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“Very basic and laid back!”
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Nabua Lodge
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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“Very basic and laid back!”
Reviewed 6 July 2012

I wasn't too great a fan of this island, however my friend loved it so it really does depend what you are looking for! The food was basic, quite a mixed bag each day for dinner e.g. instant noodles with boiled potato and meat. The electricity was only on from around 6.30pm - 10.15pm, so you would normally be guaranteed a good night's sleep (if the mattresses hadn't been so flat!) Also, I shared my cold shower with 2 lizards, which was an interesting experience.. Not much to do on the island itself to be honest, there was a beach but you had to constantly move up the beach to get out of the shade (if you like shade, obviously no harm in that!) We travelled on an Awesome Adventures package and had a snorkelling trip to the Blue Lagoon and a trip to Sawailu Caves included, however we were a bit disappointed that we had to then pay extra to rent the snorkelling equipment - admittedly it was only 5FJD + 50FJD refundable deposit. The staff were lovely, especially Sarah, she was a crazy character!! We had a very relaxing time there though, but as they say you really do get what you pay for.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Toulouse, France
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34 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

The location is great and the fact that it is a family who owns it makes that it is super nice to stay there. They are very friendly and sincerely smiling.
The room is correct, clean and with mosquitoes nest. They switch off the electricity at 10pm so you are guaranteed to sleep well! I liked that it was not a party place but easy going, relax...
I recommend the trip to the village. Very nice moment specially when we went to the school where the kids sang for us. Heart breaking :) another thing is if you are there on a Sunday, go to the church.
The beach is very pretty (quite small) need to be there at the right time, depending on the tide.
You can climb for 3 minutes a tiny hill to see the sunset.
Only down side, the food is terrible. In those type of place they cook kind of Western style. So no traditional dishes, no fish, no kava either. Be ready to eat out of cans and uncooked potatoes.
It is really the place and the people who make me rate very good in here.

Room Tip: No particular tips but what I know is that the double rooms are quite big with own bathroom.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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England, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
33 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

Nabua lodge is a well laid out resort with hammocks dotted around, green grass, volleyball area..very nice. The beach is fairly narrow when the tide is in but beautiful. The snorkeling of the beach isn't great so you need to go further out into the sea on one of their trips in order to see more.
The bure we got was one of the large ones...(they have some that look pretty small and other larger ones) which was great. I have to say most bures are the same, bed...table...and ensuite bathroom...simple but perfectly so.
Dinner is a 3 course meal which they bring out to you, whereas breakfast and i think maybe lunch is help yourself. Be aware that after dinner each night they give a welcome (to the new people, as people arrive/depart daily) and norm ask you to stand up and say something about yourself..after that it was norm some group dancing to get everyone socialising. Its quite fun..but you can slip away if you wish.

You can walk over to the safe landing resort which sits at the end of one of the bays. There doesnt seem to be as much going on over there as a few of their people came to socailise with us, however their beach looked pretty cool and it looked like a good place to kayak.

There are a number of trips to go on..i read a lot of reviews about the cave trip which they do, which people have raved about...i have to say that for the money, i wasn't impressed. If you dont like going underwater through a tight gap in the rocks...dont go. You do arrive at the caves, go into one of the chambers (where there is no plant/animal life) and then go underwater into the next chamber which is pitch black. If you like that sort of thing then cool...i was just expecting it to be more than it was.

Also, you have to go to the tea shop which is near the lodge after a short walk down the beach, the cake which we had there was amazing.

We stayed 3 nights here and loved it. There are sunbeds on the beach...drinking water (rain water)...places to go for walks..activites....good food....so lots to keep you happy.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

This was our first stop in the Yasawas and of the 4 places we stayed at, this was the one we liked best. It is also one of the cheapest resorts.

Sure, the bures are a bit worn and the bathroom are not enough for all the people staying. But its a really cute place with plenty of hammocks for everyone, excellent and fun staff, ok food and the activities are cheaper then other places. For example, the fantastic cave trip is 50 FJD, snorkel hire is just 5FJD when its 12 FJD in other places. A trip going reef snorkelling is just 10 FJD, when in other places it was 30.

Also, if you are here on a sunday, dont miss the Sunday service at the local "church", very interesting experience (and its free, just bring a small donation).

There is also a very cute little "coffee shop", down the beach that opens every afternoon where you can buy some cake.

There was a bed bug problem in one of the dorms, but this we found was a constant issue all over the Yasawas (probably moving around in the backpacks).

After dinner, expect to introduce yourself (and if you are single or taken :), and then dance the bula dance with Sara.
No electricity after 10 PM and thats when the bar closes.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Oswiecim, Poland
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

This was the first stop in my Yasawa Islands adventure, reccomended by the tour desk at the airport. Upon first arriving all the new guests were sat down at the dining tables for a nice lunch and had a chance to get to know each other. The staff also explained the meal and events schedules to us and gave some other details about the resort. After lunch I was lead to my private bure, it was very traditional but I couldn't complain as I had a nice large bed (there was a second bed as well) and a decent mosquito net. My bure did not include a bathroom so I needed to use the shared facilities, they were not the best but also not horrible, something like what I would experience at scout camp.

The layout of the resort was quite charming, there was a sand path which lead from the main dining and deck area to all the different bures and the shared dorms. There were some nice flowers and plenty of palm trees with hammocks to rest in. If you continued down the path through the Safe Landing resort you would come to a small tea house operated by a local Fijian. You could sit and look at the ocean with a nice cup of tea or coffee and a nice hunk of freshly baked cake for about $5 FJD. The beach was not bad but a bit shallow, it was sandy and without much reef so nice to relax in and swim a bit but not the best for snorkeling or playing in the surf.

There was a kava ceremony one night but I did not participate as I was having too much fun playing a drinking game with some of the other guests. Things didn't get too crazy though and most of the time everyone was to bed by midnight or 2am at the latest when we stayed up to watch the lightning in the distance. Overall I had a really great time here and would definitely go back, I would probably just book the dorm and save some money as most of the time I was relaxing in a hammock outside, doing activities or socializing with the other guests.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Nabua Lodge

Property: Nabua Lodge
Address: southern end of Nacula island, Fiji
Region: Fiji > Yasawa Islands > Nacula Island
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Nacula Island
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Nabua Hotel Nacula Island
Nabua Lodge Fiji/Nacula Island

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