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“Best Dive Trip Ever” 5 of 5 stars
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Wananavu Beach Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Volvoli Rd, Rakiraki, Viti Levu, Fiji   |  
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“Best Dive Trip Ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

We stayed at Wananavu Beach Resort, Viti Levu, Fiji for 9 nights. We have been scuba diving for 20 years, and have dived all over the world. This trip was the best combination of resort, diving, and dive shop, which all combined to make a fantastic vacation experience. We arrived at the resort after a somewhat bumpy 3 hour ride for the airport (we knew to expect this). The resort is beautiful, lush, green, very tropical, well maintained. Ben and Rachel, the managers, have established a high standard for service, and it shows. The Fijan staff all knew our name after the first day. The service was always good, although some of the staff were obviously more experienced than others. We stayed in a beach front bure which looked out at the water. The AC worked really well, and the shower made you feel you were in a tropical garden. It is a bit of a walk up to the restaurant terrace, but worth the walk. It was easy access to the dive shop, however. The meals were always worth the walk. They had two buffets, one a Fijan buffet and the other Mongolian barbecue. The rest of the nights you ordered off the menu. There were many diverse choices, and we enjoyed all our meals there. When in doubt, get a pizza. Rachel has taught the staff how to make it, and they were always good. As divers, we did now always finish in time for lunch, but it did not matter. We were served whenever we got there. We enjoyed visiting with Ben and Rachel when we were up for our meals, and were lucky to have them dive while we were there. They are very hands on managers, and have an excellent relationship with all the staff. The resort is spotless, beach swept daily, lovely pool with umbrellas, and hammocks and chairs at the beach. Many guests coming to the resort on non-diving, so there are many other activities offered (for an additional fee), and a lovely spa on site.

The dive shop was one of my favorites because of the incredible level of service we received. Vicki and Chris had only been there a week, but you would not have known that if they had not told you. The gear was collected on arrival, loaded on the boat, rinsed daily, and completely rinsed and hung out to dry the last day. All I had to do was get into my gear and into the water. I took it off in the water and passed it up, so I only had to get myself on the boat. We dove with Chris, Vicki, and Josh, but we were on the boat with all of the crew, and everyone pitched in and helped. I always felt looked after in the water, so I could focus on looking at the spectacular color underwater. You will not find a more friendly, accommodating, helpful dive operation anywhere. They also have nitrox, which had just happened when we arrived.

The diving was nothing short of fantastic. We were lucky, and got out into the Vatu-I-ra passage five of our six diving days. The diving at Sailstone Reef is closer, and I saw very interesting things there too, but the visibility is not usually as good. The colors underwater are incredible, and the soft coral must be seen to be believed. We also saw our share of small sharks, a turtle, a couple of rays, and lots of colorful fish, but the soft coral is what makes diving on Fiji special. Check out Dive Wananavu on Facebook to see some of Chris' pictures. He was very helpful to me as a basic point and shoot photographer. Water was a little cooler than I expected (79 degrees in late October). The dive boat is comfortable as long as there are not too many people on it. Two days we had 14 divers, the max it could accomodate, and it was too many to be comfortable. With 8 or 9 divers it is a great boat. A new boat had been ordered, but had not arrived, which will probably solve this problem. Bring what you need, because the dive shop is equipped with good new rental equipment, but not much to buy if you forget something or would like to add another layer. I would have bought a hooded vest.

The best thing about Wananavu is that we left feeling like we were part of the Wananavu family. Thank you Rachel and Ben, all the resort staff, Chris and Vicki and all the dive staff (josh, pictures are coming). We are definitely planning a return visit next year - and it is a LONG way to travel.

Room Tip: We stayed in a beach front bure, and would again. Read some complaints about noise from the attache...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Goulburn, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

I would like to thank Joe and Juanita for asking us to attend their son's wedding at the Wananavu resort in Fiji . It was the most amazing experience thanks to the people in the wedding party and the genuine caring staff at Wananavu . I recommend anyone who is looking for a relaxing spiritual experience to go to Wananavu resort .
Regards Kathy and Grahame Hogan

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Goulburn, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

My husband and I were among 30 or so other guests recently who stayed at Wananavu for a wedding.

We had a fantastic time. As there were 30 in our wedding party we always filled up the activity buses and had some great times experiencing the local culture and village tours.

The staff are just beautiful. Nothing is too hard.. they knew all 30 of our names on day 1. They went above and beyond to ensure we were having the time of our life. Which we did..

Ve Naka Wananavu

Room Tip: We stayed in the beach front bure - central to the activity side of Wananavu
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Albury, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Thank you to the resort managers Rachel & Ben, Victoria at Dive Wananavu and all the Wananavu staff for a wonderful week over Anna & Luke Gray's wedding. My background is in event management, PR and marketing. It was great to be able to observe the hospitality and most importantly the management involved. I understand the complexities of the back of house management in order for this to occur. Particularly the management of another culture and the emotional intelligence applied is a credit to the team. I highly recommend to both regular travellers and for those also looking for their first travel experience.

For those interested in Scuba Diving, Vicky and Marc Vermill have the expertise, the patience and the ability to show you some underwater life that I found breath taking. For those that are not interested, seriously reconsider and give it a go. I completed my open water diving certificate thanks to Vicky and can't wait to dive again.

Room Tip: I highly recommend the Beach Front rooms.
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Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Golden, Colorado
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

This place was all that we wanted in our dream Fiji vacation and more. We stayed in beachfront bure #7 but all of the beachfront options have an ideal setting. The view from our room was stunning, nothing between us and the ocean! The shower was perfect with a garden view of it's own and I never felt like our room and bath were anything less than very clean. The grounds are impeccable and gorgeous, we ended up with many duplicate photos of the grounds because we were always saying "oh wow, look at that!" and snapping a photo! There were a couple of geckos in our room and they did their job, no bugs to speak of in the room. I did have my usual handful of mosquito bites while out and about but that is normal for me. Don't forget to put your bug spray on when you go to dinner, they do tend to come out at twilight. The food was wonderful and you have plenty to choose from each day, it was presented beautifully. They had no issue when our diving schedule made our dining schedule off a bit. You always feel welcome in the restaurant! The staff was very pleasant and smiley all the time, we especially liked Anna, she always had a smile and giggle when she helped us. Everything was SO easy, you never have to pay a bill for meals if you are on the meal plan (totally recommend it by the way) and the staff does a great job of remembering you and what room you are in. The dive operation, was OUTSTANDING! Chris & Vicky had just signed on as the new operators the week before we arrived. They greeted us when we checked in and were very welcoming. It was so nice to feel like they were excited for us to be there and they were ready to get us into the water the next day. We were instructed to put our dive bag on our porch, they would come and get it and take care of everything for the week. Ahhhhh.... how nice! The diving was absolutely wonderful, our weather was perfect so we were able to dive the Bligh passage every day and did a couple of 3 tank days with a packed lunch on the boat. I really can't say enough about Chris & Vicky, they were just getting all of their ducks in a row when we were there so I imagine that it will be even better in a short time. We can't wait to go back and dive with them again!

Room Tip: Go ahead and spring for a beachfront, you can't go wrong there!
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  • Stayed November 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Issaquah, Washington
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights in early November. A driver was waiting for us at the Fiji airport with a sign that had my name on it. His name was Sai and he was quite friendly. We knew that it was a 2 hour drive to the resort from the airport based on earlier TripAdvisor reviews, but Sai made the trip seem much shorter. He pointed out many places of interest along the way, such as the Sugar Mill and local schools and churches. We were immediately given a free upgrade to an Ocean-View bure at check-in. The room was spacious and immaculately clean. There was a small refrigerator with a stocked mini-bar. Our bathroom included his and her sinks along with a glass wall shower (don't worry, nobody can see in from outside.) The staff at Wananavu was extremely friendly and welcoming - everyone introduced themselves and asked for our names, although nobody addressed us by name afterwards. The food is good and reasonably priced. The $12.00 FJD cocktail hour from 5:30pm to 6:30pm is an especially good deal. Look out for the STRONG Mai Tais! (NOTE TO MANAGEMENT: Your welcome booklet in the rooms state that cocktail hour drinks are $10.50 FJD - please fix this.) The resort pool and beach area was great. We did 2 extra activities: The first was a beach picnic on a secluded island for $50.00 FJD each. We were the only 2 people there and it was fantastic (save for a few locals in a small house that didn't bother us.) We snorkeled and had a great time. The amount of food was also quite generous. The second activity was a Nakorokula Village tour for $50.00 FJD each - also highly recommended. Several village members performed local dances and invited us to join in - fun! Then it was off to the local village for shopping. All in all a great time.

We felt that two Wananavu staff members deserve special recognition:
1) Taniela - His service in the restaurant/bar area was exceptional.
2) Bosiri - He was an excellent guide for our beach picnic and village tour.

To conclude, Wananavu is an amazing place. Fijian hospitality simply cannot be beat. Book your stay now!

Room Tip: Walk past the dive shop & tennis courts on the beach to find the club point. This is a secluded...
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  • Stayed November 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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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Wananavu is set in a beautiful place. It is small and therefore feels very exclusive. They have activities everyday for dive trips, snorkeling, picnicking at other islands, etc. This is a place to relax. Food is average and expensive, but here aren't any easy options. Truly a place to relax and enjoy the surrounds. One negative, there isn't much of a beach.

  • Stayed November 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 Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Volvoli Rd, Rakiraki, Viti Levu, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Viti Levu > Rakiraki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge 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*
Number of rooms: 34
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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