After spending 4 very quiet and relaxing days at another resort (Nanuya) on a nearby island, we were wondering what to expect for our 4 nights at Coralview. The transfer there by water taxi was complementary - thank you, and was very easy as it was only a 10 min trip. They collect from all resorts on the nearby islands, you just need to email them to let them know where you will be or the resorts can just contact each other - so if you aren't on a Bula Pass you can hop around the resorts in the area very easily, which is something that we didn't realise prior to going. We arrived during the traditional Fijian dancing and singing ceremony which was the most stimulation and noise we had experienced for a while but we quickly got into it and realised that this was going to be a completely different experience. The staff put in so much effort and everyday they treated us to another little cultural experience - we even got to observe a traditional welcome ceremony and meet and spend the evening in the presence of the President of Fiji who stayed at the resort after assessing the cyclone damage - I'm not sure you could expect this every week though!!
The dancing and singing was very entertaining and enlightening - our favourite being 'Cultural Saturday' where they have a traditional lovu meal with fire dancing on the beach - it was wonderful! The staff invite you to join in the whole lovu experience by watching the oven being dug, the food being prepared and the building of the underground oven - covered in banana leaves. The food whilst we were there was of very good quality and plentiful. It is buffet style and you can go up as many times as you like. It was generally meat and/or fish and veges and rice in different styles depending on the theme for the night and then fruit for dessert. The islands had unfortunately lost their fruit due to the cyclone but there was always fresh pineapple and water melon. The small shop there sells cheesecake and cookies etc. if you need a sugar fix.The bures were basic but comfortable - plenty of room for 2 people, you may be a little under each others feet if there were 4 of you - but manageable. The only little suggestion we have is that it would be incredibly useful if a rail and hangers were available to hang clothes up. The decks were lovely and spacious and the ocean view bures have a stunning view. The staff were lovely - very friendly and nothing seemed too much trouble - especially the younger very smiley guy who ran the bar in the evenings and Nico was more than happy to spend an hour or so with us, being bombarded with questions about the Fijian culture. There are many trips available - as well as the bigger trips to the caves and diving etc. they also offer free ones every day, for example to sun tan beach at low tide - definitely worth a visit, it's your own little slice of paradise! We also visited the local village where some of the staff live, so we got to visit Mose's house and his family - also the local Chief. They villagers are very friendly and it's good to support their local shell market. If you can fit it in your case, take something for the local kids to play with (just balls or frisbees etc) - they will really appreciate it. If not then the cookies we took went down very well!!
Snorkelling around the coral reef was spectacular. It was like being in a giant fish tank - but you have to go out to the clam farm to see the best bits. This is only a few minutes snorkel from the beach and very manageable. The beach is fairly small which wasn't a problem as there are plenty of sunbeds and hammocks in the shade on the grassy part of the resort. However, if you are after unspoilt, deserted, white sandy beaches - this probably isn't for you. There is a quiet sandy beach littered with palm trees just 10 mins walk through the back of the resort.
We spoke to so many people there who raved about the resort and had extended their stay or returned time after time - one guy there was trying to change his flight for the second time that holiday - obviously couldn't get enough! We also really enjoyed our time at Coralview and would recommend it to everyone. It seemed to cater well for all ages, they had the backpacker dorms but also my partner and I were on holiday with his 65+ year old parents with us and they loved it and enjoyed all the entertainment - in fact they did more activiites than we did - including climbing the hill for the sunset walk! The bures were far away enough to avoid the music and enjoy some quiet relaxation time in the evening if need be. Just don't forget your midgey spray - I'd recommend tropical strength!! Vinaka to everyone at Coralview who made our holiday so enjoyable!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the magical island of Tavewa in the Yasawas where rich Fijian heritage extends warm traditional hospitality, Coralview Island Resort welcomes you to indulge yourself where our passion for service, nourishes your senses in more ways than one. If you like adventure, try out the thrills of our jet-ski, experience shark diving or explore the reef while you snorkel with the beautiful fishes. There will always be a loud "BULA!!" to walk away from, chat with the staffs at work or relax with an island massage. We invite you into our little Fijian Village and offer our culture to be part of yours. Even if you just spend the entire day with a book.....it will always be enjoyable at Coralview! Enjoy Fiji Living, Island Style !! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coralview Island Hotel Tavewa Island
- Coralview Island Resort Fiji/Tavewa Island