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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
Brisbane, Australia
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“Relaxing Holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

I stayed at Wananavu twice in 2012 for two separate weddings. Both weddings were lovely and the surroundings made it more private and intimate. We booked the Ocean View and Beach Front Bure, both had great views are were spacious and clean.

The food was good and the cocktails are delicious!! We went snorkelling most days, it's great for a beginner like myself, as the water is calm and clear. I also tried the massages which was very relaxing. The internet connection is also very good.

I would recommend this resort to couples who want to relax, snorkelling / scuba diving enthusiast and anyone who wants to have a wedding in Fiji. The staff at the resort were lovely and were always willing to help.

I had a great time at Wananavu and recommend it to anyone who wants to just get away.

Room Tip: All rooms are easily accessible.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

This was my 4th trip to Wananavu since September 2011. I've written reviews about two of those trips.

I was at Wananavu for Christmas and New Year recently. I was there for 10 nights in total.

What hasn't changed:

The absolutely friendly staff who know your name from your previous visit or remember your name almost instantaneously on your first visit.

The great quality food and excellent service.

The great range of cocktails.

The fact that they will keep your bottle of wine in the fridge until the next meal if you don't want to finish it in one sitting.

The views and excellent facilities.

What has changed:

The managers - Ben and Rachel have moved to Australia and Alan has taken over. After spending a week under Alan's management and getting to know Alan I'm confident Wananavu remains in exceptional hands! No doubt there will be changes but they will build on the solid base left by Ben and Rachel.

The Dive Managers - Chris and Vicky joined the resort recently. I'm not a diver but the feedback from those diving was very positive indeed.

A few tips if you are going to Wananavu:

Don't miss nights at Wananavu to go to another resort. I met a lot of new people there on this trip and they all were sorry they weren't staying longer. This was during the time that the resort was running on generator power after the cyclone so that tells you something!!

Do as many of the activities as you can, particularly those that go into the local villages and areas. The financial support provided by your visits is very important to the local people.

Do have Kava - even if it is a bowl with the band boys each evening. A kava ceremony in a village is even better.

Don't sit and talk and laugh during Isa Lei. It is a very special Fiji farewell hymn and talking and laughing is not only disrespectful to the staff singing it but also to the people who are being farewelled. Dive group from Denver you know I'm talking about you!!

I can't wait for my next visit in May this year!!!

Room Tip: The beachfront bures are fantastic as you have an ocean on your doorstep!!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

If you are looking for a low key resort run by Fijians who are the warmest most genuine people you will ever meet then look no furthere than Wananavu. This place is perfect if you are a family who doesn't like crowds, kids clubs or shopping. A beautiful pool, great snorkelling, hikes in the mountains, off shore island and boat adventures and a terrific resturant that caters better than most for the kids. We love this place.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

We stayed at Wananavu in March 2012 and I've been meaning to write the review since!

I loved this place. The staff are fantastic (the wonderful Ma) and you really feel like part of the family.

We stayed in a villa with a private plunge pool and highly recommend it. The bedding, furniture and was beautiful. Don't go expecting super high--end luxury. It's basic luxury (if you get what I mean!).

Food was great and the kitchen prepared our fish for us after a great day trolling.

Snorkeling and kyacking were also a lot of fun - you can step off the pier at the resort and you're right in the middle of a pretty reef.

Keep in mind that the resort is fairly isolated. We spent four nights there and felt that was enough to relax and not to get cabin fever. It's a good 3 hours from the airport, so those with long flights may want to keep that in mind.

All-in-all, a great experience and highly recommended. I'd love to give it 4.5 stars but that's not possible. I don't give out 5 stars easily but Wananavu is better than 4 stars.

  • Stayed March 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

My husband and I have just returned from our incredible week at Wananavu, where we were lucky enough to have the resort booked exclusively for our wedding and our 40+ guests. The customer service was second to none - every employee of the resort always greeted us with a smile and a great big BULA and all my friends and family commented throughout the week about how much they loved the holiday. The managers Ben and Rachel, along with their wedding coordinator Keleni, made sure our wedding was perfect and no request was too difficult. They were even able to cater for our quirky request of a 1920's theme and made a photo booth background for us! A special thank you to Ma and Taniela, and all the staff in the restaurant and bar, as well as the ladies in the spa who truly are relaxation angels! The entertainment was PHENOMENAL with fireworks, fire dancers, Fijian warriors, traditional singing and dancing, as well as fishing, snorkelling and diving in crystal clear waters. I miss Wananavu already, and highly recommend it for anyone looking for the real Fiji experience. Just magical.

Room Tip: Splurge and get a honeymoon bure with private plunge pool!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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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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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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