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Wananavu Beach Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Volvoli Rd, Rakiraki, Viti Levu, Fiji   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 hotels in Rakiraki
Melbourne, Australia
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Yet another fantastic time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

We have just returned from our fourth stay at Wananavu and it just keeps getting better. We had not planned on having the amount of rain that occurred but the staff were unbelievable during the awful storms. Luckily, we were all safe and had no problems with power (thank you Beato for hunting down the diesel to keep us going) or food(thanks Mickey and Josie) and although some guests panicked and left we felt safe and really well looked after. Try the soups for a great start to a meal, and if Beato can find a mud crab - yummieeeeee. My husband says desserts are unbelievable too. Bread from local baker is better than we get in Aus!!!
As usual, we were welcomed by all staff, who remembered us from last time, etc. our bure was again gorgeous (book 24 for a fantastic view and pool).
We left after the floods and were really pleased to find the roads better than when we arrived. The grading has been going ahead really fast. So the trip may be 2&1/2 hours but not so bumpy any more.
Vinaka to all the wonderful staff and we look forward to seeing you at Christmas.

Room Tip: Bure 24 if you want a pool
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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wananavu2010, General Manager at Wananavu Beach Resort, responded to this review, May 1, 2012
It's always a pleasure to have you both with us Robyn and the staff are all looking forward to your return to the real Fiji in December. Thank you again for your kind comments!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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Newcastle, Australia
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
38 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

It may have only been a low depression but with the torrential rain and winds gusting to 85km it wasn't pleasant. What was pleasant, in spite of the weather and disappointment, Wananavu was as brilliant as ever. The service, food, view and facilities ( what we could utilise because of the weather) was their usual exceptional standard.

This was out third visit and what struck us this time was the realisation that most of the other guests were both from all over the world and also returning holidayers like us. A worthy tribute to Ben, Rachel and their great team.

If you want to enjoy a world class resort we certainly would recommend them. Admittedly it takes a little time to get there by road but it is worth it. Looking forward to our next visit and know it will be great even if the weather isn't as welcoming as Wananavu.

Room Tip: Any rooms has a great view of the tropical vista
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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wananavu2010, General Manager at Wananavu Beach Resort, responded to this review, May 1, 2012
Thank you Jenny for your kind words. The good news is our driveway has been redone and work is happening all along the Queens Highway so here's looking forward to a smoother ride for your next visit!
We are getting more and more return guests which I believe is a testament to the truly warm welcome and sincere service offered by all the staff from the grounds team to the spa to the restaurant.
Come back soon!
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Marysville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

The staff of Wananavu Beach Resort make this beautiful resort a place you'll want to return to in the future. The rooms and grounds were always clean and manicured daily; the food was excellent and more than ample. The staff, who are always smiling, also takes the opportunity to know who you are, by name, before you meet them - we were impressed. Overall, the Resort exceeded our expectations.

We also had a dive package with Reef Safari while @ Wananavu...again, the dive staff was the key to the great time that we had. They were professional, safety conscious, and a fun group to take us diving. They took us to the best areas, including the Bligh, which was phenomenal. On top of that, your gear is tended to daily.

The operations of both businesses was fluid, efficient, and most importantly, personable with excellent customer service!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

(Actual trip was jan 2010 just getting around to writing this) We rented a private house that allowed us privelidges at Wananavu. We would go there throughout the day to have their wonderful meals and cocktails. Whenever we would enter they would great us by our names and treat us so well. We took advantage of their daily activites including snorkeling, fishing, and sight seeing. This was the best snorkeling experience of my entire life and totally out did hawaii and the caribbean. Coral was beautiful and blue starfish abound. However the best experience was deep-sea fishing. No one else signed up so we had a private trip for the entire morning with lunch included for about $90 US! We caught tuna, mackarel, and barracuda! Because we had a private house they offered for us to take the fish back, but we said we wouldn't know what to do with it. Instead we asked them to cook some of the tuna for us and said the staff could have the rest. Our tuna meals were amazing (grilled on salad and then sandwiches). To our surprise the staff all came up to thank us for letting them have the fish. Toward the end of the trip a tropical storm moved in flooding the house we rented. Wananavu was gracious enough to take us in for our last night. Our bure was very nice. We often remember the kindness and wonderful service we encountered and compare many of our trips to this one. Few compare....

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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13 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

A fantastic deal came up on a "deal" website for the beautiful Wananavu. After a very brief hesitation my husband and I both put in our leave applications and visited Wananavu for the third time in early January using the voucher. It was with a little trepidation as we wondered whether there was something wrong with the resort since we last visited and whether we would still have the same experience.

Within minutes of arriving and receiving the first hug from a staff member who remembered us from our last visit I knew nothing was going to be different! The little extra perks from the voucher were a bonus. Between the two of us I think that this time we tried nearly all the spa menu as this was going to be our only holiday for the year and the girls are lovely and prices are reasonable.

The husband went diving as often as he could. High praise for the new dive outfit - much improved over previous visits....

We upgraded to the honeymoon bure for our last couple of nights as we had done previously. It is just such a nice way to end a fantastic stay. Staff truly embody the friendliness we all read about in Fiji and it is no wonder that most comments on this page are positive.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Geelong, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

Where to start ?. The trip to the resort was very enjoyable ( yes it takes a bit over 2 hours ) but it is part of the adventure. Our driver too the resort ( the famous Sai ) was great and was happy to do a quick stop at the supermarket ( Fiji style ) at Tavua. He also was more than happy to point out things of interest along the way. He really is an asset to the Resort. The return driver left alot to be desired. We stayed 9 nights and from the moment we arrived to when we left it was our best stay in Fiji ever. The views are spectacular the staff very friendly. Vulo, Tina, Eta, Nate, Sami, and Taniela in the restaurant/bar were fantastic and remember everybody's names. Cold water costantly topped up and cold towls offered if needed ( very warm and humid in march ). Meals were very well done although more choice's of an evening would have been nice. The Lovo night was great and liked the Mongolian night was good also. Both night's had plenty of well cooked food and plenty of choice. Despite what someone else has said i thought it was fair value as you are getting great service with it. The resort is very well kept and you can snorkel straight of the beach although off the marina wall ( about 20 ft out ) is a great spot , mask and fins are free. Grab a kayak and take a paddle to another island as we did 3 times , it is hard paddling if windy but we went to the island straight off the beach on a carm day ( bloody long paddle ) . Dive shop which unfortuanetly a recent foot injury stoped me , but next time for sure. Now for a great trip and only $30 fj take a snorkeling boat trip. Our guide/driver Ravi was fantastic and took us out to the island where we snorked a fair way out on a reef ( we gave poor Ravi a scare as he was worried we where swimmingback to Oz ) but i must say he was just looking out for us which is great to see. Another treat was Ravi breaking open coconuts for us and also little peanut like nuts for a feast on the beach. He also droped us in the water on a nice reef from the boat then picked us up floating further on. The resort was very quiet and there where only a few well behaved children which the fijian staff are great to see dotting on them. To Rachel and Ben you have a really special resort and your staff are fantastic. Well done. We will be back for sure.

Room Tip: Any bures would be fine although closer to the beach would be better
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

I can only confirm what most other people have already said this place is fantastic from start to finish !! the food was great , service and staff excellent and the diving was breathtaking we will be back . Even the road trip from the airport which was bumpy just added to the whole experience ..............

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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wananavu2010, General Manager at Wananavu Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 19, 2012
Dear Richard,
Thank you so much for your kind words - our wonderful staff do like to get feedback of all sorts but especially the likes of yours!
The road is a little bumpy but there is work starting on resealing on many stretches between here & Nadi. But you're right, it is a fantastic journey a gives a real glimpse into the real Fiji, warts and all! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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Address: Volvoli Rd, Rakiraki, Viti Levu, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Viti Levu > Rakiraki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 hotels in Rakiraki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Wananavu Beach Resort 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The real Fiji! Perfect for romance; fabulous for diving excellent for culture. 34 deluxe bures nestled along the beach and amongst tropical gardens. A real island experience with mainland convenience. Only just over 2 hours from Nadi International Airport. Great food, fantastic staff, unparalleled views, world class diving & snorkeling; amazing village tours and a perfect wedding venue. This is a true Fijian experience and is, as the name suggests, Wananavu! ... more   less 
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