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“an awsome palce to chill” 5 of 5 stars
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Nabua Lodge
southern end of Nacula island, Fiji   |  
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England, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“an awsome palce to chill”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Madrid, Spain
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106 reviews 106 reviews
77 hotel reviews
Reviews in 78 cities Reviews in 78 cities
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 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, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Warsaw, Poland
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57 hotel reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

We stayed there for five nights, while the average is 1-2. Our first feeling was bad - we didn't buy bula pass but booked the hotel independently and they didn't have free bure in the standard we booked! So the first two nights we spent in bure with shared facilities (bathroom and toilet outside shared with four other bures) and these where the worst two nights in Fiji. Fortunately, for the third and following nights they found private bure and refunded us the difference.

The hotel is well maintained and very clean. The food was as follows: breakfast - very bad (every day cereal with milk and toasts with jam), lunch - good, dinner - excellent (they serve perfect fish).

The ocean coast is very barren - no reef, just sand and grass. You have to book the trip for Blue Lagoon (that movie was made there) to have a good snorkeling. The trips are rather cheap, comparing to other hotels.

Room Tip: Choose private bure instead of this with shared facilities. It's much better.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brussels, Belgium
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

I stayed here two nights and had a very relaxing time. The second you step on the island you feel the peace and your rhythm slows down. Arriving early afternoon, lunch was on the table for us, on the open terrace, under the coconut trees overlooking the bay.
I stayed in a private bure, which had a double bed, a small table, a little couch and two bunk beds. A private bathroom, which was very poorly made and the water would not drain and remain on the floor. As far as I was concerned I would have been fine with the communal showers, which I ended up using anyway as the water pressure was better. Flower arrangements were set everywhere, mosquito net and a fan hanging from the celling (which was only partly useful, as the generator for electricity is turned off every evening before midnight). In one word, basic, but nevertheless comfortable.
The schedule for meals was a little challenging, with breakfast at 8am, lunch at noon and dinner at 7pm, which makes kind of a long wait. For me it was worthy, as I don't need much when it's so hot out and dinner requested a big appetite, with soup, main and dessert, all very tasty.
People were friendly and welcoming, specially Sera, who is a bundle of energy, jokes and good will. I wouldn't be able to say the same about Nancy (who seems some kind of higher rank), who somehow managed to be a smarty pants, attitude first encountered in Fiji over the last month I have been here. Also, there are people living on site and some constructions going on, so between the children running around and screaming, men working and women going around their business and chatting their way along, it made it rather noisy.
All in all though, it was a pleasant experience in a beautiful remote setting with a genuine countryside feel to it. The view over the bay as you walk on top of the hill is breathtaking.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn, NY
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

PROS: Awesome staff!! Nice little clean bures (no AC - but there is a fan and a mosquito net) but our bathroom needed a serious upgrade. Great location and setup. Good food (esp compared to other islands). Wifi available for $10 a half hour (only place that had wifi for us). Mini day trips from here range from $15. Nice little beach and view. Quiet and peaceful.. like in paradise! This was our 1st stop on our Ultimate Lei experience and even with the old bathroom, I kept wishing I was back here the rest of the trip. Highly recommended!

Con: our bathroom - It was rusty and dirty looking. Communal bathroom was great though. If they fixed the bathroom in our bure, this would have been the dream place.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sailasa R, Manager at Nabua Lodge, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Thank you all very much for the feedback on our resort. We do appreciate the time that you have taken to write a review on us and for those of you who had problems, we will do our best to improve on them.

Vinaka....
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012 via mobile

Let's say this in the first place: Nabua Lodge people is nice, and this is quite common in Fiji. But....
I think they simply never clean the bathrooms in the rooms. Never. The conditions were terrible in both the rooms we occupied, difficult to describe. The only funny thing was to look at the faces of the new couples arriving every day at the resort.
If you add poor meals (how horrible pasta, horrible noodles and horrible rice, with no condiments, in the same plate sounds?) and a black and narrow beach to the picture, you can understand why many guests decided to leave the day after their arrival.
We decided to spend at Nabua Lodge only 4 of the 7 days already paid (through Fiji Hotel: they are not a good choice btw), and even if the nice ladies that manage the resort told us that other places were really a better choice (Blue Lagoon resort, etc.) and we gave them notice of our departure well in advance, we have in reality lost the fare for three days.
This looks like incredible in a country that largely depends on tourism, but Fiji Hotels never refunded the days that the resort management advised us to spend elsewhere.
We don't know if the fault is of the resort or of the evasive Fiji Hotel (again, don't trust them), but the experience has not been nice.
If you are a backpacker in your first experiences I guess the resort can be fine, but couples and families have many better choices in the Yasawa group.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: southern end of Nacula island, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Yasawa Islands > Nacula Island
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Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Nacula Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
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