers swapping their reading material for something they have not read. A walk to the village is 10 metres away and the ambiance of little children running around playing games is an experience to cherish. The Double Room at FJD$70 a night is a bargain. Salote makes most of the meals and it is worth your while getting her to cook whilst you are there. Fish and Curry is very much on the menu most nights, but you know that the boys have caught the fish and the curries are authentic and wholesome. Snorkelling is at your doorstep but be warned, if you are an avid snorkeller you will need to go out a fair way to see what i can only describe as one of the best coral reefs i have seen for quantity of different corals and fish. This place is just like living in a village and sharing the experience of a place that has no television, no western influences and no visible signs of anything like the world that most of us are living or accustomed to. Plenty of Papaya's and Coconuts picked fresh from the surrounding trees. Just down the road from Paradise Taveuni, this place is Beyond Paradise in every way.
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Date of stay: November 2008
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